I had an opportunity to visit this building one Friday …

Comment on Northern development is not answering questions by Dave Ives.

I had an opportunity to visit this building one Friday last month.
The NT Government held a meeting to share their ideas on “red tape reduction / elimination.”
This was from an NT Government organization formed for this specific purpose (Eliminate / reduce red tape).
The CADO office area and fit-out is awesome; closed off meeting room, nice entrance desk and sitting area; the builder’s done a great job.
As I sat through the meeting I couldn’t help but wonder, “Why would the NT Gov form a new organization (more red tape, more taxpayer money) to get rid of red tape?”

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Don’t mess with our treasures, says Alice
Enjoyed this article and found it especially informative.
I’ve been looking for some confirmation that the Pioneer Theatre is the place where General MacArthur saw a movie during his one and only night stay in Alice Springs after ‘escaping’ from the Philippines in early 1942.
Well, this article says we have a witness … Murray Neck watched the movie with the general.
We know MacArthur was in town, we know he saw a movie at an outdoor theatre (American Caesar, by William Manchester) but was it the Pioneer theatre?
According to Murray Neck … it was! Thanks.

Ratepayer, do you want your money back?
My hat is off to Ely Melky for putting forth such a common sense proposal.
Ely’s refund proposal is really nothing more than doing what’s right … for instance, if the town council hires a tradie to do work, tradie submits bill for materials, council pays. Then when work is complete tradie finds some materials quoted weren’t needed therefore not purchased.
Does tradie keep the money for unpurchased materials? No. Tradie refunds it or takes it off the bill.
That’s the right thing to do. And, that is what Ely’s proposing, refund the ratepayers for services / materials / interest charges etc not needed / used / purchased.

Highrise in Alice: We don’t need it
Glad to see you in this dialog Paul. I enjoyed reading your views. Just wondering if you’ve had a chance to get some insights into the business side of the equation … in other words, from the developer / builder’s perspective?
I have no idea how the numbers stack up but it would seem the number of stories, apartments and retail space would be based on making it work financially.
There’s must be a point where the builder would say “forget it – can’t do it if you only allow X stories.”
Have you heard anything saying the project could be financially viable with less than eight stories? My guess is they had to go eight stories to make the numbers work.
And, they must have convinced the town planners and decisions makers that the benefits out-weight the downside.
Were you involved in the discussion / debate? If so, can you share some insights as to how the final decision came about?

Editor injured in hit and run
Erwin, Glad to hear you’re ok. Keep up the fighting spirit.

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