Domenico, There are a few recent pointers in both the national …

Comment on Asylum seeker led recovery for Alice: businessman’s proposal by Hal Duell.

There are a few recent pointers in both the national and the local debate that indicate this proposal is possible.
On the national level:
The Federal Government has recently said that they hope to issue up to 1/3 of the ‘boat people’ with bridging visas and to release them into the community.
At other times it has been suggested that any refugees released into the larger community might have travel restrictions imposed as a condition of that release.
The holders of bridging visas will be asked to support themselves, after an initial period of settling in.
No one is expecting them to buy their own home, at least not at first.
On the local level:
At least one of the housing developments south of the Gap (Kilgariff ) is in hand. This is no longer just a possibility. We are spreading south of the Gap.
Alice Springs needs every injection of capital it can attract, and I suggest putting up our hand to house some of those being granted bridging visas, especially as they might come with temporary travel restrictions and so will have to stay here for a while, and this might garner us some new funding.
Migrants have a long history of creating work and growth both here and elsewhere in the world where they are allowed to mix with the host population.
Some might even like us enough to stay.
If, as suggested, this development will soon be made possible for willing communities in Australia, and not just the major urban centres of Sydney, Melbourne etc., I suggest we would be lazy and remiss not to at least try to attract some of this new growth to Alice.
I say it’s possible.
Get Warren on board and it might even be probable.

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Asylum seeker led recovery for Alice: businessman’s proposal
This idea has been kicking around for a year or two, and its time may have come.
Lots of details to work through, but, Yes! let’s do it!

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