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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You are right, Evelyne, geese are wonderful watch animals. We need more of them on council to keep the place honest. This “donation” debacle looks like, sounds like and smells like part of a cover-up to me. Honk, honk.


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A remarkable woman and an extraordinary life. Condolence to you and the family. RIP Joan Johannsen.


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