Agreed that there has been an established height restriction of …

Comment on Melanka building would obscure unequalled backdrop by Hal Duell.

Agreed that there has been an established height restriction of three storeys for buildings in Alice Springs, but hasn’t the new court house breached that restriction and set a new precedent?
As for proposed eight storey Melanka building severely affecting the world-famous panorama from Anzac Hill, the computer generated picture leading the article “The Big One that could end the gloom” suggests that it would not, or at least not from the top.
I have no reason to doubt that as of last week there were 16 vacant shops in Gregory Terrace and the Todd Mall. The question I then ask is how well is the three storey height restriction working for Alice today, as opposed to how it worked 45 years ago?
I have no idea if the proposed building will get off the ground, never mind to eight storeys. It may easily not. And I question why anyone would want to spent $100 million in a town so negative to his proposal. But I hope he perseveres. We’re dying at three storeys.

Hal Duell Also Commented

Melanka building would obscure unequalled backdrop
Agreed that there has been an established height restriction of three storeys for buildings in Alice Springs, but hasn’t the new court house breached that restriction and set a new precedent?
As for proposed eight storey Melanka building severely affecting the world-famous panorama from Anzac Hill, the computer generated picture leading the article “The Big One that could end the gloom” suggests that it would not.
I have no reason to doubt that as of last week there were 16 vacant shops in Gregory Terrace and the Todd Mall. The question I then ask is how well is the three storey height restriction working for Alice today, as opposed to how it worked 45 years ago?
I have no idea if the proposed building will get off the ground, never mind to eight storeys. I question why anyone would want to spent $100 million in a town so negative to his proposal. But I hope he perseveres. We’re dying at three storeys.


Recent Comments by Hal Duell

Ministers lash out at council over gallery
I appeal to the NT government, especially to Ministers Gunner and Wakefield, to reconsider their approach to building the proposed National Aboriginal Art Gallery in Alice Springs.
I doubt if many residents, and certainly not a majority, would be opposed to the gallery being built here. But why do you need to destroy what we have (an old high school, a central oval and a debt-free and functioning civic centre) to do that?
It’s not like we’re short of space down here.
It’s a bit unfair to ask council to solve your location problem when to date both of your proposals have presented it with a solution impossible to sell to the residents. And remember, councillors also face the coming elections.
Indigenous suggestions range from the Desert Park to the Desert Knowledge precinct.
It’s not negotiating if you reject in advance any suggestions other than your own.
And a note to council: The NT Government has clearly stated through Minister Wakefield that these discussions can be held in open. Time for you to stop hiding from us. Let’s hear what you have to say.


Locally produced hemp could replace plastic
This is a very good initiative. Congratulations to the Gunner government.
Hemp is a not only a better fibre than cotton, but growing it uses less water and fewer chemicals. What not to like?
Again, congratulations to the Gunner government.


Gunner goofs: No council ‘decisions’ on gallery site
Perhaps one of the more astonishing features of this continuing saga is the overweening arrogance of Alice’s current group of councillors.
They somehow think they have the right to dispose of our civic centre.
They forget they were elected to look after our assets, not use them as bargaining chips in some shady back-room deal.
Commercial-in-confidence is such a scam. Come on councillors – I challenge any of you to grow a pair.


Despite clear leads, no-one was punished for making this mess
It can be done. Read this.


US military base in Darwin: what risk to NT?
The Opium Wars are over. China won. And all this “containment” and forward posturing is more like dogs barking in the night while the caravan moves on.
Poor Oz! Hanging like a pendulum between London and Washington with (just) the Kiwis for company. That means Boris Johnson and Donald Trump. What can go wrong?


Be Sociable, Share!

A new way to support our journalism

We do not have a paywall. If you support our independent journalism you can make a financial contribution by clicking the red button below. This will help us cover expenses and sustain the news service we’ve been providing since 1994, in a locally owned and operated medium.

Erwin Chlanda, Editor