The problem with every “plan” and “scheme” that I’ve seen …

Comment on CBD planning: The vibrants are at it again by Domenico Pecorari.

The problem with every “plan” and “scheme” that I’ve seen developed since I came to The Alice in 1984 is that they have been too narrow in scope, overly focused on economic “solutions” and often just project driven.
Despite all the activity, not to mention cost, this town has never had the “long-term, integrated Master Plan” that Jimmy Cocking has recently called for: an all- encompassing Master Plan that formalises a sustainable, shared vision for our town, not just economically, but also environmentally, socially and culturally. In short, a plan that defines the kind of town we want to live, work and play in.
We are certainly a town that has experienced no population growth for the last 10 years, including a population decline over the last five.
I believe that a well-developed master plan, with wide-ranging input from local expertise and the general public, would provide the roadmap with which we could reverse this worrying trend.

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Could Opposition Leader Gary Higgins please explain just how the NT Government “increased the cost of beer, after saying they wouldn’t”?
If what he meant to say was that the floor price on alcohol has led to an increase in beer prices, could he please provide the proof, as I cannot find any?
By my own research and calculations, the NT legislated “floor price of $1.30 per standard drink” means that a 24-bottle carton of Crown Lager (4.9% alcohol / 1.4 drinks per bottle) cannot be sold for less than $43.68. It actually sells in Alice for between $56 and $58.
Similarly, a 24-bottle carton of Hahn SuperDry mid-strength (3.5% alcohol / 0.9 drinks per bottle) cannot be sold for less than $28.08.
It actually sells in Alice for around $43 a carton.
As the ABC report of the August 22, 2018, says: “The law will impact the price of cheap wine most significantly, while spirits and beer will mostly be unaffected as they are already more expensive.”
The ABC report went on to say: “The revenue generated from the introduction of the floor price will go to retailers, because the policy is not a tax, which could only be introduced by the Federal Government.”
I am left wondering if Mr Higgins’ claim was made with the aim of misleading the voters or whether he truly does not understand how the floor price legislation works.
Either way, it does not give me confidence that he will be able to fix the NT Budget.


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What a wonderful, well-thought out and practical idea for re-purposing the old school, Ms Nelson. Which is why I think, sadly, it will never be accepted by our political decision-makers.


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Thank you, Peter Bassett, for calling out Steve Brown’s ill-informed rant.
Since first coming to live in Alice Springs in 1984 I’ve witnessed our town’s once vibrant outback character being slowly whittled down by the sort of re-development supported by Mr Brown and others like him.
The loss of our heritage places, together with the social problems of crime and racism, has certainly contributed to The Alice’s poor image as a tourism destination.
If we have learnt anything from our recent past, it is that more-of-the-same is not part of the solution.


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If the proposed Aboriginal Art Gallery in Alice Springs is to have any credibility with the interstate and international visitor, it must respect and be in accordance with the wishes of the cultural group it seeks to showcase.
Riding shotgun over their concerns about something as fundamental as location is, to say the least, not a good look.


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@ Evelyne Roullet: I totally agree that we need to define our community’s shared values, but cannot agree that this is made any more difficult in a multicultural community.
To use an extreme example, I doubt anybody would think that it is acceptable for anyone to walk up to another and punch them in the face.
Similarly, I believe notions such as fairness, equity, mutual respect, caring for country and each other form the basis of all cultures.
Of course, there will always be individuals who may have ideas contrary to those of the majority, but this should not deter us from establishing “the ideas that unite us” as something essential in the recreation of our town image.


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