If we are talking about integrated community-based accommodation of asylum …

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

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!”.

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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
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.


Asylum seeker led recovery for Alice: businessman’s proposal
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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Another nail in the Anzac High coffin
A sad day indeed. Affirmation that in the Territory, governmental bloody-mindedness trumps all. You’d be forgiven for thinking we were still living in the cashed-up 1980s. I’d have said: “Another nail in The Alice’s coffin”.


Government and council bicker over youth 
The recently released Mparntwe / Alice Springs Youth Action Plan 2019-2021 represents a great start in addressing some of the needs of our town’s and our region’s young people and it is heartening to know that it was developed with much input from the very youth it aims to serve.
There is certainly a role for local government in improving relations with young people and making them feel included and a valued part of our community.
A good start might be the opening up of Todd Mall to responsible cycling, scooting and skate-boarding, perhaps even permitting the use of seating in the northern end for public trick skating, as I believe it was originally designed for.
Who knows, it may even bring some much needed life back into that deserted part of our CBD.


Anzac High: No plans yet for what will replace it
From having walked all around the buildings and reviewed Mike Gillam’s photos of the interiors, my architect’s eye sees a well constructed building that, to use designer jargon, “has bloody good bones”.
The rock solid building was built to last, as evidenced by the lack of any cracking, and there is no spalling concrete or rust to be seen – quite remarkable in a 65 year old building.
Sure, it will certainly need to be brought up to code regarding electrical, air-conditioning and other services, but perhaps the minister could explain just how the building could be considered “dangerous”.
As for the minister’s claim that the building is “not fit for purpose”, well, that depends on what “purposes” you are willing to consider.
For a fraction of replacement cost, the town would have a very valuable asset that could be adapted to a variety of much needed inter-related uses.
It just takes a little more imagination and a lot less bloody-mindedness.


Have a look at what’s being demolished
@ Jim and Mardi: Where have we been? With all due respect, we have been locked in a “Catch-22” by a system and legislation that favours the short-term profit of owners and developers over the longer term benefit to the town as a whole.
There are a half-dozen significant historic buildings and places we could re-nominate for heritage listing in Alice Springs, but to do so could see them prematurely demolished, effectively making their nomination a death sentence.
The so called Heritage Act outlines an elaborate process of assessment and recommendations, all of which can be over-ridden by the minister of the day because the owner complains.
Where in the Act does it say that the owner has veto rights?
Anzac High is where, perhaps, we suddenly realised that we had nothing to lose and that governments need to be held accountable for disastrous decisions based upon gut feeling instead of measured analysis.


Have a look at what’s being demolished
Thanks, Mike, for illustrating so well just what a valuable asset we, as a town, are about to lose. Far from giving Alice a new lease on life, the Gunner Government, by its actions, is destroying our town’s future, it’s very potential.
Demolishing and re-building is “so 1970s” and such a costly and irresponsible use of scarce government funding as we barrel towards an unavoidable climate crisis.
We need to value every asset this town has. Far better to re-purpose the old school building to new, much needed services.
Refurbishing and upgrading existing buildings is far less costly than replacement and represents a significant contribution to energy and environmental conservation.
It’s very hard to be a Smart Town with such ignorance in our government.


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