The town is bleeding out. The blood is good people …

Comment on NTG asks AAPA to consult with custodians on gallery & new site by James T Smerk.

The town is bleeding out. The blood is good people leaving and tourists not coming due to crime. Instead of putting more things in the town for people to destroy we fix the problem that no one seems to want to address FIRST.
All levels of Government are to blame for the current situation as it is their duty to provide a safe environment for their people to live in.
There seem to be a few good ideas there which would be awesome if we fix the crime problems in the town.
I’m sick of people saying there isn’t a problem and the town doesn’t have a crime problem. These people need to pull their heads out of the sand.
But hey, let’s just ignore it until all the good has gone from our once beautiful town.

Recent Comments by James T Smerk

Mayor, Deputy let council flounder
I seem to recall a couple of years ago saying in this newspaper this was nothing more than a carrot in front of the donkey.
They promised it and I predicted they would still be talking about it come the next election … and years later still nothing and here we go again.
Wherever you built it there will be people sooking, you can’t please everyone. But hey let’s just keep following that carrot.
What would be refreshing would be new ideas with potential of actually happening.


High season caravan occupancy rate: Zero.
Maybe there might be a need for a local focus. Start promoting to the locals as a night or nights away from the normal life.
Might be fun for families they can camp or stay in a cabin, especially with Finke cancelled it would be a good way for people to still get the camping experience (kind of).
Start some specials and organise some sort of special events.
With all the confusion it would be good to get out there and let everyone know you are open and what is available.


‘Affordable land’ in a man-made desert
Town grows larger while population grows smaller. I don’t get it.
Might be “affordable land” but it sure ain’t affordable to build on it.


COVID: Trouble in the bush
It’s not financially viable to maintain so many little communities.
There is minimal if any tax revenue received from each community.
The concept of living remotely comes with the challenges of not having modern facilities, services or products.
If you choose to live remotely you can’t expect food and services to be similarly prices in a community compared to a city / town.
Much like people in Alice Springs can’t expect to pay the same for a tradie to install a carport for the price of someone in Melbourne might pay.
It sounds nice to be able to support this kind of living however it all cost money and lots of money.
It would be a good idea for all communities to become a little self-sufficient and grow some of their own fruit and veggies.
Or even produce some of their own requirements (for example bread baking and things similar).


Town camp drunks attack police, ignore COVID rules
It says something about our decision makers that this kind of event is normal and happens more and more.
The lack of consequences and outrage shows they are OK with this kind of behaviour.


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