Well said Leigh, a reasonable point of view. And it …

Comment on $20m gated community proposed for Pine Gap staff by Ian Sharp.

Well said Leigh, a reasonable point of view. And it does raise the question of other gated communities / complexes around the town.
And even some of the fenced-in fortresses that some individual dwellings have become over the years.
Why can’t the Americans do as they wish, within reason?
In our nearly 30 years in The Alice we always found the Americans outgoing, friendly, community-minded, easy to get on with … and if some of them feel a bit more comfortable behind a fence at night I’m OK with that.
Remember, some of these people would have grown up in households where guns were on hand as a security blanket, something they have to do without in Australia.

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Zoning: Racial segregation can start in primary school
Trust a geographer to have a look at a map! And the stats. Good analysis Steff.
And her point is right, government schools are a good place for Indigenous and non-Indigenous kids to mix in. It worked for our kids at Sadadeen Primary and Anzac Hill High.
Trevor Read is a top bloke, did great work at ASHS years ago, but had climbed Jim Hackers Greasy Pole.
He is now the head departmental honcho in the Alice and is spruiking the official line, Sir Humphrey style, trying to steer us away from the obvious. But what can be done?
Would rezoning be likely to cause a shift from public to private, rather than rebalance the student mix? A great opportunity for some creative thinking here.
In my mind this is a bigger issue for the Alice than Anzac Oval.
Get together Steff and Trev, two good smart people, help Alice schools get back on track. For the good of all.


Elkedra jackaroo: station life in the 1950s
Another great read from the Alice Springs News Online. Takes us back to a different world.


‘Bring back school based constables’
I remember joining the staff at Alice Springs Highschool in ’86 and being surprised to find there was a school cop.
We had a couple of good ones, including Kym Davies, did a lot for the kids, including a boating expedition on the Roper. And kept the staff in line too.


Genocide in Australia – unthinkable?
Well said John Bell. I look forward to reading Tatz’s book now.


International flights to Alice would lower fares
I think there are tight restrictions imposed by international treaties that make this difficult. Also a problem in the US as detailed in a 2014 article which outlines some of the hurdles.


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