I believe that there is generally a positive mood across …

Comment on Art Trail, Explorer’s Way: big words, so far no substance by Edan Baxter.

I believe that there is generally a positive mood across the related sectors / industries – and so far the government seems to be taking the right early steps with its arts trail related initiatives.
Further, the idea of investing in art installations or enhanced points-of-interest along key tourism routes (I assume that is what Mr Bignell is alluding to) is exactly what is needed.
Yes, I look forward to shortly launching an Alice Springs-to-Darwin app that showcases the potential of emerging app-based technologies.
My thinking is that if we as a Territory can get this stuff right, there is huge scope to create a lasting and positive impact across a range of levels.
Lots to be positive about IMO.

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Park, lights: ideas for a brighter town centre  
Regarding more permanent lighting projectors in the Todd Mall, this is a no-brainer and the possibilities are endless!
Cairns has been doing similar lighting of their public mall area for a while now and it is a hit!
Families wandering up and down the mall as their kids duck in and out of ancient patterns is exactly the type of active, vibrant dreamscape Alice Springs that we should be working towards.
The capital cost for the light projectors AND installation expenditure is very mild compared to other things this town spends money on.
Further, it aligns with medium and long term tourism goals for our town. The ongoing curation costs can be kept to a minimum OR increased if necessary.
Hurry up Alice Springs leaders! Let’s take this low-hanging-fruit … buy the equipment outright and let’s all move on to the next phase of setting up our town for the future!

Park, lights: ideas for a brighter town centre  
You really should get tour facts correct @ Local2. Your accusations are baseless and a cheap attempt to political point score.
Councillor Jimmy Cocking has had “A New Adventure Playground” as a cornerstone policy since 2017 and he talks up the concept at every chance he gets.
For the record, his media release (dated 2017) states clearly:
“A new adventure park will be a tourism destination in its own right and be sustainable source of healthy fun in its own right”.
Stop trying to denigrate Councillor Cocking.
Absolutely, Councillor Patterson is to be commended for developing his identity and profile as Deputy Mayor with this issue. Councillor Cocking should welcome the support.
But one thing is for certain, the people of Alice Springs clearly love this idea.
The astronomical amount of Facebook likes and public commendations when adventure park related ideas are mentioned is clear.
It was one of Councillor Cocking’s most popular policies in 2017 and it is clearly still super popular, as demonstrated last week with Matt Patterson’s public engagement in the media last week.
The key here is for these ideas to now be developed in such a way that gives all Councillors ownership over the next stages and creates a win for Alice Springs.
There are lot of great examples across Australia of other communities doing it well! Let’s put a uniquely Centralian style into this idea and not stuff it up.

Some creatures in The Centre used to be big
A fantastic opening event today in Alice Springs.
Great to see so many people in attendance and supporting this type of tourism destination.
Congratulations to MAGNT, NTGov and all involved.

Ryan runs on infrastructure boost, financial responsibility
J Hausler: Mayoral candidate Jimmy Cocking’s position on cheap flights can be found in his Tourism Leadership Policy here:


Milk and honey or fracking battle field?
@ Patrick: Myself personally, I barely know a single person who is skeptical, wary or indeed anti-fracking – and who doesn’t appreciate modern technologies at the same time.
Feel free to call people names and to suggest those who don’t get behind fracking are hypocrites – but actually it says more about you than anyone else.
The sensible centre are able to look past the simplistic name-calling and rhetoric you spout – and know that the world is transitioning away from gas and oil as energy sources. The sensible centre is rightly questioning whose interests are being served by this amazing “milk and honey” industry.
Sure, oil and gas has dominated world affairs for centuries, and yes, these resources are going to be important for a while yet – but does that mean the NT should drop its pants and become a client-state for petroleum / gas industry?
Why should we rush to tie our economic and cultural future with this risk-ridden industry at this critical juncture in our history?
This idea that gas is going to solve all our budget woes is simplistic, mostly manufactured and mostly wrong. Why should we Territorians believe, now that we’ve witnessed the winners / losers of other major gas projects across Australia that we can expect better outcomes for the NT?
Let’s be honest; opening up the NT to open-slather fracking is NOT going to fix the Territory’s real issues! It will probably only make facing up to our REAL problems harder!
The big challenge for the NT right now is how to navigate a hostile Federal government and to emerge with some sense of sovereignty.
Does anybody really believe it is appropriate / accurate to tie “good schools, health, hospitals and affordable places to live” to fracking!? Is this truly the state of Territory political discourse in 2017?
As I stated on an alternative thread, enough of the going around in circles rubbish debate, time for us to develop a clear picture of the choices we DO have.
Signed 6th Generation Australian bushie. (@ Patrick: Sorry mate, perhaps you didn’t spend enough nights out under the stars of this great southern land to get it?)

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