Lots of interesting comments in their piece, thanks to Alice …

Comment on Backpackers: beauty of country trumps fear for safety by Deborah Rock.

Lots of interesting comments in their piece, thanks to Alice Springs New for putting it online. There’s good feedback here for our tourism industry.
• It seems the desire to learn about indigenous cultures remain strong and continues to bring people here, particularly Europeans. I think the fact that we don’t have an Aboriginal Culture Centre in Alice Springs surprises many visitors. I personally would strongly support one being set up here.
• The touristy side of Uluru is disconcerting to some visitors. It’s healthy to have that feedback.
• We have a lot of hard-working people in tourism and I suspect that the tour-guides don’t always get enough credit for the great job they do. Hats off to the unnamed guide who looked after Zoe and Max.
• People do wonder about their safety here and it is useful to know this. But ultimately what wins out and what makes people from around the world fall in love with The Centre, is the magnificent countryside all around us. It’s good to remember how lucky we are.

Recent Comments by Deborah Rock

Councillor Booth director of new Alice escort agency
If the information in this article is correct, Booth MUST step down immediately from Town Council.
Not being a resident is sufficient reason for this, but is not the only reason.
Based on his business activities, he is not of suitable character to be a leader of our town. The people of Alice Springs have been misled about his personal values.

Council suspends its collection scheme and activists ‘disable’ Coca Cola machines as NT loses container deposit court case
The companies involved all have corporate websites which provide contact details if you wish to make a complaint. If you’re thinking of adjusting your personal shopping habits, the websites also give a full range of their products.
I’ve written to them.
http://lionco.com/brands/beer-spirits-wine/ http://www.schweppesaustralia.com.au/Our-Brands.aspx
By the way, an unusual pleasure to see all comments on an Alice Springs News article in agreement!

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I commend the Deputy Chief Minister for commenting on this topic. Particularly as we’ve heard nothing from the Minister for Women’s Policy.
Domestic violence is abominable and is far too common in the NT.
If the CLP feels as strongly about this as do other members of the community, let’s see some leadership on the issue and useful action. Let’s see something other than criticising previous governments, de-funding of Domestic Violence services and reopening access to alcohol for domestic violence offenders.
I acknowledge your heartfelt comments Robyn, but actions speak louder than words.

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Perhaps just poorly chosen words, but as an elected official, his job is to work on behalf of everyone in Alice Springs, not just the people who voted for him. It is what we expect from all our representatives, at any level of government.

Why don’t we do political satire in Alice?
We don’t do political satire in Alice because we don’t need to. We have a new government comprised of intelligent, open minded individuals with an outstanding grasp of the issues that affect us all and the right solutions to take us forward.
We cannot want for more.

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