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Comment on Residential land needs to get cheaper, much cheaper by Hal Duell.

And apologies to the Water Tank. I meant to say that I understand the Water Shed has recently gone into receivership. I hope hasn’t, or that it gets sorted and can stay here. Alice needs both of them.

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Residential land needs to get cheaper, much cheaper
I can’t comment on the details of Steve’s article as the economics are over my head. But I do know that Alice is struggling.
Walk into Alice Plaza – it’s got that ghost-town feeling that hardly lends itself to happy shopping.
OneSteel is shutting up shop. Is the Water Tank still in receivership, or has that been sorted? Anyone else leaving town?
Council may have to sell some parks to have the money to maintain the rest.
And as for land and house prices, for the first time that I can recall, it’s now cheaper to rent than to own. Or so a renting friend recently informed me, having looked to buy and walked away from the high prices.
As for the high business rents, who owns the buildings where the rents are too high for a business to make a go of it?
And Monte’s, which caters for the young crowd, gets hammered on a regular basis.
Like Steve says, we better start making Alice attractive to the next generation if we want them to build their lives here. That means affordable homes, affordable land, affordable business rents, somewhere fun to go at night – seems pretty basic to me.

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