The Future of Alice Springs hangs in the balance over …

Comment on Hampton mum on Kilgariff suburb by Steve Brown.

The Future of Alice Springs hangs in the balance over this development decision. Releasing blocks from Kilgariff onto the market at an affordable price will be the determining factor in decisions made by investors about Alice Springs for years to come.
It will be the determining factor as whether Alice Springs grows into a substantial civilized community, or dwindles into a dirty little crime riddled back water. Treated like a mining work camp, temporary buildings, no long term investment. That trend has already begun with several firms already opting to fly in, fly out, staff, citing both the cost and availability of accommodation as their main reason for doing so.
If Alice is not to deteriorate rapidly into the town I have described above, blocks from the new suburb of Kilgariff must be released onto the market, not only at a price that people can afford, but at a price which will be seen by investors as a real incentive to set up here.
House their staff here. The community of Alice Springs must realize that we are competing against other towns and cities. Yesterday I priced a House in Cairns, by the sea! Four bedrooms, large outdoor area, double lock-up garage, two bathrooms, swimming pool on a 1200 sqm block, for $350.00!
In the Alice you can only buy a bare block for that! A house much smaller than the previous mentioned will cost you a minimum $250,000 without a pool, to build. So for Alice Springs to compete in the lower cost housing market, we have to be releasing blocks for well under $100,000 or we are simply not in the game. Alice Springs must take whatever steps necessary to achieve this outcome. It is absolutely essential that we do! If it is necessary for either Territory or Local Government to undertake the developer role to achieve this outcome, then they must do so! If they have to do so at a loss, even a heavy one, they must do so! It is absolutely in the interest of the entire community that they do so! Failure to resurrect our housing and accommodation market will see a downward spiral in existing property values that will take your breath away.
This spiral has already begun! Our building industry is disappearing at an enormous rate!
Our Kids are voting with their feet, as are many others. We simply must have positive and urgent action by all levels of government on this project, and we must have it now!

Recent Comments by Steve Brown

Gallery fiasco: school heritage process ‘massively flawed’
Oddly enough Domeninco, from around 1984 I’ve noted an escalating deterioration of our town’s earlier strengths and character.
Those of us who are amongst the town’s earliest families, the builders of the Alice and other towns in the Territory, understood what it took to create healthy, well balanced, economically viable, communities.
Unfortunately the vibrancy once driven by a very healthy private sector has long since given way to petty bureaucracy and welfareism along with all the blow in petty politic of envy and ignorance those sectors brought with them.
Replacing vibrancy, hope and belief with a petty mentality of obstructionism and envy, glaring down, standing in the way of, anything that might create, dare I say, the dirty words economic progress!
This attempt to save an ugly, rotten old, asbestos riddled building of no architectural merit is just another example of that moronic stifling mentality.
Crime and corruption about which these people winge constantly, flourishes in places that don’t offer hope and progress!
Sloth and disillusionment flourish in places of bureaucratic overload and petty envious obstructionism!
To clean our town up, to get it moving, to offer hope, we need to deal with those things!
We simply must learn to walk right on bye the wingers, specially the blow-in wingers, and to get right on with building our town, a place of enormous potential if only it is given enough air to breathe.


Gallery fiasco: school heritage process ‘massively flawed’
There is absolutely nothing architecturally noteworthy about this crappy old building, just because a particular person visited, walked past, looked at or went to this school doesn’t make it a place that must be preserved!
It would hang like a millstone around the community’s collective necks for perpetuity.
This building has been sitting there rotting for years yet you suddenly find a deep underlying passion and love for it when another use for its location is found?
I cry BS on this claim!
You are simply being obstructionist! As per usual I might add!
Keeping old completely un-noteworthy buildings in premier positions simply creates an enormously expensive ulcerating rot in the central locations of town, forcing us to extend our CBD over a wider and wider area destroying along with that expansion any chance of creating a thriving central CBD.
So while there certainly are buildings that are noteworthy and worth preserving despite this fact ie Flynn Church and Adelaide House etc.
Much less noteworthy building such as this old school must give way to the new!


Private forecaster tips massive rains for Alice
Heavy rains will certainly be welcome, no doubt about it Ed, but 30 to 50mm is a long way short of what’s required to produce floods like the one pictured.
That kind of flood requires closer to 200mm over a fairly short period of time … wouldn’t that be nice?


Big crowd at local School Strike 4 Climate Action
@ Evelyn: While I agree with the general intent of your comment it is important to note for the interested children’s education, that neither their action nor any taken by this nation will have the slightest effect on the world climate! Even if we could completely halt all of our carbon production tomorrow, it would not make the slightest difference to climate change.
So by all means kids work towards a cleaner environment, cleaner air and cleaner oceans, but don’t be taken for a ride by those who seek to create irrational fears about your own beautiful world, through politically motivated, fear mongering garbage, about climate change.
It is a natural part of our world and always will be!
The thing we really do need to need fear and guard against, are the mindless efforts of indoctrinated climate fanatics who seek through their ignorance and city bred real world isolation, to do something irrational about planetary warming.
It would benefit everyone to keep in mind that a warming climate is a more productive climate, while on the other hand a cooling climate very quickly becomes a threat to all life on earth, through starvation!
Let’s hope we get to sit somewhere in between. In the meantime there is one very real threat we should all fight and guard against, the life threatening efforts of climate science to artificially interfere with our climate. One stupid mistake and “Winter really will be coming”!


‘Arrogant’ government fails to answer 20 questions
Didn’t Robyn spruik long and loud the benefits of having an Independent Member for Araluen?
Now she is completely bound up in petty squabbling about more resources.
And not one single question to Government about things that affect the rest of us.
While the Territory goes to hell in a hand basket!
No pressure on Government at all!
Talk about ineffective.
You are payed a dam good wage plus expenses. Write your own speeches and for the Territory’s sake, get on with the job.
[ED – Mr Brown was the CLP candidate for Araluen.]


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