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The Centralian advocate Tue 15 Apr 2008



The Centralian advocate Tue 15 Apr 2008


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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs


v. 61 no. 93

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10 Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, April 15, 2008 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 1 5 -A P R -2 0 0 8 P A G E : 1 0 C O L O R : C M Y K 1 7 4 2 0 2 /0 8 NEWS Visitors from bush break law: Arrernte Rebecca Lollback CENTRAL Arrernte traditional owners have accused bush visitors of breaking cultural laws when they come to Alice Springs. Alison Anderson And they said traditional policing methods will not stop the problem. Lhere Artepe CEO Darryl Pearce said some visitors had not respected their land. He said: These people are acting in a manner which is not consistent with Central Arrernte culture. People are burning trees and not respecting our sacred sites. Whats happening in Alice Springs is absolutely objectionable. You cant behave in a way which damages our country. Mr Pearce said police were dealing with the issues from a distance. The police dont have the same beliefs and culture. Theyre just saying dont do this, dont do that. We need people from this country to stand up and say you cant do this on our country. It has to come from an Aboriginal perspective because that would be more effective. Lhere Artepe wants more responsibility to deal with Aboriginal problems. Mr Pearce said: We need to stop and think about whether we are on the right path. Lhere Artepe needs to have a say on what happens on our country. But theres no support for us. MacDonnell MLA Alison Anderson agreed there should be a new way to deal with problems. She said fearless leaders could help make Alice Springs a safer town. She said: Our town camp leaders need to stand up and say that they will not put up with overcrowding in their camps. We need politicians, police and individuals to enforce the rules of this town. If people from communities are coming into town for shopping or the football, then they must go back to their communities afterwards. Kids are wandering around the streets because their parents are drinking or gambling at the casino. Its not good enough. Its not part of our race to drink, or to fight or gamble. We need to start doing something about it. Arnold Probin is retiring after 20 years as RSL patron. Picture: HANNAH MILLERICK Arnold calls it a day as RSL patron Rebecca Lollback ARNOLD Probin has told his World War II stories to hundreds of Alice Springs students during the 20 years he has been patron of the RSL. The 87-year-old said visiting schools was one of the best parts of the job. He said: The kids used to write me all these thank you letters. In a way, its a bit sad that I wont be doing it any more. Mr Probin has decided to retire as the Alice Springs RSLs patron because he is recovering from an operation. He said: It will take me about two to three months to get over it. I need to rest and take it easy. Im going to be 88 on April 19. Ive been the patron 20 years now, so its someone elses turn. Mr Probin joined the navy in 1938 to get away from milking cows. After he finished his training, he was sent to Hong Kong. He said: The Japanese had invaded China. I was only 18 years old. Id come from milking cows to all these dead bodies. And this was before the war started it was a shock. Mr Probin was later stationed in Russia, where he was awarded the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR medal for heroic deeds during WWII Arctic convoys. He said: It was so cold in Russia. I remember one time I had to dive under the ship to do some repairs. But then I couldnt get my diving suit off for two hours, because it was frozen on. Mr Probin returned to England in 1947, where he visited his sick mother in hospital. He said: My mum introduced me to her nurse. I married the nurse, Betty, in December 1948. Mr and Mrs Probin were married for 58 years. She died in July last year. The couple first arrived in Alice Springs in January 1960. They lived in Papunya and Jay Creek before returning to Alice in 1969. Mr Probin has been a member of the RSL for 45 years. He was first appointed as the patron in 1989.