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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Has anyone asked the descendants of Matthew Flinders what they think of the proposal to bring his remains to Australia? I hope so, as surely common courtesy would make that a first step.
Just asking …


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This is a good move from the perspective of a National Indigenous Art Gallery.
An excellent location in a capital city with ready access for national and international visitors. There’s lots to see and do in Adelaide. I predict it will be a huge success.
In contrast, let’s look at Alice. We may love it – I certainly do having lived here for forty years with no plans of leaving.
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“If (IF!) we want a national day to celebrate our coming of age in the crucible of war, Anzac Day amply suffices.”
No one, myself included, has suggested we meld that day into Australia Day.
You are doing your argument no favours by resorting to underhanded and misleading rhetorical tricks.


Make Oz Day a celebration of the future, not the past
Domenico: Perhaps we need to think again on what constitutes an acceptable national day, or day of unity.
We already have a designated Federation Day, but does anyone really pay much attention to it? And falling as it does on the day after the global party of New Year’s Eve makes it hard to imagine it becoming anything more than what it already is.
If we want a national day to celebrate our coming of age in the crucible of war, Anzac Day amply suffices.
My suggestion of the last Monday in January was mostly to offer a minimal alternative to January 26, which will never be accepted by many.
Following comments to my letter, I am coming around to the idea of September 1, or Wattle Day.
It is politically neutral, it is the first day of Spring, it celebrates the green and gold, and it allows for the participation of schools and school children.
Not a bad combination when celebrating the present and looking to the future.


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