@Bob And all interested parties – I have been informed that …

Comment on Cr Melky’s curfew motion soundly defeated by Hal Duell.

@Bob
And all interested parties –
I have been informed that something is planned regarding take-away alcohol during next weekend’s AFL All-Stars game.
The details will be published directly.
In advance I would like to thank the members of the NT Liquor Licensing Commission for doing what they can, whatever that may prove to be.

Hal Duell Also Commented

Cr Melky’s curfew motion soundly defeated
@Bob
Very welcome news, altho I cannot find the ad you mention. Hope it’s as you say.
It’s not enough – Thursday to mention just one – but it’s a start.
Grog in Alice has become an almost intractable problem, and it’s one of our own making. Quite astonishing when you think about it.
The one good thing to come out of a boil-over is the money gets spent and the next couple nights are quiet enough. Which is little consolation to those recovering in ER.
Thanks for the info.


Cr Melky’s curfew motion soundly defeated
Well, that’s a relief. Common sense prevails, and in saying that I imply no criticism of Crs Melky and Booth for raising the curfew question. It was a debate we had to have, but one that leaves us asking where to now?
I am glad Council has asked to meet with Minister Lambley. She lives here and knows the town well. As a member of an incoming government, she has been party to cutting some programs carried over from the last government, a process all incoming governments allow themselves. Whether they all had to go, how important was the cost savings and other related questions, I will leave for others.
But, again, where to now?
Will we see temporary alcohol restrictions introduced for the coming AFL games? I know this is anathema for some among us, but I also know (and I mean I really do know) that the streets in The Gap will have at least one night during each weekend when the situation on the street will defy description to anyone not a long-term resident.
My wife and I were discussing this the other night. We both admit to tuning out when the decibels go off the scale, but we both hope we will snap-to if and when someone starts getting actually murdered.
But will we? And even if we do, will we get through to the police? On more that one occasion recently I have tried to call the non-emergency number and had it ring out. And if I call 000 and it’s not a 000 issue, what will happen the next time when it may well be?
Some might suggest I go out into the street to determine if it really is a 000 situation, but perhaps no one who has lived here long would make such a foolish suggestion.
As always, in the short term it comes down to the availability of grog. And when we know that the local pot is set to boil over, (and please can we not quibble – we KNOW the pot is set to boil over during the coming AFL weekends) why oh why can’t we act pro-actively to do something to prevent it?
And if we don’t, and I predict we won’t, doesn’t that make us all just that little bit culpable?


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