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And apologies to the Water Tank. I meant to say that I understand the Water Shed has recently gone into receivership. I hope hasn’t, or that it gets sorted and can stay here. Alice needs both of them.

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Residential land needs to get cheaper, much cheaper
I can’t comment on the details of Steve’s article as the economics are over my head. But I do know that Alice is struggling.
Walk into Alice Plaza – it’s got that ghost-town feeling that hardly lends itself to happy shopping.
OneSteel is shutting up shop. Is the Water Tank still in receivership, or has that been sorted? Anyone else leaving town?
Council may have to sell some parks to have the money to maintain the rest.
And as for land and house prices, for the first time that I can recall, it’s now cheaper to rent than to own. Or so a renting friend recently informed me, having looked to buy and walked away from the high prices.
As for the high business rents, who owns the buildings where the rents are too high for a business to make a go of it?
And Monte’s, which caters for the young crowd, gets hammered on a regular basis.
Like Steve says, we better start making Alice attractive to the next generation if we want them to build their lives here. That means affordable homes, affordable land, affordable business rents, somewhere fun to go at night – seems pretty basic to me.


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Make September 8 Australia Day, anthem in Pitjantjatjara
Has anyone asked the descendants of Matthew Flinders what they think of the proposal to bring his remains to Australia? I hope so, as surely common courtesy would make that a first step.
Just asking …


Adelaide’s Indigenous gallery out of the starting blocks
This is a good move from the perspective of a National Indigenous Art Gallery.
An excellent location in a capital city with ready access for national and international visitors. There’s lots to see and do in Adelaide. I predict it will be a huge success.
In contrast, let’s look at Alice. We may love it – I certainly do having lived here for forty years with no plans of leaving.
But aside from access to some unique country, what do we offer our visitors? Here’s a clue: Go into town on any day and watch the loud and aggressive drunks stumbling about making fools of themselves.
Or how about spending an hour or two in the Coles car park any night you choose? Not exactly a good look!


Planning another plan
To further develop the CBD without first addressing flood mitigation would be leaving the cart before the horse and a blueprint for future heartbreak.


Make Oz Day a celebration of the future, not the past
Domenico: Please stop misquoting me. I do not and have not suggested Anzac Day be also known as Australia Day.
“If (IF!) we want a national day to celebrate our coming of age in the crucible of war, Anzac Day amply suffices.”
No one, myself included, has suggested we meld that day into Australia Day.
You are doing your argument no favours by resorting to underhanded and misleading rhetorical tricks.


Make Oz Day a celebration of the future, not the past
Domenico: Perhaps we need to think again on what constitutes an acceptable national day, or day of unity.
We already have a designated Federation Day, but does anyone really pay much attention to it? And falling as it does on the day after the global party of New Year’s Eve makes it hard to imagine it becoming anything more than what it already is.
If we want a national day to celebrate our coming of age in the crucible of war, Anzac Day amply suffices.
My suggestion of the last Monday in January was mostly to offer a minimal alternative to January 26, which will never be accepted by many.
Following comments to my letter, I am coming around to the idea of September 1, or Wattle Day.
It is politically neutral, it is the first day of Spring, it celebrates the green and gold, and it allows for the participation of schools and school children.
Not a bad combination when celebrating the present and looking to the future.


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