Two items are close to my heart by these comments, …

Comment on COMMENT: Does Tourism Central Australia still have a pulse? by Kathy.

Two items are close to my heart by these comments, first I am a B&B owner and my prices all year around have been the same for the last four years. We had special discount prices for masters Games groups, so we took the opposite approach and encouraged visitors.
Secondly, Alice Springs was and still is, to some extent, a close community. Most events, sporting, Christmas, school, scouts events etc were always supported by the people, parents, and local businesses.
The community does appreciate the grants that the government have, but the locals still ran the events.
Now the government is taking over the running of the Games and so many of the local businesses are missing out. And the new staffing every two years in the office, seem to re-invent the wheel and this is very frustrating to the old hands, knowing what now works and what does not.
Bring it back to the people.

Recent Comments by Kathy

Will we say sorry to the Abandoned Generation in 10 years?
Until there is one law for all Australians and not two, one for white and one for black, this will continue and get worse.
Sending them to their community has been done, but was a failure.
Government works spent the days driving out to the communities to see if the offenders were there. Most not. What a waste of tax payers resources.
An ankle band and monitored would be the way to go. And community service would at least benefit the town a little.

Aboriginal flag on Anzac Hill: the nays have it 
Get back to basics. Anzac Hill represents all Australians fighting in the wars under the Australian flag. Get it right. No extras added.

Let’s have an Australia Day when we are ready for it
Australia Day to me is the first landing of the Britsh setting foot on to Australian land.
A coming together of all people of Australia to celebrate how far we all have come, not a conquering of other people.
It is about time we all stopped living in the past and moved on.
Looking back will never change the past, it’s what we do in the future that matters.
Not blaming and not being responsible for that past, separates and decides our nation.

Story Wall, buffel and Jacinta
Even though the buffel grass is an introduced species it has fed many animals, not just cattle, and kept the sands and top soil over the land from blowing away.
Before the buffel grass was introduced, huge sand storms use to sweep the desert areas, including Alice Springs, as you can see in photos by professional photographers at that time.
The native plants do not grow with no water, so the buffel grass holds the soil and water so other plants, including the wild plants of the desert, can come to life after the rains.
Maybe not the best for all, but a desert and no growth is also not good for the land and this country.
People can go anywhere in the world to see deserts, but not Australia’s adjustable and cultured land mass.

Focus on the killing now, not 200 years ago
As you say, this was in our past. Not to be forgotten, but learned from. If we continue to grovel in the passed, both black and white, we will never move on.
We are all Australian, we should as a people and nation together, not them and us.
Until the government changes the policies to cover all as equal we will never move on.

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