The link between Alice Springs and Venus is a strong …

Comment on Tourism promoters sit on their hands as Alice feeds Venus transit images to the world by Steve Thorne.

The link between Alice Springs and Venus is a strong one. Charles Heavitree Todd, after whom so many features of Alice Springs are named, was most interested in setting up a network of telegraph stations so that he could follow his prime interest, that of astronomy. By the early 1880s he had organised a whole range of astronomical studies and was credited as the first person to accurately chart the orbit of Venus. He would have been thrilled with Mike Gillam’s photo. This and other discoveries led him to be awarded the KCMG and to be made a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. In our work preceding the revitalisation of the Todd Mall, symbols which linked to this heritage were proposed. This is outlined on the “connectingAlice” website at

Recent Comments by Steve Thorne

Heat rises on cooling plan
For almost every urban problem the answer is street trees. Get on with it and plant as many as possible.
You are fortunate to have one of the few indigenous deciduous trees in your town, the white cedar. Plant many more of them as soon as possible.
The other slogan I like is: “The best time to plant street trees was twenty years ago, the second best time is today.”

The gallery drama: Will there be a happy ending?
It is worth pointing out that the successful galleries you cite (Mona and Guggenheim) were both private sector initiatives.
It may be that government processes get in the way of success when it comes to delivering clarity of vision and purpose.

Indigenous art gallery centrepiece of Gunner’s plans for Alice
Let’s just hope that the design competition is not held under the jurisdiction of the Institute of Architects who limit entries to registered architects only. This project is too significant to limit entries. The government should start as it means to end – hopefully that is to be inclusive.

Fresh breeze of confidence in the CBD
Congratulations to those innovative retailers who have seen the potential to open out to Todd Street North.
The success of the vision to open the Mall and return it to a street was always dependent on close collaboration between the public and private sectors.
Congratulations also to successive Territory Governments and Town Councils who stuck by the vision in the face of sustained criticism.
I trust those who said it would never work can now see that with a bit of faith and political courage, great things are possible.

Cultural centre – think big!
Hal, That’s already been built. It’s in Canberra on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin. Steve.

Be Sociable, Share!

A new way to support our journalism

We do not have a paywall. If you support our independent journalism you can make a financial contribution by clicking the red button below. This will help us cover expenses and sustain the news service we’ve been providing since 1994, in a locally owned and operated medium.

Erwin Chlanda, Editor