The Centralian advocate Tue 4 Sep 2007
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6 Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, September 4, 2007 PU B : C A D V D A T E : 4-SE P -2007 PA G E : 6 C O L O R : C M Y K 311002/08 St Philips College presents Wednesday 5th, Thursday 6th, Friday 7th September Tickets available at Dymocks, College Reception or at the door P&FA selling snacks before event & at interval BACK TO THE 80S! The Totally Awesome Musical Written by Neil Gooding By arrangement with David Spicer Productions A musical comedy featuring all your favourite songs from the 80s The Minnamurra Hall St Philips College 7.30pm Adults: $10 Child/Concession: $5 1 9 0 9 0 2 /0 7 OPINION Our aldermen are dedicated Sir, The wondrous wit of Wicking has turned to the aldermanic body for poetic inspiration at last (Centralian Advocate 31/8/07), with a depiction of an elected member undertaking his duties from a remote location. Of course public figures remain the butt of the lampoonist, and Im sure my council colleagues paused for a wry smile before they resumed their duties of personal or public office last Friday morning, upright and fully clothed. I just wanted to make it clear to your readers that attending meetings over the phone is usually done by elected members to achieve a quorum at meetings, thus enabling the business of council to proceed through its monthly meeting cycle. And it is rarely engaged, most of us willing and able to offer our judgments and insights in the flesh at committee and council meetings. And speaking of flesh, Wicking got the body politic wrong, gender-wise. The majority of aldermen are female. He may have used a bit too much poetic licence as far as the blokes are concerned, but at least the reclining public figure was not clutching the usual tinnie. Maybe Wicking is making a progressive point about doing the right thing under the dry town regime. Meredith Campbell Alderman Thanks for the noise Sir, Amnesty Internationals Alice Springs Group hosted its second annual Make Some Noise fund/ awareness-raising gig on the Telegraph Station lawns on Sunday. We would like to express our deepest gratitude to everyone who helped with the events continued growth as a glorious community event. These are volunteers, AV Sound and Lighting, Dawn and Rick from Parks and Wildlife, Rose Kunoth-Monks for her thought-provoking, heartfelt Welcome to Country, and the performers who donated their time and musicality Rusty & the Infidels, Leon Spurling, Jacinta Castle, Bloom Boogie, Fujimoto & the Setting Suns, Super Raelene Bros and Joe the Magic Man for your prodigious talent. Lastly, thanks to all who attended. In the words of Martin Luther King Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. Kirsty Smith and David Havercroft for Amnesty International Australia, Alice Springs Group No place for hoons Sir, In reference to CF Wheatley (31/8/07) short comments on multitudes of hoons that regularly can be found driving at high speeds, in a dangerous manner, doing burnouts in residential streets all hours of the day and night. I live in such an area in Alice Springs and every night without failure we dread our peaceful time at home. When we first moved into this area it was peaceful and the only traffic that really used the street were the people who live there. Within 12 months our street and the streets around us look like dragstrips. So, because of the way the street looks with rubber all over it, the next hoon that comes along decides he can do a longer burnout than the previous one. Who pays for the destruction of our street? Not these hoons or their mates with their hottedup cars or bikes that have money to burn on rubber. There have been several confrontations due to this anti-social behaviour between the residents and these hoons. I have had enough of this anti-social, inconsiderate behaviour and just for the record, registrations have been taken and will continue to be taken and given to the police. I also have photos to back up my allegations. RJ Perry Home-owner, resident Alice Springs Staking claim for justice of heritage Sir, I write in response to Tracker Tilmouth New Political Bleating Tiring. The truth is out. As a result of the unspokenabout declaration obviously claimed among the named hypocrites and parasites responsible for monopolising the wealth of my people and erasing the Mbupa Boundary, as well as the shifting of Yiperinya Caterpillar Dreaming Track, that there are no true descendants of the Mbupa people, then who am I? I am not greedy. Just somebody who keeps getting back up no matter how many times I get knocked down. I am descended from the Stolen Generation and I have found my way home to find intruders speaking for my ancestors country, the very place that I spiritually belong to. If you really identify as Aboriginal then you would understand. I thank my lucky stars that I am descended from the Stolen Generation and found my way home. To find blood family that had been hiding away and who taught me. The church did save the Stolen Generation. Not from their Aboriginal families, but from the half caste children of station owners who were going out and killing their own mothers families on the command from their fathers. My claim to the Mbupa Boundary is through my following named ancestors: Ankararinya Ampetyane of the Green Beetle totem, who gives me my Perrurle skin name. Topia Kemarre of the Two Sisters Dreaming, who gives me my Penangke skin name. Lorna Perrupulya Pengarte of the Two Sisters Dreaming, who gives me my Kngwarraye skin name. My fourth Arrernte skin name Angale comes through Antulye People. This is given to me through Mick Pengarte Laughton of the Rainmaker Dreaming. I am one of the Bird Dog Children of Utnarunatja and I demand justice. Nicole Perrurle Penangke Kngwarraye Angale Laughton Utnarunatja Mbupa Alice Springs Real problem hidden behind alcohol fuss Sir, I write as chairman of Advance Alice in support of Brendan Heenans letter regarding liquor restrictions and to express our despair and dismay at some of the comments by others. Firstly, in order to discuss liquor restriction rationally we must put aside some deliberately floated furphies about liquor in Alice. Alice does not have any more liquor outlets than other towns of comparable size. The number of outlets has nothing to do with the amount consumed. It simply means that whatever the town spends weekly on liquor is divided by the number of outlets. Less outlets means more money in fewer hands, nice for some. Nice enough in fact to make you want to seriously question the motives of those who keep pushing that agenda. In more than 30 years of playing with liquor restrictions Alice is no better off. The liquor debate has been hijacked by evangelistic anti-alcohol groups who have continually failed to deal with the real issues. The facts are there is nothing wrong with having a few drinks or in fact a lot if that be your desire. Alcohol, except in the case of an alcoholic, is not responsible for any wrongdoing people are. We have a problem with anti-social behaviour in Alice Springs. So anti-social behaviour is what we should address. Every night and day large numbers of our citizens consume alcohol without causing any disruption to our town so why are we attacking them? We have a small group of people who drink and get out of hand. So lets deal with them. The message is simple: drink and behave and you are OK. Drink and cause trouble, you miss out. In many years of playing at the edges of the problem dodging the real issues we have created more and more restrictions that affect only those who are already doing the right thing. The restrictions we bring in are so arrogant they are almost unbelievable. Every one of them appears to operate on the assumption that drinkers are stupid. Within an hour of the dry town legislation coming into effect, a group of drinkers appeared, sitting just outside the marked boundary on Larapinta Drive, thumbing their noses at all of us. I wonder who they think is stupid. How do we deal with the problem of anti-social behaviour? We define the behaviour we dont want, make it illegal, and then enforce those rules with zero tolerance. This will mean the creation of a specialised rehabilitation facility operating in conjunction with a court that has an escalating series of fines and sentences. Steve Brown Chairman, Advance Alice Inc
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