As a long-time Alice Springsian who has also suffered property …

Comment on Hordes of kids rampage: 50 cars hit by Domenico Pecorari.

As a long-time Alice Springsian who has also suffered property damage on several occasions over the past few years (though not to anywhere near the same extent as Kittles) I hasten to remind everyone that nothing happens without a reason.
These openly destructive displays are the result of a community in decay, a community that has for too long neglected a segment of its society and is now shocked when they hit back.
Rampant kids on the street are as much a community’s problem, and responsibility, as they are for their dysfunctional families which are dealing with dis-empowerment, alcohol / drug abuse and disconnection with culture.
It’s time to admit that we have all been failed by past NT Government policy, as well as a local Town Council that washes its hands of responsibility, saying “nothing to do with us, it’s outside of our jurisdiction.”
It’s time for a “whole of community” approach to dealing with our town’s problems, not only social, but also cultural, environmental and economic.
We need to develop an integrated plan for the future, one which may involve some strong short-term measures, if our town is to have any future at all.

Recent Comments by Domenico Pecorari

Council not keen on offer of help to fight crime
Blaming the parents is convenient cop-out for Fred the self-proclaimed Philistine, Councillor Jacinta Price and, I suspect, many others in our town, as it relieves them of having to think any further about the problem, its causes and possible solutions.
It’s like blaming an addict for his addiction, whilst ignoring the drug suppliers and the social and economic reasons one may turn to drugs in the first place.
This is the kind of out-dated thinking that is holding our town back.
It needs to be called out and its proponents shamed for the damage they are causing.
Oh, and by the way, a Philistine is defined as “a person who is lacking in or hostile or smugly indifferent to cultural values, intellectual pursuits, aesthetic refinement, etc., or is contentedly commonplace in ideas and tastes”. Congratulations, Fred, for your honesty, if nothing else.


Compromise was needed to save youth crime plan
@ David: I agree with what you say about the fear held by some in our community and hope too that the Town Council will see reason and approve the flag soon.
@ Fred: Your talk of Anzac Hill as “our sacred site” goes far to explain your position on this issue, but ignores the fact that Anzac Hill is a special Aboriginal place too, known as Untyeyetwelye, a name relating to the corkwood story, and that it was an Aboriginal sacred site for many, many years before Europeans claimed the place as their own.
Flying the Aboriginal flag on Anzac Hill would be an acknowledgement of the shared importance of the place to all of us, not least the original inhabitants of the land. Don’t you think that would go a long way to express the unity you claim to support?


Compromise was needed to save youth crime plan
@ the appropriately self-described Fred: No-one is saying that the Aboriginal flag should be flown on Anzac Hill for the reason that they too fought in our world wars.
It needs to be flown as a respectful acknowledgement of the original custodians of the land upon which Alice Springs is built, land that was forcibly taken by newly arrived settlers, with no recompense.
With your Polish background, I’d have thought you might have had a better understanding of what it is like to have your land taken away from you and to live under the occupation and control of a foreign nation. We need to learn form history.


Council not keen on offer of help to fight crime
Thanks, Erwin, for your comprehensive and insightful summing-up of the ASTC meeting.
How disappointing to see mayoral indignation on display, supported by a sub-group of councillors that not only have no answers to the most pressing problem facing our town (beyond, I suspect, tougher law enforcement) but are un-willing to accept help from the community in finding solutions.
With the National Transport Hall of Fame looking to close up its operations in town, these representatives in local government need to stop and listen to the warning bells, before it is all too late.


Leaders want town council help to fight youth crime
Good on you Hal Duell and Evelyne Roullete for not hiding behind some nom-de-plume and standing by your convictions.
The hardline “make their parents responsible” line is no more likely to work than the “nanny state warm fuzzy cuddly approach” Chris alludes to.
A workable resolution will only come out through collaboration with all parties involved, including the wayward kids themselves who, it would seem, are not considered part of the discussion.


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