So from at least when Ella Simpson and her husband …

Comment on Alice Springs’ ebbing iconic charisma by Hal Duell.

So from at least when Ella Simpson and her husband were growing vegetables during WWII, the issue of grog has been a contributing factor in the disturbances caused by, and then the jailing of, indigenous Australians.
Nothing has changed.
Restriction after restriction has been put in place to try to stop impoverished indigenous Territorians from killing themselves while trashing NT urban centres. And let’s stop any vague and politically correct kidding of ourselves. In the main, that is whom the restrictions are targeting, whom they have always targeted.
So where to from here? During the recent local election, many argued the case for restrictions, and / or for better restrictions.
There were also various arguments, mine included, for some variation of a Thirsty Thursday(s).
The arguments for restrictions and closing the bottle shops have been soundly rejected by the electorate in Alice Springs. By my count, at least six of the nine voting members sitting on Council are not in favour of restrictions, nor of alcohol take-away free days. And they all said that during the campaigning.
We live in a democracy, the vote has been counted, and that would seem to be that, at least for now.
If we still want to limit the damage done by alcohol to those most susceptible to alcohol damage, and if we want to have towns worth living in, we will now have to find another way. And I suggest we get a wriggle on because the carnage in, and trashing of, our urban centres is continuing.
That’s the challenge.

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That comment is simply not true.


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This is beginning to feel like stalking. What part of “no” doesn’t this man understand?


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When this location debate first came up, I was of the opinion that the Desert Park was the right choice. But then the traditional owners spoke up at the council meeting debating to MOU or not to MOU, and the TOs seemed to be united in wanting any gallery to be south of The Gap.
So what’s the problem?
If revitalising the CBD is truly the aim, build flats there, and build a skate park at the river end of Parsons Street, and make the area vibrant again.


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Any update from Alex Nelson on the heritage application for the Anzac site?


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