We have to keep reminding ourselves that it isn’t all …

Comment on OUR REST & REFLECTION SERIES: Alice has magic but house prices and crime need a firm hand by Robinoz.

We have to keep reminding ourselves that it isn’t all bad at Alice Springs, as Jan suggests.
Like Jan, I arrived in the Territory (at Peko Mine, Tennant Creek in 1957 when both towns were a bit like the Wild West – without guns). At that time, indigenous people weren’t allowed to drink and I think most “crime” in town related to fights between Caucasians usually of different ethnic groups. But generally, everybody got on okay and it was a wonderful experience to grow into adulthood in what was a land of magic and mystery. I had many conversations with Aboriginal elders and regret not having had the foresight to jot them down.
I left the NT to do a stint in the Air Force, to go to university and marry, but the call of the Territory was always there, nagging away in the background … so I returned, to a greatly different society, but still with a great lifestyle and much going for it.
The point is, the town is worth working for. Every town has its peaks and troughs and although we in The Alice may have had a longer trough than some, there is light at the end of the tunnel.
It just requires some give and take and some hard work from all of us. Maybe to put up with a bit of inconvenience with ID requirements, purchasing times, and other things.
However, it would be good to see some evidence that what we are doing is working.
There’s no point in continuing policies that don’t work.

Recent Comments by Robinoz

Four more years of same-same
We needed a council that will focus on council issues and not the so-called progressive issues of gender confusion, revision of history including changing Australia Day, renaming Father’s Day, unbridled immigration, destruction of coal fired power stations and the associated “flattening” of industry as described in our inexplicable signing of the UN’s Lima Accord. It seems that’s what the people elected.


Michele Castagna, 1944 – 2016
To Lyn Watson and family, our deepest sympathies. Michelle was a true example of our human spirit and will be missed, but remembered by all with whom she came in contact.


We have four times the nation’s rate of road deaths
It would be nice to see police enforcing stop signs, failing to keep right or left when turning right or left i.e., driving into the incorrect lane after the turn at intersections like the Stuart Highway and Larapinta Drive.
The idiots who signal to turn right on the approach of a roundabout and then drive straight ahead could also stand some attention.
All of these offences indicate that either drivers don’t care about road rules, don’t know them, or are just plain sloppy. Sloppiness in one part of their driving leads to other aspects of sloppiness and eventually traffic incidents.


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Flags must be maintained in good repair also. Flags that are falling apart at the seams should not be displayed.


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