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This post has become a surreal mindscape of collected reflections, where points made are made again and again as if pitched into an echo machine. Nothing comes back, except the past.

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Grog stats may be useless as they do not include online and mail orders
Two points from news reports of this week.
“According to the last Census, rents in Alice Springs were nearly 9 per cent higher than the national average.” And this one, from a certain Real Estate agency’s advertising of a very modest, brick, two-unit complex “investment property” that can “reel in up to $830/week in rent.”
When businesses in town encourage disproportionate return on accommodation, is it any wonder that we see disadvantaged members of the community acting with a lack of concern for themselves and others?
House prices doubled in less than ten years from 2002 in Alice. One of the main reasons why politicians don’t want to act on sensible measures to restrict the economically unsustainable alcohol epidemic in the NT, is because it’s electorally unpopular and supposedly “hurts” those businesses who are acting “responsibly” in peddling alcohol.
How the Police Commissioner is going to win against greed, or how the replacement CDEP promgram on new job creation for remote Australians is going to work while income remains not means tested, providing the means for sly and legal grog merchants to make a motza is, I happily admit, beyond me.
Living in, or wishing to return to the political past, is a marginal excuse for dealing with the present and in terms of the future, it reminds me of that old saying, “we get the government we deserve”.
After thirty odd years, and three months of sustained research and posting into this issue, I am coming to the view that, as the Police Commissioner has requested time to make a difference, though appreciating his input, nothing is going to halt the grog and its contribution to the social malaise consuming Australia.


Grog stats may be useless as they do not include online and mail orders
Not bad. Two out of three without the courage of their convictions and the third finds it “all too hard” to buy his grog in Alice. One wonders how he’d go trying to do something difficult, like turn down the tap. Perhaps, it’s time we all retired to Port Augusta.


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National Aboriginal gallery: Town Council’s action clear as mud
I took the Victoria Hotel tour in Goondiwindi recently, led by an eighty year old local who said that much of the old town had been knocked down by “multinationals” who didn’t care about its heritage.
“They just threw the old tin on the back of a truck and took it to the tip,” he said.
I stayed at the Victoria around 1990 as a break from the swag. It was a grand old building with a main street verandah in the Australian tradition, but fell into disrepair until a few years ago when the Council colluded with a local to bring it back.
Because of the memories, I took the tour, but the town hardly resembled the way it was 30 years ago. Kinda lost its soul. Grows cotton now for export to China mostly, where they make the clothes and ship ém back.
It’s easy to understand how multinationals and mall makers can knock heritage down, but not so easy when your own government does it.
There’s a plaque on a rock near Anzac Oval dedicated to George Wilkinson who managed Wallis Fogarty’s store in Alice in the early days.
If you look carefully, you can see lots of heritage around there.
Beats me why the NAAG can’t be build somewhere else.
The CBD is chockers as it is, whether functioning or not. This is a country town like Goondiwindi, not Las Vegas, yet.
It’s easy to lose a town’s soul, if you’re not careful.


Nanny state: Tennant alcohol restrictions for Alice?
The NT Government released a press release on September 3 announcing that it was inquiring into takeaway liquor licensing regulations in the Alice Springs region after conducting an inquiry in the Barkly.
Reducing harmful levels of alcohol consumption in the NT is not “going to send people packing”.
On the contrary, I suggest that it will increase the quality of life for everyone.
The problem is easy access to alcohol and takeaway has been the biggest culprit for decades.
There is no silver bullet: The BDR and a Floor Price are part of the goal of reducing the amount of excessive alcohol consumed and the cost to the public across many portfolios, including tourism, which suggests that a figure of 99% responsible consumers is inflated.
If 1% of the population can do so much damage, and it is a generational trauma, then the status quo needs changing.
Lulling people into complacency and allowing the alcohol industry to self-regulate while alcohol-related trauma continues is irresponsible.
A nanny state would do nothing about it.
Intervention is necessary.


SA budget allocation may put paid to Alice gallery: Higgins
@ Albert Diano: Thanks for your engagement, Albert.
I encouraged “Local Centralian” to engage with Alex Nelson’s post because Alex is making a similar point to yours.
I have made the point that nurturing and encouraging (financially) the jewels of community museums and other galleries in Alice is part of establishing a stable tourist economy, with benefits for the CBD and visitation accommodation alternatives for the growing Baby Boomer domestic market, versus the high end air fares on which the government’s proposal is based.
I suggest that more cross-engagement with thematic posting would be useful in debating the points made, with thanks to the Editor for his patronage.


Gallery: national reference group appointed
@ Local1. It’s called a thematic funding window or bucket of money in the vernacular.
In Mexico, photographic exhibitions are combined with music. How revolutionary! Should be exported to the colonies.


Gallery: national reference group appointed
“In my mind and in my car, we can’t rewind, we’ve gone too far …” (Video Killed the Radio Star – The Buggles. 1979).


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