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Comment on Why do we not think BIG about tourism? by Steve Brown.

If anyone was ever in any doubt about why Alice has floundered somewhat over the last few decades you only have to view the comments below to understand why. We are apparently full up and loaded down with small minded negative thinking arm chair experts who can’t see the woods for the trees. I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised by the lack of progress, should we?
@ Jeff you don’t create a Tourist Industry by sitting back waiting for the Airlines to start dropping Tourists in the Alice on the off chance we’ll provide something for them to look at! You get off your lazy proverbial, you get out there, create and market the attractions that will bring them! You have to believe and yes you have to gamble! “Build it and they will come”!
@ Les You’ve obviously never climbed Mt Gillen and sat there at Sunset. Then again I guess it wouldn’t matter if you had, your rather bleak and blinkered attitude would leave you unimpressed wherever you were, I suspect. Fortunately for Tourism everywhere, the rest of the World doesn’t view what they see in such a grey fashion. Tell me Les what do you imagine was there in France before the Railway and low class Restaurant you visited? Could it have been a Mountain with nothing on it perhaps?
While you’re enlightening us why not give us a bit of a run down on what you did during the law and order crisis that saw our Town and its Tourist Industry ripped apart, did you cry out for something to be done? Did you warn visitors that they could expect to be bashed robbed raped or did you hide under the bed and hope it would all go away? After all it was somebody else being robbed, somebody else’s daughters being raped, and why should visitors stop coming just because of that stuff anyway, didn’t they know that you were prepared to give them an especially lacklustre experience in mediocrity! Those that sat back said nothing, did nothing, while our children, both black and white, were subjected to brutality, are cowards and they disgust me.
As for being Elected as a Councillor that is a civic duty and privilege granted me by the people of Alice Springs. You don’t just walk into the role. People have to believe in the message you are spruiking and choose to support that message. Why not give it a go yourself Les, see how you go. I’m sure there are many out there just waiting to support you rather bleak and negative views. Aboriginal Culture is certainly an important part of our Tourist Product and gaining the National Cultural Centre would also be a fabulous addition to what we have to offer. Enlighten us all Les do you think we should conceive and construct a Cultural Centre that is Unique, Spectacular, above and beyond anything else on offer anywhere or should we knock up a Tin Shed maybe put in the Industrial Area somewhere? After all visitors want to see it, they’ll find it won’t they?? Something for you to contemplate Les, “Aim high, fall high. Aim low, fall lower”!

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Why do we not think BIG about tourism?
@ Ian: It never ceases to astound me that some in our community are actually threatened by ideas! Some kind of weird twist on the politics of envy I suspect.
If we aren’t brave enough to think big, to dare to dream, how do we ever end up with projects of enormous scale an beauty like the Opera House?
The answer quite obviously being that we don’t, or wont if we choose to think in that manner. There is presently a huge opportunity, its there for the taking, a National Aboriginal Cultural Centre!
The competition is already on, many communities already eyeing off the opportunity, to win it we need to offer something very special. If we are brave enough we could create a cultural centre that no other Australian town or city could surpass.
Our natural surrounds provide unequalled opportunity to do something really spectacular at comparatively low cost.
We could with a partnership of business, government and Aboriginal interests create something of immense pride to all Australians especially Aboriginal Australians while at the same time gaining the world wide attention of travellers as a must see!
Such a project could achieve for our community on many different fronts bringing about an uplifting sense of pride and inclusion to Aboriginal Australians and great economic benefit to the rest.
Or we could as I said before, just build a tin shed and achieve somewhere around nothing for anyone at all. When they designed and built the Louvre I’m sure there were plenty that stood by with the same sarcastic leer. Please don’t be threatened Ian and others of like mind, nobodies asking you to put your pension on the line!
And thanks for the business advice, Ian, coming from such a experienced source, it is of course immensely valued.

Why do we not think BIG about tourism?
@ Observer: People without guts, imagination and the energy and enthusiasm to be in any way entrepreneurial are by nature negative.
Their inability to see opportunity even when it smacks them in the face generally leaves them sitting around making nasty cynical remarks about the efforts of others while achieving squat themselves.
Your comment is exactly what I would expect from you! Tell me, did you make it in your own time or are the taxpayers subsidizing your rather lame and unproductive comments?

Recent Comments by Steve Brown

Gallery fiasco: school heritage process ‘massively flawed’
Oddly enough Domeninco, from around 1984 I’ve noted an escalating deterioration of our town’s earlier strengths and character.
Those of us who are amongst the town’s earliest families, the builders of the Alice and other towns in the Territory, understood what it took to create healthy, well balanced, economically viable, communities.
Unfortunately the vibrancy once driven by a very healthy private sector has long since given way to petty bureaucracy and welfareism along with all the blow in petty politic of envy and ignorance those sectors brought with them.
Replacing vibrancy, hope and belief with a petty mentality of obstructionism and envy, glaring down, standing in the way of, anything that might create, dare I say, the dirty words economic progress!
This attempt to save an ugly, rotten old, asbestos riddled building of no architectural merit is just another example of that moronic stifling mentality.
Crime and corruption about which these people winge constantly, flourishes in places that don’t offer hope and progress!
Sloth and disillusionment flourish in places of bureaucratic overload and petty envious obstructionism!
To clean our town up, to get it moving, to offer hope, we need to deal with those things!
We simply must learn to walk right on bye the wingers, specially the blow-in wingers, and to get right on with building our town, a place of enormous potential if only it is given enough air to breathe.

Gallery fiasco: school heritage process ‘massively flawed’
There is absolutely nothing architecturally noteworthy about this crappy old building, just because a particular person visited, walked past, looked at or went to this school doesn’t make it a place that must be preserved!
It would hang like a millstone around the community’s collective necks for perpetuity.
This building has been sitting there rotting for years yet you suddenly find a deep underlying passion and love for it when another use for its location is found?
I cry BS on this claim!
You are simply being obstructionist! As per usual I might add!
Keeping old completely un-noteworthy buildings in premier positions simply creates an enormously expensive ulcerating rot in the central locations of town, forcing us to extend our CBD over a wider and wider area destroying along with that expansion any chance of creating a thriving central CBD.
So while there certainly are buildings that are noteworthy and worth preserving despite this fact ie Flynn Church and Adelaide House etc.
Much less noteworthy building such as this old school must give way to the new!

Private forecaster tips massive rains for Alice
Heavy rains will certainly be welcome, no doubt about it Ed, but 30 to 50mm is a long way short of what’s required to produce floods like the one pictured.
That kind of flood requires closer to 200mm over a fairly short period of time … wouldn’t that be nice?

Big crowd at local School Strike 4 Climate Action
@ Evelyn: While I agree with the general intent of your comment it is important to note for the interested children’s education, that neither their action nor any taken by this nation will have the slightest effect on the world climate! Even if we could completely halt all of our carbon production tomorrow, it would not make the slightest difference to climate change.
So by all means kids work towards a cleaner environment, cleaner air and cleaner oceans, but don’t be taken for a ride by those who seek to create irrational fears about your own beautiful world, through politically motivated, fear mongering garbage, about climate change.
It is a natural part of our world and always will be!
The thing we really do need to need fear and guard against, are the mindless efforts of indoctrinated climate fanatics who seek through their ignorance and city bred real world isolation, to do something irrational about planetary warming.
It would benefit everyone to keep in mind that a warming climate is a more productive climate, while on the other hand a cooling climate very quickly becomes a threat to all life on earth, through starvation!
Let’s hope we get to sit somewhere in between. In the meantime there is one very real threat we should all fight and guard against, the life threatening efforts of climate science to artificially interfere with our climate. One stupid mistake and “Winter really will be coming”!

‘Arrogant’ government fails to answer 20 questions
Didn’t Robyn spruik long and loud the benefits of having an Independent Member for Araluen?
Now she is completely bound up in petty squabbling about more resources.
And not one single question to Government about things that affect the rest of us.
While the Territory goes to hell in a hand basket!
No pressure on Government at all!
Talk about ineffective.
You are payed a dam good wage plus expenses. Write your own speeches and for the Territory’s sake, get on with the job.
[ED – Mr Brown was the CLP candidate for Araluen.]

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