Imagine the rumpus should a few graders, and low loaders …

Comment on Rural land misuse in Tollner’s too hard basket by Trevor Shiell.

Imagine the rumpus should a few graders, and low loaders suddenly arrive on Stevens Road, push over an acre of virgin bush and set up a road making camp with other associated vehicles.
Yet that is what is happening in the rural areas, without any constraint.
It is now so brazen that no zone change signs were displayed, and no action taken by Government. Too hard says Tollner, without admitting that this came about here (as well as in Ilparpa) because of very poor planning and complete lack of forethought.
There are industrial sites at Brewer specifically to cater for this with housing on site on the same zoning as in Cameron St, and where roads are engineered for heavy transport.
RL zoning was and still is the cheapest option for businesses to re locate to, and the brutal truth is that industrial land is not as lucrative to the land dealer vested interests as housing in town, so little attention is paid to its marketing and promotion.
Because of the Gap and its restrictions, development south of the Gap will inevitably be restricted unless a new commercial entity is recognized and built in the vicinity of Brewer where future industrial development will occur and job opportunities will grow.
One has only to stand at the Gap during the early morning rush hour to appreciate the traffic flows south to where the work is and the reverse in the late afternoon.
Then add to that the proposed industrial development behind the cemetery also relying on housing and the commercial centre north of the Gap, and the traffic implications imposed by the Gap should have been obvious, and not in the best public interest.
Kilgariff was a gigantic mistake in planning. It should have been a vibrant display of what could be done here other than housing.
The housing development should have been at Brewer as the centre of a new commercial entity based around where the jobs will be in the future. What we are seeing now is a direct result of this lack of foresight and has resulted in a situation which Tollner claims is too hard.
This has been pointed out several times, the first being the consultants to Kilgarriff who pointed out that development follows the rail, but ignored by Government. The imperative in the latest Budget to aid the construction industry adds credence to the concept of a new commercial entity at Brewer would do wonders for that sector.
Planners have also not recognized the possibilities associated with the airport and the example of Toowoomba where there now is an export hub direct to Asia and the basis of a new technology park employing many people.
That could have happened here, supporting the concept of development and housing at Brewer, but vested interests short term hijacked the debate for short gains again.
Land restraints north of the Gap will force development to go south, but planners have caused the current situation for us rural residents and Government does not have he guts to rectify it. It will cost them many votes.

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Deputy Mayor Paterson: Don’t stop now!
I sat at the “Welcome to Alice” rock for 35 minutes today waiting for a plane. In that time 28 cars pulled in there and forty plus people were photographed sitting on that rock.
Surely this is the target market that is being overlooked.
Yes, we do need a presence in the Mall, but has anyone ever talked to these people on what their expectations are?
Re the airport land, there could have been a high technology industrial park there 40 years ago, based on our unique sunlight, licencing and exporting all the things that are unique here, but nothing happened.
Nor are the minds open to this type of industry in planning decisions.
As examples, our own spinifex is being planted commercially in the Ord because it contains micro fibres that add strength to latex.
All the development has been done interstate while we were asleep, apart for a great effort at Curtain Springs.
There are thousands of bush tomato being grown in the district to meet a growing demand, but who knows and where can potential investors see them?
With the mad rush into medicinal cannabis how can we benefit?
I have had two expressions of interest in purchasing my rural block because of its proximity to the airport – both from tourism related companies who find it both expensive and inconvenient to use industrial land in town.
Surely the airport could offer the tour bus industry development land close to the source of their client base and income to the mutual benefit of both parties.
That surely would be a better deal than a prison.
The great walks on the south side of the ranges is also grossly underutilised.
Eco walks business is becoming a major industry and visitor attraction interstate but ignored here. Instead we had a proposed industrial envelopment at Arumbera on a particularly interesting and unique piece of ecology, while three major interstate highways, a rail terminal, and an airport with international status lie a few kilometres away.
Surely this is the basis of a huge transport hub and associated industry. The shortsighted view of planning is astounding.


No youth detention facilities in residential areas: MLAs
On my way past the canal development aka ASRI recently I spotted a large dust cloud off to the north along a series of new fences.
Could it be that earthworks have already started on a new detention facility there without them telling anyone?
No. They would never do anything like that would they?
Come to think of it remember the first we heard of Kigarrif was a brief note from Paul Henderson as Chief Minister that the government had allocated $10m for head works just before an election. But governments don’t do things like that behind our backs, do they?


Step closer for rare earth mine employing up to 370
Apart from the rare earths component, of which China has about 97% of the worlds supply, we are due to run out of phosphate within 20 years and potash perhaps before that.
To see the veracity of these reports look at the website of Parkway minerals and their ASX notices.
There is a graph sourced from Forbes Investment Services which shows the gravity of the looming fertiliser shortage.
In addition to this, we will likely be importing phosphate from Algeria with all the political instability that that may involve.
We so have our heads in the sand.
There is also an interesting development with Northern Minerals an the world situation and competition for rare earths and their implications with defence and the production of weaponry, particularly in the USA.
To protect ourselves we should be going hell bent developed plant varieties with lower nutrient requirements but we prefer to build drag strips and sports pavilions rather than research into food production.
Both the Chinese and Indian authorities recognised this long ago, but we are slow learners.
PS: I have a vested interest in all three companies having purchased shares for my grand children 10 years ago.


Bilby’s greater foe: Cat or fox?
In the mid 60s a friend made a lot of money through fox skins which were in high demand in Europe.
He eventually built a unit on the Gold Coast with the profits. Sadly, the animal rights people objected, the bottom fell out of the skin market and our native animals have been suffering ever since.
The way he did it was to find a female in season, shoot it, tow it behind his ute for a long distance, then shoot the foxes that followed the pheromone trail.
He got literally hundreds.
Those of us that have heard dingoes behave in the same way can testify that it works.
I have seen the same thing happening with large mobs of feral camels and I wonder why we use expensive helicopters.
The biggest mob I have ever seen was north of Lake Eyre and contained perhaps 1000 animals.
I also wonder why this approach is not used on other species and who if anyone is doing the research to utilise their natural mating behaviour to control their numbers.
I also often wonder why the CRC for invasive animal control is based in Tasmania.
We have more invasive species here than they do and I wonder if anyone has attempted to get them to relocate here, or is that just another thing that politicians are bit ignorant of and don’t see the possibilities?


Four charter flights from Japan to Alice Springs
Arissu Supuringsu Ni yokoso!!! It should have been an international port of arrival and international freight distribution centre years ago in conjunction with a dedicated technical development park exporting technology based on what we do best (solar) 40 years ago.
This was the basis of a plan put by INratril, the then owners, to Government, but ignored.
The future of the town is still south of The Gap and it will happen by attrition whether we like it or not.
We had the same opportunity based on arid land food production but houses got in the way.


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