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Comment on Work started on national Indigenous art gallery for Alice by Chansey Paech.

If Robyn did her homework work she would know the National Indigenous Art Gallery was always due to begin construction in 2020.
So no cuts at all.
I’m surprised a former Minister and Treasurer doesn’t know that a lot of work is done before the first sod is turned on the infrastructure, which is exactly what is happening now.
In fact, the Gunner Labor Government has brought forward the funding committed to the associated National Iconic Arts Trail, which will be a big boost for tourism and economic development in the regions.
I’m happy to arrange a briefing for you on the project at your convenience, Robyn. As an Alice Springs local member this is a project you should be supporting.

Recent Comments by Chansey Paech

Stagnant CBD; industrial land, rental shortage; houses hold
The Alice Springs Land Use Plan identifies opportunities for light industrial and general industrial land uses in Arumbera and / or Brewer Estate both south of Alice Springs.
To the best of my knowledge the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics is conducting investigations / research into the release of industrial land in several localities in and around Alice, including land at the existing Brewer Estate to meet the current demand and of course the future demand. I’m also mindful that any future land release may require a resolution of native title depending on the location.
I will always support home based businesses, small scale operators so long as the surrounding neighbours are not heavily impacted and they can continue to enjoy their rural lifestyle.
Over recent years the Rural and Rural Living (RL) zones in Alice Springs have become an issue of contention.
Due to previous poor planning decisions, a fatigued system has pitted neighbours against neighbours – a disastrous positon.
We have inherited a system that has allowed questionable business activities to be undertaken in these zones and this is not the fault of particular individuals but rather of a broken system that requires reform.
Reviewing the Planning Act to ensure that it reflects contemporary views and aspirations of Centralians is important.
Consultation on the specific proposed changes to the Planning Act is open until September 7 and I would encourage rural residents to jump on-line and provide input through the Have Your Say website.
The future growth of Alice Springs in my opinion is south of The Gap in areas such as the Kilgariff Estate, so we must ensure that planning legislation is reviewed to be strong and reflective as this will be paramount to ensuring that future growth can occur whilst making every effort to protect and safeguard the rural areas from urbanising and industrialisation.

Plans to reform planning can’t come soon enough
Always an interesting read Erwin. I have continued to stand up for the rural area and work against the industrialisation of the rural area and the rights of rural residents and I acknowledge this is certainly a difficult time but I will continue to keep fighting to keep rural, rural!
I understand that government is reforming the planning system to deliver more certainty for members of our community and I certainly want to make sure that locals (rural residents) get a stronger voice in planning processes in the rural areas of our town.
I’ve certainly attended my share of DCA hearings and have raised the concerns of rural residents around the impacts of creeping industrialisation on rural folks and there lifestyle.
I do recall that the Government has also been consulting with Territorians about their planning vision for Alice Springs and feedback from these bodies of work is being collated by DIPL and government will be considering the outcomes of this work in coming months for further feedback from the community.
Personally I would also like to see us working on commercial land that is made available and affordable south of the Gap.
So for now I say let’s keep up the good fight on keeping our rural area rural.

Aboriginal flag on Anzac Hill? Give the right to others as well.
It’s unfortunate that Cr Brown has such a narrow-minded view on this matter. Flying the Aboriginal flag on ANZAC Hill (Untyeyetwelye) demonstrates Central Australia’s recognition of First Nation peoples, promoting a strong sense of community reconciliation.
Flying the flags is a highly visible symbol of respect and can be used to promote a sense of community, create a welcoming environment and can demonstrate a commitment towards closing the gap.
ANZAC Hill, also known to many Traditional Owners as Untyeyetwelye was a place of strong cultural and spiritual significance for hundreds of years before Alice Springs was officially gazetted. Does Steve Brown have a personal issue with flying the Aboriginal flag?
Yes, we as Aboriginal people all come from different Aboriginal nations, but the Aboriginal flag represents our distinct culture and identity as First Nation peoples as a collective.
How is allowing the Aboriginal Flag to fly on ANZAC hill going to hurt anyone?
We’d be happy to organise some cross-cultural awareness training for Cr Brown if he so desires.

Town council parks: back to the drawing board
As the Elected Member of the Alice S[rings Town Council who put forward the motion for a parks committee, I can advise that the committee will most defiantly be a consultative committee with the community.
The executive as I understand it will commence developing a terms of reference to assist in describing the purpose and structure of the committee and membership. Once this is completed I anticipate that members of the community will be encouraged to apply to join this committee.
A main role of this committee is to improve the lifestyle and usage for all parks and open space users.
Community representation is integral to ensuring local residents have ownership and a voice in the future and utilisation of their parks.

Melanka: 8 storeys done deal, but still questions
I’m very disappointed that an 8 story building is close to being approved in the CBD.
I don’t support increasing the building heights to 7 or 8 storeys. Alice Springs is a town of difference, in an enchanting landscape and draws thousands of tourists, artists, retirees and families each year to take in the unique skyline, our desert climate, and our rich palette of colors that are seen from and reflected within our town Centre.
I believe this proposal has the potential to jeopardise our spectacular views. It would be devastating if these views were obstructed by high rise buildings out of character with our town.
It’s important we consider the impact that allowing such large buildings in our CBD will have on our community feel, cultural connections and preservation of our “town like Alice” feel.

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