This is again the tip of the problem. There is …

Comment on Planning decision decimates land value by Trevor Shiell.

This is again the tip of the problem.
There is no incentive for people wanting industrial land to locate to where the original industrial land was designated to be.
Rural land is certainly cheaper than industrial land in town but there is no incentive to move to Brewer, in spite of the original consultants to Kilgariff pointing out that development follows the rail way line.
There were several ways in which the Government could and should have encouraged this movement.
Brewer is closer to the amenities, power and water and potential employment and therefore surely concessions in these facilities was an obvious method of encouraging development out there.
Kilgariff housing should have also been out there to alleviate travelling time. No one has shown any figure work on how many people travel to work south of the airport daily and how far they travel.
This would enable what is now Kilgariff (ASRI) to do what it was originally set up to do – i.e. to show passers by, many of whom are potential investors here, what we are all about.
That is now all about producing food, and the really sad part is that many of the facilities at the rear of AZRI buildings are a sad testimonial to the priorities of Government.
There is a car wrecking yard not far from where we live on Heffernan. It was put there in stealth and never condoned, or approved.
I often wonder at the size of the rucus had that been re located from Ghan Road to Lindsay Ave, or a dog boarding kennel set up on Bloomfield Street.
Yet we rural residents are expected to simply turn away saying that’s progress. It’s time to call a halt to industrialization of the rural areas and provide incentives for proposed new industries to set up in the areas provided for and designed them i.e. Brewer. Another very short sighted move by Government.

Recent Comments by Trevor Shiell

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.


NTG asks AAPA to consult with custodians on gallery & new site
The so obvious site is still South of the gap in conjunction with the Yirara school, to become a display area for the culture and a training ground for the students there to display their culture as well as a positive experience for visitors in Indigenous education and satisfy the wishes of the Traditional owners.You have a captive market as everyone who enters the town from the South either by road or air has to pass the site. The same logic applies to the visitors centre, and DKA and to my knowledge no one has bothered to monitor the number of people who stop at the welcome rock, or the old locomotive. One has to ask AGAIN, why the Katherine and other interstate visitors centres are not located right in the centre of the economic activity as ours is? Could it be kowtowing to the interests of a small number of bodies with vested interests, as happened in Darwin and was recently pointed out by a former Lord Mayor there? Small minded thinking again.


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