Like the four lanes through the Gap this is completely …

Comment on Council partnership in CBD complex seems certain by Trevor Shiell.

Like the four lanes through the Gap this is completely out of place, and context.
Can you imagine the fuss if such a proposal was put up at for example Harndorf where their cultural identity and tourism industry was overpowered by a car parking facility next to a high rise ugly courthouse such as what has happened here?
Their cultural identity has produced millions of tourist dollars while ours is languishing.
What should be happening now is to replicate the commercial centre further south around Brewer and leave the current CBD to promote the tourism aspect, which is what people who come here are expecting to see.
I would like to see the figures on how many people and vehicles pass daily through the Gap to employment in the area South of town and ask why they do not have the facilities to live closer to their employment.
This was one of the concepts put up by the consultants to Kilgariff, namely that development should follow the railway, but was conveniently ignored.
Kilgariff should have been further south, and the basis of a complete new commercial entity based around Brewer and the airport – just as what happened at Toowoomba, which has seized huge commercial advantage from its airport with direct access by air to China.
We are just slow learners and do not look at what is happening elsewhere. All the major transport hubs and facilities should be centred there, just as happens at Port Augusta and Broken Hill.
Already mining companies had seen the advantage of storing plant at Bohning, and surely must have given a lead to the planners as to the need.
The current CBD situation and the Gap constraints will be exacerbated by the development of an industrial estate behind the Cemetery, a silly short sighted idea, adding again to the urgent need to move further south to where the infrastructure and future industry will have to be, leaving the town to do its tourist thing just as both Harndorf and Ballarat have done.
One only has to visit these areas to see just how far behind we are in cultural tourism, starting with the visitors centres at McLaren Vale and Georgetown (in Queensland).
We seem to be ignoring this for what is again blatant self interest. This would be a bonanza for the local construction and development industries here and also solve the problem of industrialization of the RL zone lands, which no one wants to tackle.
It would also have left he whole strip between the airport and Gap as vivid exposition of what we can do here to attract investment.
Last year I counted 104 tourists who stopped at the welcome rock in a single morning!
Planners have blinkers just as many of the current council members appear to have.
All of these things, had they been looked at from a broader perspective, would have made the current proposal and the Gap modifications largely superfluous.
A similar structure South of Adelaide is signposted at $140 million. How does that compare with ours?

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Preaching ‘treading carefully’ then sending in the bulldozers
The whole issue of Kilgariff will go down as a masterpiece in political pork barrelling, with the current debacle being a masterpiece in disgraceful planning both by the Henderson and then Giles administrations.
As pointed out many times both the commercial and environmental costs will be enormous.
The environment costs are now emerging. The economic costs in the form of lost opportunities to promote new economic activity and advancement in food production technologies in full public view have now gone.
In the meantime countries like India (quote from our National newspaper of Monday last) “Australia’s rural and food exports to India could soar 10 fold to more than $30 billion in a decade, according to India’s High Commissioner”.
Perhaps we could be selling them our Kilgariff type houses to eat, or maybe canal facing real estate to go into aquaculture.
The high commissioner was talking on greater agribusiness opportunities and growing demand from India’s 1.3 billion people looking for better quality food from overseas, and India’s predicted doubling of food production by 2050 will not satisfy their requirements.
Within 10 years India will have more people than China.
The warning to get researching in this area was issued years ago by the Vice President for food production in China, but again ignored by the then Giles Government, in favour of self interest votes here, and once again we will be caught flat footed.
This is he true cost of the disgrace that we call Kilgariff.
And the thinking does not stop there. In the last months at least two emerging Australian agritech companies have moved to Israel because no one thought to encourage them here to do their arid lands research.
Israel has an export market of over $10 billion in irrigation technology and we are entitled to ask ourselves what were we doing when all this was happening and where is our share?
Building houses which are expensive and on a recognised flood plain, perhaps?


Gas-first government dodging urgent need to act on climate
In other parts of the country government involvement seems to have slowed down the inevitable move to renewable energy.
The huge development at Tailem Bend in SA, for example, has Singaporean money behind it and there are similar stories elsewhere.
A major real estate development North of Perth (Alkinos) was put in place and is largely independent of Government involvement in electricity, by a private developer.
That could have happened at Kilgarrif with just a little government foresight.
A public company is initialling significant solar resources on southern shopping centres and schools, and our own green shed has enough capacity on its trade outlet alone to power 35 houses, and no-one notices the row of inverters along the front supplying over 80% of it power needs.
The Alice could own and be very proud of owning its own power if we all got behind Re-power, as several other municipalities interstate have done.
Often governments slow progress down.
Who seems to care about the flood of electric vehicles heading this way and how we are going to benefit from them or even cope with them?


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Put it at Anzac next to the cultural centre and fill it with bankers and insurance executives, on the recommendation of the current Royal commission.
Great business for the northern end of the mall, where the major business group seems to want to operate.


Stagnant CBD; industrial land, rental shortage; houses hold
Again the CBD is where it is not because of current commercial imperatives but for historical reasons associated with the Telegraph line and Arltunga. It needs to move South.
There is land at Brewer and an inquiry into the status of allegedly Crown land south of the airport returned a variety of excuses and again I wonder how it is that land advertised as Crown land is not available for the Crown to use.
Arumbera as an industrial park is not an option as it ignores the geographic realities of The Gap. The last traffic flow census there was done in 2009 (now hopelessly out of date) and in the meantime local government in several metropolitan areas are spending big dollars on short term recreational walking tours close to other facilities.
Then we have the unique situation at Brewer where three major cross national Highways will intersect, with the shortest distance Brisbane / Perth being via the Outback Way and throw in an international airport, and rail hub, hospital with ample parking, and a visitors centre where busses can park and that’s where the future of the town lies.
But we continue to procrastinate, just as we have with Kilgariff, where several high tech food production companies in arid areas have moved offshore because they were never encouraged to look here, taking their employment, investment, and research dollars with them.
Instead we have canal frontage housing allotments without the boats (yet).
And how about a defensive driving facility at the motor sports complex. Statistics show this to be a very necessary thing but completely overlooked as a means of catering for the growing number of senior students visiting here, and their cash.
We need to stop looking backwards, and look for new opportunities.


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How much longer will the delusion last and how many more times will the mall be “invigorated” before they realise that the CBD is now in the wrong place and out of date.
It was great when the centre of commercial activity were the Telegraph Station and Arltunga. But times change.
The Mega flora museum should be a the AZRI geology centre in conjunction with the rest of our amazing geology, the cultural centre should be in conjunction with Yirrara with the achievement of the students portrayed, the visitors centre as at Katherine should be at the highway intersection with the display of the bush tucker potential, and with the Hall of Fame constitute a new tourism hub to proactively intercept visitors and direct them to where the commerce people want them to be.
The short sighted planning in that area and the introduction of new industries here has been very sad.
We have a fixation with speed and fast motor sport, but how about a training school in defensive driving for the hundreds of senior school students that visit, or a training school to prevent the sad loss of live on quad bikes in conjunction with the drag strip.
At least two medicinal cannabis and Ag technology companies are now operating out of Israel because no one thought to ask them to look at doing their research in this arid area.
Perhaps advertising canal frontage blocks of land with yacht anchorages on the corner of the highway and Col Rose Drive where the ridiculous quasi mining operation is, will be the next brain wave?


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