Thanks Bob, not everyone may be aware the Western Macs …

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Thanks Bob, not everyone may be aware the Western Macs National Park (which includes Simpsons Gap) has been nominated by the NT Govt for World Heritage listing. What a big step that would be for us, a lot of informed tourists take that into account when planning their itineraries. For those interested in further info check out this website and the links it contains (apologies Steve, much of which written by experts):

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‘Chain gang’ or holiday gaol time: a crucial question for our parks
Crikey, Steve is not shy about demonstrating his ignorance on national parks and biodiversity. His solution to the problems posed by invading grasses seems to be twofold:
1. dump a bucket on scientists and rangers
2. turn the parks into grazing lands
Not much point in having national parks if that’s what we do.

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Classroom cops back – but only in one Alice school
There were school cops at ASHS and Anzac in the 80s and 90s, also at Centralian for a while. The success depended on the cops’ willingness to muck in, most were good, some excellent.
A positive influence in the schools. No need for guns though, crikey, we are not America yet.

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.

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