When I first came to this town in late 1984, …

Comment on Council will look at tree register and by-law by Domenico Pecorari.

When I first came to this town in late 1984, you could look out from Anzac Hill and see a canopy of green that expressed, for me at least, The Alice’s character as an “oasis” town.
It was one of the factors that led me to settle down here call this place “home”.
Over the years, I’ve seen the canopy reduced through the development of large-scale projects, such as the Ford Plaza, and noticed the almost imperceptible removal of trees, one or two at a time, from our CBD’s car-parks and open spaces.
Sadly, the recently drafted CBD Built Form Guidelines document, which promotes zero-setback developments to a maximum of five storeys, will see the increased decimation of the canopy and the town permanently transformed into “anywhere, Australia”.
Yeperenye’s action is only the latest in a trend that has run for decades and reflects the generally low value that we, as a community, put on our town’s trees, trees have taken perhaps a hundred, a hundred and fifty years, to develop their stately presence.
Our town’s trees should be seen as the valuable assets they are, not only to the owners of the property but to the broader community and the town in general, and their removal ought to be seen as nothing short of vandalism and corporate anti-social behaviour.
Shame, Yeperenye, Shame!!

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Council will look at tree register and by-law
I’d love have been able to respond to “Stumped”, but I don’t believe that someone who won’t even put their name to their forthrightly-stated views warrants an answer. Where’s the courage of your conviction?
As for Steve Brown’s simplistic reasoning and blaming the “lefties” for all the town’s woes: you could do with a history lesson or two, mate, despite having been here all your life.
In all the twenty-seven years I’ve been here, I’ve rarely seen developers hindered in their desire to extract the maximum out of the town and, in the process, destroying the character that was loved by both the citizens and visitors to the place. Not by the former CLP government. Nor from the current Labor party, whose ministers have bent ever further backwards to give their nod to developments, such as Melanka, despite overwhelming opposition from a concerned public.
No, Steve. If you really want to know why the town’s businesses are suffering, just chat with a few of the ever-dwindling number of visitors and ask for their impressions of our town. You may learn that there are only so many times you can sh*t in your own nest, before it starts to smell.


Council will look at tree register and by-law
@1 Steve, you seem to be forever putting the cart before the horse in your endless pro-development arguments.
Have you not noticed the high level of vacant commercial premises or the number of long-time vacant lots in our CBD?
Have you not considered that maybe our town’s woes stem, in part, from losing its edge as an attraction destination through the very unbridled developments you promote?
No, Steve. More-of-the-same will not do any more for The Alice. If this town is to regain hope for a brighter future, it needs to develop and adopt a Town Plan that reflects the vision of its citizens.
It has been the unrestrained “ad-hoc” approach to development that has got our town into this mess and it is time this was reversed.
Far from turning developers away, I believe it will attract the very type of developers we need: community-minded investors who are reassured, not repelled, by a town that has taken charge of its future.


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Cemeteries could be turned into parks
Cemeteries are extremely important heritage places and are a treasure trove of information for historians.
Sadly, from my personal experience as a practising heritage architect, our town council administration lacks the expertise and sensitivity that is needed, and are more intent on “beautification” rather than respecting the heritage values of our town’s cemeteries.
These proposed changes to the NT’s Cemeteries Act need to be handled very carefully if we are to avoid irreparable damage.
Our local council and the NT Government need to seriously adopt “world’s best practice” and give more than just lip service to the term.


Problem kids: The whole town must help
Congratulations, Steve Brown, on presenting a solution that I wholeheartedly support.
Our town has an anti-youth culture that cannot handle youngsters that do not conform to adult expectations.
Instead of pushing them into sport-based activities, telling them where and when the can skate or ride a bike and generally treating them with suspicion, we should be providing them a supportive environment that allows kids to just “be kids”.
Steve’s practical idea is one of the foundation stones upon which a better Alice may be built, rather than the punitive approach exposed by Pseudo Guru.


Council sharpens focus on protecting water from fracking
My sincere thanks to Marli and the councillors who supported the motion for getting unequivocal protection for our town’s water supply.
True leadership looks to the longer term viability of our town, beyond dubious short-term profits. Clean, safe water is precious – a fact that is too often not appreciated until it becomes contaminated.


A bridge too far? A tunnel may be the answer.
@ Erwin. Sorry, but you seem to be confusing consultation with “debate”, which is what happens on these pages.
By consultation with the community, I meant that NTG and Council so-called “leaders” propose viable options, each backed up with factual data.
For example, has anyone bothered to ask the local Traditional Owners how they feel about a tunnel?
Community consultation is not about throwing up a contentious idea, set up as a “solution”, for us all to get into a scrap about.
I’d have thought they would have learnt something after the debacle over the siting of the proposed Indigenous Art Centre.


A bridge too far? A tunnel may be the answer.
This has got to be a late candidate for April 1st?
I have yet to see traffic jams through The Gap and there are less expensive ways to increase river flow and reduce flood levels in the town area.
How about some serious community consultation instead of another dictatorial debacle?


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