I am again pointing to the extreme short sighted planning, …

Comment on Cart before the horse by Trevor Shiell.

I am again pointing to the extreme short sighted planning, money shortage or no money shortage.
We are at the centre of a unique set of infrastructure but fail to either realise or capitalise on it or both.
We are at the centre of at least three major cross country highways. North South, East West, with the advent of the Outback Way, and now North West (Tanami from the growing food bowl in the Ord to the markets in the South East).
The Brisbane to Perth route via the Outback Way is very competitive with the conventional route so we have a major interstate traffic hub right on our doorstep.
Then add in the rail link and an international airport and no where else in the country can match that.
Bring in the Outback Way as alternative entry into Alice via Altunga and you have an alternative for heavy transport going to Perth rather than through the current CBD and a new tourist province from the east.
Then add in the fast approaching avalanche of electric vehicles including trucks (Tesla has now on the market electric transport vehicles with a range of up to 800 km and cost savings of around 30 cents per km).
We will once again be caught flat footed, money or no money, and this makes the development of Brewer where the electricity is sourced so obvious as the base for a new commercial hub.
Several major infrastructure projects including interstate airports have been funded by overseas superannuation funds, but not here when we have billions secreted away but out of touch, as our planning is all too frequently.

Recent Comments by Trevor Shiell

A touch of light: crows
Have had some magnificent conversations with them here but none better than conversations with the late Tommy Burrows and the crows that frequented his chook yard.
This is the stuff of legends!!
They almost ate with him at his breakfast table, and set his menu.

CLP would build gallery at Desert Park, not Anzac precinct
It should be at Desert Knowledge and used as a training ground for the students at Yirara College in management of their own cultural heritage and as a positive display of Indigenous education art and culture.
It should a major component of a brand new tourism precinct between The Gap and the airport with the new visitors centre, with plenty of parking and a bush foods orchard plus community facilities at the sadly under-utilised Transport Hall of Fame.
Townsville has a mining centre of excellence.
We have a great mineral museum at ASRI. Why not here?
Can anyone really proclaim the success of the dinosaur museum or why two major banks moved out from that area?
This would release the CBD to do what it does so well – accomodation and retail.
Again we have failed to cherry pick the best of what is happening elsewhere.
The other side of Longreach there is a long display of old time machinery right along the major highway which together with the Old Ghan engine, and first semi where many tourists stop now, would make a magnificent entry to a brand new tourism precinct.

Gas fuelled reconstruction for the Territory
One wonders which rock some people live on.
The Permian Basin under Texas has more gas than the world needs for years with more in train.
Prices are low.
The East Coast may be short of gas in a market constrained in part by manipulation by our largest investment bank to jack up prices for them.
The Connor plan of 40 years ago was the answer with a nation wide network of pipelines.
On the other hand, the Feds have just released their National Hydrogen Strategy and the shortest and most cost effective way to get gas east from the NW shelf is to Brewer and Tennant creek – a fact not unnoticed by the said bank. Hence their investment.
But the shortsighted approach so common here has prevailed again in a lack of long term vision.
We don’t need Beetaloo. In the meantime the Feds have just put out their National Hydrogen Strategy. The first to jump on this was Queensland and Real Energy (ASX RLE) which is in the process of establishing Pure Hydrogen Corporation, in Queensland, of course, which will power 240,000 vehicles for a year with no pollution! We could have had that here but again the government had blinkers and fumes in their eyes.
A similar thing is happening South of Adelaide (hydrogen) based on the quality of their sunlight(?).
We never invited them to come here, but our biggest asset is our sunlight. Additionally we have two high production and lucrative helium wells close by here and feeling very neglected, as the rest of Alice Springs constantly does.

Wakefield ready for fight: affirms intention to acquire oval
Did the Dinasaur museum do anything to enliven that end of the mall? Figures on entry? (Todd Tavern does better.) It too should have been at the Geological museum at AZRI in conjunction with the cultural centre across the road at Yirara, involving the students, and a new contemporary visitors’ centre at the Transport Hall of Fame, as in Katherine and as apart of a brand new tourism precinct between the gap and the airport, leaving the current CBD as a historical display site – what’s left of it!.
Pitchi Richi site? Shameful in spite of the best interests of some locals.
Townsville has a mining centre of excellence,like we should have at at the Minerals display at ASRI. It’s almost like we are ashamed of our unique geology.
Qld has a solar highway Brisbane to Cairns. What have we got on our approaches? City type metropolitan houses so Southern tourists can feel at home.
How long will it be before Governments realise that the economic future of the town lies South of the gap in spite of the vested interests protecting their backsides North of the gap. The number of vehicles moving in that direction daily should surely tell them something.

Lucky the Town Council isn’t in the forestry business
Forget the ombudsman. He has moved to Darwin just like the Jacana lady and the PAWA person.
If you want to contact them breed some messenger pigeons and wait to be contacted within the next few working days. Or weeks. We really don’t matter to them and what was once the Berrimah line had morphed into the great wall of Katherine.

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