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Comment on Residential land needs to get cheaper, much cheaper by Hal Duell.

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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Megafauna museum: Locals outnumber tourists
Erwin, a minor point, but when these large birds were first discovered a few years ago, they were referred to in the local press as the Ducks of Doom. Much better than Big Bird.

Budget repair: Check out the cost of this load of rubbish
Thanks for the story, Erwin.
You’ve detailed a journey into the bureaucratic maze of “it’s not mine / I didn’t do it”.
Talk about kicking a can down the road!
I also like your suggestion that the NT government sack half its public servants and compel the remainder to do their jobs.
That’s another can ready to be kicked down the road.

Massive horse deaths now a risk to humans
Are you saying, Eugene’s mate, that the dead animals should be left as a community health hazard while CLC asks for someone’s permission to heap them up for burning or for burial?
Or perhaps that’s not CLC’s job or problem, but then it never is, is it?

Massive horse deaths now a risk to humans
In a drought, especially if twinned with poor land management, stock will die. That’s one thing.
Then there’s the dead carcasses to dispose of. That’s the next thing.
Heap them up to burn or bury. That’s a no-brainer.
The CLC is acting like a rabbit caught in the headlights.

All views about gallery location will be considered: Lauren Moss
From time to time political commentary throws up a new and apt phrase. The one I’m thinking of is “nothing burger”.
This whole art gallery shemozzle is looking more and more like a nothing burger.

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