Well, if its going to be like that Bob, here …

Comment on $60m church, town council deal may make Alice buzz by Spot.

Well, if its going to be like that Bob, here goes: Firstly, even you say that in some cases the four or five story limit would be OK.
You may have been able to help the – as you put it – half witted developer that knocked down the old Melanka building so they could have built what would have been a top class backpackers resort now.
And if you had a good look at the old building you would have know it was originally built as cheap as possible to put workers into, and in a almost disgusting condition with even sewage running down the halls at times.
As far as other blocks in the CBD, maybe if you went and stood in the middle of the old Melanka block and looked to west, you will see another empty block. Then look to the north, that’s towards the mall, were all the laid back aura can be found after dark on most nights of the week, or is that, as the story quotes, a sinister ghost town environment? You will see another empty block full of cars. Remember, this is also how the empty block at the old Shell servo site got turned into a car park; everyone parked there so much they turned it into a car park.
The site you are referring to is not the old Shell location but the old Mobil Palms, according to my research.
And according to the census 66% cent of the decision makers turn over in town, so I guess all everyone has to do is wait for those who are holding the town back to leave.

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$60m church, town council deal may make Alice buzz
Wake up Alice. Not only is the cost of land at ridiculous levels, you have people putting building height restrictions that cause developers to build in other towns.
Now the town is full of undeveloped blocks that add to the dysfunctional CBD.
So get them to build, let them build because when you have a town not moving forward it only goes backwards, and Alice Springs doesn’t need that as well.
As for the height restrictions, stuff ’em. A building with a mobile phone transmitter on it looks better than a steel tower – and don’t they look higher than your three story limit anyway?

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Off-roading with rules for our New Normal
Minister Wakefield: “I am very comfortable that we have got support for that project. I am uncomfortable with putting pressure on individuals.
“You will never get a consensus view about this project from the non-Indigenous part of the community. Why should we expect it from the Indigenous community?”
This statement is the underlying issue that is stopping many opportunities in the NT.
It seems OK to not have a consensus result when it suits the agenda.
The idea of having access for the development of a recreational tourism sector is one that has been trying to establish for years but one of the biggest hurdles is land access.
Pastoral land getting pressure on not allowing other activities on them, all of our Indigenous lands locked up by councils that insist on total consensus on land use.
This, as we can see, hinders economical development and stops future opportunities for people to contribute to an sustainable future. We all need to look at this now with the gravy train of free government money being used for projects that are more welfare systems than job futures that lift the standards of living.
With the current world events we need to look at opportunities now more than ever. If all we do is just sit back and object to these ideas we will get left behind again as with the idea of adventure tourism. If we don’t get on board it will go to other states.
This concept is starting already in Queensland. They have great coral reefs, rainforests, national parks and conservation areas as well. They have this type of activity out of Cairns all the way up to Cape Tribulation.
South Australia has had popular adventure trips into the Simpson Desert.
WA has it in world heritage national parks.
This is very popular with tourists with a high disposable income.
Again, vision is the problem in the NT. Where would we have been without those who had the vision of Uluru, Kakadu, Lichfield and other large destination of the Territory. I cannot imagine the resistance they would have if we had to build them today.
This would be a great opportunity for The Centre if allowed to happen. You only need to see the numbers that turn up for the Finke Desert Race.
The question of having to transport to The Centre shows the lack of foresight with this.
Again opportunities of having local storage and workshops. Drivers could fly in helping keep numbers up, making flights look more attractive to carriers.
Help to fill hotels, shop in local shops.
And don’t forget to buy a bit of art work on the way out.

Standoff over Anzac Oval for gallery crescendoes
Made it clear to the Australian Government, we are now that arrogant in the Northern Territory that it dictates to the Federal government.
Is destroying the most central, social open green area in the town of Alice Springs so critical to save face on a project that duplicates so many art shops and small businesses in the centre of town?
I would like to see all our anti frackers help with saving this clean green zone for the town – you might even win this one.
Keeping in mind art doesn’t bring visitors, visitors buy art work while they are on holidays.
Some are definitely getting the chicken or the egg a bit mixed up here.
Invest the money into other capital works that would stimulate the economy.
Sure the town needs a lot of other infrastructure .
With the argument of a lasting attraction is a little short winded if it is not a cultural centre of world class standards. An art shop just won’t cut it.

Salt mines and tourism: bread and circuses
Wow, bring on the spin, build the road they yelled and we could even call it holiday road to go along with the show.
Alice Springs is still trying to recycle plastic bottles and cans and that is still only a new
concept and here we are are talking about the future removal and recycling of this waste dumped in our back yard.
Where is your back yard? Could send it there along with all the grand advantages claimed to come with it.

Tourism, salt and toxic waste, 780 metres below
Interesting to still hear that WA has a similar operation under way but is it not still under the same restrictions it has had for many years now.
WA can produce and ship radioactive products out of the state but are not allowing the return of any waste produced by this back into the state.
So it means other parts of Australia has to be the waste dumps for them receiving all the benefit from the mining.
This seems to be the issue with a very large pile of waste sitting in Asia now waiting for a new home.
Let’s show a sight of transparency and honesty in this discussion.
Have them build this road.
First, before any further discussion, the locals can benefit by having a nice road to drive in and out to all further meetings and if it is found to be at later date a bit of smoke and mirrors at least a nice road would be left behind as a reminder.

Federal Police uses drone to spy on tourists
It wasn’t so long ago every one was questioning why drones were use more often in the locating of tourist in the national parks.
Here we have one with a free service. Should we not be thanking them for this service to the tourism industry and looking after a significant site to the locals as well?
It has been due to all the destruction over the years of all the protestors trashing these camp grounds and parks in the area that has led to it now being patrolled so much.
Over the years many sporting groups have had many functions in the area supported by the local base.
And it is still open to public and the last count everyone is saying by one camera and a drone is all you have that is pretty good.
Last count around the CBD of Alice Springs there are maybe 20 or so cameras. I would feel safer out in the park than down the Main Street.

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