@Melaine – I’m a little confused by your comment, I’m …

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@Melaine – I’m a little confused by your comment, I’m very open about my affiliations and who I am. I make multiple public comment on many issues, via many outlets and have never shirked any debate. In fact I think public debate is one of the most positive things a community can undertake.
I will happily make a full disclosure.
I own both the Eldorado Motor Inn in Tennant Creek and the Heritage Caravan Park in Alice Springs. I am a supporter and member of many sporting and community organisations in both Alice and Tennant. I am a Telstra Small Business Award Winner and last year’s Tourism Central Australia’s Industry Achiever. I donate constantly to the local community (especially the Barkly).
My Partner is Rebecca Healy who is the Country Liberals Candidate for Barkly, and one of the country’s premier youth workers. While I myself am the Country Liberal Deputy Treasurer and Barkly Branch Chairman. Again I have never attempted to hide any aspect of my beliefs or affiliation. Perhaps we haven’t crossed the same circles, but I’ve been a vocal community member for multiple years.
The frustration that is starting to grow for me is with what I believe to be significant misinformation being used by the People’s Alcohol Action Coalition (PAAC) at times to support and back up their ideals. While I wholly support and acknowledge that their cause and desire for alcohol reform is noble they must be honest and forthright.
As a licensee myself in both the NT and Victoria, I have huge concerns with the way in which the PAAC is attempting to construct its argument. And my continual question of how many members the organisation has is a valid one.
Even the name itself would lead people to believe that it is a widely supported and well patronised organisation yet thus far I have only been able to find a handful of academics that claim membership. Its membership base or lack of is a clear indication of just how representative it actually is.
If it has 500 members, fantastic! And we should take even more notice. If it only has 10 then people should be afforded that information.
Can you advise how many members it has?

Recent Comments by Jason Newman

Crunch time in Anzac Oval standoff
Let’s be frank folks, all of this is built on the idea that Aboriginal culture still has the draw it once did when it was sleek and the world wanted to see it in the 80s and 90s.
It simply does not draw anymore, the number over the last 20 years don’t lie and the fact that barely a gallery can operate profitably in Alice when there used to be one on every street corner.
This will be one of the biggest mistakes and waste of money the NT Government will ever complete and tackles none of the real reasons people do or don’t visit the NT.

Leo Abbott quits CLP to stand against Bess Price
Well, it would seem absolutely no one cared or even paid any attention to this.
It would seem all Leo might have done is lose the last piece of support he had. What a silly man.

Selling parks again on the agenda
Im not sure I agree with you Bev, what Booth and Melky are suggesting is both clever and pragmatic.

We have 4 small children under 6 in our family and 6 doors up from our house in Old Eastside we have a small park. It is small, poorly kept and has minimal facilities. Although it’s close we simply dont use it, we do however often take all the kids up to the park on Larapinta next to the art centre, where the kids have far more enjoyment and space. We also often use the CDU Oval to kick balls and what not.

I would certianly prefer the site near us be developed and used. It will also mean that Council will have a bigger ongoing budget for each of the better parks, while also gaining the monies from the sales.

It could be a very positive thing for the quality of our park infrastructure and council’s ability to service them.

After years of under-achieving, tourism promoters say they are getting cracking
How can Alice become an international airport if we are unable to even provide enough effective market to support a second domestic carrier?? Seems to be putting the cart well before the horse. That kind of demand is a huge way off.

@A passionate Local Operator

I do go to every TCA/Tourism NT workshop I can, but considering that we have had only 1 in the last 12 months in Tennant Creek, it’s pretty easy to feel left out to dry.

After years of under-achieving, tourism promoters say they are getting cracking
I agree 100% Steve. The Rock visit used to be about visiting Alice and the trek to get there. That was half the excitement. The direct flights greatly dismished that. It lessened our product and the amount of time people spend in the NT. As you say, no one took a holistic view to those decisions and we pay for it now.
The appeal of the NT has always been the sparseness and frontier nature of the place. How do people feel that if they are flying over it?

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