This proposal is ghastly, inappropriate and destroys the best part …

Comment on Council partnership in CBD complex seems certain by Fred.

This proposal is ghastly, inappropriate and destroys the best part of the Mall.
It comes close on the heels of the monstrous law and order edifice, the new supreme court building.
Spend the $30m to control rate increases and to unwind development to bring some of our town’s soul back.
Perhaps acquire buildings near the mall to be demolished and turned into open space.
The new proposal should be put on hold until the next council election.
That way ratepayers will get a chance to vote according to the candidates’ disposition towards it.
It is a worry that our council appears to be chronically incapable of coming up with development concepts that enhance the livability of our town.

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Council partnership in CBD complex seems certain
Eli You say that if the Polynesians can put on a cultural show, why cant we?
Well the cultural centre is far less ambitious that the spectacular Polynesian show.
So how’s it going?
Are you and the other members of council moving ahead with it?
Absolutely not from what I can see.
So why are you promoting an ambitious cultural show when, along with our other representatives, you can’t facilitate a cultural centre?
Stumbling with the baby steps while talking about running a marathon?
Running with an ambitious development while basic services are poor and very expensive?
Drifting away from the boring core functions of a council to run a political agenda?


Council partnership in CBD complex seems certain
Eli, It worries me that our council does not appear to be operating in the real world of Alice Springs
The local reaction to the development you have supported clearly demonstrates that.
Similarly your idea of a Polynesian cultural centre as in Hawaii is not going to happen here and frankly is absurd in our context.
One could write a book on the reasons for that.
So we need practical development that is based on our town and we need representatives with a firm and complete grasp of the local realities and sentiments.


Council partnership in CBD complex seems certain
Eli you say that creating open space is good, but query how I would justify paying millions for buildings from private land owners to create this open space.
If open space is good why have you been supporting a development that destroys the best open space in the mall?
The most positive experience of Aboriginal people and culture many tourists get is through the painting sales on the Mall open space.
For many that is the sum total of their experience of another culture they have come half way around the world to meet.
I see positive interaction on the open space all the time.
Open space on the Mall is overdue to be revalued as a cultural meeting place for local Aboriginal people and tourists.
It is a tourist drawcard.
That’s how I would justify paying millions from the $30m the Council has to create more open space.


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New NT tax an absolute disaster, says mining industry
The unfairness lies not in a profit tax but. the value-based royalty on their gross mineral production revenue.
Take TNG’s proposed new mine at Mt Peake.
Three year construction period, at least five years of operation to cover costs of construction of $800m.
So for five years and probably more when the company will make no profit it will pay the tax.
So will TNG not be able to get finance for the mine because of this impediment and the NT will lose 300 potential jobs and at least $150m spent on local businesses?


Second Barkly child tragedy highlights need for urgent action
@ Another Local: It’s interesting that you say that Nturiya had a health centre built some years ago and it was burned to the ground.
In the white administrative enclave of Ti Tree that is exactly the reason given for the neglect of the community, it is also claimed that 15 years ago the store was burned down.
Nturiya is pariah community where a few incidents long ago are used to justify the horrific neglect.
Docker River store was burned down many years ago as was Kintore school etc etc but these communities have stores and schools and clinics.
I personally have found the people of Nturiya hospitable and peaceful.
Heard of any Willowra style riots or major family disputes?
People at Yuendumu were actually compensated by the NT Government when they torched houses and cars.
About time to stop making excuses and blaming the victims. Put services into these neglected communities.


Second Barkly child tragedy highlights need for urgent action
One of the issues that bedevils communities in the Barkly region and which negatively affects many residents is the gutlessness of the housing agency to management properties effectively.
There might be one occupant in a three bedroom house and a family with six kids in a one bedroom house or even with no house at all so crammed into a relatives house.
Eight people living in one room.
Housing will not intervene to remedy this.
That’s how the ownership of houses had been allowed to happen irrespective of needs.
Families will own a number of houses and if one is vacant they will put a single individual in that house to maintain their ownership.
Large families in overcrowded houses see this happen and complain about it but no action is taken.
There is certainly overcrowding in the Barkly but there would be a lot less if families were assigned houses according to their needs.


Second Barkly child tragedy highlights need for urgent action
Ali Curung has an inadequate medical clinic let alone any family support services.
The need is huge because alcohol abuse is rife.
Kieran has written a poignant account of the death of a woman near Ali Curung; well worth a read to get a sense of real life in the community.

Trouble at the turn-off


‘Paradise’ is the local name for the nearest alcohol takeaway on the Stuart Highway.
There is a missing generation in the community, victims of alcohol abuse and their kids are looked after by their grandparents.
They are old and most are sick so of course the kids are not supervised as well as the grandparents would like.
Down the road there is Nturiya (Station) and Wilora (Stirling), allegedly serviced from Ti Tree.
Nturiya has the worst housing and services I have seen anywhere in the Territory and remote Pilbara.
Camps are common, families living under corrugated iron.
The community has no store or clinic.
Wilora is another victim of Ti Tree under servicing.
There are visiting nurses but no one counts on them.
Family support services are a distant dream.
The entire region is a national disgrace.


Mining in the NT has turned the corner
The final approvals on Nolans and Mt Peake are waiting for land use agreements with the traditional owners, TOs of the land they are situated on.
The Central Land Council is tasked to reach an agreement with the TOs to provide compensation, usually employment training and royalties.
This is the step that is slowing the NT down.
Take Mt Peake, this is potentially a world class mine offering hundreds of jobs and royalties to the NT Government.
The CLC has been in discussion with TOs for years and still no agreement has been reached.
The CLC is paid by the mining companies as consultants to do this work and the longer it takes the more they get.
Because of the long delay companies like TNG are forced to go to arbitration, another long winded process.


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