In response to a question asked on the Connecting Alice …

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

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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Northern mall and Parsons Street get top priority in revamp of town centre
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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I would like to thank CM Gunner for clarifying the issue of armed and masked TRG police being deployed on the streets of Alice over the coming summer. There won’t be any. Good!
The use of specialised equipment to assist operational officers is a good idea. The perpetrators of youth crime need to be identified.
But this begs the question of what will be done with these young criminals once identified? We can’t hold them in detention, we can’t hold the parents accountable, it seems we can’t do much of anything, really.
These plans are not very encouraging. I suppose they will keep the vigilantes off the streets, but will they keep the kids off them as well?
Perhaps these running-amok kids can be identified as coming from a specific community, and then the royalty payments going to their community can be sequestered until the damages done by them to the residents of Alice have been fully paid for?


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So it’s come to this. A Tactical Response Group may be deployed to Alice to deal with youth crime. And we have no one but ourselves to blame.
Consider the alternatives.
The NT Police dare not intervene in youth crime for the simple reason that to so much as look sideways at a juvenile delinquent in action is accompanied with reams of paperwork and the high likelihood of a departmental inquiry and possible legal action.
The Town Council is not constituted to deal with policing matters. They can and do host meetings to try to reach a community consensus on what to do about children “getting ready for the summer crime spree,” but internal divisions and differing agendas make theirs a fractured voice.
And while the larger Indigenous organisations often voice their concerns, whatever they may be doing has clearly not worked in past years, and there is little to suggest that this summer will be any different.
And so now we may be seeing armed and (I assume) masked men (and women?) patrolling our streets, not to deal with organised criminals or national or international terrorists, but to deal with children. How inept are we?


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