There is a good pedestrian / bicycle track running along …

Comment on Northern mall and Parsons Street get top priority in revamp of town centre by Hal Duell.

There is a good pedestrian / bicycle track running along the west side of the Stuart Highway between Larapinta Dr and Wills Tce.
There is another one mirroring it running along the Todd River.
Does the Alice Springs Revitalisation Project have any plans to connect the two with a pedestrian / bicycle track running east / west through the new CAD?
A number of comments have been heard recently highlighting the misunderstanding and simmering animosity now existing between motorists and bicycles. This often comes bubbling to the surface at our roundabouts, of which the CAD has so many.
One way around this accident that seems to be waiting to happen might be a designated east / west bike track.

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Northern mall and Parsons Street get top priority in revamp of town centre
In response to a question asked on the Connecting Alice website, Steve Thorne from Design Urban Pty Ltd has told me: “The initial revitalisation project has mainly focussed on Todd Mall and the north-south connections.”
He mentions that the Todd Mall is a shared zone, a point I hope Council will instruct its Rangers to take to heart when they next threaten to issue a fine for riding a bike in the mall.
He also mentions proposing a widened shared zone on Parsons Street that will link to cycle paths along the Todd River.
But any east / west connection between the existing shared pedestrian / bicycle paths on the Sturt Highway and the Todd River will need the Alice Springs Town Council to come on board.


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I write this as an appeal to Chief Minister Gunner to reconsider his choice of the Anzac area as the location for the proposed National Aboriginal Art Gallery.
Not only did your own steering committee nominate the Desert Park as the optimal choice, but ever since your overriding of their recommendation, the wheels have been coming off what was once a project that had everyone on board.
Many in Alice recognize the heritage value of the old Anzac High School and the Anzac Oval, and while neither carries official heritage listing, I understand efforts are being made to rectify that.
Yes, it would be possible to relocate the rugby fields of Anzac Oval, but at what addition to the cost of building the proposed gallery?
I suggest the final nail in the coffin of public indifference regarding this issue was the published plans to do away with a car park that many who work in the CBD use every day.
The score so far seems to be the destruction of a still valuable building of heritage value and of an oval of similar value, the cost of a new rugby stadium and the cost of a new car park. And all that before construction on a new gallery can begin.
I ask you to please reconsider the Desert Park, as that choice would mean no valuable building to take down, and neither a new car park nor a new stadium needed. I suggest this would be a better choice both economically and politically. Not only would the project cost less, but it would not alienate any of your supporters in Alice Springs.
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But to engage with the marginalised youth in Alice in a positive manner, a venue is needed. Such a venue is at hand. The old Anzac High School would fill that bill admirably.
I hope our Town Council reads this article and carefully considers whether a MOU with Darwin concerning the proposed art gallery, which would destroy that high school building in a quest for more tourist dollars and a dubious attempt to reinvigorate the CBD, is really more important than attempting to address the very real youth social issues plaguing Alice Springs.


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