As the dust settles on the longest and most divisive …

Comment on Ryan re-elected Mayor, Brown heads councillor line-up by Domenico Pecorari.

As the dust settles on the longest and most divisive campaign period I’ve seen in my 27 years here, I hope that the new council members can all agree on one thing: that the town needs to begin planning for a more sustainable future, not only economically, but also environmentally, socially and culturally. I’d like to think that councillors can appreciate that ALL of these four issue areas are inter-related and that any plan that does not present integrated proposals will simply not succeed. At a recent “ideas session” organised by the local Chamber of Commerce, I was surprised to find myself publicly backing Janet Brown’s call for a “Town Plan”. The Chamber supports Business Plans, I said, so why not a Plan for the whole of the town? I left that meeting with the impression that the business community is more interested in “silver bullet” solutions but, with the election of Steve Brown onto council, my hopes have been raised.

Recent Comments by Domenico Pecorari

Master plan for town, reconciliation plan for Australia Day
I’m very sorry, Steve. I’ve read your comment several times, even read “between the lines”, so to speak, but I have not been able to make head nor tail of the point you are trying to make.
I do, however, question your assertion that Anzac Hill was “given over by the TO’s (sic) specifically for (the) purpose of represent(ing) and commemorat(ing) The Nations (sic) War dead”, and would love to see any historical evidence you may have on the matter.
I personally suspect that the local Indigenous people were not asked if their sacred site could be appropriated for a memorial to European wars.


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The problem with every “plan” and “scheme” that I’ve seen developed since I came to The Alice in 1984 is that they have been too narrow in scope, overly focused on economic “solutions” and often just project driven.
Despite all the activity, not to mention cost, this town has never had the “long-term, integrated Master Plan” that Jimmy Cocking has recently called for: an all- encompassing Master Plan that formalises a sustainable, shared vision for our town, not just economically, but also environmentally, socially and culturally. In short, a plan that defines the kind of town we want to live, work and play in.
We are certainly a town that has experienced no population growth for the last 10 years, including a population decline over the last five.
I believe that a well-developed master plan, with wide-ranging input from local expertise and the general public, would provide the roadmap with which we could reverse this worrying trend.


Master plan for town, reconciliation plan for Australia Day
Upon reading the article, I must admit to sharing Charlie Carter’s response: “All of the above!” I suspect it is a view shared by a significant majority of citizens.


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A wonderful achievement, Leonardo. Congratulations to all involved in presenting a positive image of central Australia.


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Congratulations, Mike. A great effort on your part in demonstrating a creative response to resolving a practical problem. Nothing short of brilliant! And thanks, Kieran, for bringing Mike’s achievement to our attention. I hope our town’s decision-makers are taking notice.


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