If council feels we need a two storey car park, …

Comment on The West MacDonnell Ranges start at the council dump by Hal Duell.

If council feels we need a two storey car park, and if it wants to build one in partnership with private enterprise, why not put another deck on the existing car park at Target?
That would satisfy both of its desires and leave the area in and behind the Mall free for a development that would have the potential to attract more visitors to the CBD.
Meanwhile, the Melanka site is a wasted opportunity, the Ilparpa Valley is a wasted opportunity and the Alice Springs Town Council is a wasted opportunity.

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The West MacDonnell Ranges start at the council dump
Ok, Steve, I’m ready to be a believer. But I do need to see some plans. Any chances there?
Unlike some, I like the new built environment emerging here in Alice. For instance, I think the new courthouse will be an exciting addition to the town.
I also like the new Myers Hill walkway.
I think most would agree the area behind the Mall is a mess, but I do wonder if that is where we need to put a bigger car park. The idea reminds me of that old song about finding a piece of paradise and putting in a parking lot.
Has council sounded out Target (if that’s who owns it) about putting another deck on their existing car park?
I also wonder about camping in the river, especially after working hard to get it camper free. That might be a hard sell, as would developing the ranges. I foresee dissenting voices.
The Ilparpa Valley is waiting. The sewer farm will have to shift first, and that’s down to Darwin. Without the money to keep the police station open, will they have the money for a major infrastructure upgrade? And if they do, might not a flood mitigation dam be money better spent?
The tip is down to Council. Your call.


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I would like to thank CM Gunner for clarifying the issue of armed and masked TRG police being deployed on the streets of Alice over the coming summer. There won’t be any. Good!
The use of specialised equipment to assist operational officers is a good idea. The perpetrators of youth crime need to be identified.
But this begs the question of what will be done with these young criminals once identified? We can’t hold them in detention, we can’t hold the parents accountable, it seems we can’t do much of anything, really.
These plans are not very encouraging. I suppose they will keep the vigilantes off the streets, but will they keep the kids off them as well?
Perhaps these running-amok kids can be identified as coming from a specific community, and then the royalty payments going to their community can be sequestered until the damages done by them to the residents of Alice have been fully paid for?


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So it’s come to this. A Tactical Response Group may be deployed to Alice to deal with youth crime. And we have no one but ourselves to blame.
Consider the alternatives.
The NT Police dare not intervene in youth crime for the simple reason that to so much as look sideways at a juvenile delinquent in action is accompanied with reams of paperwork and the high likelihood of a departmental inquiry and possible legal action.
The Town Council is not constituted to deal with policing matters. They can and do host meetings to try to reach a community consensus on what to do about children “getting ready for the summer crime spree,” but internal divisions and differing agendas make theirs a fractured voice.
And while the larger Indigenous organisations often voice their concerns, whatever they may be doing has clearly not worked in past years, and there is little to suggest that this summer will be any different.
And so now we may be seeing armed and (I assume) masked men (and women?) patrolling our streets, not to deal with organised criminals or national or international terrorists, but to deal with children. How inept are we?


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