Estelle, you would make a good community arts officer in …

Comment on We need public-friendly public places by Russell Guy.

Estelle, you would make a good community arts officer in charge of a calendar of daily, weekly, monthly events in the CBD, starting with performances at the sails stage. Or if not you – your ideas are easily transferable to someone else interested in enterprise.
Just so you don’t think I’m all talk, I used to hire the Buff Lodge Hall in Gap Road for $50 per night and ran dances there for a year or two in the Eighties. The bands and I paid ourselves and then we took the show touring the ‘burbs of Papunya, Yuendemu, Ti Tree circuit.
Anyone can do it.

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We need public-friendly public places
Estelle,
The NT Arts Department is currently offering up to $15,000 for projects the like of which you are interested in seeing in the Mall.
Regards.


We need public-friendly public places
My pleasure, Estelle. It’s great to see you coming out and developing your corner of the AS News Online. I like your anecdotal style and the values you espouse.
May I make the suggestion that sometimes you have to create opportunity, rather than wait for “one to come up.” There are numerous grants from government Arts departments for which your admirable project would qualify and the ASTC would be worth sounding out.
The earliest memory of financial exposure I can remember is when I was six years old. My fifteen year old neighbour told me about a club she was organising in her back yard each week. I paid my weekly fees of six pence, along with three or four other kids and she entertained us for an hour with cuttings from comic books and magazines. I think we even had cordial and perhaps, a few jellybeans.
Over a year, she would have made five pounds, which is about $50. It may not sound a lot, but there’s a principle there and you need money for petrol, jellybeans etc. If you can’t get a grant for such a worthy idea, you would need to pay your expenses and maybe a wage.
The format you expressed is spot on.


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@ My Opinion, posted 20.2.18. 12:22pm:
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@ Surprised. Posted 6/2/18. 7:40AM. Re your comment about costs related to harmful levels of alcohol consumption within NT communities:
“You know, they fail to take into account that currently we pay $50m in the Territory in relation to alcohol sales in taxes. That money unfortunately goes straight to the Commonwealth so there is some arguments there how the Territory Government gets that money back” (Des Crowe, CEO. NT branch of the Australian Hotels Association. ABC 6/2/18, responding to the NT Police Association call for industry responsibility).
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Smoking in public places is banned and the health warnings that now appear on tobacco products have helped create a greater awareness of the issues related to the peer enforcement of smoking, but the tobacco industry didn’t go quietly.
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Stewardship is an old fashioned word for community values.
In the 1920s, Rev. John Flynn, who knew something about the health of people in the bush, wrote that we would have to render an account one day.


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