@ Alex Nelson (Posted Jan 19, 2017 at 8:58am): Alex …

Comment on Council partnership in CBD complex seems certain by Eli Melky.

@ Alex Nelson (Posted Jan 19, 2017 at 8:58am): Alex I am aware of the ability to claim a loss against gains that may have been generated from other areas, in this case an absentee owner can claim the losses such as depreciation, I assume.
A qualified accountant would be best to answer this question. Even so I don’t know how it is of any benefit regardless of any tax loop hole to any absentee or local owner to leave a place empty.
Firstly the value of their asset would be affected negatively, this may have an ongoing negative effect that disrupts their ability to borrow and grow their total business, and dare I say or even sell at a reasonable price.
I am currently dealing with an absentee owner and this has not been my experience.
The owners of my new office site have been extremely motivated to secure my lease.
I was able to negotiate a much lower rent than the original asking price which allowed me to take a long lease.
The current commercial market forces, Alex, are very vibrant and competitive if you look at the Yeperenye Shopping Centre and the Plaza.
Both managements are doing everything they can to introduce new business and in some cases encourage relocation to their centre with many good incentives.
This is very positive; sadly the Mall has had long term owners who may have paid off their buildings, so now they wait for the premium dollar thinking the Mall is prime retail shopping area.
What can be done about it?
Well the owners have to get on with the job of working together and promote the precinct.
This is why I pushed to successfully on council to establish the Todd Mall Traders Association. In the school of hard knocks that I grew up in, I learnt that sitting back and waiting for customers is not going to work. You have to make your own luck.

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Council partnership in CBD complex seems certain
@ Fred: The cultural centre you keep coming back to and previously spoken and supported by the current government while in Opposition, has been put back for a few years by the Government Minister.
No doubt you would have read that story here on Alice Springs News Online.
Council and I have nothing to do with it and is not a proposal that council could or should fund. That’s how it’s going. It’s not our proposal.
You seem to be totally OK with a cultural experience that involves an Aboriginal person selling their art in the mall, if that is the total sum of your vision, than God help us all.
My political agenda is simple, I want to live in this town free of fears for my family, my friends and my community’s safety.
I don’t think I need to apologise to you or anyone for wanting to have my say. You don’t need to agree and you can always vote for the other guy.
By the way, how’s that working out for you?


Council partnership in CBD complex seems certain
@ Michael Dean: I totally understand your scepticism and you are right, this anarchy cannot be allowed to continue and must be fixed before we put down a brick.
When in 2011 I put my hand up on the platform of cleaning up this town, initially I meant literally of rubbish.
Having spent the past six frustrating years in council I have learnt a thing or two.
Now I see the town needs more than a clean up, it needs a complete shakeup. A shakeup that is well and truly overdue, starting with the establishment which controls Alice Springs.
At the same time we cannot stop planning a positive future with a vision to improve and develop our town. That is my commitment to the town.


Council partnership in CBD complex seems certain
@ Fred: If we stay in context then, the proposal you mention is yet to reach the stage of public consultation or approved design.
So casting your assertion that it is a commercially and culturally unrealistic proposal can be considered premature at best.
On the cultural centre idea, if the Polynesians can put on a cultural show, why cant we? Nothing absurd about wanting to show case in an educational and positive light our local and national Indigenous culture.
As for having the need for practical development based on our town and having a grasp of the local realities and sentiments: My response to that is you underestimate totally my grasp of the realities of this town.
I believe in this town and will not be giving up any time soon. My recent personal business decision to take a long term lease at the top of Todd Street hopefully shows that.


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