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

Another notch putting The Rock ahead of Alice
Yes, Melissa, the old “Roads, Rates and Rubbish” makes for a very useful fall-back position for a do-nothing Mayor.
I suggest that you read up on the Alice Springs Town Council’s own strategic plan to see that our council does indeed have responsibilities that include environmental, social and cultural issues.
If we, as a town, do not take on the responsibility of planning for our sustainable future, who will?

Another notch putting The Rock ahead of Alice
Sadly, The Alice seems to be paying the price for not planning its future and the lack of effective leadership at the local council level.
We desperately need a change at the top, someone who will fight for our town with more than just hope and a prayer.
Above all else, we need to stop expecting someone else to be looking after our interests.

Former gallery advisor scathing about its planners
Thank you, Mr Lynch, for your timely and very relevant criticism.
Sadly, the Territory has never been able to do “planning” well, and the sign, advertising an art and cultural centre that has long closed, is a sad example of how badly we do “management”.
Can you imagine how we must look to the disappointed tourists that set out for the art centre, only to find a carpark?
Could anyone blame them for thinking we are an un-cultured lot?
After all, didn’t we recently let one of the most iconic Indigenous paintings of our time, Emily Kame Kngwarreye’s Earth Creation slip through our fingers?
The painting could have been the Blue Poles of the new art gallery, ensuring Alice Springs had a truly unique work, one worth the long trip to get here.
Lost for a paltry $2 million by a government that sees art purchases as an expense instead of as an investment.

Code of conduct allegations ‘vexatious, frivolous’ – councillor
Good on you, Jimmy. Far too much Council deliberation is locked behind a dubious need for confidentiality.
It’s well past time the Council was more open and transparent and not run on so much secrecy.

Coles Mural: Government, Heritage Council fall silent
Congratulations, Ben.
Your post says it all about our local culture which, sadly, places financial opportunity above all else. Woe that anything should come between a property developer and a bucket of money.
Sad too that this town’s so called leaders cannot see the link between loss of heritage places (and the role they play in maintaining a desirable urban environment) and the reduction in tourism and visitor numbers and the resultant downturn in the local economy, the local population and property values.
You see, we all end up paying in the end for our short-sightedness.

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