What wrecked the northern section of the mall was allowing …

Comment on Revitalisation: will there be people as well as cars in the mall? by Hal Duell.

What wrecked the northern section of the mall was allowing the eastern side of what is now the Alice Plaza to present a blank face.
At least this seems to be a lesson learned. From their plans, the multi-storey redevelopments of both the old Commonwealth Bank building and the Melanka site will not be making the same mistake.
It’s not that there has been no public consultation. There has been, but spread over many years. Objections died the death of serial inattention.
Has anyone heard how the Sunday Markets will be staged? Or where the stage will be relocated? I think the sails are gone.
Unless there are plans to include drive-thru eating, I do not understand why cars driving by will be better for business than people walking by.

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Inquiry into fracking: Giving it the green light?
“Harness the sun, the wind and the tides for energy.”
About those tides: Electricity is generated from motion. Wind works, as do turbines whether powered by coal, gas or uranium. And tides?
In Darwin tides are reportedly up to eight meters twice a day with a million tonnes of water flowing by at high tide. Why doesn’t someone stick a wheel into that?
Or, of course, we could probably generate enough power to run a dim globe or two if we harnessed the power in the revolving doors in our government house.

Local government: A lot of action beyond the 3Rs
Two big differences to consider would be that Murray Bridge is 70 kms away from Adelaide while Alice is 1600 kms away from Darwin, and Murray Bridge is on the edge of the agricultural and industrial heartland of Australia while Alice is on the edge of a desert.
It seems that our population numbers are similar, but I cannot think of a single other similarity.

Hazardous waste facility near Alice recommended
“It’s not me! I didn’t do it!” And yet I doubt if there is a household in Alice that doesn’t have at least one product the manufacture of which has contributed to the waste slated for storage.
It’s called denial. If only we did waste as well as we do denial.

Gallery: Friday is the day
Now that would have been an interesting question. Do the residents of Alice really want another art gallery? Or are we being sold a pup?

Bush community learning centre to close
“Batchelor Institute say that increased funding would be needed to run the Centre in 2018, they run similar programs in three Warlpiri communities where they are funded through royalties money.”
Sounds like a plan.

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