Old Melanka. Before that, Stott House and Todd House across …

Comment on Old Melanka site for sale – again by John Bell.

Old Melanka. Before that, Stott House and Todd House across the road on the opposite corner where the Town Council offices are now.
Such a rich history of residents. So many stories to tell. So many young people from all walks of life who came to the Alice for so many reasons.
So many happy stories, sad stories, life in its richest tapestries.
There is a spirit in that vacant block in that place in Todd Street.
A wonderful spirit that should be recognized and honoured by any organization or enterprise that eventually purchases that place for future development.
I really hope so.

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Old Melanka site for sale – again
The spirits of old Stott House and Melanka residents are watching over the site. And the Old Fella, Thomas A’Becket Flood, is Up There, smiling. Enjoying the dogfight. Long may our sacred site remain red dirt and trees. As one with the spirit of country.


Recent Comments by John Bell

‘Cop will be labelled for the rest of his life as a blackfeller killer’
Making a split second decision in a volatile situation to “disarm” a violent knife-wielding attacker by “shooting him in the leg” with sharpshooter accuracy is the stuff of NCIS TV heroes.
Real life is much more difficult.
There is a question of police training to look at, of course.
However, a number of the commentators appear to be saying to be automatically assuming that it is incontestable – a man with a gun has no right to shoot a man coming at him with a knife.
I have read a number of forensic articles on the gun v knife / cop v attacker debate.
The articles, written by experienced investigators of police law enforcement situations, conclude that in many scenarios, the knife is just as deadly, if not more deadly, than the gun.
Would it be outside the coroner’s brief to look at this knife v gun issue?
Most of us who would automatically say a gun is deadlier have never been in a scary situation of a crazy coming at us with a knife. Just a thought.


Now that the Rock can’t be climbed, visiting it will cost more
@ Charlie, Alex and Simon. Yes. I was referring to Charlie Perkins and Clyde Cameron.
I was in Canberra at the time. Being in the National Aboriginal Sports Foundation and Aboriginal Affairs and mixing with the mob on Capital Hill, and later ATSIC, and going to Alice with work, I could not help but get info and opinions and political views on the transfer by Hawkey.
Clyde did a deal with Charlie whereby Charlie would get control of the NASF in the negotiations for the handover of the of Rock. Interesting times. Amazing times.


Now that the Rock can’t be climbed, visiting it will cost more
So. Charlie. Cross out coal. Cross out gas. Presumably cross out nuclear. Where to then?


Now that the Rock can’t be climbed, visiting it will cost more
In 1983 the National Aboriginal Sports Foundation had a time trial up the Rock planned.
African athletes, Australian champs and Aboriginal athletes.
Once around the Rock is exactly 10k. From the Olgas to the Rock and once around is exactly the 42.2k distance of a marathon.
The time trial was to be televised and we had international magazine AfroSport and its owner journo Bobby Naidoo based in London on board to promote it.
Then along came Charlie and Clyde and politics. In an eye blink we went from chocolates to boiled lollies. Politics. Very sad.


Now that the Rock can’t be climbed, visiting it will cost more
Ah well. Now the climb-it item will be scratched off a lot of bucket lists of “Things to Do Before I go to the Great Beyond” and replaced with the item “Increase Credit Card Limit for trip to the Red Desert” and “Check Local ATM Availability – at the Olgas?”


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