Inquiry into Road Transport Hall of Fame

p2011-Transport-Hall-safe-3By ERWIN CHLANDA


After weeks of silence on the possible closing of the National Road Transport Hall of Fame, a prime tourist attraction in Alice Springs, the NT Government has released a brief statement.


A spokesperson for the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation (DTBI) says: “Licensing NT commenced an investigation into the affairs of [the Hall] in November last year under the Associations Act.


“That investigation is ongoing.


“The Department of Tourism and Culture and the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation have been actively offering to help [the Hall].


“However these offers to access various grants and subsidised consulting services have not been taken-up to date.


“Staff from DTBI will meet again with [the Hall] on Tuesday and will reiterate these offers of support.”


The spokesperson says compliance with the Associations Act is part of the investigation.


We are seeking a comment from Liz Martin, who has managed the major tourism icon, building it into a facility receiving nation-wide acclaim, for 25 years.


Her main problem over years have been countless break-ins and thefts, and inadequate protection of the priceless collection by authorities.


The spokesperson says these are “broader issues”, not for the department to comment on, but rather for politicians to deal with.


Ms Martin is pictured with the results of a break-in into her office.

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  1. Doug Weedon
    Posted February 10, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    How do you bureaucrats think the truckies will take this interference after many have given their precious trucks and mementos to the museum over a lot of years?
    And many are no longer with us. I know from when Liz posted she was leaving. A lot are going to take back their trucks and precious mementos and leave a great museum a derelict place and I don’t blame them.
    There is too much government interference in everything nowadays. My late father in law who came from Russia said even the communist party didn’t have as many laws and he is dead right, it won’t be long before we will have to have permission to go to the toilet.

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  2. Peter Innes
    Posted February 10, 2018 at 9:57 am

    This smacks of a take over by the NT Government. Given the dollars it brings into Alice and the Territory as a whole, the NT Government is not going to close down the facility.
    I urge all the major truck manufactures and those who have vehicles on loan to write to the NT Government advising of your intention to relocate your vehicles.
    I am sure there are other states who would welcome such a magnificent collection.
    This is a national treasure that cannot be lost due to an inept and guileless government.

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