I believe planning permits are valid for two years. If …

Comment on Offices? Court house? Either way no say for public. by Domenico Pecorari.

I believe planning permits are valid for two years. If so, the original permit would have expired last July. I wonder if the applicants applied for, and were given, an extension of the permit? If not, then it’s back to square one for the developers, requiring a new application and planning process, including public comment.
[ED – An extension was granted.]

Recent Comments by Domenico Pecorari

Sacred sites authority mum on Melanka trees
On a more serious note: I find it hard to understand why mature trees are continuing to be cut down anywhere in this town, particularly following the loss of nearly 2000, or 5%, of street and park trees due to the hotter, more prolonged summer of last year.
That figure would certainly be much higher if you include losses in home gardens.
I’d like to think that the increasing difficulty in planting new trees, as can be seen by Alice Springs Town council’s efforts along Palm Circuit, would see us trying to keep every mature tree we have.
Our “business as usual” attitude to trees needs changing.
The de-greening of our town’s centre will come to affect us all if we don’t begin valuing trees and their contribution to a town’s liveability.

Sacred sites authority mum on Melanka trees
@ James: Your comment brings to mind that famous quote attributed to the Friends of Voltaire, but I believe Oscar Wilde’s take on that quote is more appropriate in your case, that being: “I may not agree with you, but I will defend to the death your right to make an ass of yourself.”

Former Anzac Hill High School: time to take stock
@ Evelyne.
Alex Nelson, Mike Gillam and I are holding a snap Public Meeting at the main gates to the Anzac Hill High School between 7:30 and 8:15 tomorrow morning, Monday 21st October, at which time we will have a public burning of the NT Heritage Act, which I believe is not worth the paper it is written on.
We ask all interested readers to come along and show support for our town’s heritage places, many of which are currently un-protected and may be legally demolished.
Places such as the Walk-In Theatre and Kenna Residence (YHA); the Old Riverside Hotel (Todd Tavern); the former Wallis Fogarty Store (Alice Travel and Cruise): and the Coles Mural, all of which have been nominated for heritage listing but have been rejected by the minister due to objections raised by the building owners.
We are being served poorly by our government legislators and the departments that are charged with looking after our heritage places.
If you also feel that the time to act has come, we look forward to seeing you there.

Former Anzac Hill High School: time to take stock
I’ll be there too, guys. Details to follow.

Big drops in grog crime, break-ins on way down: police
I’m sorry for James T Smirk, Jack and David, who have to grab at straws such as alleged under-reporting, maligning do-gooders and rejecting the figures in favour of a tougher stance on offenders.
It would seem the statistics are stacked against you, based as they are upon the actual numbers of offenders being taken into protective custody and presentations at the hospital’s emergency department. Cold, hard facts, I’d have thought.
Is it possible that some in our community cannot accept the link between anti-social behaviour / domestic violence and unbridled access to take-away alcohol?
I agree with Watching and Maya.
Let us be glad for the progress made to date and look to how the situation may be improved for the future. Nay-sayers need not apply.

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