Ok, Steve, I’m ready to be a believer. But I …

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

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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The West MacDonnell Ranges start at the council dump
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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@ Local 2, Posted November 15, 2018 at 12:26 pm
Fair go, oh you who won’t sign your name. Few ideas are born fully formed, especially the good ones. Someone proposes something, others take it up and build on it. In affairs of governance, that is the way good progress is made.
Please don’t attempt to sow dissension. Council is showing signs of working together to better Alice Springs.
Putting verbal rocks in their road is so not helpful. More better wait until they do something really stupid and then hop in. Trust me. That time will come.


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I think the idea that this move is flawed due to the presence of the pub at its northern end is wrong.
Consider the Gap Hotel. For years this was all but a no-go area due to its “animal bar”.
Then new management took over, investment was made, and now The Gap is arguably the best, as in safest and most comfortable, pub in town. This shows what can be done.
The area on the eastern side of the Riverside Pub is disgusting not because it has to be, but because it is allowed to be.
Change the animal bar there into an attractive venue. And keep the cops at the take-away!


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The proposal by the Deputy Mayor to turn the river bank between Wills Terrace and Gregory Terrace into a developed and shared public space is a good and timely idea.
Let’s hope Council agrees. For too long we have turned our back to the Todd River.


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Sounds good, but then if the plan is to leave the oval alone, why not just leave it alone?


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