@ Ted. Good point, I grant you that. If …

Comment on Make Oz Day a celebration of the future, not the past by Domenico Pecorari.

@ Ted. Good point, I grant you that. If the 1st January is not suitable, then which date would you suggest?
@ Hal. Yes, I had understood your line on Anzac Day as a suggested date, but not out of malice.
I return to my basic argument, as previously stated: That an appropriate date for Australia Day needs to have historical relevance to an event of national importance, a significant event that symbolises unity and that is acceptable to the majority, including our First Australians.

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Make Oz Day a celebration of the future, not the past
@ Jan: I agree with all that you say but I’d love to know if you have any particular date in mind.
@ Hal: I believe your suggestion of Anzac Day as Australia’s National Day would meet more public resistance than our present date which, despite what you say, is being met with growing resistance, year upon year.
Anzac Day is founded upon a specific date and marks a specific historic event; something that actually happened, not a date that happens to be convenient or practical. The 25th of April (1915) marks the first landing on the shores of Gallipoli by predominantly Australian and New Zealand troops, and signifies our country’s first major military action of the First World War. Interestingly, these troops included Maori and Indigenous Australians, even though they were not officially able to enlist.
All I have been saying is that whatever date is finally accepted for Australia Day, it needs to have historical relevance to an event of national importance, a significant event that symbolises unity and that is acceptable to the majority, including our First Australians.


Make Oz Day a celebration of the future, not the past
@ Hal: You miss my point.
It could be argued that every country celebrates its national day “with eyes on the future” but the date upon which it is celebrated by definition relates to the past, the date on which the nation was formed, was united or won its independence.
The 26th of January simply does not meet the criteria.


Make Oz Day a celebration of the future, not the past
@ Hal. As an intelligent man, you would have to accept that no-one can escape their past and that declaring a date that “celebrates the future” would be a world first, and for good reason – it is a laughable notion.
Australia Day should indeed be celebrated, but it also needs to have legitimate historical relevance. Most nations celebrate their national day on the date they achieved independence or came together as a nation.
Australia has such a date, 1st January 1901, when the separate state colonies came together to form a single nation.
It is also known as Federation Day.
Perfect, I’d have thought, for anyone advocating a united Australia.


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Another nail in the Anzac High coffin
A sad day indeed. Affirmation that in the Territory, governmental bloody-mindedness trumps all. You’d be forgiven for thinking we were still living in the cashed-up 1980s. I’d have said: “Another nail in The Alice’s coffin”.


Government and council bicker over youth 
The recently released Mparntwe / Alice Springs Youth Action Plan 2019-2021 represents a great start in addressing some of the needs of our town’s and our region’s young people and it is heartening to know that it was developed with much input from the very youth it aims to serve.
There is certainly a role for local government in improving relations with young people and making them feel included and a valued part of our community.
A good start might be the opening up of Todd Mall to responsible cycling, scooting and skate-boarding, perhaps even permitting the use of seating in the northern end for public trick skating, as I believe it was originally designed for.
Who knows, it may even bring some much needed life back into that deserted part of our CBD.


Anzac High: No plans yet for what will replace it
From having walked all around the buildings and reviewed Mike Gillam’s photos of the interiors, my architect’s eye sees a well constructed building that, to use designer jargon, “has bloody good bones”.
The rock solid building was built to last, as evidenced by the lack of any cracking, and there is no spalling concrete or rust to be seen – quite remarkable in a 65 year old building.
Sure, it will certainly need to be brought up to code regarding electrical, air-conditioning and other services, but perhaps the minister could explain just how the building could be considered “dangerous”.
As for the minister’s claim that the building is “not fit for purpose”, well, that depends on what “purposes” you are willing to consider.
For a fraction of replacement cost, the town would have a very valuable asset that could be adapted to a variety of much needed inter-related uses.
It just takes a little more imagination and a lot less bloody-mindedness.


Have a look at what’s being demolished
@ Jim and Mardi: Where have we been? With all due respect, we have been locked in a “Catch-22” by a system and legislation that favours the short-term profit of owners and developers over the longer term benefit to the town as a whole.
There are a half-dozen significant historic buildings and places we could re-nominate for heritage listing in Alice Springs, but to do so could see them prematurely demolished, effectively making their nomination a death sentence.
The so called Heritage Act outlines an elaborate process of assessment and recommendations, all of which can be over-ridden by the minister of the day because the owner complains.
Where in the Act does it say that the owner has veto rights?
Anzac High is where, perhaps, we suddenly realised that we had nothing to lose and that governments need to be held accountable for disastrous decisions based upon gut feeling instead of measured analysis.


Have a look at what’s being demolished
Thanks, Mike, for illustrating so well just what a valuable asset we, as a town, are about to lose. Far from giving Alice a new lease on life, the Gunner Government, by its actions, is destroying our town’s future, it’s very potential.
Demolishing and re-building is “so 1970s” and such a costly and irresponsible use of scarce government funding as we barrel towards an unavoidable climate crisis.
We need to value every asset this town has. Far better to re-purpose the old school building to new, much needed services.
Refurbishing and upgrading existing buildings is far less costly than replacement and represents a significant contribution to energy and environmental conservation.
It’s very hard to be a Smart Town with such ignorance in our government.


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