The saving of the Old Alice Springs Gaol was the …

Comment on The gaolers and the gaoled: new exhibition by Domenico Pecorari.

The saving of the Old Alice Springs Gaol was the last major win for our town’s built heritage.
It makes me laugh when I hear some blame the “conservationists” for stifling growth and bringing on the town’s present-day economic woes.
From my recollection, developers have won practically every heritage-related battle since that time, much to the detriment of our town’s once iconic Outback character.
And yes, there is still a fire in the belly of most of us from that time, but it is a slow burn, drenched in a sadness and disappointment that the system itself is stacked against our town’s heritage and that there are just so many times one can bash one’s head against a wall that just won’t budge.

Recent Comments by Domenico Pecorari

Say no to no go, urge anti-frackers
I agree wholeheartedly with Ted Egan, but fear that it will all be too late by the next election.
I’ve tried to make a submission but the maps I’ve seen provided online are very pixilated and difficult to read.
Maybe this is being done on purpose?
It’s never-the-less easy to see that the biggest “no-go” area on these maps is all around Darwin.
Call me cynical, but it seems to me that the NT Government is selling us all out for the benefit of the capital.
Time to get very vocal, folks, or live with the consequences.


Architect of Katherine’s masterplan to be Alice council CEO
At last, a real chance for the development of a workable masterplan in turning around our town’s presently bleak outlook.
My optimism is based upon reading Mr Jennings’ recent Big Rivers plan for the Katherine region, a well recommended read.
I wish Robert Jennings all the best and hope he will have the support of all our councillors. Like Alex Nelson, I now have a strong reason to stay in the town.


Salvos: The small acts of kindness, and the big
The Salvos do an absolutely marvellous job in Alice Springs, providing the less fortunate amongst us with support services that, in a more fairer and more compassionate society, would be the responsibility of government.
We all need to support the Salvation Army’s fundraising efforts, not least by donating our unwanted, good quality recyclable goods to their Thrift Shop on Whittaker Street, a move that not only reduces landfill and the need for resource extraction but also contributes to our local economy while helping create a more caring, sharing community.


Society stops crime, not the police
Professor Sarre is correct in identifying “good economic and social justice policies, higher employment rates, good family solidarity, high rates of educational opportunities, and welfare assistance” as having a more effective role in tackling crime and anti-social behaviour in our communities than the knee-jerk cries for more police.
I would add to his list “a better acknowledgement, appreciation and respect for Indigenous cultural values,” which would promote a sense of true social inclusion for a section of our community that have not been allowed to play an effective part in our decision-making process, neither at a local nor at a Territory level.
Evidence of exclusion ranges from objections to flying the Aboriginal Flag on Anzac Hill, the insistence of excluding Indigenous language in our schools and the lack of consultation regarding the siting for the Indigenous Art Centre. Politicians can take note: We can and need to do better.


Tree death and the challenge of heatwaves
I too hope the “audit” undertaken by the ASTC’s technical services department is sufficiently detailed as to provide useful data for an informed response to the loss of so many trees to the past summer’s heatwave conditions. We can be certain that heatwave summers will continue and that maintaining and establishing new trees will become that much harder. Perhaps now we will all better value our town’s trees and ensure that the recent deliberate destruction of nearly a hundred trees for the North Stuart Highway work never happens again and that the on-going removal of trees in our CBD is reversed.


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