The council is perfectly well equipped to lobby NT and …

Comment on ‘Big Council’ needed in times of trouble by Interested Darwin Observer.

The council is perfectly well equipped to lobby NT and Federal government in their current form. What is lacking is a megaphone. The council need to amplify their message (on behalf of the people of Alice Springs). The council should be absolutely smashing the current NT Government on their performance, yet they remain meek and mild, barely rocking the boat.
Increasing bureaucracy, rules, legislation and controls are all the signs of big government that we can do without.
There are those who think they can shape their own future and life best themselves and there are others who think this is best done by layers of government and bureaucrats.

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Council: Gallery at Anzac precinct, no to curfew
If you go far enough south, you end up back this side of The Gap.
But really, the ideal place is the Desert Park.
It has the infrastructure, the views and the space to be truly epic.
A half arsed gallery shoe horned into the front of the oval is not iconic and nor will it be a “destination” for tourist.
The Desert Park will allow the gallery to reach its full potential plus allow for future development of the cultural centre.
If we do this gallery wrong (i.e. cheap and non iconic) for the sake of increasing foot traffic to the mall it will fail (just like the mega fauna museum).
It must be epic. It won’t be cheap. But if it is truly iconic people will come and it will generate a return on the investment.
Flights to town will increase. The Todd mall will benefit from the wider booming tourism it brings.

Uluru isn’t at the end of a Mall but people sure as hell travel from across the world to see it. It is a gold mine – it is ICONIC.

To repeat – nothing squeezed into the constraints of Anzac site will be iconic. It will provide a short term sugar hit to construction and perhaps add a decimal place to the average length of the tourist stay. It will be an ongoing cost to the NT budget and it will fail to SAVE ALICE SPRINGS.
Alice Springs needs saving. It is in structural and social decline.
There are only two things that can save the town.
A booming industrial base (minerals and gas – this is a long shot).
OR\r an iconic reason to come to Alice Springs. This is infinitely more important and valuable than a $400m ship lift.
Do it properly or don’t do it at all. ANZAC site WILL FAIL!

Police dogs assist arrests of alleged youth offenders
The beauty of Wakefield’s Naughty Notes (written warnings) is that once a “warning” is issued that is the end of the road for the repercussions of that criminal activity.
It is in fact a letter of immunity!
It is legislated that no charges may then be laid or any further punishments given for the criminal offence that was the cause of the written warning. (Refer S39, Youth Justice Act)
May we all sleep restfully.

PowerWater, Territory Generation CEOs sacked
The power outages are almost a pleasant change of discussion for the minister given that her other departmental responsibilities of the town’s youths are completely outside of her competency.

CLP calls for youth curfew in Alice Springs
@ Watchn: Let me adjust those rose tinted glasses you are wearing. You must be incredibly desensitised to what is the current runaway crime of Alice Springs.
Let’s compare Alice Springs to “Down South” – the entire state of South Australia, for the last 12 months.
In Alice Springs you are 230% more likely to be raped or otherwise sexually assaulted compared to “Down South”.
In Alice Springs you are 564% more likely to be physically assaulted compared to “Down South”.
In Alice Springs you are 375% more likely to have your home broken in to compared to “Down South”.
In Alice Springs you are 381% more likely to have your business broken in to compared to “Down South”.
In Alice Springs you are 661% more likely to have your car stolen compared to “Down South”.
Of course let’s disregard these figures. After all, these are just minor things by – in part – cheeky children. Why could we possibly need a curfew?
Let’s also disregard the incoming reports of the various assaults and hospitalisations that occurred at the hands of youths to patrons leaving licensed premises on Todd Street this weekend.

CLP calls for youth curfew in Alice Springs
Certainly there is no good reason for young kids to be on the street in the middle of the night. Just this morning whilst visiting town I saw a group of at least eight juveniles in the CBD around 5am. Not likely these exhausted kids will then be going to school is it!?
Town was an absolute mess too – looks like every wheelie bin in the CBD had been kicked over and rubbish strewn everywhere.
If the Government in its infinite wisdom takes on the role of “parent of last resort” – which they do – then they need to get into gear and start getting kids off the street and into a warm bed with a stomach full or tucker and off to school.
Given that property crime in Alice Springs has DOUBLED in the last 12 months compared to the last 12 months of the CLP government, there is a lot of work to be done to restore peace, order and guidance and protection of these neglected children.
Garry Higgins, a curfew has been spoken of for years and years. I see it as a valuable tool to protect children from street life and the path it puts them on. Put your money where your mouth is. Commit to the establishment of a properly resourced youth curfew in Alice Springs if you form Government. Commit to what it looks like and how quickly you will do it.

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