@Ray Thanks for the link. As I thought, we give way …

Comment on Council plays swings and roundabouts by Hal Duell.

@Ray
Thanks for the link. As I thought, we give way to the right when entering but only to traffic already there. We don’t give way to the vehicles on our right but not yet on the roundabout. That would be getting into the 4-way stops such as are used in the US, and that’s a different system again.
I agree that these are rules that everyone “should” know, but from comments in the local press, often either don’t or are uncertain.
Council has a role to play here in ensuring public awareness, especially as they put the things there in the first place. For my part, I’m glad they did. Used properly, roundabouts work well to keep traffic moving.
If Council runs a public awareness campaign, I hope they also stress not to push up too fast when pedestrians are waiting to cross. Motocars aren’t alone at those intersections.
And watch for the bikes!

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Council plays swings and roundabouts
@Ray OK. now I’m confused. I thought giving way to the right was the rule when entering a roundabout, but once on one, there is no right, only exiting to the left. Or are you referring to roundabouts with two lanes of traffic?
I asked Council to run a public awareness campaign at their committee meetings last Monday night. I now realise that one is needed more than ever.


Council plays swings and roundabouts
There seem to be two main concerns here, traffic congestion and the child care centre.
Surely residents of the Old Eastside hurrying to work in the mornings and finding it difficult to turn right onto Undoolya Road when travelling south on Sturt Tce. know what they are getting into. Couldn’t they approach Undoolya from Lindsay Ave. instead and avoid the problem that way?
And will a roundabout solve the danger of a car crashing through the fence into the child care centre? A line of heavy duty crash bollards might be a better idea, and the bill for building and placing them could be sent to DCA for not insisting on them when they granted permission for a child care centre to go there in the first place.
Maybe a 40kmh speed limit on the causeway would be a good idea, although I doubt anyone will pay much attention to it without a permanent speed camera in place.
Then return this funding to the Commonwealth and reapply for it so a roundabout can go in at the intersection of Bradshaw and Larapinta.


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Torrent of toxic Facebook posts after Mall melee
Mr Gunner would do well to remember that the last NT Chief Minister to lose control of the streets in Alice was Martin, and the Intervention followed. Turnbull might have a smoother smile, but he is cast in the same mold.
And Where’s Warren will again wring his hands and cry shame, but the only shame is that he is still there. Go Jacinta! I don’t know if you will be any more effective, but remember this: You cannot do worse.
Also, consider this: There has recently been a national Angst over all the kids in detention in the NT being Indigenous, but then think how many priors each of those kids had to have had before they finally earned detention.
CM Gunner’s answer to the collapse of Alice seems to be to ignore the clearly stated preference of the majority regarding the art gallery and to work with them, but to instead indulge in a swinging big-dick moment. He wants to get real while there is still an Alice to get real over.
And the TOs and their families and friends? To be honest, I think they are scared of their own children. Or perhaps they are scared of each other.
Either way, they sure as hell aren’t doing anything.


Some creatures in The Centre used to be big
So glad the Ducks of Doom feature. As soon as I get back to Alice I will visit.


At last, public will get a say on Anzac Oval: Town Council
It will be interesting to see if the results of Council’s survey are similar to those published today by our local print newspaper.
Over a two week period it conducted an online poll asking residents of Alice what they thought of plans to use Anzac Oval for an art gallery. The results are unambiguous: From a total of 988 votes, 32.4% said it was a good idea and 67.6% said it wasn’t.
As for the old high school, over to you, Alex Nelson.


Aboriginal-led ‘from the bottom up’: cultural centre
A National Indigenous Cultural Centre is arguably so much more important, nationally, locally, and indigenously(?), than another art gallery. I imagine it would include an important and pertinent section on the birth and development of the Central Australian art movement. This last point alone would obviate the need for a National Indigenous Art Gallery, especially given that all major cities and most of the smaller ones already have their own collection of Indigenous art.
As an aside, do we really imagine that the cities, both large and small, will strip out their own collections to further a gallery in Alice Springs? Will the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory be sending its rare and priceless collection south to Alice? Of course they won’t.
And for a National Indigenous Cultural Centre to be led and directed by local Indigenous voices, in consultation with other Indigenous voices from around Australia, is only right. Their culture, their land, their choice. Hopefully Gunner and Co will, this time, listen and learn.


Council code of conduct questions not answered in public
Well then, under the theory that where there’s smoke, there’s fire (fresh dung in the farmyard on a cold winter morning notwithstanding), it seems this issue is not going to go away. I do wonder if we’ll ever learn something.
That remains to be seen, given the beauty of Section 81(2C) quoted above. Unless I’m reading it wrong, this seems to say that disciplinary committee meetings are to be held in public unless the disciplinary committee doesn’t want them to. Now that’s a get-out-of-jail card if ever I saw one!
As often quoted in other contexts, “You can’t make this stuff up.”


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