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Memo Club suspends trading, goes into voluntary administration. Town & Country to close tomorrow.

 

The Alice Springs Memorial Club has suspended trading, gone into voluntary administration and "the committee is looking to establish a fighting fund for the people of Alice Springs to contribute to in the aim of reopening the doors as soon as possible," according to a media release this morning.

And the Todd Mall pub, Town and Country, is closing tomorrow.

Owner Geoff Booth, who is standing for councillor in Saturday's election, says on Thursday the popular drinking spot in the heart of the town will be boarded up and secured with razor wire.

Mr Booth says this follows declining trading over two years to now being just "appalling" and "13 of 14 break-ins" just this year, each causing $800 to $1000 worth of damage.

Mr Booth says his and the Memo Club's problems are very similar: "People are scared of the nighttime activities. After 5pm the town centre turns into a ghost town."
The Memo Club Administrator, Tim Clifton, of Macks Hall Clifton, says the club was in danger of trading while insolvent, and the move will give it a breathing space of one month.
The debts are "not insignificant, but well less than $1m," says Mr Clifton.
The main reason for the problem is clearly "not enough people coming through the door".
During the month a proposition will be made to the creditors, to see if they will "accept some compromises of claims" and if agreed, the club's management will be returned to the committee.
If not the club may be put into liquidation.

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The club has set up a "fighting fund ... to satisfy the claims of the unsecured creditors and to provide working capital to reopen the club". The committee says donations will go into a trust fund. Should the fighting fund fail, all cash donations will be refunded. Banks Details: Alice Springs Memorial Club Inc. (Administrator Appointed) BSB: 035-006 account: 300696.

 

PICTURES: Top - Town and Country Tavern. Note green sign for extended liquor permit application – now withdrawn. Photo by Hans Boessem, Todd Camera Store. Above right - The Memo Club.

After Darwin's bombing, the Army made the desert bloom

Here's another question to elevate the Can't Do Brigade's blood pressure: Why don't we channel our unemployed into growing produce? The correct answer: "Ohhh, it's going to take decades, mate."

We did, you know, 70 years ago, when the Territory just about became self sufficient in locally grown produce.
The population was 100,000, which remained much the same until the late '70s. True, we now have more than twice that population. Are we growing half the fruit 'n veg we need? Nope.
Is that because governments now prefer handing out sit-down money to mobilizing human resources? The wartime farms grew water melons, lettuce, tomatoes: "They had a go at just about anything."
By 1945 the annual production was 1.7 million kilograms a year, according to historian Peter Forrest, interviewed by the ABC on the anniversary of the bombing of Darwin. That's 1700 tonnes.
"The army almost achieved its goal of making the Territory self sufficient in produce," Mr Forrest recounts.
Cut to Central Australia of today. Almost all produce is imported from "down south", and there are a string of failed ventures while a few enterprises show we could do much better, provided our present day army of unemployed could be recruited to work.

But while the dole is so easy to get, don't hold your breath. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: This garden in 1944 was using water from the showers of the hospital. Alice Springs was self-sufficient in fruit 'n veg. From the Joan Higgins Collection, courtesy Graham Ride.

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