The Council is to be commended for its efforts in …

Comment on $10m for town highway, will dog eat dog, bush bands bloom by Alex Hope.

The Council is to be commended for its efforts in reducing its power bills by generating solar electricity. The concept of generating solar power from a shaded car park is great, as it not only makes for more contented motorists, but also reduces the heat stored in the bitumen, and hence the air temperature in the town centre.
However, the basic problem in the town council car park is that the shade structure is built north-south.
If it were aligned east-west and the ends blocked in, then the amount of sunlight hitting the cars would be greatly diminished.
Any building in Central Australia which does not have its long axis east-west will pay a large penalty over the years in cooling and heating costs.
It is mad that the building code does not take this into account.

Recent Comments by Alex Hope

NTG asks AAPA to consult with custodians on gallery & new site
Bonkers!
Thanks to Eli Melky we just finished paying for our current council chambers a year or three early, but surely it was built for a life of 30 years plus.
It was a state-of-the-art energy efficient building at the time. Why on earth would we knock it down and start again?
The ineptitude of the NT Government surpasseth all understanding – mine anyway.
AND since when did the AAPA become a representative body, with the authority to speak for the Aboriginal people of the region?
If AAPA is the appropriate body, why was it not consulted in the first place? Or has the NT Government picked them in the hope they will give the desired answer on this gallery question, when the traditional owners have already voiced their view?


All views about gallery location will be considered: Lauren Moss
Yes indeed, there needs to be an Aboriginal consensus about the site.
If the CBD is to be revitaliised it needs people living in it, a gallery open 10-4 will not do much, permanent residents will do a lot more.
What about the old drive-in?
Pros and cons anyone?


Council: fob off, rejection, and secret moves
Could someone please explain why the civic centre site would be better than the Melanka site?
Have we finished paying for the $10M rebuild of the Council chambers yet?
Knocking it down, building a new civic center at ANZAC high school, compared to starting from a clean site at Melanka….how does it make sense?
What’s more, is any one remembering that the traditional owners objected not only to ANZAC oval being the site, but they said that for cultural reasons a national gallery should be sited south of the Gap. I still don’t understand how a government that is supposedly respectful of Aboriginal culture, that wants to build a gallery to celebrate said culture, then intends to ride roughshod over said Aboriginal culture in siting a gallery?
As our Seppo friends say: “go figure”.


$20m gated community proposed for Pine Gap staff
I thought our public housing policy was to disperse minority groups around the suburbs and not to create a ghetto. Why should it be different for these public housing tenants?


Massive gas reserves close to being tapped
@ Dave Richards: Actuaries are not generally noted for being one-eyed greenies, but they seem to agree that extreme weather events are increasing in frequency, and insurance companies are already increasing premiums in consequence.


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