Oh yeah, within 20 years, 15% of 4,500 new dwellings …

Comment on Darwin to get cheap housing but Alice not yet by Maya Cifali.

Oh yeah, within 20 years, 15% of 4,500 new dwellings will be ear-marked as “affordable” housing: this is a mere 675 if my maths are correct. The other 3,825 will be available at commercial / market value. I insist “within 20 years”. In the meantime Alice accommodation deficit remains in crisis and the Melanka block is still vacant! And who are they, those who may be willing to live in “Kilgariff” and commute to work and could afford it? Where does the figure of 15% of 4,500 for “affordable housing” come from? Why not 50-60-70% thus shorten the waiting list for public housing? Government and developers may find themselves with an even larger problem if and when some of the 3,825 new dwellings remain with the “for sale” sign for lack of buyers.
Whether the NT government likes it or not, Alice Springs is and remains a “regional and remote” (not even “rural”) centre servicing the large Centralian region. The major part of its permanent or transient population are public servants (the scores of xxx@nt.gov.au). Its Indigenous population is increasing and will require even more than today decent and affordable accommodation, schooling facilities and jobs. I am not sure that Kilgariff + AZRI will answer this need.
The tourists want the exotism of a Town like Alice: suburbia has never attracted tourism.
What is sure is that for the time being, it is Darwin that receives all the attention (and funding) and in the meantime Alice-Town is slowly loosing its population and small businesses are closing down and move away. What could be the attraction of the Centre to promote a sudden increase of population – unless the US military to be stationed in Darwin expand 1,500kms south? Would Power and Water supply be able to cover the consumption of 4,500 additional dwellings? They talk of dwellings, not individuals … so many un-answered questions.
I may lack vision – but my 26 years in Alice tell me that we better keep it simple and focus on the revival of our township as expressed in the public consultations held in 2010-11 without waiting for Darwin to come good within 20 years.

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National Aboriginal Art Gallery: Anzac Oval off the table
Very good reporting. Thank you Kieran.
Relieved that the Alice Springs Town Council did not fall into accepting an MOU which was very restrictive.
Again and again it must be stressed that a NATIONAL Aboriginal Art Gallery (not only Museum) which allows for permanent and temporary exhibitions is not a local investment to bring relief to the small businesses of the CBD.
It is a vision for the whole of Australia to be proud of and show the world that Australia values her Indigenous population and its culture.
Therefore the “conversation”, “consultation”, “inclusion” of the TOs of Alice Springs in the decision making is most important. Not as a token, but as equal partners. A Mayor and a Chief Minister are only part of the process.
If millions are to be spent, make sure that they are well spent.
Concentrate on the best for a National Aboriginal Art Gallery (NAAG) – like the National Library of Australia or the National Gallery of Australia.
Not on side lines like love of rugby or respect for Anzac hill or revitalization of the Mall.
If it is the best, starting from a clean slate for best design, the benefit will naturally flow on to the town and its tourist revival. The Sydney Opera House became “iconic” after its completion, not a priori.

Morrison announces cash injection for NT
Bribery is defined by Black’s Law Dictionary as the offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of any item of value to influence the actions of an official or other person in charge of a public or legal duty.
And I always believed that Australia was corruption free.

1968, when revolution was everybody’s business
Thank you Charlie, this is well thought and well written. The spirit of the late 60s (May 1968) has affected me, you, and many others.
Songs, slogans, demos, “black is beautiful”, end of the Vietnam slaughter, but also “all the way with LBJ”. Did I see on TV our PM and the president of the USA shake hands in warm support and unshakable friendship?
Is the ’68 spirit still alive today, in a revolutionary sense? I wonder – within some of us no doubt, but it is not felt at the Federal level, nor at the community level.
I don’t think the revolution of 68 has changed the Aussie ways with the same depth as it did where the people had to fight for their liberty.
But today I shall raise my voice to say “NO FRACKING” and “Hands off Anzac Oval”.
This is no doubt my residual 1968 revolutionary approach.

‘Anzac Oval not for sale’: govt under pressure on gallery plans
Do I remember that the grand stand of Anzac Oval was redone in an improved version not so long ago?
In opposition to new virgin land, a fantastic backdrop, no relocation costs, no demolition cost, no feelings hurt, a clear slate to draw the national (not local, not NT, but national, to make Canberra envious) Aboriginal art gallery, next to the land, birds and ecosystems of the Desert Park.
I definitely cannot see what the current NT Government sees in the Anzac site … unless, indeed, they hide some ulterior motives that the “electorate” should not know.
Please rethink, reconsider, or tell us WHY!

New energy for anti fracking campaign
Whoever wishes to represent the NT must represent the wish of the people. The people of the NT have said NO FRACK’n FRACKING.
Seems clear enough to me. 135 recommendations, implemented or not, will not change that fracking for gas is no good for you, except for the pocket of some.
When shall we put energy into solar in the NT, Mr Gunner?

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