This post was originally published in Land Rights News (Northern Edition), published by the Northern Land Council.*
ELLIOTT, halfway between Darwin and Alice Springs, is a town forgotten.
From the Stuart Highway, the only obvious sign of activity these days is at the two remaining service stations.
“This used to be a thriving little town,” Ray Aylett, deputy president of Barkly Regional Council and member for the local Yapakurlangu Ward, told a meeting at Elliott attended by Northern Land Council (NLC) officers.
The NLC had called the meeting to apprise local residents of a new Town Plan which the NT Government wants to declare.
The meeting fast lapsed into a long lament about Elliott’s decline over recent years, especially since the creation of the Barkly Regional Council in July 2008, and about the sorry state of public housing in the town.