Thanks Susanne, great to hear from somebody who is prepared …

Comment on Of real estate, roses and living in the CBD by Bob Durnan.

Thanks Susanne, great to hear from somebody who is prepared to look at the town with fresh eyes, and not fall for the conventional negative doom-saying bullshit that is served up with monotonous regularity in all manner of the town’s forums.
I (and several others who comment here) have written about similar experiences of the river and CBD at night over the last couple of years.
If you know what you are doing, treat people with respect, don’t over-react to the occasional angry drunk, and take a bit of care around any current known trouble spots, you are unlikely to strike any trouble in the CBD or riverbed areas during the evening or daytime.
This applies especially over the last 15 months since the diligent work of the night-time youth outreach workers (YSOS) has reduced anti-social behaviour by bored and alienated youth to a very low level, supported by excellent policing and daily follow-up by social workers who liaise with the youth and their families.
If more shops were set up with accommodation included or converted to town houses, and more flats were built around the CBD (without going overboard in terms of height) I am sure that the CBD would be rejuvenated and provide a wonderful living environment.

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Given that the majority of NT road deaths are normally the result of single vehicle roll-overs on remote roads, it is questionable whether more intensive traffic policing in Alice would necessarily produce this good result as claimed.
We would need a much bigger sample and more details of the individual accidents to really get an idea about what is actually going on here.


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Hal, (Posted April 14, 2019 at 1:29 am): Don’t be so disingenuous. It is obvious from the article that CLC staff have been trying very hard to get permission to act.
They have now made their frustrations known to the relevant authorities, who are able to step in.
My point is that your criticism should have been aimed at those responsible (the traditional owners in question), not at the CLC as an organisation, as the staff are trying to do their job and get something done about the situation.
I was at both Mulga Bore and Angula a little over a week ago, and found very few people at Mulga, and none at Angula.
There were no dead horses that I saw, or smell of dead horses, around the houses then at either place, but there may have been some elsewhere. Of course the carcasses should be disposed of, wherever they are; that is what the writer and the CLC are trying to achieve.


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Hal: How would the Land Council stand legally if it were to destroy the property of a set of traditional owners without their permission? The CLC does not own the horses.
They are either the property of individual traditional owners and traditional owner family groups, or of persons who have contracts with the TOs to allow their horses to be on the TOs’ land.
Or else they are the responsibility of the particular Land Trust trustees on whose land they are located.
Legally the CLC as a statutory body can only consult and advise the traditional owners, and act on their instructions. It cannot make decisions for them without their permission.


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