I have a 72 square meter house on a 907 …

Comment on Housing crisis as 860 dwellings are in development by David Nixon.

I have a 72 square meter house on a 907 square meter block but no money to develop to the standards required by NT Govt regulations. I suggest that it not an uncommon situation. Surely urban infill (allowing the deployment of transportable homes) is a cheaper strategy for alleviating the crisis – no headworks for starters!
Having seen much of Tasmania and regional Victoria across the past month, the cost of Alice’s real estate and its building regulations strike me as self imposed lunacy.

Recent Comments by David Nixon

Haunting excursion into Alice’s psyche
Interesting comment that the book is a set text over there in London; I’d have thought it may have been used here first as an induction tool for all employed in health, education and justice systems!
It was certainly a bolt of lightning insight for me having, for the past 20 years, struggled to comprehend how it is that things remain the same here despite the allocation of resources and intent to shift them.
Highly recommended reading.


Is the town over all the talk?
I noticed many old warhorses at cricket training last night preparing for grand finals. Sorry I wasn’t there to listen.


Do-it-yourself rescue of battling outback town
Dear Doubtful,
You make a valid point but the cynical undercurrent of your comment suggests you feel it improbable that systemic change is possible in Alice.
I encourage you to think more broadly about what is driving antisocial behaviour. When I reflect on this through the prism of the things that we can change at the local level, I keep coming back to the realisation that grog undermines everything in this town. Nothing can or will progress until the grog stops.
We need to vote in a Town Council that is willing to make emphatic representations to the Liquor Commission to this effect … and when they fail to act, make emphatic representations over and above the Liquor Commission’s jurisdiction.
Once we’ve tamed grog, we can get on with the renewal process without being undermined by constant civic disruption.


Central Australia is perishing for a drink
Wow! It’s unconscionable that people could argue for the status quo in view of these numbers: “Alcohol abuse costs $4197 per year for every adult Territorian, compared to $944 per adult nationally. The NT, with just over 1% of the national population, represents 7% of the estimated national alcohol-attributable policing costs of $747.1 million dollars.”
I would be grateful if someone could calculate the “opportunity cost” of this alcohol abuse to add to these damning stats.


Council should not be in government’s pocket, says mayoral candidate Brown
For a history of the Central Australian economy, I highly recommend these videos by Dr. Bruce Walker: http://youtu.be/Y3n58rUG3tE?list=PLBE38851E72A6AEDE


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