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The Centralian advocate Tue 28 Feb 2012



The Centralian advocate Tue 28 Feb 2012


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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs


v. 66 no. 79

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Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, February 28, 2012 7 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 2 8 -F E B -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 7 C O L O R : C M Y K www.wardkeller.com.au Email: alicesprings@wardkeller.com.au 52 4200Phone: 08 89 Legal Problems? Unit 4, 6/15 Leichhardt Terrace Alice Springs PO Box 8862 Alice Springs NT DARWIN PALMERSTON NHULUNBUYCASUARINAALICE SPRINGS PARAP w k 2 8 fe b Emma Schulz, experienced Work Health and Personal Injury Lawyer will be in our Alice Springs office onTuesday 6March 2012. To arrange for an appointment with Emma, please call us on .8952 4200 1 8 3 5 0 2 /1 2 ALICE BY NUMBERS P H O T O E S S A Y Words and Picture: REG HATCH P ic tu re : J U S T IN B R IE R T Y V is it w w w .a li c e n o w .c o m .a u /p h o to -e s s a y s to v ie w m o re fr o m o u r p h o to e s s a y s e ri e s Local man Paul Erlich was near Marla on his way back to Alice Springs when he saw a dejected figure languishing on his haunches beside the road. It turned out to be Frenchman Remi Camus. Remi was running alone in the 40-degree heat on a 5000km trip from Melbourne to Darwin with nothing more than a 45kg self-built trailer, a pair of gym shoes, a backpack and the desire to raise funds for Lowes Syndrome, a rare disease that causes physical and mental handicaps and medical problems. Paul had a roadside chat in the middle of nowhere and gave Remi some water, food and a phone number, and offered him a bed in Alice Springs when he eventually arrived here. On Tuesday evening Paul received a phone call from Remi who took up the offer of a bed and some time to let some very large blisters heal. Remi stopped by the Centralian Advocate on Wednesday. He said: My hips were a bit sore after about 40km the day I saw Paul on the road, but Im otherwise well. He even made a detour to Docker River where he spent several days learning to collect bush tucker. Its a privilege for me, he wrote in his blog. They are warm people with a good sense of humour. Remi has so far raised $1000 for the French charity that supports Lowe Syndrome. We are sincerely a bunch of great people who tend to help out at every opportunity. If you see Remi on the road to Darwin, say hello and make a donation. 106 The number of runs Federal ASbuild batsman Randeep Kaylan made over two innings on the weekend 341 The number of pages in Fiona OLoughlins book Me of the Never Never Letters and numbers The Editors note appended to Tim Deans text message (Character, Centralian Advocate, February 14) caught my attention, where it explained that a previous SMS had been cut off due to a fault in technology whereby your SMS a finite number of character spaces did not match up, therefore cutting off the end of your message, including your name. Maybe this explains the fate of my SMS published as an edited letter by Name Withheld, Alice Springs (Add logic to debate the future, Centralian Advocate, January 6). I had responded to a text message by Frustrated on January 3. Last year the Centralian Advocate observed the 25th anniversaries of Steve Menzies starting to work for the paper, and of Geoff Miers weekly gardening column. I also had my first letter to the editor published 25 years ago in support of my then local Member for Flynn, Ray Hanrahan (Responsibility, Centralian Advocate, November 14, 1986). I have been a frequent contributor of letters, articles and commentary to the local media ever since; and on no occasion has any of my letters been published with my name withheld until January 6 this year, and I didnt request it. Letters to the editor receive widespread public attention but dont just take my word for it. In November 1989 I received a letter that surprised and delighted me: Dear Alex, I would like to express my deep appreciation for the frequency and quality of your letters to the editor in both the Centralian Advocate and the NT News. The letter concluded: I intend to raise letters to the editor from yourself as an example of how things can be done, and would be done to maximum effect if more people can be involved in both the Top End and Central Australia. In the meantime, keep up the good work. Yours sincerely, Peter Murphy, Political Adviser to the Chief Minister. By an odd coincidence, I recently found Peter Murphys letter as I sorted through a pile of papers on January 14, the same day his death was reported in the local media. Returning to my SMS letter of January 6, I also sent a long text message to the NT News on January 13, which was published the following day in its entirety. I think my cut-off SMS of January 6 is worth republishing in full: Frustrateds comment (Centralian Advocate, January 3) lacks logic: If businesses are closing and people are leaving town, why would we need 10-storey buildings? Whos going to occupy them? If one looks honestly at the development history of the Alice since self-government, its obvious that investors and big business are prominent in the ruination of a town like Alice. Most have visions for the size of their bank accounts and value of their real estate at the expense of any genuine concern for the future of Alice Springs. As usual with all my correspondence, my name is there for all to see. Alex Nelson Alice Springs o Eds note: Frustratingly, were still having tech problems with some text messages being cut off and have asked IT to sort it out. In the meantime wed ask text messages to be kept as short and succinct as possible to try to work around the problem. According to electoral law, all letters to the editor about t o w n c o u n c i l elect ion-related matters must be published with your name until the council election on March 24. No name, no publication.