I am for development and progress if there is a …

Comment on Council partnership in CBD complex seems certain by Michael Dean.

I am for development and progress if there is a clear benefit for all, not just monetary.
Personally I feel this will detract from the “feel” of Alice and just be something you can see anywhere else in Australia (shops, apartments, multi-story car parks).
Why do we want to try and be like other towns? And if there is the supposed $30 million in cash reserves stashed away by the town council, there must be other ways of generating income streams if they are so hell bent on doing it.
But just remember, that money (if correct about the amount) doesn’t belong to the council, it belongs to the people who paid it. And they have a right to see it spent on the upkeep of the town.

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Council partnership in CBD complex seems certain
@ Eli: That’s encouraging to hear you say, in a considered way, what many of the public think regarding the “establishment”.
There are many in positions of power who, in my opinion, have been there too long.
By being there too long they can bring up any number of reasons why things can’t be done with little chance of cross examination, except at the ballot box every few years by which time it is too late.
Not that I am advocating this, but if Adelaide House was a 24 hour police station there would be a drop in crime / vandalism etc in the mall precinct. Just using that building as an example.
Where are all these extra police we get promised just before every election?
How is the Aboriginal liason officer employed by the town council going in helping the situation in the mall?
And Eli, this might be a good time before the election to write a letter to the editor and detail what you would do to restore the law and order and what you would do to shake up the establishment for the better.
Show us you have a detailed plan, or at least a map of how and why you would do it. Not just feel good phrases about “stakeholders / going forward / social reinvestment” etc, a real response.
Then, the public might have more confidence that someone at least has an idea rather than keep the status quo and tread water.
Just saying …

Council partnership in CBD complex seems certain
I think, Eli, that many of us are sceptical about the end result claims of benefit that are dished out by council and governments as a whole.
Example: The redevelopment of the northern end of Todd Mall was going to revitalise that area. You could argue that nothing really seems to have changed for the traders up there.
And being realistic, the crime at night in the CBD is going on without any tangible, visible means of controlling it.
Once the shops shut and the roller shutters are down, the streets get handed over to the undesirables for the night. Hardworking business owners open up the next day to see if they survived the night.
There is no way on this earth I would want to buy an apartment that’s located amongst all this going on.
So, work with the police and various agencies to fix this mess up before you start building.
Better still, don’t get the council involved at all, leave it to private enterprise and market forces.

Council partnership in CBD complex seems certain
I hope some of the councillors are reading these comments and taking note of the mood of the people they are representing.
I hope they also remember that an election is coming.

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