Thank you Erwin for your positive article. Regarding the current …

Comment on Night out on the town, and living to tell the tale by Matt Mulga.

Thank you Erwin for your positive article. Regarding the current situation of Monte’s liquor licence, I applied twice last year to the Liquor Commission to remove the condition on our licence of patrons to be seated. Both times my application was rejected. At the December hearing the Commission suggested that patrons did not have to be seated all the time as long as the predominant activity of the patrons at the venue was to be seated while consuming a meal or drink. This possibly is the opening of a can of worms but while the Commission feels free to redefine what it means to be seated I trust they don’t attempt to alter the definition of the word predominant. We will keep trading and if the commission decides we are breaching our licence condition we will apply a third time.
It came as a huge disappointment to me that in order to try to develop a venue in the Northern Territory I had to battle with so many Government departments, when all I wanted to do was spend my own time and money tidying up an old neglected corner of town and created something beautiful which I hoped people would find enjoyable and continue to come. Yes we are doing well and I am very proud of my efforts, but it really should not have been so hard.
The main stumbling block to both our applications to the commission was that they were strongly opposed by several members of the Peoples Alcohol Action Committee (PAAC). I struggle to understand why they mounted such a spirited campaign against Montes. My only explanation is that they have not achieved as much as they thought they would in their comfortable government paid positions, so they search for ways of achieving glory by other means. Cry and complain enough and who knows you could even be crowned Territorian of the year.
If their argument is based on the fear that removing the patrons to be seated condition would result in an increase in alcohol consumption at Montes, and flow on to an increase in poor health and more anti social behavior for the town, then if these objectors want to retain any credibility they have to be consistent in their crusade. Following our last application the Casino applied to increase its licenced area, the Gapview applied to increase their hours of operation, and the Haven Backpackers applied for a fresh new licence to sell alcohol. These applications were all not opposed by the same people that tried to stop Montes. Sad isn’t it.

Recent Comments by Matt Mulga

Have Minister, Tourism Central Australia acted on tragedy?
Erwin, I think you should delete the question: “Why did the hotel not raise the alarm at the time when the two could still have been rescued?”
Sometimes people don’t come home for a variety of reasons.
I don’t think an accommodation house anywhere in the world should be expected to parent guests behaviour.


Parole procedures changed as murderer is arrested
Peter used to come to Montes. I was aware of his past. He didn’t drink very much, and was a very polite and friendly patron.


Govt probe: Were they drinking seated or standing?
In reply to the comment by Craig. Of the 16 units nearby, three years ago there was a complaint by one resident only. We door-knocked the block of flats, and spoke to each of the other residents and no one else expressed any issues.
I supplied the concerned resident with my mobile number, and modified the way we have presented live music, often by starting the event early and presenting other entertainment on the Todd Street side of the building that runs till later.
I believe the one concerned resident has appreciated my efforts and has not raised any concerns with me for some time, and he, nor any of the other residents objected to our recent application for an open licence.
Craig, I invite you to supply more information of these nearby residents with children forced from their homes either here, or to myself, or through the editor of this website for I think this is false and that you have a hidden agenda behind your comment.


Bye, bye bikers!
Erwin, where do these crazy figures come from? Five million dollars spent by 2,500 people means a lazy two grand was dropped by each middle aged biker. Can you spend 2000 bucks camping out at the show grounds, eating steak sandwiches and buying XXXX gold cans from a makeshift IGA bottle shop?


LETTERS: Bouquets for ‘roo man, brickbats for NT Government after TV show in the UK
Erwin, clearly here is a story that requires your journalistic inquisitive talents. I just watched the show on iView with my kids. I thought it was a wonderful effort by the small team from the BBC. Our Alice looked harsh, peaceful and beautiful. Brolga looked the real deal too for he is. Well done him.
When his kangaroo nursing home was located at the old Melanka site it was an outstanding hit with the backpackers.
Often guests would go back next day, some delayed their departure, and before too long newly arrived travelers would get off the plane asking where it was.
Come on Erwin let us know why some people in town were so hostile to a simple concept which was fantastic for promoting Alice, and gave visitors something easy to do.
And its still not too late. An animal nursing hospital in town with Brolga and anyone else interested involved. Perhaps stick it on the council lawn – we can not even get a statue up there. Kangaroos in nappies. It would be a hit.
Go on ask NT Tourism if they could spare a bit of cash to get the whole thing going or have they blown it all on a Melbourne footy club.


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