How the hell did one of the world’s last frontier …

Comment on Building lots of things is a surgical strike in the NT by Steve Brown.

How the hell did one of the world’s last frontier places become so infested with negativity?
Nothing nice to say, no hope to offer, just narky negative comments from navel gazing introverts who simply can’t see the woods for the trees, dark and embittered, simply unable to accept that others can?
Preferring instead to believe there must be something underhand, something less than honest, driving these projects, something that they feel they’re unfairly missing out on!
Then of course that feeling is hardly surprising given that sitting on your proverbial in the corner taunting, envying the efforts of others, doesn’t tend to produce much that could be described as rewarding.
Towns, states, countries, bridges, dams, roads and rail are built on vision! On hope! By people following dreams! By people driving those dreams by sheer force of will to fruition!
When visualizing a project such as the new rail station you can’t produce figures or numbers of heads through the doors! Because those numbers don’t exist until your project becomes operational some years down the track.
You have to have faith!
You have to believe!
You have to be able to see a possible opportunity, and you quite literally have to be willing to lose everything to bring it about. Big projects are built by dreamers not accountants. What the Giles Government is doing by putting up this piece of land for expressions of interest is simply raising the level of temptation or incentive for possible investors those who see the possibilities for wealth creation but to date haven’t quite been able to make the figures work.
It is in fact trying to sell a dream.
What does Government get out of it?
It gets employment in tough times. It addresses an infrastructure need without the need to fund that need itself.
If successful it adds to the overall level of community amenity which in turn translates into greater visitor numbers.
Investors gain a wealth creating business. Tourists and citizens gain a better amenity! That would be Win Win Win wouldn’t it?
Everybody who has been here for more than five minutes has at some time or other witnessed our much sought after tourists being forced to sleep on the footpaths in the middle of town during early morning hours while they await a bus, as we do not have a serviced transit centre!
I’m sure you have also witnessed passengers struggling down murky backstreets hauling luggage because we do not have a centrally located rail station allowing easy access to our town’s accommodation and shops.
Not providing these facilities displays a less than enthusiastic level of hospitality towards visitors we strive so hard to bring to our community. It’s been an infrastructural embarrassment for our town for as long as we’ve been in the tourism Industry.
If we are to stay in that industry it is a project that has to be undertaken at some point.
In the building industry we all know and understand there is never a better or cheaper moment to build something than now!
It is always much more expensive later on!
So when things are quiet, business slow, a smart forward looking business or government who knows of a long term Infrastructure necessity, builds it “Now”!
Creating much needed employment and business activity during tough times this activity flows right through the community helping to pay the rents maintain property values during tough times all the while creating opportunities for tomorrow.
Alicespringites should be very pleased that a wonderful home grown business like Sitzlers has enough faith in our communities future and enough guts to get behind it and back up its belief.
Alice is slowly climbing out of the doldrums, there really are good times ahead and projects like this will drive the recovery. Why should anyone feel threatened by that!
As for further funds being put into additional development at Kilgariff the only issue with that should be that it is far too little!
A decent level of Investment a thousand blocks or more not only looks after land requirements for years to come it produces an economy of scale that brings the cost of that development right down, resulting in more affordable land which in turn becomes an attractive prospect not just for individual home buyers but for new industry.

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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