The fact is that the efforts to revitalise the north …

Comment on Art gallery: Govt keeps major Alice lobbies in the dark by Trevor Shiell.

The fact is that the efforts to revitalise the north end of the Mall have consistently not worked.
It is dead and the current CBD is in the wrong place. It was based on the telegraph station and Arltunga neither of which is now relevant, and a new approach is badly needed.
The TOs have stated categorically that their culture centre must remain south of the gap. The Art & Culture centre should be incorporated into Yirara College and have the students there demonstrate the strength of their culture as well as give visitors a positive experience of what is happening in Indigenous education.
Next to that goes the visitors centre at the welcome rock as has happened in Katherine, Mclaren Vale and Mt Isa, where both busses and caravans can manoeuvre (impossible here).
That lesson was learned years ago by tourism facilities interstate, but ignored here.
Then put the museum next to the brilliant display of geology at ASRI and encourage the mining industry to display what is going on next door and why.
Then just down the road (if there is room between the houses, which should not have been there in the first place) to display the many bush foods that are in huge demand nationally.
Then add the Transport Hall of Fame, and you have a tourism mecca unique in the country, all in one precinct where everyone entering from the south has to pass, plus an emerging industry.
Our wonderful town has been lost in the mindless rush to be the same as everyone else in the country, and then we wonder why tourists don’t stay.

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No youth detention facilities in residential areas: MLAs
On my way past the canal development aka ASRI recently I spotted a large dust cloud off to the north along a series of new fences.
Could it be that earthworks have already started on a new detention facility there without them telling anyone?
No. They would never do anything like that would they?
Come to think of it remember the first we heard of Kigarrif was a brief note from Paul Henderson as Chief Minister that the government had allocated $10m for head works just before an election. But governments don’t do things like that behind our backs, do they?


Step closer for rare earth mine employing up to 370
Apart from the rare earths component, of which China has about 97% of the worlds supply, we are due to run out of phosphate within 20 years and potash perhaps before that.
To see the veracity of these reports look at the website of Parkway minerals and their ASX notices.
There is a graph sourced from Forbes Investment Services which shows the gravity of the looming fertiliser shortage.
In addition to this, we will likely be importing phosphate from Algeria with all the political instability that that may involve.
We so have our heads in the sand.
There is also an interesting development with Northern Minerals an the world situation and competition for rare earths and their implications with defence and the production of weaponry, particularly in the USA.
To protect ourselves we should be going hell bent developed plant varieties with lower nutrient requirements but we prefer to build drag strips and sports pavilions rather than research into food production.
Both the Chinese and Indian authorities recognised this long ago, but we are slow learners.
PS: I have a vested interest in all three companies having purchased shares for my grand children 10 years ago.


Bilby’s greater foe: Cat or fox?
In the mid 60s a friend made a lot of money through fox skins which were in high demand in Europe.
He eventually built a unit on the Gold Coast with the profits. Sadly, the animal rights people objected, the bottom fell out of the skin market and our native animals have been suffering ever since.
The way he did it was to find a female in season, shoot it, tow it behind his ute for a long distance, then shoot the foxes that followed the pheromone trail.
He got literally hundreds.
Those of us that have heard dingoes behave in the same way can testify that it works.
I have seen the same thing happening with large mobs of feral camels and I wonder why we use expensive helicopters.
The biggest mob I have ever seen was north of Lake Eyre and contained perhaps 1000 animals.
I also wonder why this approach is not used on other species and who if anyone is doing the research to utilise their natural mating behaviour to control their numbers.
I also often wonder why the CRC for invasive animal control is based in Tasmania.
We have more invasive species here than they do and I wonder if anyone has attempted to get them to relocate here, or is that just another thing that politicians are bit ignorant of and don’t see the possibilities?


Four charter flights from Japan to Alice Springs
Arissu Supuringsu Ni yokoso!!! It should have been an international port of arrival and international freight distribution centre years ago in conjunction with a dedicated technical development park exporting technology based on what we do best (solar) 40 years ago.
This was the basis of a plan put by INratril, the then owners, to Government, but ignored.
The future of the town is still south of The Gap and it will happen by attrition whether we like it or not.
We had the same opportunity based on arid land food production but houses got in the way.


Government-made dust bowl: What comes next
That’s not the issue. It should never have happened in the first place.


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