When we are once again thought of as a safe …

Comment on Government tourism promotion: value for money? by V. Garner.

When we are once again thought of as a safe destination the visitors will return.
I have heard it all from visitors who have braved coming to the center even though they had been told they were mad to come to such a “dangerous” place.
The grey nomad grapevine that warns travelers to not stay in Alice Springs. The reports in overseas media of violent events here, turn people to other destinations.
I have been asked to ring for a taxi to “take us back to the safety of our hotel”.
We locals have become forcefully conditioned to the bad behaviour around us. Tourists are often terrified.

Recent Comments by V. Garner

Councillors: do we need Federal intervention on ‘crime wave’?
I have lived here for close to seventy years, in town and out Bush. I have never been afraid. Cautious at times but never afraid. Now I don’t go out at night and tiptoe around town very carefully during the day. Went in to do some shopping at Woolies on Sunday and had a fright when a group of trouble makers rushed into the centre, in off the street. The teenage girls waving their arms about and yelling and spreading out so I had nowhere to go. Thankfully a security guard appeared. We have people being attacked by these kids in broad daylight as well as at night. I have had two cars broken into, one in broad daylight and one at night while home. We are being bullied, day and night by children who are threatening people in the street and breaking into our homes while we are sleeping. No more excuses for this behaviour! Stop treating some Aboriginal people like poor little unintelligent lesser beings. They know right from wrong. This town is now a dangerous place and some thing has to be done to fix that.

Government accused of unfair competition
This argument has been discussed at VERY great length around Australia over the last few years.
There are many travellers who do not wish to pay the “bells and whistles” prices at caravan parks with all the extras such as pools etc.
These travellers will pretty much ignore towns that do not provide the cheaper options and the majority of businesses suffer because of a couple of caravan park owners!
Towns that provide the cheaper camping options benefit by having visitors stay, often for many days at a time, and spending money in the town.
For the benefit of the majority of businesses let’s keep the cheaper option going at the show grounds.

Anzac Oval will be site for gallery: Gunner
Why is it that long time residents’ opinions are totaly ignored by the “we’re here to make a quick buck before we move somewhere else” crowd?
Things we don’t want changed are changed by them and then they bugger off somewhere else, leaving us with their mess and loss of town character.

Allegations, no proof on bottlo shut-down
I am sick to death of grog shops in supermarkets and all that entails!
Why can’t grog shops be kept in completely seperate areas of town so we can do our shopping in peace.
The proliferation of grog shops is ridiculous in a town of this size.

Gallery at Anzac consult: council hurries to meet govt deadline
There is space, south of The Gap, to build a fantastic cultural centre and art gallery in a highly visable area near the college.
Instead the government is absolutely determined to squash the centre into a less attactive area, remove much needed car parking, and spend millions on building new sports fields.
Of course the government will not do any thing about replacing the car parking the residents this town council represent need to access the church, senior citizens, youth centre etc.
All round this project will be a disgusting waste of public money, a poorly designed project that could have been so much better.

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