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.


Recent Comments by Hal Duell

Park, lights: ideas for a brighter town centre  
@ Local 2, Posted November 15, 2018 at 12:26 pm
Fair go, oh you who won’t sign your name. Few ideas are born fully formed, especially the good ones. Someone proposes something, others take it up and build on it. In affairs of governance, that is the way good progress is made.
Please don’t attempt to sow dissension. Council is showing signs of working together to better Alice Springs.
Putting verbal rocks in their road is so not helpful. More better wait until they do something really stupid and then hop in. Trust me. That time will come.


Park, lights: ideas for a brighter town centre  
I think the idea that this move is flawed due to the presence of the pub at its northern end is wrong.
Consider the Gap Hotel. For years this was all but a no-go area due to its “animal bar”.
Then new management took over, investment was made, and now The Gap is arguably the best, as in safest and most comfortable, pub in town. This shows what can be done.
The area on the eastern side of the Riverside Pub is disgusting not because it has to be, but because it is allowed to be.
Change the animal bar there into an attractive venue. And keep the cops at the take-away!


Park, lights: ideas for a brighter town centre  
The proposal by the Deputy Mayor to turn the river bank between Wills Terrace and Gregory Terrace into a developed and shared public space is a good and timely idea.
Let’s hope Council agrees. For too long we have turned our back to the Todd River.


No youth detention facilities in residential areas: MLAs
Why aren’t youth detention services under correctional services instead of family affairs? Family affairs have had their shot and failed. Time for someone else to step up.


Coles Mural: Government, Heritage Council fall silent
Ntharipe Observer, Posted November 10, 2018 at 4:51 pm.
Sounds good, but then if the plan is to leave the oval alone, why not just leave it alone?


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