@Anonymous And five storeys for the Melanka site, although that may …

Comment on $60m church, town council deal may make Alice buzz by Hal Duell.

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And five storeys for the Melanka site, although that may have lapsed by now. Is the exemption for developing the old Commonwealth Bank building still valid? Hope so.
I don’t remember a height exemption being mentioned for 50 Bath Street. If that’s the number of the Green Well, I wish they had taken advantage of it. Alice is being stunted by being kept in these low-rise boxes.
I also like the idea of something tall being built on the site of the old petrol station on Wills Terrace. Then a light show could be projected from the roof to stop the kids throwing rocks from Anzac Hill into the windscreens of passing cars.
All this future development would help us reclaim Alice Springs to make it a safe and sane urban environment. One problem – these proposals need money, and where that will come from is anyone’s guess. But let’s hope it comes from somewhere, or we look to be walking into a future as a struggle-town.

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$60m church, town council deal may make Alice buzz
So four stories were considered for the Green Well but knocked back by the DCA. Had the taller structure been allowed, the building might not be quite so forbidding. Not much to do about it now. It’s still an attractive addition to Alice Springs, ‘rusty rectangle’ not withstanding.
It’s worth noting that the rusty look softens immeasurably with landscaping. Visit or look online at the imposing and award winning Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart.
Our Town Council would not have the power to impose a three story restriction, so this must come from Darwin. It is possible to ask what right Darwin and the DCA have to so limit the development of Alice, and do they mean to continue? Why are they holding us back? I notice that there is no such height restriction in Darwin.
Wasn’t the same three story restriction used when the Alice Plaza was built from boundary to boundary? And what an uninspired exterior that is! With another level, might the planners of the day have been inspired to soften that eastern wall? If that had happened, we might still have a pedestrian mall instead of even more traffic through the CBD.
Neither the Alice Plaza nor the Green Well offer examples for the proponents of the height restriction to crow about. Why not offer a trade? Another story or two and in exchange the street level to be welcoming and pedestrian friendly.


$60m church, town council deal may make Alice buzz
Have plans been drawn up? Even suggestions? Where, for instance, will the tall apartment blocks be going?
In theory I’m all for the idea of turning the centre of town into a lived in area, but both the Melanka block and the Commonwealth bank building stirred up a deal of controversy, gained planning approval (or at least the Melanka site did), and then came to nothing.
I hope we get a chance to read more of this. There is optimism across the Top End with development gaining traction up there. The Ord River Scheme, one of the world’s largest inland irrigation systems, may finally realise its potential. At the same time, Darwin is turning into a city and Australian’s port to Asia.
It would be most welcome to see a Town Like Alice become the city of Alice Springs, but first the precious mind-set that we are a dusty little town at the back of beyond will need to evolve.
That’s an interesting point made about the new building on Lizzy Milne’s old block. Does it even have a name? And if it could have gone above three stories, would an open public space have been included? As it is, it’s an exceptionally attractive exterior, or at least it is to me, but it’s a bit forbidding. A garden would have softened that.


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Park, lights: ideas for a brighter town centre  
@ Local 2, Posted November 15, 2018 at 12:26 pm
Fair go, oh you who won’t sign your name. Few ideas are born fully formed, especially the good ones. Someone proposes something, others take it up and build on it. In affairs of governance, that is the way good progress is made.
Please don’t attempt to sow dissension. Council is showing signs of working together to better Alice Springs.
Putting verbal rocks in their road is so not helpful. More better wait until they do something really stupid and then hop in. Trust me. That time will come.


Park, lights: ideas for a brighter town centre  
I think the idea that this move is flawed due to the presence of the pub at its northern end is wrong.
Consider the Gap Hotel. For years this was all but a no-go area due to its “animal bar”.
Then new management took over, investment was made, and now The Gap is arguably the best, as in safest and most comfortable, pub in town. This shows what can be done.
The area on the eastern side of the Riverside Pub is disgusting not because it has to be, but because it is allowed to be.
Change the animal bar there into an attractive venue. And keep the cops at the take-away!


Park, lights: ideas for a brighter town centre  
The proposal by the Deputy Mayor to turn the river bank between Wills Terrace and Gregory Terrace into a developed and shared public space is a good and timely idea.
Let’s hope Council agrees. For too long we have turned our back to the Todd River.


No youth detention facilities in residential areas: MLAs
Why aren’t youth detention services under correctional services instead of family affairs? Family affairs have had their shot and failed. Time for someone else to step up.


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Ntharipe Observer, Posted November 10, 2018 at 4:51 pm.
Sounds good, but then if the plan is to leave the oval alone, why not just leave it alone?


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