Blimey .. fossils back in The Mall is on the …

Comment on Fossil museum set to return to the CBD by Mark Wilson.

Blimey .. fossils back in The Mall is on the agenda again? The Museum of Central Australia previously located in the Alice Plaza was sadly ahead of its time and the vision of many politicians. But are people seriously suggesting that fossils can rejuvenate our Mall? Seems like more folly to me.
It would be an interesting exercise to determine the cost of the merry-go-round of moving people and assets around different locations within our town and Territory. The numbers of ‘back office’ public servants located in or close to the Mall is a sure way of killing it after 4:21 PM Mon-Fri.

The Mayor is partly correct when he says that the shops will never be the same here or elsewhere while on-line purchases are a significant way of doing business. However I see a recent closure of a shoe retailer in The Plaza adds to a sad number of vacant shops. I really question how many people purchase shoes on-line. This seems a very risky proposition to me. A far bigger issue is the unrealistic cost of shop rentals combined with absentee, out-of-touch landlords, and the costs of regular reglazing large shopfront windows following regular vandalism and break-ins.

But tourist numbers will never return while travel costs to our town remain so high. I recently visited Rotorua in New Zealand. What a vibrant town bustling with foreigners and seemingly with so many activity options. But realise that Rotorua is only several hours drive from an international airport and a country well set up with camping parks and facilities. Australia by comparison offers expensive travel options even for the budget traveller. There seems no easy solution other than growing our town from within and not relying on visitors to sustain and rebuild our CBD.

Recent Comments by Mark Wilson

Gallery business case far from ‘well underway’
Is everyone as confused as me? So, more consultants are needed until they serve up the desired outcome? Maybe the Minister should have said “plans for plans are well under way”.
All sounds quite a fiasco. So, fix the brief to fix the desired NT Government outcome and dress it up as consultancy. I really must be missing something. Silly me. Forgive me, please.

Lhere Artepe director on aggravated assault charge
That we are having this conversation of said assault by a person emerging from the court on aggravated assault charges confirms that naivety aside, that too many people do have the attitude as described by Trevor.
We witness this type of behaviour daily. It is not wholly confined to Indigenous either. Our society has encouraged a sense of entitlement and a tolerance of unsatisfactory behaviour.

Visions from the Centre to light up the Sydney Opera House
How wonderful is this! The Opera House has become such an amazing canvas for all sorts of causes.
I do hope that the space is used for inclusive and not divisive causes of City of Sydney Council and NSW Government.

Will more consultants get tourism out of the mire?
Sorry Local 1, you don’t qualify for a consultancy fee on two grounds:
1. You’re a local and may see our town up close and holistically.
2. You speak too much common sense. Cannot possibly be a bloated “consultant”.

Will more consultants get tourism out of the mire?
Oh Trevor! I lament the stupidity and endless waste of money.
Who thinks the curbing at the southern Visitor Rock looks good in photos or is even necessary?
It’s like the Coober Pedy council undertaking curbing the streets in that iconic town. Makes you cry. Then the huge waste of money building that fencing and rail / road crossing through The Gap.
You are so correct. We had the Visitor Centre in a lovely position near the taxi rank and the library. Incidentally near the oversize parking on the river. But you’re correct. Put it out at the Visitor Rock.
The government now needs to manufacture visitor attractions. It seems it needs endless committees as well.
Why bother when their recommendations get ignored anyway? Too many of the iconic old buildings have not been protected by the NT and local governments.
Our town, that bloody courthouse that towers and reigns over us all could be a CBD just about anywhere.

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