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

Master plan for town, reconciliation plan for Australia Day
I’m very sorry, Steve. I’ve read your comment several times, even read “between the lines”, so to speak, but I have not been able to make head nor tail of the point you are trying to make.
I do, however, question your assertion that Anzac Hill was “given over by the TO’s (sic) specifically for (the) purpose of represent(ing) and commemorat(ing) The Nations (sic) War dead”, and would love to see any historical evidence you may have on the matter.
I personally suspect that the local Indigenous people were not asked if their sacred site could be appropriated for a memorial to European wars.

CBD planning: The vibrants are at it again
The problem with every “plan” and “scheme” that I’ve seen developed since I came to The Alice in 1984 is that they have been too narrow in scope, overly focused on economic “solutions” and often just project driven.
Despite all the activity, not to mention cost, this town has never had the “long-term, integrated Master Plan” that Jimmy Cocking has recently called for: an all- encompassing Master Plan that formalises a sustainable, shared vision for our town, not just economically, but also environmentally, socially and culturally. In short, a plan that defines the kind of town we want to live, work and play in.
We are certainly a town that has experienced no population growth for the last 10 years, including a population decline over the last five.
I believe that a well-developed master plan, with wide-ranging input from local expertise and the general public, would provide the roadmap with which we could reverse this worrying trend.

Master plan for town, reconciliation plan for Australia Day
Upon reading the article, I must admit to sharing Charlie Carter’s response: “All of the above!” I suspect it is a view shared by a significant majority of citizens.

Burst of desert art and life in Sydney CBD
A wonderful achievement, Leonardo. Congratulations to all involved in presenting a positive image of central Australia.

Raising the bar: the art of keeping your shop safe
Congratulations, Mike. A great effort on your part in demonstrating a creative response to resolving a practical problem. Nothing short of brilliant! And thanks, Kieran, for bringing Mike’s achievement to our attention. I hope our town’s decision-makers are taking notice.

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