At the risk of sounding like a broken record, take-away …

Comment on Challenger for mayoral contest? by Hal Duell.

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, take-away free days are a must in Alice if we are to see an improvement in the unacceptable level of public and private drunkenness. It’s on the same principal as time outs for children. Sometimes kids need a little bit of space and time to think about what they are doing. Habitual drinkers need the same to dry out.
My nominations remain Sundays, Tuesdays and (not or) Thursdays.
It’s demeaning to our intelligence to think we cannot shop ahead, and as for tourists, they mostly drink in clubs and pubs. Those driving through can wait, that is if they haven’t gotten the word and stocked up.
It true that this is ultimately a matter for the NT Government and the Liquor Licensing Commission, but they are influenced by Council, the Chamber of Commerce and other bodies in Alice. We could get on top of this. We just lack the will.
I too worry about the vacant shops. Sometimes lately I worry that Wilcannia is not that far away!
And Eli, believe me you do not have to wait until 11:30 to be intimidated by drunks in front of Council Chambers. When I leave as you disappear into Confidential, I keep my eyes down and walk straight to my car. By 9:30 it is often well on.

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Gallery: no deal yet on land swap
Matters are kept in confidential when they don’t want us to know what they are talking about.
Only Melky and Banks seem willing to bring this issue into open. And yet, all were elected on promises of transparency.
Confidential is where a “prefered option” is decided. Then they stage a public consultation. Then they enact the prefered option.
This backfired on the Anzac Oval. I expect them to be more careful next time.
And I wonder what the sweetener will be to induce the ACTC into forfeiting the best block in Alice Springs.


The cost of booze
From the perspective of a dog walker, whatever the current government is doing to reduce at least the level of drinking in public, it’s working.
I used to carry two shopping bags to collect empties.
Now I carry one, and as often as not bring it home empty.
Nor am I seeing the windrows of empty plastic wine bottles.


Mating odour to catch feral cats
I agree, look at Camelicious. And not just milk, but meat and hides as well.
The time is not yet right for this, but with global weather patterns changing yearly, the time will come when Australia will de-stock cattle and sheep in large swathes of the Outback and restock with camels and goats.
Let’s hope we don’t shoot them all out as feral pests before we need them.
And then plow in all the cotton fields and replant with hemp for a better fibre from less water and fewer chemicals.


Rates may rise 3.5% but no civic centre swap in draft budget
I love it that the “gallery” has an interim director. Maybe similar to Venezuela having an interim president, or someone who is an interim boss over something that actually isn’t.
And now we learn that the NT government is seeking an Authority Certificate over the Civic Centre block from AAPA.
Say what?
And where is our Assange when we need him. Wouldn’t you love to know what those tricksters are up to in there?


Museums: First Nations demand to speak for themselves
I think James T Smerk’s idea of a museum with two wings is one of the best and most novel suggestions I have heard.
Aside from a shared claim to Aboriginality, there is no unity within Aboriginal Australia.
Yet this has not kept them from remaining present and relevant despite having been caught in the tides of history some 250 years ago.
Let’s hear all the stories.


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