I think the BDR and its immediate removal by the …

Comment on The Great Alcohol Debate: Council rangers work ‘more difficult’ since scrapping of BDR, says Mayor by Hal Duell.

I think the BDR and its immediate removal by the incoming CLP government is a near classic case of a promise made in Opposition and then enacted out of a sense of needing to keep faith with the electors once the counting is over.
To say the BDR didn’t work is simply wrong. It was never going to be all the answer, but it did contribute to a better-than-before situation. White Gums is a long way out of town, and statistics don’t tell all the story. Those of us who live in town know what we see and hear once the bottle shops open. Certainly what we see and hear once the sun goes down.
To provide an ID was not such an imposition after all. It was certainly cheaper than a rehabilitation facility, altho if the money can be found I reckon we could do with a couple of them as well.
Perhaps the biggest shame is in letting the banned drinkers back into the pubs. Only the publicans will benefit from that piece of short-sightedness.
Let us hope and pray that the new government keeps the dirt bikes patrolling. Summer is almost on us, and any type of helpful facility is only a promise.
I see grog on communities on the horizon. Wonder how that’ll go.

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One reason, perhaps the biggest reason, why government authorities are scared shitless to do anything about the kids running wild in Alice is they fear being tarred with the “stolen generations” brush.
Why the Indigenous authorities do nothing is anyone’s guess. Mine is that they are scared of them, or scared of the payback that any action on their part would generate.


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Multiple devices? Multiple addresses? Sounds like Putin did it.


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The way to reinvigorate the CBD is not through investing in an art gallery or a cultural centre, but by investing in people.
Build attractive modern flats and populate the area. I understand there are no zoning impediments to doing that.
A skate park at the river end of Parson’s Street would breathe life into many who just hang around, and they hang around because it still is our CBD. We’ve just made a mess of it is all.


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@ Maya: Posted August 31, 2018 at 11:41 am.
With a nod to Russell Guy, and now the Melanka site comes into play. That is, if we’re talking about an art gallery, and not a Cultural Centre.
This could be what we’ve been looking for.


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It is a very good thing Cr Banks has done. Good for her own image as a Councillor of transpanency, and good for ASTC.
I’m thinking of those councils in trouble over in Queensland, and I wonder how much of that trouble might have been avoided if every council employee, whether elected or hired, had known from their first day that there were NO free lunches.
I think, and I like to think, that our Council is without reproach. Let’s keep it that way.


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