Of course there is no end to evening entertainment in …

Comment on Night out on the town, and living to tell the tale by Hal Duell.

Of course there is no end to evening entertainment in A Town Like Alice.
Many argued long and hard before the Liquor Licensing Commission both for and against Monte’s. Sadly, among those who did not support it was the 11th Alice Springs Town Council.
But Mat and his wife Cat won the day and now offer a venue as refreshing, as unexpected and as stunning as the Palace Hotel (formerly Marios Palace) in Broken Hill.
Even the young man who did the right thing a couple of weeks ago and left his ride in the Council parking lot across the street only to find it a few days later on the road to Yuendumu with diesel in the petrol tank has been back.
From my home in Alice’s superior suburb of The Gap, I often watch visitors faces blanch at the volume coming from the park next door or from the street in front. I always hasten to assure them that it’s nothing to worry about – it’s just nighttime in A Town Like Alice.
And whenever we run into former residents while on a visit to the cities down south, don’t they ask questions and sound as nostalgic as refugees?

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