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Comment on Hostel for kids, healing a split town: candidate’s vision by Domenico Pecorari.

I can’t tell you how heartening it is to see grassroots solutions that have been so well thought out as the proposal above, based as it is on replacing neglect and punitive measures with caring and training for our town’s youth. So good too, Ms Lemon, to see that you believe there is a role for the Alice Springs Town Council in all this, and I wish you well in the up-coming election.

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Air traffic: Looking down on Alice
Yes, a very sad development for our town.
Sadder still to see the Minister for Tourism’s spin on the “benefits” for our local tourism businesses, when in fact it will prove to be another nail in the coffin for us.
That said, I save my deepest criticism for our local government leadership, or lack of, for not undertaking the planning that is needed to change our town and again make it a destination in its own right.
Crime statistics, alcohol abuse, homelessness, falling population numbers and the like are just the symptoms. The cause of our malaise is incompetence at the top.

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.

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