The Centralian advocate Tue 23 Oct 2018
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TUESDAY OCTOBER 23 2018 LETTERS 23 V1 - CAVE01Z01MA Poverty impact Last week, Anti-Poverty Week 2018 gave us cause to reflect on the impact of poverty across the Territory. Homelessness is one of the more visible indicators of poverty, with low and unstable income, inability to save for a bond and social exclusion key factors that can lead to homelessness. For those living with a disability or who experience an unexpected health shock, relationship break-down or job loss, the risk of homelessness is much higher. Equally, a significant determinant of whether a person aged over 65 years is living in poverty is their housing situation. A report released by the Australian Council of Social Services this week shows that 43 per cent of over-65s living in a rental property are living in poverty. Those that own their own home fare better so rental affordability for low to moderate income earners is key. Without enough appropriate and affordable long-term housing and emergency crisis accommodation the Northern Territory will continue to experience the highest rate of homelessness in Australia. Its time to come together as a community to put an end to the rising rates of homelessness. We can do this by advocating for a co-ordinated national response including clear focus on affordable and social housing options, and strengthened protections for tenants. If you or someone you know needs support, please visit: www.shelterme.org.au NTShelter Floor price effects I write in response to the ar ticle (NT residents are not all drunkards, 12 October 2018), in relation to the assertion by Robyn Lambley, the Member for Araluen, that broad brush alcohol restrictions will almost certainly fail to stop one drunk from drinking. It is important to recognise that a floor price is not designed to stop people from drinking, but its intended impact is to reduce consumption among people who drink too much. Accepted international evidence around price and alcohol is that increasing the price will decrease alcohol consumption amongst young people and the heaviest drinkers as they will get less bang for their buck given that the amount of disposable income these groups have available to spend on alcohol is unlikely to change. If a floor price means that some of the time, some people who drink responsibly may have to pay a little bit more for some alcoholic products, surely this is a small price to pay for the greater good. In the long run benefits will be evident in a reduction in hospitalisations, police call outs, violent incidents as well as improvements in health outcomes for many people. Jonathan Pilbrow Debate continues The debate around our Art Gallery continues. Thats not a bad thing. It means its important to us. The debate is focused around one key matter siting of the Gallery. The government wants to locate it in the centre of town. The Indigenous consultants report disagreed and wanted it located outside of town arguing; art first, location second. Many others have also reacted about the specifics of Anzac Hill. This is now influencing Town Council responses. Theres also the cost of having to re-site football ovals. How do we unpick all of this? We first should define our rationale for a location in town or out of town. MONA in Tasmania located outside the CBD of Hobart has been a huge success in making Tasmania a must visit place. However, Hobart is one of the prettiest and most coherent CBDs in the country where people gravitate after their MONA experience. The Guggenheim in Bilbao is a different story. Built in the centre of the town as a direct strategy to reinvigorate an ailing economy this remarkable building has transformed the citys fortunes. Its art collection however, is unremarkable. In both cases the life of the town is fundamental to success. Any location has its own issues. Alice Springs has a problematic town layout with most of its major tourist hotels located across the river in semi resort environments that draw people away from the CBD. What is our major selling point? Unlike any other regional town or city in Australia the Aboriginal/non Aboriginal interface has been a central aspect of life for Alice Springs since its inception. Its part of our DNA. The very thing that we all endlessly talk about how black fellas and white fellas can live together, some might say is our weakness. It is actually our strength. We lead the country in wrestling with how to live together. The complexity of this life is inescapable in the CBD. For visitors it is a compelling aspect of Alice Springs culture. In short put the gallery in the middle of the battle zone where Aboriginal life is central to the unique heartbeat of this place. Keith Castle Alice Springs Quote of the day I have received a lot of compliments from returning and firsttime participants about the Games. A L I C E S P R I N G S M AY O R D A M I E N R YA N W H E N A S K E D A B O U T T H E 2 0 1 8 M A S T E R S G A M E S firstname.lastname@example.org Well done Alice! Get ready for 2020 Congratulations Alice Springs. We have survived another Masters Games although some bodies may be in recovery mode. It was a great week filled with positivity and good cheers, the town was filled with people who wanted to have fun while playing a sport or two. This was one of the two objectives that were behind the creation of the Alice Springs Masters Games way back in 1985 with the first of the biennial events the following year. The aim was to attract people to come to Alice Springs for all the benefits that would bring. The second aim was to encourage people into a healthier lifestyle by continuing to play sport past the usual retirement age. In the 32 years since then the Games have succeeded in both goals despite the difficulties posed by the cost of getting here plus the availability and price of appropriate accommodation. Such has been the success of the Games that many other regional events and the Australian Masters Games in capital cities have sprung up. These are a further challenge to our Games as often those other events are easier, more affordable to get to and have lower priced accommodation. We still have the mystique of A Town Like Alice going for us, the wonderful Centralian setting and being the original and the Friendly Games. The challenge for the future, the 2020 Games are on October 10-17, is to keep improving on what we have whether it is something similar to the Parrtjima Lights continuing in the Mall. 1 54 300-500NIGHTS that John Edward will be performing at the Araluen Arts Centre. THE score Federal Asbuild bowled Rovers Cricket Club out for on Saturday afternoon. THE estimated daily climbers of Uluru 2 Gap Road, Alice Springs PO Box 2254, Alice Springs 0870 Phone: (08) 8950 9777 Fax: (08) 8950 9740 www.alicenow.com.au CONTACT DETAILS EMAIL ADDRESSES News: email@example.com Letters: firstname.lastname@example.org Sport: email@example.com Display ads: firstname.lastname@example.org Classifieds: email@example.com Editor: David Lornie Features Editor: Steve Menzies Sports Editor: Anthony Geppa Sales Manager: Brad Gaddes Editorial content and election comment is authorised by Matt Williams of Printers Place, McMinn Street, Darwin. The debate over Anzac Oval continues to rage.
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