Alex: The problem is the NT Government don’t own the …

Comment on Council: fob off, rejection, and secret moves by Local Thinker.

Alex: The problem is the NT Government don’t own the Melanka Site.
It’s privately owned (by Queensland slot machine interests I believe) and from what I gather is for sale at a very high price tag due to the current incurred and accrued cost over time it now owes its owners.

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Country Party seeks to stand candidates in all seats
CLP, 1 Territory, Palmer United and now the ACP!
All over a nine year period as a Councillor.
It would appear Cr Melky has a lot of experience jumping into and out of things??
But not overtly apparently.
It seems Cr Melky has the perfect skills set and wordspeak should he jump into NT politics and by doing so make ratepayers pay the cost of a by-election.
Thanks Cr Melky, you’ve obviously got your full focus and attention on Council business and outcomes for ratepayers.
Or perhaps not?

Back to the future with Warren Snowdon
Sorry Wazza, the privatisation of Qantas has little to do with Alice’s declining tourism industry.
The decline over many years can be directly tracked to the initial and ongoing inceasing level of development of Yalara’s now “international” capable airport.
Before the development of the Yulara international airport for larger aircraft and increased passanger capacities in the early to mid 1990s (from memory by the Perron or Stone Governments, I think, but could be wrong) tourists had to first either A) drive or B) fly into Alice first then either catch a smaller airplane or bus, or hire a car to get down to The Rock.
Now just about everyone flies over the top of Alice getting to The Rock and back home again, whether that be national or intrenational tourists.
We need to put a “cost premium” passenger tax on direct flights into and out of Yulara to incentivise more people to come through Alice … like they used to.

National Indigenous Art Gallery future in doubt: Gunner
Whats wrong with one of the two, huge, vacant NT Government owned, TC Zoned (Tourist Commercial) blocks of land behind the Casino on Stephens Road?
Great views of the Ranges and Gap, surrounded by tourist and hospitailiy venues, and walking distnace to the CBD?
.And did I mention it is NT Government owned?!

Firm ‘no’ from PM, Scullion to bailing out ‘bankrupt’ Territory
The NT Government should shut down direct flights into Ayers Rock from interstate and make Alice the transitional tourist route to as it once was, and things would instatntly return back to where they were in the late 80s and 90s.
A laid-back, busy, vibrant, ecconomically viable and safe tourist town.
The local hospitality, accomodation and tour operator / bus bussinesses would once again flourish, and the ecconomic benefits would again trickle down as they once did.
Or alternatively make tourists who fly direct into Ayers Rock from interstate pay a price / tax premium for doing so, with cheaper flights available via Alice.
The blame for the demise of Alice over the last 25 to 30 years should be laid squarely at the feet of those in their ivory towers who conjured up and approved the development of Ayers Rock Airport and direct flights into it from interstate. And on occaisions even international charters.
They should be ashamed of the results of their misconceived endeavours and machinations.
The demise of Alice is similar to the demise of many small towns worldwide which have been made redundant and able to be bypassed by new a highway or ring-road developments which take traffic and the movement of people out of them.
People would still come to the see the magnificenence of Ayers Rock, however it takes to get there.
And Alice would reap the benefits once again.

Coles Mural: Government, Heritage Council fall silent
Minister Moss basically hung her hat on the fact only one submission was recieved during the 28 day public exhibition period. That from the building owner who objected to the heritage listing proposal.
On the other hand, her NTG colleague Minister Eva Lawler totally ignored 75 objections against (versus two in support of) the proposed Albrecht Oval lights received during the same 28 day public exhibition period / process.
Go figure?
They do what suits their own agenda.

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