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.

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Backtrack Boys: lessons in hope and perseverance
Thanks, Kieran, for the background to this must-see documentary. I have noted the screening time in my diary.


How much of our relationship with Aborigines is hypocrisy?
Good on you, Mr Baranski.
We need to hear such feedback from visitors like you to help us understand the things we need to change so as to become more a part of the modern world, instead of somewhere that Time has forgotten.
I’d like to add that, fortunately, many fellow-Territorians do not support the backward, racist thinking of many of our political decision-makers, and are fighting for changes.
Keep on reading the Alice Springs News Online to keep in touch.


Anzac Oval grab Minister rejects Coles Mural listing
I would recommend that both InterestedDarwinObserver and the Minister do more research before putting words to print.
In fact, the Minister needs not look any further than the NT’s own Heritage Register for an example of a heritage-listed mural: the Robert Czako Mural at St Mary’s Chapel, Alice Springs, a building which is not in itself listed.
If they had bothered to search further afield, just a couple of clicks away on the computer these days, they would also have found recent examples of murals listed in more enlightened jurisdictions, such as the “I Have A Dream” mural (1991) in Newtown, Sydney, heritage-listed by the Marrickville Council in 2014.
Another fine example of a mural being listed, but not the building, is the “Expansion” Mosaic Mural Wall in Braddon, Canberra, listed by the ACT Heritage Council in 2013. This mural is part of the Canberra Rex Hotel (1960).
Heritage-listing is not limited to buildings or other solid objects, but can be applied to something as thin as a few coats of paint.
What’s being kept for future generations to understand and enjoy is the heritage significance of the thing.
In some cases, such as the heritage-listed Wave Hill Walk-off (also here in the Territory) the significance resides in little more than the location of the place in which significant actions occurred. How more ephemeral can it get?
In any case, a heritage-listed Coles Mural could be incorporated into any future re-development of the site, by any architect worthy of the title, as has been done in other re-developments around Australia.
Just look at Melbourne Central Shopping Centre’s incorporation of a whole building, the 50-metre high Coop Shot Tower, for inspiration.
We just need a lot more imagination.


Anzac Oval grab Minister rejects Coles Mural listing
Chair of the Heritage Council, Wayne Kraft, is correct in his explanation of the heritage-listing process under our current NT Heritage Act: The Minister for Heritage does indeed have the final decision and can over-ride the most positive of recommendations for listing.
I know of several other historic buildings in our town centre, namely the Old Riverside Hotel (Todd Tavern) and the Wallis Fogarty store (TravelWorld) that, together with the Pioneer Walk-in Theatre (YHA) and OLSH house in the Catholic Church precinct, were not listed by previous Heritage Ministers despite the most thorough of assessments and the strongest of recommendations.
I believe that, in those cases too, the objections by owners were the deciding factor.
The sad truth is that the Territory’s heritage is not served well by the present legislation.
Far too many of our town’s heritage places have been lost over the thirty odd years I’ve been here, along with that early outback character that led me to stay.
And then we wonder why fewer and fewer tourists bother to come here.


Leaving town: Centre, its creatures will miss Kaye Kessing
I’m saddened to read of your impending departure, Kaye, particularly as you have contributed greatly in how Central Australians have come to see our native fauna and understand the impact of introduced feral species.
Sadder still is the fact that the nomination to heritage list your most visible contribution, the Coles Mural, was recently rejected by the current Minister for Tourism and Culture, due to, I believe, the building owner’s objections.
All the same, I thank you for helping make Alice Springs the special place it is and wish you and Eleanor all the very best.


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