NT election 2020 candidates – Domenico Pecorari

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The NT Independent is providing you with a light-hearted look at the candidates for the August 22 NT general election. We’re not looking at policy or platforms at this time, but rather at the person behind them.

Our Q&A should help you get to know the humans of NT politics.

Today’s profile is Federation Party candidate for Araluen, Domenico Pecorari.

Domenico Pecorari is a long-time resident of Araluen, Alice Springs, first coming to town from Perth in 1984, during the tourism boom years.

As a professional architect, Domenico has gained keen insights into The Alice’s development and a deep appreciation of town planning issues as they affect the economic prosperity of the town and region.

His work experience includes ten years of administering building programs in central Australian Aboriginal communities, as well as managing heritage conservation work on many of central Australia’s historic places. He held the NT Government’s heritage advisor position for the southern region for twenty years until its dissolution in 2015.

Domenico is also one of the founders of Heritage Alice Springs in 2003, an association dedicated to the protection and promotion of heritage places in Alice Springs and the central Australian region. He has a significant personal investment in the town’s future through his purchase and on-going restoration of one of the town’s most intact heritage-listed railway cottages, located in Railway Terrace.

Being of Italian descent, Domenico has an acute understanding of multi-cultural issues and the role that culture can play in the revitalisation of Alice Springs. His many extended stays in Italy have provided him the opportunity to see the town from a distance, and experience first hand ideas that may be adapted in revitalising The Alice.

A community-minded family man, with two grown-up and very independent daughters, Domenico now has the time to share the many town planning ideas that he has developed over the last thirty years.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received and who did it come from?

On my very first trip to Italy, at age 22 in 1976, an aunt of mine told me that “one must always be true to oneself”, and that if others didn’t like you for your honesty, then “mandarli a f*nculo”. (I won’t translate – it’s rude).

Tell us something interesting or quirky about yourself.

I am, sad to say, a certified vinyl tragic. I love records, have a collection of over 3,000 and play them more than any other musical format. There’s not much better than having a stylus hit the groove of a well cared for record and hearing nothing, no crackle, no hiss or anything, until the music starts.

How would your best mate describe you in twenty words or less?

Hmmm. I’ve not had my best mate tell me what they think of me. Probably to avoid being told “vaf*nculo”.

If you were stranded on a desert island and could bring one movie, one album and one book, what would they be?  

A very difficult this one.

Movie: I’d say Lawrence of Arabia directed by David Lean for its stunning cinematography and many memorable lines: “Just what is it about the desert you like so much, Lawrence?”, to which he replies: “ It’s so clean! ” It also happens to be a very long movie – better value, no?

Album: That would have to be Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here, for its magnificent build-up intro to side one, track one’s Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5).

Book:  No doubt David Wallace-Wells’ The Uninhabitable Earth: A Story of the Future. True, it does not make for a happy read, but it would certainly make me feel glad to be stuck on a desert island.

If you could have dinner with any person in history, who would it be and why?

Hmmm. Architect Frank Lloyd Wright, so I could ask him whether he thought his fame was worth his not having spent more time with his family.

A couple of really quick questions. You can give one-word answers if you wish.

Tea or coffee?  

Both, depending on who I’m sharing with.

Coffee: Ristretto-style, made with freshly ground, freshly roasted beans from local DUYU Roasters – Ethiopia Yirgacheffe, Honduras Liquidambar or Nicaragua Black Honey.

Tea: Australian grown Nerada (everyday go-to), but have been enjoying Betty’s Tearoom blend as a treat.

Folder or scruncher? 

Folder, definitely, but not just any old folding – it must be along the perforations!


I don’t actually know those stations. I prefer ABC and SBS.

Wet season or dry season?  

Dry, without hesitation, which is lucky, given I live in Alice Springs.

Coles or Woollies?  

In Alice Springs, Coles, but only because car-parking is easier.


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