Janet, you touch on some very valid points and seem …

Comment on Huge real estate project at stalemate by Domenico Pecorari.

Janet, you touch on some very valid points and seem to appreciate that the many issues faced by our town, such as affordable accommodation and the well-being of local businesses, are inter-linked. In that sense, a town is not unlike a human body, in that all of its “parts” need to be in good condition for it to survive and thrive. I’ve also heard you call for a “Town Plan”, something we do agree upon, although I suspect your idea of a such a plan is “top-down” (that is, law and order-based and somewhat dictatorial) whereas mine is “bottom-up” (that is, community-based and, I’d like to think, more democratic). Nevertheless, I’d like to read more from you about your vision for the town and how it can be achieved, for I suspect we may have more in common than at first glance.

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Huge real estate project at stalemate
Hmmmm. You are right, Janet. I see by your response that we do indeed have very little in common, and that any vision you have for the town does not extend much past issues relating to development and business interests. I don’t believe you will ever see the relevance of social, cultural and environmental issues in planning a sustainable future for The Alice, as demonstrated by your silver bullet solution of more land releases. You seem to believe in an economy-led recovery for the town, whereas I believe that a vibrant economy will come about as a natural consequence of our repairing and looking after the town’s environmental, social and cultural assets. As such, I doubt we will ever see eye-to-eye.

Huge real estate project at stalemate
Judging from the increased number of real estate listings in our local papers, I suspect that the recent “housing shortage” is well and truly over and that we may be moving back into a “buyer’s market”. I hope I’ll be proven wrong by history, but the planned land releases from AZRI, the old Drive-In site and Mt Johns Valley may turn out to be the straws that break the real estate camel’s back.

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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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