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.

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Global traveller ran out of power only on the Stuart Highway
Would be a real accomplishment if the power he plugged into to recharge was actually renewable power. Most I suspect would have been fossil fuel based. So what precisely did it achieve, I wonder. Think I’ll wait for the hydrogen car.

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.

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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.

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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”.

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