As the dust settles on the longest and most divisive …

Comment on Ryan re-elected Mayor, Brown heads councillor line-up by Domenico Pecorari.

As the dust settles on the longest and most divisive campaign period I’ve seen in my 27 years here, I hope that the new council members can all agree on one thing: that the town needs to begin planning for a more sustainable future, not only economically, but also environmentally, socially and culturally. I’d like to think that councillors can appreciate that ALL of these four issue areas are inter-related and that any plan that does not present integrated proposals will simply not succeed. At a recent “ideas session” organised by the local Chamber of Commerce, I was surprised to find myself publicly backing Janet Brown’s call for a “Town Plan”. The Chamber supports Business Plans, I said, so why not a Plan for the whole of the town? I left that meeting with the impression that the business community is more interested in “silver bullet” solutions but, with the election of Steve Brown onto council, my hopes have been raised.

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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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