This ongoing debate makes me very angry. Yes it sounds …

Comment on Who put Anzac Oval on the agenda as site for art gallery? by Maya.

This ongoing debate makes me very angry. Yes it sounds like a political debate rather than an issue of urban planning.
I am disappointed at the lack of “grand vision” so far. Ask Domenico Pecorari: Such an important decision for such a unique art gallery must be inserted in the grand plan of this town. So that later we would not say, we could have, we should have … too late.
In my own humble opinion, there is land and space and good reasons to join the Desert Park and the natural beauty of Central Australia, with an Indigenous Art Gallery representing the creativity of the people of this land.
Anzac Oval is well used and well loved. Leave it as is. If we replace it with the said monumental art gallery, the whole environment, the Youth Centre, the Catholic Church, Anzac Hill itself, will be dwarfed.
We already have the example of the Supreme Court next to the Residency!
As for the revitalization of town, first reduce the burden of costly airfares so that people will come to Alice, but also create living hubs closer to the CBD.
It is people who create life, not buildings. We’ve have had the tendency to put people further away from the town centre, so the town centre is dying.
Town planners save in urban development rather than politicians must be included in the decision making. Such an important new building needs to become part of the grand plan of the Alice Springs of the future. Don’t make it a distant future, it can be done now.

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Government grant for Todd Tavern, Alice Plaza development
Thanks to Alex Nelson for saying so clearly what many think. The demise of Alice Springs is a typical example of Aesop’s fable of the Frog and the Ox. Successive governments made and still make the same error.
“The old frog kept puffing herself out more and more until, all at once, she burst.”


Minister Moss defends heritage record
I can see in my crystal ball another vacant Melanka site in store for Alice Springs, unless an urban grand plan takes place to rethink the whole of Town from South of the Mall to Hungry Jack going North and up to Anzac Hill. Unfortunately, besides Gunner and Moss, I cannot see in that same crystal ball any figure such as a Napoleon III or a Baron Haussmann to carry out a massive urban renewal program of new public works, art gallery and parks opening onto the River Todd.
I love Alice Springs my little 3R (regional, rural, and remote) country town. Stop messing up with it.


Boyer Lectures aim to reignite recognition debate
Happy and looking forward to Rachel’s perspective in her Boyer Lecture. It may open the way to big and better things.
I may recommend to Evelyn Roullet to refresh her understanding of “access and equity,” not to be confused with equality in access.
Nothing to do with apartheid which was segregation “by law” on the basis of race.
Aboriginal kids can go to any public or private school in Australia and, in addition, they can access special schools for their culturally sensitive curriculum.
Any non-Aboriginal kid may enrol at Yipirinya School if they wish, as much as any non Catholic kid may attend OLSH for the kind of education and values they may receive there.
And there is no Australian law prohibiting an Aboriginal person to enter into marriage with any other person since 1967 (with the addition of the same sex marriage amendment).
So much clarification and qualification is needed about the Uluru statement and the place of our first nations in our multicultural society.


Pine Gap: The link Alice has to Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds
And the question remains: How does the autocratic decision of a tyrant, to whom we offer for a pepper corn the use of a valuable facility some 20km out of town, will affect us in consideration of our long term alliance.
Listening to Craig, and deTocqueville, and Jefferson. It is the right, indeed the duty of us, the people, to provide new Guards for our future safety and happiness.
Here in OZ as much as in the US.


Big drops in grog crime, break-ins on way down: police
Why should the police (Cdr Currie) lie to us in his report to the Town Council.
Figures show a drop in crime. Good.
He did not say all is rosy! More to be done.
Rome was not built in a day.
Let’s support what seems to go in the right direction, and thank our police force for their efforts. I for one am not getting used to social mis-behaviour, but can see the small improvements in my area behind Northside IGA.


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