Before there can be a long-term integrated vision and plan …

Comment on Master plan could turn around population and economic slump by Hal Duell.

Before there can be a long-term integrated vision and plan for the future of Alice Springs, I think two things need to be acknowledged.
The first is that Alice Springs is no longer “a town like Alice” sitting in isolation at the end of a dusty track with half of its internal roads being dirt, no street lights, and so on. We are a major and modern regional hub in the middle of modern Australia. Let’s embrace that and plan our future accordingly.
The second is that the Todd River between the Telegraph Station and The Gap is part of our urban environment. Let’s embrace that and develop it in partnership with all the residents living here.
About the boardwalk – it is part of a well developed and much used bicycle and pedestrian loop using both sides of the Todd River. For the longest time there was a missing piece in front of Meyers Hill.
The Traditional Owners of that particular area refused, as was their right, to have the track built into the bottom of the hill. So a boardwalk was built to go around it, the loop was completed and the river is as free to run as it ever was.
I do agree that the self-congratulatory sign is an eyesore and could be incorporated into the boardwalk itself, if it needs to be there at all.

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Multiple devices? Multiple addresses? Sounds like Putin did it.

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The way to reinvigorate the CBD is not through investing in an art gallery or a cultural centre, but by investing in people.
Build attractive modern flats and populate the area. I understand there are no zoning impediments to doing that.
A skate park at the river end of Parson’s Street would breathe life into many who just hang around, and they hang around because it still is our CBD. We’ve just made a mess of it is all.

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@ Maya: Posted August 31, 2018 at 11:41 am.
With a nod to Russell Guy, and now the Melanka site comes into play. That is, if we’re talking about an art gallery, and not a Cultural Centre.
This could be what we’ve been looking for.

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It is a very good thing Cr Banks has done. Good for her own image as a Councillor of transpanency, and good for ASTC.
I’m thinking of those councils in trouble over in Queensland, and I wonder how much of that trouble might have been avoided if every council employee, whether elected or hired, had known from their first day that there were NO free lunches.
I think, and I like to think, that our Council is without reproach. Let’s keep it that way.

The gallery fiasco (continued)
This whole schmozzle of a National Indigenous Art Gallery in Alice Springs has been hijacked on every level.
Those pushing for it to be built here have confused national with local, any sniff of “Indigenous” has become sidelined and twisted into bureaucratic cultural appropriation and commercial concerns have trumped art.
I guess the gallery remains a gallery.

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