Just when I thought that episodes of Monty Python had …

Comment on Council partnership in CBD complex seems certain by Graham Tjilpi Buckley.

Just when I thought that episodes of Monty Python had well and truly been buried, up comes a proposal from some town councilors that would provide oxygen for that ridiculously funny show to re-incarnate.
By mooting that a multi-storey car park, one that attracts fees too, is the sort of progress that Alice Springs needs beggars belief. With due respect to those councilors backing the wacky idea it is yesterday’s person thinking.
Wikipedia tells us that the city of Copenhagen, flat like Alice, has had a very progressive cycle infrastructure program for many years.
Since the mid 1990s, when they started their cycle monitoring program, there has been a steady rise in commute numbers.They claim that by 2010 rider commute numbers had risen to 50% for those 1.2 million people residing within the city boundaries.
Declaration: I have a bias towards the bicycle but there is no pecuniary interest attached. I pride myself that through cycling I am promoting health and well-being as well as being environmentaly friendly.
Alice Springs, with its flat terrain and short distances to travel to work for many, could easily become the cycling capital of Australia by shunning the car as much as is practical. Dare I say it dear councilors but climate change is a real happening event.

Recent Comments by Graham Tjilpi Buckley

War on booze abuse in jungle of jargon and acronyms
It is more than a tad rich for ‘Surprised’ to request “pollies with guts” when he/she does not have the intestinal fortitude to attach their name when giving comment.


Experience Aboriginal culture in the heart of the CBD
Kele mwerre (“okay, good:) Amelia, MK, Leonie & Team Arrernte. A terrific initiative. I agree, Mark Wilson, that the program needs to be an ongoing one but.
Hey, from little things big things grow (thank you Kev Carmody).
Perhaps people could set themselves a mid-year resolution and determine to take on the challenge of learning the proposed “fifty words of Arrernte” list.
Incidentally, young Miles Turner, nicknamed Kilometres, who is featured in your article, Kieran, is a talented guitarist.
Currently he is studying at university in Adelaide. MK Turner’s mob are indeed something special.


150 mountain bikers plus supporters to head for Alice
Well done Paul D and CARR for the staging of yet another Easter mountain bike multi-stage event here in Central Australia.
The fact that it is once again attracting class interstate riders is clear testimony of the esteem that the general mountain bike community has for this promotion.
The fact too that for the serious riders this event is part of the national MTB series speaks volumes of its quality.
In general cycling in The Centre, by locals, is experiencing a healthy rise in numbers, whatever the flavour. For example the Alice Springs Cycling Club is attracting very good home grown numbers for its annual recreational three day ride set down for the Labor Day long weekend in May.
This year for the first time it is venturing out through the West Macs instead of the usual King’s Canyon Cruise.
Moreover, it is also attracting interstate entrants plus a decent sized squad from Darwin.
This has come about because of the newly sealed section of road from Ntaria to where the junction is with Namitjira Dve.
This new piece of bitumen should be a boon for tourism in this part of the world.
NT Tourism, in my view, should be making more of the cycling situations available in The Centre.
International visitors come to trek the wonderful Larapinta Trail.
Well, the mountain bike trails are wonderful too and for road hounds the sights and quiet roads are also a real treat.


Storm in the town pool: Ironman banned
Gee whizz, is what life is like in the fast lane?


The lady who provides the link to outside
Although it is some years now since I was a visitor on a regular basis I have witnessed first hand the dedication and fine work that Enid does.
One of the volunteer drivers, Fred, is also someone I view as a great friend.
This whole service by the Prison Fellowship is something that cannot be measured in dollar terms or, more importantly, in human terms.
However, undoubtedly it is an invaluable social community contribution by several people. None more so than Enid!
2017 Centralian of the Year? You bet!


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