Mike Gillam, Nice to hear you again! Thank you for your …

Comment on Of real estate, roses and living in the CBD by Suzanne Visser.

Mike Gillam,
Nice to hear you again! Thank you for your kind words.
The word “rose” seems to still be current between us. This time in “rose coloured glasses”. Yes, our town can be dangerous at times, but where we decided to settle, on the East Coast, was a zillion times more dangerous.
I think danger also depends on one’s own attitude and hey, it is nice to write about something nice for a change.
Not all is gloom and doom and there’s much about our town that can and should be enjoyed.
I saw it with fresh eyes when I came back and compared to many towns in Australia it is colourful, multicultural, a town of painters, and very very laid back. The friendliness of the people was also something I had almost forgotten in my two years of absence.
Kind regards,
Suzanne Visser

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Bob Durnan,
“Conventional negative doom-saying bullshit that is served up with monotonous regularity.”
Well said! That’s exactly the point I wanted to make. There is the occasional aggressive drunk here, yes. But compare that with a town like Byron Bay (we were close to this once beautiful coastal town), which has now become the most dangerous town of NSW. The fuel for aggression there is not grog but speed. In Byron Bay whole gangs go party crashing base ball bats in hand. Murder is a regular occurrence. Not to mention Nimbin, once the place to go and “find peace and love”. Semi-organised crime is everywhere in those beautiful hills and what is worse: the police there is useless. The police here are great. Compassionate but firm. And our social services, such as the YSOS, but also the Women’s Shelter, DASA, CAAAPU, and the social workers at Centrelink, to name only a few, are second to none.
I’ve always thought that the spaces above shops in the CBD should be converted into living accommodation and I also think Alice Springs needs a stunningly built skyscraper by a upcoming killer architect, somewhere in the desert, to attract tourists and to solve the housing problem. Something with a museum on the ground floor and a restaurant on the top floor and a panorama like we once had by Hank Guth, and apartments with stunning desert views, some of the apartments lofts with only the bare minimum so that people can build them up at their own pace. If I were rich that would be a project I would embark on tomorrow. As for now I long to work again for one of these amazing organisations mentioned above.


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