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To Lauren Moss: Will, will, will … wishful thinking. Let’s hope for the best.
But Desert Park site is a missed opportunity, the one preferred by experts who gave us well informed advice.

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Virus risk: US Marines should not deploy to Darwin
Well done!
I was waiting for the time when these issues of USA defense personnel in Darwin and Alice Spring (for the JDFPG) will be raised.
Our CM did not raise it, he did not mention any “exemption” for the military, therefore I assume that his “measures” apply to all movements in and out of the NT, whether military or civilian.
Human protection come first.


CBD revitalisation no show all council’s fault?
I can only applaud the common sense displayed by an “Interested Onlooker”(ASNews 17/03). I’ve tried repeatedly over the last three years to express a simple opinion: do not try to kill 2 birds with the same stone. It is either the Mall and the CBD, urban planning and anti-social behaviour management, or an Aboriginal Art Gallery of national relevance. Finally we’ll get neither. The development of an Art Gallery (National) is a specialised topic, leave it to art experts. It goes beyond NT/Town Council politics.
Similarly Covid-19 is a public health issue, leave it to doctors and epidemiologists to tell us the best course of action, not to politicians.


Five generations together in the one room
Congratulations to the women who have shown us the way of successful integration in our multicultural (and multi-lingual)community, and my best wishes to little Gabriella. I thought that with my 2 great-grand-daughters (the latest one born 14 March in Canberra), I was not doing too badly. But Rosa (who sang with me and many other locals, on the stage of Araluen some 20 years ago) is by far a role model of strength, resilience and happiness for all women to follow.
The Italian contribution to this town by the many post-war migrants who made Alice their home should be recorded before it goes into oblivion. Kieran Finnane, perhaps an oral history project for you.


Dujuan’s moving story and its missing pieces
I thank Kieran Finnane and Alice Springs News for giving us such a detailed critical analysis of what otherwise is the sad story of an Aboriginal kid growing up in our midst.
Is it good for export? The emphasis on some aspects of life in a town camp may project an incomplete image of what is going on in real terms.
I saw the movie at Araluen and heard the Qs and the concise As. I am familiar with the people it represents knowing personally most of them. After 35 years in Alice Springs and working with Aboriginal people, I left Larapinta Drive and adjacent Lovegrove Drive (where the large, modern, well resourced Yipirinya School is now located), going home somewhat disappointed.
I expected some insight into the possible solutions to the problems of boredom and lack of boundaries shown by our local indigenous youth, and others too, personalized by the charismatic Dujuan of Hidden Valley jumping on car roofs.
Definitely the primary school teacher we heard in the movie needs to be updated and inducted into Aboriginal two-way (without “s”) awareness, or at least trained on how to recover the interest of the children in her care, when a high percentage of kids in her class are Aboriginal.
Yipirinya School itself, established with great vision 40 years ago, is now a special school for Aboriginal kids with a “white” Principal and no longer a cultural director.
Is living a free life on the homeland – the only times we see Dujuan really happy – a holiday, or should a primary school be built there, could it assist in developing Dujuan’s capacity to contribute to a society where he may be able to acquire a house in the golf course area instead of seeing himself as one of the have-not’s? But this is not his real, deep in his blood, aspiration. However nowhere in the movie is there an utterance by the mother, grandmother, father or grandfather that self-control may yield some results. For all I know (and I know nothing) self-discipline is part of Aboriginal growing up into a man through initiation. I would have expected a hint of it as so much pride of his Aboriginality “runs in his blood”. The answers will have to come from within, in due course.
In conclusion, a big thank you from one Maya to another (Maya Newell) for her beautiful photographic work of a harsh reality.


Old Timers Village resident locked in
Old age in general is bad enough when people lose some of their physical or intellectual capacities.
When you add to it the various stages of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease it compounds tenfold the difficulties, as the persons concerned are too often unaware of their actual situation.
They can hold a simple conversation with clarity as if their memory was not affected. But their memory span is reduced to a few minutes only, and they live in a re-created world of fantasy, out of “normality”, and they need 24/7 care and supervision. Sad.
A family member’s power of attorney or a locked main door in a “home” may seem abusive in some situations, but it is the only way to ensure the safety of their loved ones in our modern society.
In the older days (and today in some cultures), extended families were the norm with three or four generations lovingly (sic?) living together and the younger ones were looking after the older ones. Utopia? Sounds good, but even then abuses existed.
Old age is not a pretty thing and science tries to increase longevity endlessly. In good health yes, not otherwise.
By the way, if Mr Viegas was sound in body and mind when he signed the Power of Attorney, why did he hand over his decision making to his daughter in the first place?
He must have trusted her.
As far as I am aware it is only in case of medically assessed mental disability that the document takes effect.


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