Ok, Steve, I’m ready to be a believer. But I …

Comment on The West MacDonnell Ranges start at the council dump by Hal Duell.

Ok, Steve, I’m ready to be a believer. But I do need to see some plans. Any chances there?
Unlike some, I like the new built environment emerging here in Alice. For instance, I think the new courthouse will be an exciting addition to the town.
I also like the new Myers Hill walkway.
I think most would agree the area behind the Mall is a mess, but I do wonder if that is where we need to put a bigger car park. The idea reminds me of that old song about finding a piece of paradise and putting in a parking lot.
Has council sounded out Target (if that’s who owns it) about putting another deck on their existing car park?
I also wonder about camping in the river, especially after working hard to get it camper free. That might be a hard sell, as would developing the ranges. I foresee dissenting voices.
The Ilparpa Valley is waiting. The sewer farm will have to shift first, and that’s down to Darwin. Without the money to keep the police station open, will they have the money for a major infrastructure upgrade? And if they do, might not a flood mitigation dam be money better spent?
The tip is down to Council. Your call.

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The West MacDonnell Ranges start at the council dump
If council feels we need a two storey car park, and if it wants to build one in partnership with private enterprise, why not put another deck on the existing car park at Target?
That would satisfy both of its desires and leave the area in and behind the Mall free for a development that would have the potential to attract more visitors to the CBD.
Meanwhile, the Melanka site is a wasted opportunity, the Ilparpa Valley is a wasted opportunity and the Alice Springs Town Council is a wasted opportunity.


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Anger with out-of-control kids: council needs to step up
One common trait among all the Aboriginal kids running amok in this town is that they are all, to a boy/to a girl, racist.
It’s not just Whitey copping the abuse, altho it is largely Whitey running the programs (early intervention, school lunch, etc.) trying to keep these kids from being flogged and [abused] and generally passed around before they reach puberty.
Rather it’s anyone not deemed to be Aboriginal. Hang around the front door of the supermarket in the Coles Complex and listen to the language these kids direct to the African security guards. Come inside and listen to the language directed to the largely Asian night staff.
And what are the Aboriginal organisations in Alice doing about it? Too easy – nothing.
You don’t and won’t hear the same timbre of comments coming from European kids, from Asian kids, from African kids. For openers, they are too well mannered. Also, it’s because they and their parents are too busy studying and working to build a life that works in this multifaceted society of ours.
In short, all but the Aboriginals are too busy living to put up with the losing proposition of being forever on the outside looking in while blaming that amorphous “other” for their woes. Is it really too much to ask that they pull their socks up? Everyone else has.


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.


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