@ Cherry M: Yes, The Alice is HOT, and …

Comment on Master plan could turn around population and economic slump by Domenico Pecorari.

@ Cherry M: Yes, The Alice is HOT, and seems to be getting hotter with every year. However, as a town, we should be addressing this with better building and urban design.
For example: designing and retro-fitting our buildings to incorporate passive design elements would minimise our dependence upon air-conditioning, reduce our living costs and make our town a more affordable place to live in.
Another example: greening our town’s central business district would counter the heat sink effect of concrete surfaces, provide a shady canopy at street level which, when combined with water play, can reduce ambient temperatures by as much as five degrees.
But all of this will not just happen on its own. It requires a masterplan to provide the vision, the big picture of the town we want, before we can looks at ways it may be achieved.

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Master plan could turn around population and economic slump
@ Hal Duell. I couldn’t agree more on the two points you raise.
Yes, our town needs to re-define itself, as our once iconicTown Like Alice has been well and truly destroyed beyond resurrection.
And, yes, we do need to embrace the Todd River, as well as its associated riverine environments such as the Coolibah Swamp, as part of our urban landscape.
But there is so much more to consider and a masterplan will tease out the issues that need to be addressed, with input from the whole community.
It is a discussion we need to have.

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Coles Mural: Government, Heritage Council fall silent
Congratulations, Ben.
Your post says it all about our local culture which, sadly, places financial opportunity above all else. Woe that anything should come between a property developer and a bucket of money.
Sad too that this town’s so called leaders cannot see the link between loss of heritage places (and the role they play in maintaining a desirable urban environment) and the reduction in tourism and visitor numbers and the resultant downturn in the local economy, the local population and property values.
You see, we all end up paying in the end for our short-sightedness.

Air traffic: Looking down on Alice
@ Psuedo Guru: Please get real and stop putting the cart before the horse.
We will have all the budget flights we can handle when we have re-built Alice Springs as a destination worth visiting.
Our image internationally and nationally at the moment is on the nose and our town will just continue going down the gurgler until we stop denying that reality and set about doing something to turn it around.

Air traffic: Looking down on Alice
Yes, a very sad development for our town.
Sadder still to see the Minister for Tourism’s spin on the “benefits” for our local tourism businesses, when in fact it will prove to be another nail in the coffin for us.
That said, I save my deepest criticism for our local government leadership, or lack of, for not undertaking the planning that is needed to change our town and again make it a destination in its own right.
Crime statistics, alcohol abuse, homelessness, falling population numbers and the like are just the symptoms. The cause of our malaise is incompetence at the top.

Backtrack Boys: lessons in hope and perseverance
Thanks, Kieran, for the background to this must-see documentary. I have noted the screening time in my diary.

How much of our relationship with Aborigines is hypocrisy?
Good on you, Mr Baranski.
We need to hear such feedback from visitors like you to help us understand the things we need to change so as to become more a part of the modern world, instead of somewhere that Time has forgotten.
I’d like to add that, fortunately, many fellow-Territorians do not support the backward, racist thinking of many of our political decision-makers, and are fighting for changes.
Keep on reading the Alice Springs News Online to keep in touch.

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