The Centralian advocate Fri 11 Jan 2008
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6 Centralian Advocate, Friday, January 11, 2008 PU B : C A D V D A T E : 11-JA N -2008 PA G E : 6 C O L O R : C M Y K 4 4 2 8 0 5 /0 8 OPINION Viewpoint ignores Mparntwe history Sir, While not discounting the efforts of the early explorers and pioneers as outlined in Laurie Kerins letter, I am amazed at the narrow view that disregards the fact that Mparntwe existed thousands of years before the Telegraph Station, explorers, developers and so on came through this land. A quick perusal of The Arrernte Landscape of Alice Springs by David Brooks gives a rich insight into the authentic history of this area. To quote from the book: An awareness of even a little of this living topography enhances ones aesthetic appreciation of the beauty of the Mparntwe environment.... This would appeal to the majority of the overseas tourists we are trying so hard to attract. Renaming Alice Springs will not detract from its attraction, probably quite the reverse (cf: Uluru formerly Ayers Rock). It will only add to our local cultural integrity and help to dissipate the shallowness that might be apparent in some segments of the community. M. Hodder Alice Springs Great New Years do at Casino drowned in alcohol Sir, I take my hat off to the events coordinator, Stash and his security team, the independent security businesses, the police and the general public for a wonderful New Years Eve concert on the lawns of the Lasseters Hotel Casino. I do have one criticism, however. With all the hype surrounding alcohol issues in Alice Springs and considering the event was advertised as a family one was selling alc o h o l o u t s i d e o f Lasseters really necessary, especially at $8 a can? It is a fact that people can have fun without c o n s u m i n g v a s t amounts of alcohol that later leads to anti-social behaviour. I understand that there were separate areas for drinkers and families but a string of rope did not stop me from witnessing children younger than five walking around on their own and young people under the age of 18 I know, quite intoxicated to the point where I intervened in an argument to deter trouble. There were also a fair few patrons who were legless still being served alcohol which led to arguing, fighting and obscene language in front of families who took children along. It would not be New Years eve without alcohol but Lasseters has a liquor licence (and were slightly cheaper, I might add). The stalls, irrespective of who ran them, were obviously out to make a profit on the night which is business but, lets be honest, it was that busy intoxicated patrons were still being served, underaged teenagers were rarely asked to supply ID and bickering broke out in every corner again fuelled by alcohol. I would have loved to take my children to the concert for the fireworks and the music but I knew that the focus was not really on families because, if it had been, alcohol would have not been made available outside the casino or it would have b e e n d e e m e d a n alcohol-free event. It is a real shame that despite the pleas from the community to curb ant-social behaviour, alcohol seems to be the one thing that will be around forever and no matter how hard we try to gradually decrease consumption, there will always celebrations like New Years Eve where patrons believe that drinking in public is a right, not a privilege, and therefore families will come around. Alice Springs has had everything that was family-oriented taken away. It is no wonder our young rebel, there is nothing here for them. They are our future without a future. Donna Lemon Alice Springs Money ruining noble cricket Sir, The recent fiasco that has affected the noble game of cricket is just another example of a changing world. What used to be a recreational sport has become truly professional in that it now requires a governing body which, combined with do-gooders, legal eagles and political correctness, have stuffed the game. Our modern-day gladiators not only have to defend against the ball but also the media, who are so influential they can make or break a player, and the bleeding hearts who find fault with a misplaced word, plus the legal eagles who will drag out the smallest of issues indefinitely while there is a dollar to be squeezed from defamation or discrimination. As a child, if we didnt want to play in your yard we would grab our bat and ball and go home. If and when things got too bad mum would step in and confiscate the equipment with the words, If you cant play properly, dont play at all. Alf Lang Alice Springs Allow public to judge lighting Sir, First, I would like to thank all the families who entered the Show Santa Where You Live competition. Every year my children and I look forward to seeing which houses outdo the others and every year it is getting harder to pick our favourites. Second, a big congratulations to the winners. It is people like you who keep the spirit of Christmas alive. I understand that every year it takes an immense amount of time and effort getting your front yards perfected for your enjoyment and the enjoyment of others. Unfortunately, there can only be one major winner and two runners-up prizes which I think is a little competitive and kind of takes away the Christmas spirit so I have a suggestion which many locals seem to support. Rather than appoint an independent panel to judge the winners, allow the pubic to judge who they believe should win. This could be done through the normal Show Santa Where You Live registration with number boxes next to the addresses of houses that have entered being printed in the Advocate so we as the public can drive around, judge who we think is worthy, and submit our choices to the Advocate. I know some will be thinking my idea of judging would be too time consuming but it takes our families a lot longer and much more effort to drive around night after night with our kids just to give them a glimpse of hope that Christmas in the Alice is alive and well and I for one would come in on a Saturday to help sort out the votes. Also, it costs families a lot of money to light up their homes for the sake of others so why not reward everyone. Sure, give out the major prizes if you must but at least consider giving all registered homes a discount on their Power and Water bills. This way we may see an increase in registrations and participation, I know I would consider it for my children to enjoy. You may think that giving everyone who registers a discount on their Power and Water bills defeats the purpose of the competition. Well, for once, can we as a community see past competition and reward everyone for their efforts equally. It does not have to be a substantial amount. Its acknowledgment for those families who are a part of bringing the spirit of Christmas into our community at a time when so many have so little. Name withheld Alice Springs Bowerbird loss a step back Sir, It might be seen as progress by the Alice Springs Town Council, but the loss of the Bowerbird is a step backwards. It flies in the face of our nations concerns for the ecology. Handing the business over to an interstate organisation tramples on the good work and well-intentioned efforts of hard workers. This decision discourages people from trying to make change because it really makes the statement: Dont bother trying anything new because if you get it right we will take it from you. Allen Steel, Alice Springs
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