@ Simon Pettit (Posted March 6, 2018 at 5:51 pm): …

Comment on International flights to Alice would lower fares by Alex Nelson.

@ Simon Pettit (Posted March 6, 2018 at 5:51 pm): You’re correct, Simon, the resort development at Yulara has been a mixed blessing for Alice Springs and the rest of The Centre.
I’m unaware of other international flights landing at Yulara but that’s not to say there haven’t been any, I just don’t know.
There were quite a number of Japanese charter flights to Alice Springs from 2003 to 2007; some of these were direct flights from Tokyo and Osaka, others came via Cairns. They all came in on Boeing 747 Jumbo jets.
The market dried up in 2008.
There was also at least one charter flight from Switzerland to Alice Springs in 2005.
A considerable effort was made in lobbying the Howard Government (and particularly the Nationals leader John Anderson, who was Minister for Transport) during this time to upgrade Alice Springs Airport to international status but this was knocked back.
Less than $1m was sought from the Commonwealth and NT governments to facilitate this upgrading.
Meanwhile the Commonwealth is investing $5.3b in the new Western Sydney Airport (Badgerys Creek) scheduled for completion in 2026.
Go figure.

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International flights to Alice would lower fares
@ Simon Pettit (Posted March 6, 2018 at 10:04 am: The Connellan Airport at Yulara was officially opened by Chief Minister Marshall Perron on Tuesday, February 16, 1993. There was a lot of criticism directed at the NT Government by local tourism operators and other businesses based in Alice Springs.
However, when construction of Yulara was commenced more than a decade earlier, the NT Government warned Alice Springs-based tourism businesses they needed to improve their services or they would be bypassed by the new government-built tourist village near Uluru.
Less than a week after the official opening of the new airport at Yulara (the airstrip had already been operational for several years), a Condor international charter flight from Germany landed there first before coming over to Alice Springs.


International flights to Alice would lower fares
@ Ian Sharp (Posted March 5, 2018 at 3:17 pm): Thanks for your comment, Ian, but I’ve not made any suggestion that international carriers be allowed to fly on domestic air routes. There is no difficulty in this case.
Qantas, of course, is both an international and domestic carrier so this shouldn’t be a problem at any rate.
However, there are other submissions to the Senate Inquiry that have urged relaxation of regulations for cabotage within Australia.


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Alice to get first Aboriginal owned earth ground station
If I recall correctly, the Geoscience Australia Antenna commenced operation as a Landsat receiving station in 1979, so this year marks its 40th anniversary.
Our family was living at the CSIRO residence by Heath Road at the time, now the Centre for Appropriate Technology.
There was one funny occasion when my brother was wandering around in the paddock nearby the new facility, and wherever he went the antenna would swing around and point towards him.
I think he got a bit spooked by it but it was the technical officers in the adjoining demountable lab that were just having a bit of fun.


Architect of Katherine’s masterplan to be Alice council CEO
This is tremendous good news for Alice Springs. I shall put on hold my plans to move to Katherine 🙂


Car crashed into supermarket, alcohol stolen
Certainly not the first time that kind of offence has occurred at those premises!


Nationals in Canberra run Country Liberals media
Perhaps it’s splitting hairs but there were two previous Trades and Labour Councils established in Alice Springs before Warren Snowdon “founded” the Central Australian Regional TLC.
The first was in December 1976 when Miscellaneous Workers Union officials Bill Thomson, from Sydney, and Ray Rushbury (Melbourne) arrived here to establish the Alice Springs Trades and Labour Council, as an adjunct to the TLC in Darwin. This was achieved by the end of the year, and Rushbury was appointed the permanent organiser in late 1977.
In early 1977 the Alice Springs TLC shared office space with the NT ALP in Reg Harris Lane. The new NT Labor leader, Jon Isaacs, was the secretary of the MWU in Darwin – he rose to prominence during 1976 when the North Australian Railway was closed.
The first Alice Springs TLC appeared to have become defunct by the end of the decade. In January 1981 a new organiser, Ray Ciantar from Perth, was appointed to re-activate the Alice Springs TLC but with responsibility extending to Tennant Creek and other regional communities; however, this effort seems to have been even less successful than the first.
The third “founding” of the TLC in Alice Springs was by Warren Snowdon in 1985, this time called the Central Australian TLC.


Wards for Alice council, including one for town camps?
Wards for the Alice Springs Town Council are not a new idea but have never been supported by the NT Government.
There was discussion about wards in the mid-1990s, which was firmly rejected by the government.
It was also raised by candidate Steve Strike during the town council election campaign in May 1988. Like Eli Melky’s current proposal, Strike also suggested five wards, each with two aldermen; however, he didn’t overlook the rural area on that occasion over 30 years ago (the other wards suggested were for Eastside, Gillen, Braitling and the Gap Area).
The town’s municipal boundaries were expanded significantly in early 1988, incorporating the whole rural area for the first time despite widespread opposition from affected residents. The idea of a ward system was the final suggestion to differentiate the rural area from the town, after calls for a separate community government and a shire were rejected by the NT Government.
It’s interesting to note that during the operation of the original Alice Springs Progress Association from 1947 to 1960, the town was divided into wards a couple of times for choosing delegates onto the association. The wards were the (now old) Eastside, town centre (now the CBD), the south side of the town, and the Farm Area along what is now Ragonesi Road. The town’s population grew from about 2000 to over 3000 residents during this period, which was long before there was a town council.
One person who represented the south ward from 1958 onwards was Bernie Kilgariff, kickstarting what was to become an illustrious career in NT politics.
Personally I support the concept of wards; for one thing, it would substantially reduce the cost and inconvenience of town council by-elections.
With regard to increasing the number of councillors from eight to 10; well, it’s just over a decade ago the reverse occurred.
Moreover, the ASTC first started off with eight aldermen (plus the mayor) in 1971 until 1977, when the number was increased to 10.
Here we go again?


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