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National Road Transport Hall of Fame CEO Liz Martin with volunteers Marg Leese, Bob Hodder, Sandi Mason, Terry Plumbe and Mayleen Plumbe. Picture: Andrea Johnston
National Road Transport Hall of Fame CEO Liz Martin with volunteers Marg Leese, Bob Hodder, Sandi Mason, Terry Plumbe and Mayleen Plumbe. Picture: Andrea Johnston

THE cost of continual break-ins has forced management at the iconic National Road Transport Hall of Fame to consider pulling out of Alice Springs.

Chief executive Liz Martin said the tourism icon and shrine to the trucking industry suffers criminal damage on a "weekly basis".

"I estimate there's been $100,000 worth of damage, vandalism, theft and all sorts of things over the last couple of years," Ms Martin said.

In the past month $10,000 damage was done to a vehicle, there were two fires on the museum's perimeter and three volunteers' cars were broken into.

The National Road Transport Hall of Fame attracts thousands of people to Alice Springs, not least through its annual "Truckies Reunion".

Although the museum proudly states Alice Springs is the "home of the road train", Ms Martin said a move was being considered and good offers had already come from interstate.

"Broken Hill is one of the venues we're looking at, but we're also looking at two other venues. We've had good offers out of Victoria and South Australia," she said.

"One of the good things about Alice Springs - which is really why we hope not to have to come to this sort of thing - is it's a destination in its own right. It's got an iconic status and the tourism dollar is what helps sustain us, so we've got to look at another iconic town.

"Broken Hill is certainly an iconic town."

Ms Martin said crime, and the Northern Territory Government's "softly softly approach to dealing with it" made up about 50 per cent of the reasons for wanting to make the move.

"It happens on a weekly basis and we're just over it," she said.

"As a self-funded community-based organisation, it's become increasingly difficult to sustain."