Had enough: Hall of Fame management threatens to leave Alice Springs

By: Cobey Bartels


The National Road Transport Hall of Fame may relocate from Alice Springs to Broken Hill, following a soft approach to crime from the Northern Territory Government.

Had enough: Hall of Fame management threatens to leave Alice Springs
The Hall of Fame may not be in Alice Springs much longer.

 

Hall of Fame chief executive Liz Martin told Owner//Driver the Northern Territory Government’s soft approach to dealing with crime isn’t cutting it, and is contributing to the potential move away from Alice Springs.

It is estimated by Liz that $100,000 worth of damage has been inflicted in the past two years, and $10,000 of damage was done to a volunteer vehicle just this month. 

"I want the Northern Territory Government to stand up and take action and make these criminals responsible and accountable," she said.

"Take it back to a parental level if need be."

The security efforts at the Hall of Fame have been intensive, with volunteers working night and day to try and keep the equipment safe.

"We already have CCTV, high fences, barb wire, and people sleeping in museums and around the grounds…we do nightly security.

"My staff and volunteers are demoralised and frightened," Liz said.

Property has been donated in Broken Hill, according to Liz, but the decision to move is pending the Northern Territory Government’s response to the theft and vandalism.

"I see the chief minister on Thursday and pending that outcome we will call members and make a decision."

Liz told Owner//Driver she’s also been offered property in Tarcutta and Mildura and when asked what the implications of moving south will be, she’s assured us it will better position the Hall of Fame.

"The silver lining in all this adversity is that a shift south brings us to where our membership base is, our volunteer base is, and where our funding sources are.

"It will make us better resourced and it will be easier to resolve compliance issues.

"Lots of analysing to do yet."

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