The opening of the airport at Ayers Rock in the …

Comment on International flights to Alice would lower fares by Simon Pettit.

The opening of the airport at Ayers Rock in the early/mid 1990s (not sure exactly when) to direct flights out of and into the eastern states didn’t help the Alice Springs tourisn industry either!
This has been the main reason for Alice’s decline over the past 20 years, as Alice is now bypassed by thousands and thousands of tourists each year who only see The Rock.
I like the idea of an international Alice Springs airport, particularly once our new Indigenous arts and culture museum is up and running – at the Desert Park.

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International flights to Alice would lower fares
Alex: Your advice with respect the NT Government warning to Alice Springs based tourism operators is acknowledged.
However, no matter how much Alice Springs based tourist operators, or Alice Springs itself, upped the game, providing the capability for tourists to detour Alice, was a game changer for our town.
Hopefully, an international airport in Alice … and not Yulara … will change that.
Do they still have direct international flights into Yulara? Or was the German charter example a one off?

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Coles Mural: Government, Heritage Council fall silent
Minister Moss basically hung her hat on the fact only one submission was recieved during the 28 day public exhibition period. That from the building owner who objected to the heritage listing proposal.
On the other hand, her NTG colleague Minister Eva Lawler totally ignored 75 objections against (versus two in support of) the proposed Albrecht Oval lights received during the same 28 day public exhibition period / process.
Go figure?
They do what suits their own agenda.

Albrecht oval lights a boon for sport, town: Cricket boss
Mike, perhps you should acquaint yourself with the community consulaton process and report carried out for proposed Gardens Oval lights.
This nine week, 50k community consultation process, and 176 page final report relates to proposed floodlighting which will be shorter, dimmer, five times further away from resdinces, and turned off earlier, at 9pm, instead of 10pm, than those proposed for Albrecht.
Surely the residents of Larapinta deserve the same level of consultation, and the proposal the same level of scrutiny, than those in Darwin?
Or is the Berimmah Line still in play?
A positive outcome of this situation, given the current proposed relocation of Rugby from Anzac Hill (whcih I understand Rugby now agress with) via Town Council and NT Government continuing negotiations, could be the provision of an additional first class footy / cricket Oval at the new rugby home, within a new dedicated sports precinct, with lights, but located in a more suitable location where residents will not be detrimentally affected.
This scenario would actually increase the number of ovals available for sports and take the pressure of Traeger and Albrecht, for the benefit of everyone.
It would be a win win situation for all stakeholders over the long term.
There’s also no room for exapnsion at Albrecht Oval. And the land zoning (PS) does not support further developing Albrecht into a smaller version of Traeger (OR).
Ps.: The lighting I noted was Level 1, 750 lux (not 1750 lux).
And what do you mean by my conflict of interest? I’m a Larapinta resident.

Albrecht oval lights a boon for sport, town: Cricket boss
Not sure where Laurence or James live, but would be surpirised if it was Larapinta, like myself.
So, how brave of them for supporting a proposal which will detrimentally affect others, but perhaps not themselves!
Perhaps some facts about the lights may be approriate / illuminating (excuse the pun):
• The proposed Albrecht lights will be taller, brighter and five times closer to residences than those curently being considered by Darwin City Council (DCC) for Gardens Oval.
The Gardens Oval proposal has been before DCC (the first step in the approval process prior to going to the DCA, where Albrecht is curntly at) since July 2017 and many concerns have been raised which still require addressing.
I’m not sure why Bruce didn’t mention this current Gardens Oval sitaution in his comments above? And I am also surprised that he is “surprised about the recent opposition” given the very recent history of the very similar Gardens Oval proposal, for which The NT Cricket Association is a main proponent, and he is the President of the NTCA?). A decison to delay approval of the Gardens lights was made by DCC this very week.
• The Gardens Oval lights proposal included a nine week, professionally delivered community consulation process via Darwin based consultancy firm True North Startegic Communications.
The residents of Larapinta, or Alice Springs generally for that matter, did not have the courtesy of such a long and thorough consultation process. Local Larapinta residents were letter dropped by ASTC (how many is still disputed) on December 12 informing them of a meeting on December 14! Understandably only two people turned up, given the timeframe provided between the notice and the meeting, and the busy Xmas period.
• A follow up consultation process was apparently carried out by AS Town Council in February, via the provision of a mobile signboard being erected near the new roundabout at the junction of Larapinta and Albrecht drives, for 24 hours, with apparently very little detail.
The sign was on Albrecht Drive pointing west, and, from what I have been told, was practically impossible to read when driving past and also looking right for approaching Larapinta Drive traffic, as one would do. Are we surprised no one attended the second meeting??
• The Albrecht oval lights provide the same Level 1, 750 lux lighting as Traeger Park. More than ANZAC Oval at 500 lux.
• The proposed 34.5m high towers with 10.5m wide x 4.5m high light arrays are so large they will be seen from Anzac Hill!
• The lights are currently stated to be used 365 days a year up till 10pm at night. This will generate incresed use, participants, spectators, noise and public nuisance / loitering at and around Albrecht Oval.
• When the lights go out after an “international competion” event (as stated as being a need for these lights), where do spectators diseperse to if they have no transport? Into the surrounding residential area!
• Yes, the lights will serously affect our views … otherwise known as “amenity”. The PS (Public Open Space) zone in which Albrecht Oval is located limits development to that, quote “which has minimal adverse impact (if any) on adjoining or nearby property”.
Any fair minded person would be hard pressed not to accept that the 4 x 34.5m high towers + 10.5m x 4.5m light arrays atop, and the associated light spill / additional noise / loitering etc issues wich the lights will bring, WILL NOT have a serious impact on residentail amenity.
Happy to have them put in an Oval near you Guys if you would prefer?
Or Ross Park, where they were originally intended … but for the Eastside Residents Association that got them knocked back some years ago now.
You wouldn’t live in Eastside would you?

New commercial centre: which parts do we need?
How about we look at closing the International Airport at Ayers Rock and open one in Alice Springs in lieu.

That would get Alice back to where it was 20 years ago.
A busy, thriving tourist town.

Ever since that International Airport was opened down there, things have gradually gone south in Alice.

The proposed new transport hub with an international standard hotel would then definitely be viable!

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