One further interesting observation to make – as noted in …

Comment on Tell a tourist bureau where to go by Alex Nelson.

One further interesting observation to make – as noted in my main article, the NT Government Tourist Bureau has been located in buildings on three corners of the intersection of Todd Street / Mall and Parsons Street at various times in the past 50 years.
There is, however, one corner of that intersection where it hasn’t gone, namely the one occupied by the ANZ Bank. Now here’s the rub – that building was constructed in 1962 and the ANZ officially opened its doors there on August 13 of that year. There have been a few changes to the layout of the bank since that time but essentially it’s been in the same (distinctive) building for 51 years. There’s apparently never been any need to move from that site in all that time.
The ANZ bank building is one of the few in the centre of Alice Springs that’s older than me (I was born here in 1963, slightly over a month before the NT Government Tourist Bureau first opened its doors).

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Tell a tourist bureau where to go
When I walked into work last evening (Woolies in Yeperenye Shopping Centre) I was half-expecting to see the two tourist information signs on Hartley Street had disappeared. Instead, I discovered someone had swiveled the sign near the Old Hartley Street School to face north, towards the Parsons Street intersection. But the other sign on that corner continues to face south – yes, the two tourist information signs now point towards each other! Their symbolism is more appropriate than ever!
Perhaps its fortunate no-one seems to take any notice of them – can you imagine hapless hordes of confused tourists colliding on the footpath next to the Post Office, ricocheting out on to Hartley Street, bouncing off car bonnets and landing on the doorstep of Tourism Minister Matt Conlan across the road? At this rate we’re likely to give the Edinburgh Comedy Festival a run for its money!
In reply to Charlie Carter I have no knowledge about a site on Wills Terrace being the original preferred location of the Sitzler building although, now you’ve mentioned it, it does ring a bell.
Hal Duell is correct – “See Alice while she’s hot” was the slogan used by (at least one of) the airlines, ie. TAA and Ansett, during the 1970s. It was very successful.
Steve Brown’s comment raises other interesting historical perspectives – in 1986 there were two competing proposals for truck stop facilities at the south and north entrances (the one in the south the same location being discussed now). However, only the truck stop at the north end of town was opened in 1987, which today offers only a fraction of the services once on offer.
It seems to me this site has good potential to meet the needs of tourists as suggested by Bob Taylor.
Recently the new owners of Jim’s Place on the south Stuart Highway have announced their intention of developing this location to serve long-haul transport operators, which would throw into doubt the need for another such facility on the south end of town.
The comment by Anonymous about the previous Visitor Information Centre on Gregory Terrace raises some good questions; there’s also an interesting history to the building on this site (for example, 50 years ago I was an infant getting measured, weighed and jabbed for disease inoculation when this place was the “Queen Elizabeth II Infant Health Clinic”).
Returning to Steve Brown, I’m happy to make predictions on various topics – but given the repetitive nature of what’s already occurred, that’s not all that difficult to do!


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Integrity put ‘Jak’ Ah Kit at the top
One of the best speeches I ever heard was delivered by John Ah Kit for the “Reconciling Australia” series broadcast by ABC National Radio on April 11, 1995.
I still have the cassette tape.
He was the executive director of the Jawoyn Association at the time but won a by-election for the seat of Arnhem several months later.


Aboriginal participation needed to Close the Gap: Mundine
Here is the news: “Legislative Councillor, Frank Johnson of Alice Springs, refuses to let up on his theme that “a tannery or some other industry to absorb aborigine [sic] labour is a must for the Alice Springs district.
“He has written to various parliamentarians about it, spoken about the subject in Council and made numerous statements through the press.
“Many in Alice Springs have supported the member in his cry. This week Mr Johnson aimed a new bullet at the powers that be, and it contained a new warning.
“Either the Government will establish a tannery or some other suitable industry, or they had better get busy and build bigger gaols, he stated.
“Mr Johnson means by that, that unless some suitable employment is available to the aborigines [sic] at present receiving some sort of education, then there is going to be a lot of trouble in a very short time”.
This was published under the headline “Build industry or bigger gaol at Alice Springs” in the Centralian Advocate, September 11, 1953.
What goes round comes round when there’s nothing new under the sun.


‘Major Project’ is ready to go – except for the money
Kind of ironic that the Gunner Labor Government, in its eagerness to assure a “jobs led recovery, not a cuts led recovery,” is placing so much reliance on … ahem, an open cut mine.


Deloitte to close Alice Springs office
Erwin, the top floor was actually built at the request of the ABC as the building was originally intended to be two storeys.
The NT Tourist Commission was one of the early occupants of the building, along with the Housing Commission, too.
Thanks to Cyclone Tracy, the headquarters of the Tourist Commission was relocated there from Darwin, and remained in Alice Springs at various locations until 1992.


Council resignations and surprising alliances
@ Scotty (Posted June 30, 2020 at 4:45 pm): “By the way, Willshire was not found guilty of anything” – while in turn Lindy Chamberlain was found guilty.
History shows the decisions of courts are not sacrosanct; and in both examples, the findings were (at a minimum) miscarriages of justice.


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