I admire the council for finally attempting to do something …

Comment on Trouble in CBD: Ranger or ambassador? by Mark.

I admire the council for finally attempting to do something about the problem! I have previously written about all the humbug that al-fresco diners both in the mall and even inside restaurants face.
Very few restaurant owners / managers seem willing or able to chase these people away. Too many visitors to town even encourage the humbugging behaviours for fear of being racist! They tolerate what I am sure they would never tolerate at home.
SO, what is to be done? And will the problem fade away at 4:21 PM when said employee heads home? Of course not. It would seem to me that employing an Arrernte man is really setting him up for future problems.
While it seems a real obvious solution, in practice I fear it will prove not so. Surely police ON FOOT PATROL in the mall, both regular and ACPO (Aboriginal Community Police Officer) are ideally suited to undertake this task?
Why it hasn’t been happening is the real issue. Maybe the desk duty is, as @ Kamare proposes, the reason.
But, really, with all the Indigenous organisations in town you would think that there were ample resources to address this problem!
The entry points into the Mall are few. Could not these be patrolled and the few regular offenders sent packing unless they have legitimate business, much like the police quickly identify the problem drinkers outside the liquor outlets? Hardly rocket science. Goodness, we can make a simple problem complicated … and expensive!

Recent Comments by Mark

Solar lights may go
Alice’s latest ‘Ruby Princess Moment’? So who IS responsible for this visual atrocity?


Slashed electricity pay ‘inevitable’
Many thanks for the analysis and figures Malcolm. Sooner we can escape Jacana and the grid unreliability the better.
When the FIT offers no advantages except being a large battery (a significant advantage if the grid remained reliable), what’s the use of a solar system that fails every time Jacana fails?


Gaping loophole in COVID roadblocks
Proved hard to stop the flow of grog. People are inventive and will find a way if determined.
Only tough fines will do the job to dissuade.
Road blocks are not the only answer. People cannot hide in a small community.


‘Price gouging council’
Councils it seems start by setting a budget, then “do the math” to set the requisite multipliers to raise the required income.
It’s a bit like setting the price of (say) corn flakes based not on the price of corn and production costs, but on maximising the potential income before the consumers switch their choice of cereal.
Or more bluntly how much can you gouge before there’s a groundswell and the council is swept out with the incoming one, repeating the process?


2020 poll: Can Territory Alliance be a political force?
Posting that not so random photo of Mills with that poster is little more than a cheap shot. I’m disappointed.


Be Sociable, Share!

A new way to support our journalism

We do not have a paywall. If you support our independent journalism you can make a financial contribution by clicking the red button below. This will help us cover expenses and sustain the news service we’ve been providing since 1994, in a locally owned and operated medium.

Erwin Chlanda, Editor