Can anyone remember the inevitable demise of the Cannonball Run …

Comment on No plans to stop NATS: Gunner by Trevor Shiell.

Can anyone remember the inevitable demise of the Cannonball Run which was based on the same mentality? Are there any real differences?
How about a bit of balance in the form of a defensive driving school aimed at young people who think that the more noise they make the faster the car goes and think they are invincible once behind the wheel of a car.
It’s this mentality which these motor sports encourage that is the danger and needs to be discouraged.
There is currently no counter argument on safety and defensive driving.
Similarly with the enormous cost to the community of quad bike injuries. There is also an enormous marketing opportunity in promoting safe defensive driving to the hundreds of senior school students from interstate who visit here every year.

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National Aboriginal art gallery in the wide open spaces?
The town has already fallen! When will it be realised that it (CBD) is where it is through factors that were relevant over 80 years ago – vis the telegraph station and gold at Arltunga, neither of which is relevant today.
The future activity will have to be south of the gap. Caravans cannot park in the CBD, cars have difficulty, busses are impossible.
The cultural / art centre should be an integral and vital part of the new thinking and should be incorporated into Yirrara college demonstrating the best in Indigenous education and cultural values.
It should be partly run by the students themselves as a training exercise, and interpretive guides in their own cultures.
It should also incorporate the modernisation of traditional bush tucker and medicine.
The precinct should also incorporate a new visitors centre at the welcome to Alice Rock for the whole of the NT, as in Katherine, and an interpretation of the geology along with the very informative but never seen mineralogy at the ASRI geology building.
And of course the Transport Hall of Fame, and the Ghan history. The long term planning and thought has been abysmal.
That whole area should have been a vibrant display of what is possible here, including a nationwide transport hub at Brewer where we have the unique combination of three cross nation roads, a rail hub and an internationally rated airport all within coo-ee of one another.
No other locality in the country has that, but we resolutely refuse to utilise it.
Food production is going to be a major concern over the next 50 years but the research station at Old Man Plains is not even signposted as a means of attracting investment (and jobs).
In fact the previous minister told me that he thought it was near Arltunga!
The Rocky Hill developments should be on public display and the efforts to establish vines next to the radio station should be applauded – particularly when compared to the carnage on the other side of the road. Visitors don’t come here to see our housing.

Will more consultants get tourism out of the mire?
Has anyone though to ask the tourists what they want or expect?
Then meet the demands of the market.
Yesterday I watched 15 vehicles disgorge their contents onto the Welcome Rock for photographs.
Three years ago I watched 102 people in one hour do the same! Has anyone asked them what they want or what attracted them to come, or what their expectations were?
“Australia All Over” did just that four years ago.
Surely that has to be the starting point and not some interstate supposed experts with preconceived ideas as happened with Kilgarrif, and the outer metropolitan city concept of houses.
Why is the visitors reception area not there at the rock on the entrance to town as it is at Katherine, Mt Isa and many other tourist centres?
McLaren vale got it right. I tire of seeing caravans clogging up the CBD while their occupants try to visit the visitors centre, and we expect them to re invigorate that end of the mall by their presence.
Any commercial entity which presumes to tell their clients what they want is doomed to failure. Please ask them what they want or expect, and look outside the square.

Aboriginal-led ‘from the bottom up’: cultural centre
The obvious pace is adjacent to and in conjunction with the Yirrara College with the students involved in displaying their culture and what is happening in indigenous education, and experiencing the commercial realities as part of their education in a modern word.
It should be a major part of a new commercial province in the area involving a new visitors centre like Katherine near the welcome rock where the caravans can park instead of clogging up the CBD, the Transport Hall of fame, a display of bush food technology potential associated with the Cultural Centre, solar and water technology at Desert Knowledge, a display of sustainable housing as at Akinos in WA, and a mining centre of excellence as at Townsville, next to the Natural Resources building at ASRI, and there are many other attractions possible in that area, including student eco walks as part of outdoor education.
The current CBD is a thing of the historical past, and should be left to the historians.
One visitor asked me recently “where are all the verandas?” We all need to move on.
It has escaped the notice of planners and Government that in the area of Brewer we have the intersection of three major roads N/S, E/W, and soon N/W to S/E.
Then add rail and an internationally rated airport and we have something absolutely unique but never recognised as the future of the town, and the true inland capital of the country.

Indigenous gallery location done and dusted, says Lambley
All that land south of the airport and along the main South Road opposite AZRI also is advertised as “Crown Land”. Yet when questioned about why the Government does not use it, the inevitable answer was it’s not available for a number of very curious reasons.
How is it that the government is not able to use crown land? I think the arts /cultural centre would fit very nicely with Yirrara College and a display of bush foods where the students could proudly display their own culture, and education as at the school of the air, plus learn the administrative skills involved in its management.
Maybe even a visitors centre with student involvement where the grey nomads can conveniently park their caravans without traffic infringements and inconvenience.

Northern development is getting cracking – slowly
Research is the answer. How is it that the Sundrop enterprise in Port Augusta produces 15% of
Australia’s tomatoes from three Ha of salt marsh using recycled water, solar energy and technology?
How is it that this technology is being replicated in Somalia and not here?
And how is it that an Australian company has had to go to Israel to grow medicinal cannabis because of their nano technology in irrigation, not recognised here?
Why did it not happen here as it has in the US and Canada?
How is it that we could have a transport hub where three transcontinental road routes, a transcontinental rail link and an internationally rated airport and a vital gas intersection, are all adjacent to one another (Brewer) but never recognised as a huge asset, or used because of their proximity and direct connections to Asian markets?
And how to make our beef industry more productive when research on that topic (our Acacias, being leguminous) is being done in India, Africa and Asia and not here?
We built ordinary houses where we should be displaying all of that and what is possible.
And how is it that the latest research on improving soil microbiology and fertility (Michorizza) was done here in 1988?
Most of our politicians would not know what that was let alone how it could be used for improved crop productivity as it is doing in other places.
And how is it that the whole of the Danish train system runs on alternative energy and we take for granted our intense solar potential?
Could we not do the same with the North – South rail?
After all we have the sun and the Vanadium for the batteries.
No wonder it has taken three years to get this far.
Bring in Elon Musk with his committee of 1, and forget about conventions and committees.
Singapore and Lee Kwan Yu got it right, and I suggest that every politician and planner should read his story.

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