@ Russell Guy, 28 June: YESSS, mini CBDs – I …

Comment on At last, public will get a say on Anzac Oval: Town Council by Maya.

@ Russell Guy, 28 June: YESSS, mini CBDs – I like the concept because it can work and decentralise.
And put people in the current CBD and they will bring life, perhaps at the old Anzac high school site. A few ideas out of the square may help.

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At last, public will get a say on Anzac Oval: Town Council
Thank you Jimmy for starting a long overdue process of proper consultation of the people of this town by those who are elected to represent this town.

So far there has been no dialogue. The NT Government decided on its own preferred site for reasons of its own, still to be disclosed.

There are 3 issues at hand to be considered; they are very distinct even though interrelated in the long run:

1) the best site for a national Indigenous art gallery, good enough to be visited from all over the world whereever it may located. I would certainly like it to be Alice Springs: the beating heart of Central Australia and its Indigenous population.

2) the revival of the CBD: the downfall of the town centre is mainly due to the excessive rental cost of any business located in the CBD, the unfortunate “misbehavior” of some youth and, I may add, the location of our best hotels and caravan parks being at a fair distance, usually not walking distance, from the CBD.

3) an overall urban plan for Alice Springs – instead of the ad hoc buildings and sets of flats mushrooming here and there without unity of style or coherent pattern – which will include a National gallery for aboriginal art.

Time for Council to play, fair and hard, for the benefit of all.


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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.


NT is biggest loser in nation’s renewable energy race
“On Track?” I wonder, and only quote:-
An alarming United Nations report released Tuesday said global temperatures are on track to rise as much as 3.9°C by the end of the century, meaning only drastic and unprecedented emissions reductions can stave off the most devastating consequences of the climate crisis.
According to the report, produced by an international team of leading scientists and researchers, greenhouse gas emissions must begin falling 7.6% annually by 2020 to prevent global temperatures from rising more than 1.5°C by 2030.
Besides the field of panels towards the airport and on the roof of Araluen and of the Double Tree … where are the panels developed by the NT Government? Perhaps the hidden plan is to put them on the cleared site of the Anzac Hill High School?


Government grant for Todd Tavern, Alice Plaza development
Thanks to Alex Nelson for saying so clearly what many think. The demise of Alice Springs is a typical example of Aesop’s fable of the Frog and the Ox. Successive governments made and still make the same error.
“The old frog kept puffing herself out more and more until, all at once, she burst.”


Minister Moss defends heritage record
I can see in my crystal ball another vacant Melanka site in store for Alice Springs, unless an urban grand plan takes place to rethink the whole of Town from South of the Mall to Hungry Jack going North and up to Anzac Hill. Unfortunately, besides Gunner and Moss, I cannot see in that same crystal ball any figure such as a Napoleon III or a Baron Haussmann to carry out a massive urban renewal program of new public works, art gallery and parks opening onto the River Todd.
I love Alice Springs my little 3R (regional, rural, and remote) country town. Stop messing up with it.


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