Another Bangtail Muster, another beaut thread in Alice’s rich social …

Comment on Kids and fast machines thrill huge Bangtail crowd by John Bell.

Another Bangtail Muster, another beaut thread in Alice’s rich social tapestry. The May Day event celebrates a terrific community spirit bringing everyone together, including our American friends from the Space Base. I cherish the memory of the May Day Sports Carnival that took place in the arvo at Traeger then in later years at Anzac Hill oval from the 1960s to 2001. Youth Centre matriarch Mrs Joan Higgins and her merry band at the Youth Centre made the Sports Day a wonderful coming together of all sections of community. Foot races, rolling pin throwing, the tug of war…and lots of laughter. A very happy day for the people of Alice. Rest in Peace, Mrs Higgins. You helped make Alice community the place to be on Bangtail Muster arvo.

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Elkedra jackaroo: station life in the 1950s
The Driver name was perpetuated on the footy field in Alice in the 70s. Richard Jabaldjarri Driver from Warrabri was our gun full forward during the 1972 season for Feds.
Tall and rangy, a great overhead mark and a deadly accurate boot, Richard was a leading CAFL goalkicker that year. On the Friday night before the preliminary final, Richard got into an altercation with the constabulary in Todd Street and spent the night in the lock up.
Next morning on release he did a runner back to Ali Curung.
We were tipped off by the footy-loving constabulary so with captain Ave Millard and Fizzer we screamed up the highway to track him down. Search at Ali Curung was fruitless.
Informed Richard was “out bush’\”. We lost the prelim to Souths by less than a goal next day. Gun full forward tragically missed.


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I find it worrying that Labor has not produced an Aboriginal Territorian in all those years to replace an urban white man. I give full marks to local product Jacinta and her platform, regardless of whether she is Labor or Liberal.


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This book review is a tribute to Dick Kimber’s meticulous fairness and integrity. While Professor Tatz presents contentious ideas and propositions, Dick Kimber is a scholar of impeccable honesty who treats every study – and every person – with due consideration and dignity.


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Rampaging kids in the Alice. Rampaging gangs of teenagers “of African appearance” across parts of Melbourne.
The latest incidents down here in Mexico are getting pretty frightening. Trashing houses, wielding machetes, dragging old people from their beds and forcing them to hand over valuables.
A lenient juvenile justice system here is soft peddling on repeat offenders who re-offend while on bail in the hope they will be rehabilitated. A constant philosophical battle between advocates of zero tolerance and youth compassion. Hardline or handouts?
Until the debate is resolved, most middle of the road ordinary punters lock their doors and zip their lips for fear of being accused of racism or lacking in cultural diversity tolerance.
It is not a happy situation in the welfare suburbs of Melbourne … or the Alice … for potential victims of growing violence, or indeed for the parents of the young hooligans who are not too many steps away from criminal adulthood. Who has the answer?


Man in a hurry, surrounded by people who were not
“This an-idea-a-minute activist could call on friends in high and low places to get things going. Keeping them going was another story.”
Yes. That sums up the character that was Tracker, first known as Brucey on the footy field at Traeger in the 1970s.
In and out of the play on game day. Did some useful things. Quiet for extended periods of play. As in footy, as in life, like the vast majority of us sports types from the Boomer generation.


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