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Splendid building indeed – a “rose” among “thorns”. In my view, there is no disputing it looks good / is designed well and is setting a benchmark that hopefully other CBD land owners will follow … but, nearly one year (?) after it was built, why is this landmark building still empty? Is there a tenant paying rent on the empty building? Meanwhile, the architecture / ambience of Helm House, Anangu House, Centrelink and the Westpoint buildings is attractive enough to be fully tenanted?

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Distinction of design reflecting a sense of place
Thank you for your thought Alex. On another matter: Whose idea was it to put the painted (?) red bark / mulch in the landscaped areas of Todd Street / Mall? Was that in the design brief? Wasn’t the river sand good enough? The mural on the ANZ car park wall is a bit trippy as well.

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Unfolding story: Kids race ute through town
Was this one of the cars stolen from Congress? Why is there no police media release about this?

CBD planning: The vibrants are at it again
Out for consultation at the moment are:
• NT Planning Commission’s Central Alice Springs Area Plan.
• A discussion paper on NT Planning System Reform.
• A discussion paper on Planning for a Vibrant Future.

No Brainer # 3: Stott Terrace renameded? Tourists in swags. Playing chicken with cars.
Gerard Kuyer Bridge (along South Terrace) was officially named / gazetted in 2016. http://www.ntlis.nt.gov.au/placenames/view.jsp?id=24739 there was a bit of media (Centralian Advocate) about it at the time.

Middle School ‘monstrosity’ to stay: Minister
My recollection is that the shade structure over the basketball courts was built around the time of the economic stimulus package 2010/2011 (Building the Education Revolution).
All around Australian there is a legacy of these sorts of projects being rushed through. Keeps the builders in business.

Work started on national Indigenous art gallery for Alice
It all seems like a lot of duplication of services: How many art centres and galleries are there already in Alice Springs?
It is also very sad sitting in Araluen to watch a fantastic world class performer but only a handful of people are in the audience no matter how well the event is promoted. Unless there are dramatic changes (cheaper flights, influx of overseas tourists to Australia, Uluru becomes unpopular) I see the whole project as totally unsustainable.
I agree with Bev’s observations – not all local first Australians will be (or strive to be) successful artists, AFL football players, rangers or tour guides.
Keep the options open and balanced. A modest sized building, co-collocated with the Desert Park or Desert Knowledge Precinct would be good (but not easily accessible to pedestrians).
A couple of observations: People forget that the Araluen Centre was once owned by the Alice Springs Town Council but was transferred over to the NT Government to run. Why was this? Cost of running it was too high?
With the proposed art building, people need to bear in mind that the cost of construction will blow out no matter what the best intentions are.
It will cost a massive amount of money to keep open (staff, air conditioning, building maintenance, security, electricity). Will the venture ever break even?
Look at the indoor aquatic centre – numerous defects and the number of people who visit it is embarrassingly small, constantly trying to find qualified people to staff it (we are very lucky to have such a facility – towns three times the size of ours do not have one).
The indigenous staff at the cafe is an interesting one – at Yulara, how many indigenous staff from Central Australia work there, what is the percentage?
From what I have heard, many staff who identify as Aboriginal are from other states and territories (Redfern, Sydney was one I heard of).
Doesn’t the Yaye’s café at Araluen already offer indigenous fusion food?
Kungas, Red Ochre Grill etc seem to already have saturated the options in this genre.
I’m guessing they would be more than willing to employ more indigenous staff or trainees, if they aren’t already doing so.

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