$24 million would upgrade most of the Pinnacles Road from …

Comment on Are there a better ways to spend $24m? by Trevor Shiell.

$24 million would upgrade most of the Pinnacles Road from the Plenty to Arltunga developing a new approach to Alice and a brand new tourism province.
Where are these people at? And who had the bright idea of developing the 10 km of the old Andado road the other side of Alambi?
How many millions? In the three days I was on that road recently I saw three cars!
And the overpass near Mclaren vale in SA cost $18m just for the ground works. What is the cost of a barrel of pork?

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The tree or the bench?
Garth Drake: I go up to visitors and ask for their impressions of the place. People from Central Australian tourism should do the same.
They might get some off the cuff surprises. The most impressive thing there is the geology, but no attempt to explain how it all came about or how Larapinta Drive got its name.
A couple of picnic tables and a bench seat or two would be nice.


New drive to make Pitchi Richi a public treasure
Wonderful news. For far too long authorities have not recognised that the tourism future of Alice lies largely south of The Gap, between The Gap and the airport.
There are too many vested commercial interests and conventional real estate interests to allow heritage type development north of The Gap.
They refuse to look at places like Hahndorf and Ballarat to see how heritage issues are basic to their economies, and contribute to the communal good.
No one has asked why the Katherine, Mt Isa, and Mclaren Vale tourism centres are all on the main approach to town where they have a captive market, but ours is crowded into a space with little or no parking.
The Big M stores have a mathematical formula on which they base their shop position.
It is based on the number of passing vehicles and pedestrians. If they did as we do they would go broke just as we are. An old Frank Sinatra film says it all (A hole in the head)
He who whispers down the well
About the thing he has to sell
Will never make as many dollars
As he who climbs a tree and hollers.
I don’t see too many tourism people standing on the South Road at the Welcome Rock where they all stop, or hollering as they go past.


Back to the future with Warren Snowdon
A clarification to my earlier contribution: To join the West Coast gas reserves to the eastern states market through Brewer Estate in Alice Springs is about 450 km shorter than through Moomba, a point well recognised by the millionaires factory. Hence their investment in Central Petroleum.


Back to the future with Warren Snowdon
One has to wonder who is pulling whose leg. The Permian basin under the west of the US has so much gas that it’s hard to sell and the infrastructure on the US west coast ports is all ready for it to go to Asia.
South Australia is reportedly shutting down renewable energy producers because they are producing so much electricity that the national regulator price is so low that it is not worth the retailers buying it, so the supply has to go down.
Hence the possible closure of a large solar factory in the SA Riverland. Meanwhile one report from Germany suggests that renewable energy is not worth the trouble. If we are serious about the shortage of gas in the Eastern states, join our sources – Mereenie to the NW Shelf – a distance of around 450 km.
One company already has a pencilled in pipeline direct from Perth, and another has one pencilled in from around Mekathara, going right back to the Whitlam days of a National gas grid, and Rex Connor.
Perhaps he had it right.
Now with the appearance of Macquarie Bank on the share register of our supplier, it may come to pass.
Perhaps they have seen something that we haven’t.
They don’t call it the millionaire factory for nothing. I don’t see any need for drilling the Beetaloo Basin.
Quite apart from the issue of gas, we have two high quality wells near here that produce helium, which is currently worth about 15 times as much as natural gas. Why bother with gas?


Land-locked Bangtail’s ancient link to oceans
The geological history of the area and ranges in particular has unfortunately never been a feature of tourism here.
I tried to explain what they were looking at to a friend on Anzac hill some years ago and finished up with an audience of around 20 interested people.
The geological history is fascinating and so obvious from Anzac but never mentioned there.
It is well demonstrated at the Desert Park.
The Larapinta seaway, the origin of Larapinta Drive, is an unknown item to most residents and few have heard of the Alice Springs Orogeny, the cause of much of what we see and live with daily.
It’s sad to go up there to watch the sun go down and find the view obstructed by the trees so thoughtfully planted in front of the viewing seats.
A couple of seats on the hillside below the rail and tree line would add a lot of amenity for our visitors.


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