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FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 4 2015 OPINION 47 V1 - CAVE01Z01MA Keep our oval open IT IS apparent that planning is well advanced for the installation of a 1.8m high fence surrounding Rhonda Diano Oval in Braitling. This fence is proposed to protect the running track that is to be constructed there in the near future. I am very concerned that the Braitling and wider Alice Springs community is yet again being asked to surrender open public space in the name of asset security. The Rhonda Diano Oval is a fantastic neighbourhood asset that belongs to everyone. As a resident of Braitling, one of its most appealing elements is its openness, which allows people to come into the oval from any point, and sends the clear visual message that this park is part of the community it is for everyone and is there for us all to share. There is the famous quote, attributed to Benjamin Franklin, that goes something like: Any society that would give up a little freedom for a little security will deserve neither and lose both. At its heart the proposal to encircle the Rhonda Diano Oval with a fence asks us to consider: what kind of community are we and what kinds of urban spaces do we deserve? Should we give up some of our freedom for the security of an asset that most users of the park wont use and were not asked if they wanted? Accessible public space is critical for the delivery of benefits to the whole community. Anything that discourages people from using our communal open spaces would therefore be detrimental to our community. At the moment a huge range of people use the oval. Most of us are casual users walking the dog, playing with the kids, flying the kite, but it is also used by a range of sporting groups. Though hardly rocket science, a comprehensive list of the benefits of accessible, attractive open space are detailed at healthyactive bydes ign .com.au/des ignfeatures/public-open-space. We need to ask ourselves whether the park, which belongs to and is freely accessible to everyone, should be closed off and have access controlled because of the installation of a running track? Is there a net benefit to the community if people use the oval less and feel excluded from it due to the construction of a fence? We need to be able to answer these questions confidently before we go about locking away public space behind fences. I think we need to be very careful about this move to a security mentality that essentially says that we, the community cant be trusted and need to be kept out of the public space that belongs to us. Matthew Campbell, Braitling Future in mining THE NT mining industry has been a key pillar of the Territory economy for many years. It accounts for about 16 per cent of the Territorys economy and, over the last 20 years, has been the foundation for the Territorys economic and social success. In 2013-14, the mining output in the Territory was valued at over $3.5 billion, with more than 5000 Territorians employed in the sector. The industry has a bright future with more than $6 billion in planned investment currently in the pipeline. This investment will create further jobs for Territorians. It is essential therefore that current and future governments work closely with the industry to maximise the benefits for all Territorians. Business requires certainty and consistency in order to make long-term investments. Constant policy changes create uncertainty in the mining sector and could threaten current and potential projects. It is vital that the facts are widely understood so policy decisions are based on longterm interests rather than kneejerk reactions. Drew Wagner, Minerals Council of Australia, NT Division Quote of the Day Once you point out theres not much more than spinifex out there if youre caught short, people are quite happy to dig deep for the cause. F R I E N D O F T H E L A R A P I N T A T R A I L , S U S A N C H A M B E R S , O N H E R G R O U P S F U N D R A I S I N G D R I V E F O R T O I L E T P A P E R O N T H E T R A I L What do you think of the NT Government extending the open speed limit on the Stuart Highway? It seems fine for this neck of the woods but not where were from in Victoria. Even with us with a caravan we had a few pass us, but not many. I see no dramas and as a tourist its interesting. STEVE PAPA I look at it as this my father said you can smash your car with your family in it, so Im against it. I walk or I travel in a bus and dont have a car and its much safer that way. RICHARD JACKO I think its a good idea. It means you can get long distances in less time and its good if you drive to your capabilities. JAMES CHRISTIAN It shouldnt be open. Im a speed freak, but if youre doing 140 and someone is doing 110 then you have to put the brakes on. It goes against my principle and the speed limit should be 130. KEN BROWN email@example.com Great time for Alice as tourists stream in ALICE Springs is a great place to be at any time, but August-September has carved out a special niche for celebrations, events and festivities. It makes sense because the weather is fantastic southern Australia is slowly thawing out after a cold winter while humidity is already building up in the tropical north. Central Australia is the place to be. From the iconic Henley-on-Todd through to the inaugural Red CentreNATS, there is a feast of entertainment and activity. The Desert Arts Festival, the Song Festival, truckies reunion, local football grand finals and Bush Bands Bash have all added to the colour and atmosphere. Adelaide has its Mad March during the festival and Fringe but early spring has become the Alice Springs equivalent and possibly needs co-ordination and overall branding to maximise the tourist potential. There may be scope to add other events and link them under a common theme. The introduction of the Red CentreNATS is a gamechanger for tourism and local economic development. Chief Minister Adam Giles has been personally at the forefront of initiating this event, for which the government and organisers deserve much credit. Coinciding with news the open speed limit north of Alice Springs will become permanent, Central Australia is fast becoming a magnet for motoring enthusiasts, building on the long-established Finke tradition. It only remains now for the event crowds to enjoy themselves and remain well behaved. 0 82nd 2031THE amount of beds available in Alice Springs last Friday, according to website booking.com THE birthday the Alice Springs township celebrated on Monday. 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