Wake up Alice. Not only is the cost of land …

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

Wake up Alice. Not only is the cost of land at ridiculous levels, you have people putting building height restrictions that cause developers to build in other towns.
Now the town is full of undeveloped blocks that add to the dysfunctional CBD.
So get them to build, let them build because when you have a town not moving forward it only goes backwards, and Alice Springs doesn’t need that as well.
As for the height restrictions, stuff ’em. A building with a mobile phone transmitter on it looks better than a steel tower – and don’t they look higher than your three story limit anyway?

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$60m church, town council deal may make Alice buzz
Well, if its going to be like that Bob, here goes: Firstly, even you say that in some cases the four or five story limit would be OK.
You may have been able to help the – as you put it – half witted developer that knocked down the old Melanka building so they could have built what would have been a top class backpackers resort now.
And if you had a good look at the old building you would have know it was originally built as cheap as possible to put workers into, and in a almost disgusting condition with even sewage running down the halls at times.
As far as other blocks in the CBD, maybe if you went and stood in the middle of the old Melanka block and looked to west, you will see another empty block. Then look to the north, that’s towards the mall, were all the laid back aura can be found after dark on most nights of the week, or is that, as the story quotes, a sinister ghost town environment? You will see another empty block full of cars. Remember, this is also how the empty block at the old Shell servo site got turned into a car park; everyone parked there so much they turned it into a car park.
The site you are referring to is not the old Shell location but the old Mobil Palms, according to my research.
And according to the census 66% cent of the decision makers turn over in town, so I guess all everyone has to do is wait for those who are holding the town back to leave.

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Air traffic: Looking down on Alice
After nearly 30 years of the tourism industry adjusting to the fact that Yulara has an airstrip, why is this still being used as an excuse to explain the demise of the number of tourists coming to Alice Springs?
You have a tainted destination with its anti social issues, young kids running around all hours of the night, terrorising anyone walking out of the venues in the town.
It’s fantastic to have security at the doors but it doesn’t make visitors feel safe travelling to and from their accommodation.
Being humbugged by drunks asking for dollars while trying to go to shopping centres, all of this adds up over time.
Fix this and you fix your image, as Central Australia has some of the most iconic scenery and destinations in Australia to visit.
As history shows people will come to see it on holiday and that’s what they want – a holiday not get immersed into local anti social issues.
The new airline schedules should be looked at as a new opportunity now to assist Darwin to become a choice international landing city instead of flying over it to land interstate. Again another opportunity lost to Alice – this should have been done years ago.
With it having more direct international flights to Darwin then on to Uluru, these are numbers who most likely weren’t going to Alice Springs anyway. w
Why not look at this as another opportunity to complete projects like the loop road around King Canyon and attract these new visitors to the Western MacDonnell Ranges and on to Alice Springs from Uluru.
In regards to locals getting cheaper flights – what about Virgin, supporting them more and they might return the favour.
Why after all these years are we finally hearing from the Member for Lingari on this? There must be elections soon. Should be a great windfall for his electorate, as over 40% of the population in the area is Indigenous and the new flights are going to Australia’s biggest Indigenous hospitality training college, this should be looked at as a fantastic vote of confidence for future employment in the industry.
Instead of a big talk fest now on what has happened, how about one on the opportunities this is creating.
Would be so good to hear some action on what has been appropriately called parking the ambulance at the top of the cliff instead of at the bottom all of the time.

It’s remote, desolate and worth billions
Mr Ross said if fledgling Anangu tourism plans, especially in the vast Indigenous Protected Area surrounding the national park, receive the assistance they need to get off the ground nobody will miss the climb.
It seems somethings need to hurry up time is running out very quickly.
How time flies by and the vast difference in procedure there is in the NT.
You only have to search Lake McKay in WA and the development of their potash industry in the region, you will see the senior men and women standing proud of their decision to give their children a future off welfare dependant systems.
You see the traditional owners standing up unlike over the boarder were you will see the designated spokes person or a white lawyer from some other state that is on a short term employment contract to put across the views of the traditional owners whom they don’t list due to their justification of keeping them protected from other influences. And we all just have to take the land council’s word for outcomes of the meetings.
It is mentioned they would get a 10% royalty. Why would this not get absorbed into the land council’s coffers and not achieve a sustainable outcome?
Why not have guarantees of employment opportunities and business ventures in the process instead of being rewarded for not working.
If the Amadeus area will have no mining negotiations until 2021 why haven’t the fledgling Anangu tourism plans been developed as yet?
Very interested to hear why nearly 50% of the NT is now a private national park that the tax paying public is paying millions to put rangers on to look after it and can’t even visit it.

Territory tourism playing catch-up
Wow, the little local kangaroo sanctuary is number 1 in the Territory but even more impressive is number 10 nationally on trip advisor.
Good on them.
May be now NT the government could help out and get them some tiolets for all their visitors.
Sure that would even help further the great reviews on a great Alice springs attraction that along with others are already bringing visitors to the town, instead of looking at mythical numbers from art galleries.
Maybe assisting those who are hard at work doing it now should be suported a bit more?

CLP propaganda courtesy of a Senate office?
Maybe a little explanation in regards to producing propaganda for the CLP.
Senator Scullion is Indigenous Affairs Minister after all. This is a project that will benefit many Indigenous peoples in the remotes parts of outback Australia.
Help to make transport cost affordable, allow fresh food to be delivered to stores, help keep vehicles in a roadworthy condition a little longer, make travelling safer for all.
All this and not even mentioning the ongoing tourism and economical benefits it will bring to many along the way.
This is a project of such benefits to so many you would think the current Member for Lingari would have been a vocal supporter of it.
How many years has this project been talked about? As long as the current Member has been in office maybe?
A good indicator that Lingari needs some one to stand up and get things done for others.
We all say they don’t do anything. So if this is getting something done, you would have to say Senator Scullion is doing his job as a parliamentarian.

Diversification tipped to make millions for cattlemen
It is very interesting that half of the Northern Territory is owned by Aboriginal people, but I doubt is is controlled by them. They seem to be only manipulated to suit the land council as can be seen with the incident at Yuendumu community kicking out those that seem to not be voting in favour of the council’s agenda.
If it is freehold land why are they getting vast amounts of tax payers’ money to employ rangers to manage all this? Why are they called rangers? You would think they look after land that the general public could visit and appreciate, like a national park.
Is it not a strictly controlled permit system. Yes, managed by the land council, but wouldn’t this be like the government paying the average house owner to mow their own back yard?
And no, you can’t look over the fence.
Why are the people not being assisted to move off the welfare mentality system and into the real economy by developing enterprises and contribute as tax payers, not be tax burdens.
Or give taxpayers’ money to owners like Wally to employ workers to grow hay and catch cows.
Or has the old carbon credits scheme, that we saw in an epic failure on properties like Henbury Station in the Northern Territory, raised its head again very quietly while every one is being distracted?
Great work Wally Klein, on showing how to get things done.

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