Judging from the poorly thought out support shown for this …

Comment on Asylum seeker led recovery for Alice: businessman’s proposal by Domenico Pecorari.

Judging from the poorly thought out support shown for this half baked idea, it must be time we officially changed our town’s name to Alice $PRING$: always chasing that bucket of money, at all costs.

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Asylum seeker led recovery for Alice: businessman’s proposal
Now, Jan, I have re-read Paul’s article, and nowhere do I find ANY details regarding the form of accommodation proposed, apart from references to “onshore processing of refugees” as opposed to offshore processing in Malaysia, Christmas Island and Nauru. The release of refugees holding bridging visas into the community was first raised by Hal Duell, with whom I agreed, in writing, stating also that I did not accept any form of processing involving detention centres. As I said before, I believe there are lots of details to work through and I’d still want to see some analysis work before any decisions are made. As for your assertion that I’ve labelled this town’s conservatives as “white racists”, I challenge you to find any such references in my writings. It did, however, remind me of that saying: “If the hat fits …”


Asylum seeker led recovery for Alice: businessman’s proposal
If we are talking about integrated community-based accommodation of asylum seekers, as opposed to a detention centre, then I am all for it. As you say yourself, Hal, there’s “lots of details to work through”. I just want to see some analysis before we proclaim “Yes, let’s do it!”.


Asylum seeker led recovery for Alice: businessman’s proposal
Oh, Janet. Life must be so simple when you are guided by nothing more than chasing buckets of money with which to solve all our problems … but you and others like you, all looking for silver bullet solutions, need to consider the consequences of your ideas. Have you, for example, given any thought to, or quantified, the pros and cons of having an onshore refugee processing centre, both in the short and longer term? If you have, then by all means let us in on the data that underpins your idea.
When you are able to give more than unsubstantiated opinions, your ideas may be more worthy of consideration.


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‘Greener, safer, cooler’ CBD designs released
What a monumental let-down.
Following the heightened anticipation, the design presented to us has all the hallmarks of a rushed, half-baked, engineered solution.
We have two steel posts holding up what looks like a folded metal “canopy” with cut-out bits most probably meant to give a “dappled effect”, and fine misters to humidify the air.
Hmmm … sounds awfully like a couple of trees – only in metal.
Completing the design is hard-angled seating that looks as comfortable as Hell, arranged alongside a pedestrian / cycling / dog-walking thoroughfare.
Call me old-fashioned, but I think I’d prefer to spread a blanket in a quiet corner of lawn, under some REAL trees.
Seriously, though, what a missed opportunity.
This important location deserves an iconic, design-rich installation; one that promotes active, not passive public use and which, through its uniqueness, its artistic quality and celebration of cultural values, plays a part in attracting locals and visitors back into the town centre, with obvious social and economic benefits for nearby businesses.
Imagine if this was the site of the proposed WaterPlay park.
It would be close to the town’s central mall, with existing conveniences nearby, ample car-parking and the possibility for hosting food trucks serving food and drink.
A water-centred sculptural design, reflecting the local indigenous culture, carefully sited to take advantage of existing trees, a cooling “waterhole” that would help make our increasingly warming summers more bearable.
We have some brilliant examples of public installations that reflect our local indigenous culture, two that spring to mind being the Gathering Place at the Town Council Civic Centre and the rusty caterpillar at the Araluen Centre.
For the sake of our town’s future, I say: “Back to the drawing boards, boys.”
Alice Springs deserves something much, much better than this.


A touch of light: Aquila audax
Another great read, Mike.
As you know, I too am fortunate enough to live on the very edge of our town’s urban footprint and love seeing the kites and other large birds circling our place.
Whenever one comes very close to us, my wife and I look at each other and mimic an aunt who once visited us and exclaimed: “No birds in Australia.” Ha ha.


A touch of light: native passionfruit
Another fabulous story, Mike.
Loving them all, so please keep them coming.
There is a well-established colony of mature wild passionfruit plants along the western side of Chapman’s House at Pitchi Richi, which are thriving despite never being watered.
I have sourced some seeds and am having a go at propagating them, with my fingers crossed.
Planted in a little used part of my garden, the ants should not be a problem but will, as I think you once told me, help combat termite infestation.
Thanks again.


Solar lights may go
@ Watch Michael Moore; Renewable Wind; Michael Moore was a … et al.
For a balanced review of this controversial documentary you should read the article in The Conversation (May 7, 2020) by Ian Lowe, Emeritus Professor at the School of Science, Griffith University, in which he dissects the good, the bad and the ugly in the doco’s revelations.
By the way, why do you all hide behind pseudonyms? Show the courage of your convictions and use your real names, please.


Solar lights may go
This is only the latest fiasco of many we have seen in recent years.
With street power available, the decision to install autonomous solar units instead of additional street lights matching the existing does not make us look “green”, as may have been the intention, but stupid.
I cannot buy the explanation provided by Acting Director of Technical Services, Takudzwa Charlie, and would ask Actual Director of Technical Services, Scott Allen, for an explanation and confirmation as to exactly who made the decision to have these lights installed, and whether that decision was made with sufficient information regarding their design and appearance.
Alice is awash with poor design decisions, to the point that it is affecting our reputation as a tourism destination.
Just have a good look at the tourist information screen in front of Adelaide House as a glaring example (pun intended).
I believe that The Alice needs good design-led decision-making if it is to revive a local economy and build up an identity as a Smart City worth visiting and living in.
And yes, I agree that the eleven light poles (yes, eleven!) need to be removed, before anyone else notices the blunder.


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