Despite the varied responses from previous writers, I think everyone …

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Despite the varied responses from previous writers, I think everyone would agree that The Alice is facing a BIG problem, one that calls for an equally BIG response.
I agree wholeheartedly with Russell Guy’s assertion that the common denominator of most of our town’s issues (violent and anti-social behaviour, family violence, neglect of children, etc.) is take-away alcohol.
Over recent years, I have come to believe that a 12-month trial of a 4-days-a-week (Sundays to Wednesdays inclusive) ban on take away alcohol may serve well as an essential central plank to a multi-pronged plan developed by representatives of police, health, business and tourism organisations, indigenous groups and, of course, the general public).
As evidenced by the Tennant Creek trial, I believe that the results would be near-instant, in providing welcomed respite for our police, health and the many community support services presently on the 24/7 treadmill, fighting the problems arising from take away alcohol, at all levels of our society.
Imagine the story such a trial would make for the interstate and overseas media, of a town actually taking control of its future and re-shaping its image.
I for one am willing to forego some personal freedoms to see if such a trial would work. The only other alternative is to pull the pin and leave the place, but after my 27 years in the place, I know real Territorians do not give up so easily.

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Mayor comments on code of conduct, Anzac Oval
Thanks a lot, Erwin. Now I cannot shake the image of Sargent Schulz, from that popular 70s television show Hogan’s Heroes, saying: “I know nothing!”

Cemeteries could be turned into parks
Cemeteries are extremely important heritage places and are a treasure trove of information for historians.
Sadly, from my personal experience as a practising heritage architect, our town council administration lacks the expertise and sensitivity that is needed, and are more intent on “beautification” rather than respecting the heritage values of our town’s cemeteries.
These proposed changes to the NT’s Cemeteries Act need to be handled very carefully if we are to avoid irreparable damage.
Our local council and the NT Government need to seriously adopt “world’s best practice” and give more than just lip service to the term.

Problem kids: The whole town must help
Congratulations, Steve Brown, on presenting a solution that I wholeheartedly support.
Our town has an anti-youth culture that cannot handle youngsters that do not conform to adult expectations.
Instead of pushing them into sport-based activities, telling them where and when the can skate or ride a bike and generally treating them with suspicion, we should be providing them a supportive environment that allows kids to just “be kids”.
Steve’s practical idea is one of the foundation stones upon which a better Alice may be built, rather than the punitive approach exposed by Pseudo Guru.

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My sincere thanks to Marli and the councillors who supported the motion for getting unequivocal protection for our town’s water supply.
True leadership looks to the longer term viability of our town, beyond dubious short-term profits. Clean, safe water is precious – a fact that is too often not appreciated until it becomes contaminated.

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@ Erwin. Sorry, but you seem to be confusing consultation with “debate”, which is what happens on these pages.
By consultation with the community, I meant that NTG and Council so-called “leaders” propose viable options, each backed up with factual data.
For example, has anyone bothered to ask the local Traditional Owners how they feel about a tunnel?
Community consultation is not about throwing up a contentious idea, set up as a “solution”, for us all to get into a scrap about.
I’d have thought they would have learnt something after the debacle over the siting of the proposed Indigenous Art Centre.

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