Well done Erwin on publishing a good news story for …

Comment on Nature delivers what tourists want: the numbers by Rex Neindorf.

Well done Erwin on publishing a good news story for our tourism businesses here in The Alice. The top seven local commercial tourism attractions in Alice Springs were surveyed and all were placed above the Australian benchmark which is a fantastic achievement. Visitors to Alice were impressed with the local attractions and as stated many would have stayed longer if they had known of the variety of attractions on offer.
It was also interesting to note that people surveyed were impressed that the attractions suited the destination and “people to people” interaction was highly prized. People (read “tourists”) just love having a chat and rate this as a major factor influencing their enjoyment of the product. Our place, the Alice Springs Reptile Centre rated highly due to our friendliness and knowledge. Visitors loved our daily shows as it gave them a chance to interact with an actual person!
As for people finding out about our attractions before they arrive so that we may influence their length of stay, local operators, Tourism Central Australia and Tourism NT have been working co-operatively on this issue for many, many years. Through various forms of marketing, attending trade and consumer shows to even trying to educate travel agents as to what we have on offer everything is being tried. As always we are keen for anyone who has a great idea to contact TCA or Tourism NT if you think there is an initiative which may help our tourism industry.
There has been ongoing discussions for many years in regards to a National Aboriginal Cultural Centre based here in Alice Springs. This I believe would be a great asset to our town and one would hope that it does happen one day however I am sure it won’t happen Next Tuesday or Next Thursday!

Recent Comments by Rex Neindorf

Open speed limit starts tomorrow
Dallas @1 posted Feb 3rd is correct, slashing a wide strip on each side of the road will greatly increase safety.
I understand Marks @8 posted Jan 31st point of view. Old vehicles in poor repair will always be a hazard, no matter which speed they are being driven at.
I have been in the Territory since 1997 and lasted a decade here driving on roads with no speed limit until limits were enforced and I survived.
It is a fact that most deaths in the NT are attributed to fatigue, alcohol, lack of wearing seat belts and vehicles which are in poor repair and or overcrowded. Speed was and still is way down the list.
When I was traveling on open speed roads I was mainly doing 160km/h. Very occasionally would I be passed meaning that most people drove at a limit which they determined was safe.
Mark, there is nothing to stop a car doing 200km/h on any road, it’s just illegal but it still wouldn’t stop them.
Fatigue is far more likely to set in whilst doing 110km/h on a long straight stretch of road than doing 160 on the same road as when doing 160 I guarantee you are far more alert whilst driving.
As for driving at night doing these speeds, no way. Open speed is only safe during day time hours.
At dawn, dusk and even night time high speed would be an absolute danger to all concerned. Too many animals roaming and not a lot of fencing! I hit a horse a few years ago now around dusk doing about 90. Came out from behind a tree and did not see it at all until it was right in front of me.
I now have FLIR thermal imaging fitted to my vehicle which works exceptionally well. Coming back from Adelaide last year whilst sitting on about 100 in the middle of the night FLIR picked up three cows on the road well before I could visually see them. Dark cows are very hard to see at night but they give out a bucket load of heat.
It all comes down to driving with common sense and unfortunately it does not matter if there is a speed limit or not common sense is not always there. I would dare say that traveling a few of the speed limited and heavily policed eastern seaboard highways is and always will be far more dangerous than our newly open speed stretch of road.

The crucible of alcohol legislation
Is this fiction Russell? Only 14% of Indigenous Territorians are at risk of long term harm by alcohol? Or is it simply they are dead before the meaning ‘long term’ kicks in?

Editor injured in hit and run
Interesting to note that another person was cleaned up last Friday night near Maccas as reported in yesterday’s local printed paper. This hit and run routine appears to becoming commonplace around town. The one in town however should be easy for the cops to trace via CCTV you would think. Just one of the benefits of having a good security camera system in operation even though the local camera system is not as good as it could be.
Anyway Erwin, best wishes for a fast recovery and maybe you can also chase up and report on the other hit and run.

Mall skater’s $576 fine: is it fair?
Don’t worry Peter, October 15, 7:42am: Eight-year-olds won’t have to carry ID as anyone under 10 cannot be charged for anything in this country. Eleven-year-olds and over however better start packing their birth certificate!

Someone is going to die at this crossing, say councillors
We drove past the Heavitree Gap pedestrian crossing today and yes people were crossing at the southern end of the fence, all except for the one man who was leaning against the fence taking a piss in full view of all the passing traffic. This is by far the flashiest urinal I have seen in a long time!

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