A 2008 view of the Gap Youth and Community Centre, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia. For 40 years, the Gap Youth and Community Centre has worked alongside the community to engage the children and young people of Alice Springs in activities that help them to grow. A community owned Aboriginal corporation since 1977, the Gap was started by people from the Gap area of Alice Springs. Their vision was – and remains – to strengthen future generations by passing on learning and creating opportunity and to 'Respect yourself and your Culture'.
Alice Springs (Eastern Arrernte: Mparntwe) is the third largest town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Known as 'Stuart' until 31 August 1933, the name 'Alice Springs' was given by surveyor William Whitfield Mills after Alice, Lady Todd (née Alice Gillam Bell), wife of the telegraph pioneer Sir Charles Todd. Now colloquially known as 'The Alice' or simply 'Alice', the town is situated roughly in Australia's geographic centre. It is nearly equidistant from Adelaide and Darwin, 1,499 km (931 Mi) from Darwin and 1,532 km (952 Mi) from Adelaide.
Alice Springs is the heart of Central Australia, comprised of cavernous gorges, boundless desert landscapes, remote Aboriginal communities and a charming pioneering history. North West of ‘Alice’, along the Tanami Track and south of Alice Springs in the Simpson Desert, the art styles and stories of the Aboriginal people give meaning to the surrounding landscape.
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