Steve, you flatter yourself to claim to be astounded that …

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

Steve, you flatter yourself to claim to be astounded that some in our community are actually threatened by ideas. Your projects of enormous scale such as perching an opera house like facility on the top of the range is far too amusing to be threatening. But I grant that your column is always entertaining and you do defend well, or at least as well as your ideas could be defended. Looking forward to your next column.

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Why do we not think BIG about tourism?
Love the giant emu footprint pointing to Uluru, our town’s nemesis when it comes to tourism. Sadly the footprint would quickly be overgrown with buffel and become invisible. That would put Steve in a quandary, leave the useful weed or save the tourist attraction?

Why do we not think BIG about tourism?
Steve. Your proposals are:

(1) Build a world class visitor centre, restaurant, cultural and art centre on the top of Heavitree Rang offering 24 hour a day service.
(2) Access for everyone to be provided by a cable car.

I rest my case.

Why do we not think BIG about tourism?
Steve, you say that you have been disheartened by the government’s tokenistic pretense at listening to local ideas … and … lack of imagination, adventure, forward thinking or just plain guts that was on display in that thinking.
But reading your extravagant, inevitably loss making proposals I find I have some sympathy for the government’s lack of appreciation of local ideas.

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