Money for the Tanami is good news. That is the …

Comment on Half a billion dollars for NT roads: Scullion by Trevor Shiell.

Money for the Tanami is good news.
That is the shortest distance from the food bowl to the Eastern markets and begs the question of why has it not been recognised that we are at the intersection of three major cross country highways, a national rail link and an International airport and created a National transport hub at Brewer to capitalise on it.
Now add in the rapid advance of electric vehicles and electric trucks are going to revolutionise the transport industry here.
Tesla have an electric truck on the market with a range of 500 km and huge cost savings over diesel with other trucking companies close behind.
In addition the Halls Creek people are planning a transport hub in Kalgoorlie to cater for the same hub market.
Once more we will be caught napping, as with the cultural centre.
It’s no coincidence that Coober Pedy is installing massive solar and wind generation.

Recent Comments by Trevor Shiell

A touch of light: termite alates
I have never understood why the active ingredient in native pine has not been isolated and used to protect our timber houses.
Much better than CCA treatment from all points of view and why CCA vineyard training fences are now strictly controlled.
Most people don’t take the trouble to find out what the “A” in CCA stands for arsenic. This is of course, also why the original telegraph line used native pine poles.
What is it in native pine that repels termites? No one ever bothered to ask and this could have been a significant project economically for this town where termites are a real problem.
The significance of this has never been seen by the science or political community.
One would have thought that in the common good of he community the task of using this common observation to our advantage would have been instantly assigned to DKA or CSIRO to investigate and applied for the common good.
This is just another example of political thought, common sense observation, scientific training, and political ignorance are often mutually exclusive, and why I built my deck with Cyprus pine.

COVID-19 testing in Alice: It’s a secret
Is the detention centre at Ross River still unfit for purpose?

Work on six storey accommodation complex to start in May
I’m sure that visitors will flock here to gaze in admiration on a six story residential building just as they flock to Anzac Hill to gaze in awe on the monstrosity that serves as a Supreme Court building.
What a great reminder of our unique history!
Perhaps long term planning people should spend some time on Anzac Hill and listen to some of the comments when I point out the few remaining buildings in town that represent our history and cultural heritage.
You won’t need a calculator to count them. Yet in other centres they are the driving force behind tourism.
In the meantime the Red Hot arts centre with so much value to the community and informing visitors of what they can get involved in here, languishes in the back blocks.
It should be where the visitors centre currently is and the visitors centre should be at the Transport Hall of Fame with a feeder road from the Welcome Rock.
Where is our icon? Perhaps we have an iconic drain. Perhaps a giant figure of our early people who started the ball rolling up here-an Afghan cameleer or the Aileron style proud indigenous man or both.
We certainly can do better than a six story residential complex.
There is no provision here for people who want to build individually styled eco villages or communal eco villages as has happened in Adelaide at Christies Close in the heart of Adelaide.
For those who base their decisions on yield per square metre, as so often happens here, land values around Christies Close in the heart of Adelaide actually rose post the development.
It should have happened here.

CBD revitalisation no show all council’s fault?
How many more revitalisations of the mall do we need to demonstrate that the mall is no longer the major economic driver for the town? Just stop to monitor the traffic flowing South through the gap at peak hours to realise that so much employment is generated South of the gap that this is where the future of the town lies, irrespective of the real estate vested interests.
No one seems to ask why 2 major banks have relocated from the Northern end of the Mall and one could hardly claim that the Megafauna feature is drawing huge crowds there as it has in Winton and elsewhere. Did anyone really look at Winton and how it works before they rushed in? It should have been a part of a new cluster of tourism-related attractions South of the Gap ,including an interactive tourist interception (visitor center) at the Transport Hall of fame – a wonderful feature but grossly under-utilised, a cultural centre, not at Anzac , but at Yirara where the students can demonstrate their own culture , including bush tucker propagation as an emerging industry, a mega fauna display at the Minerals Museum at ASRI, and a display of innovative practices and research relevant to Arid Zone housing and solar technology at Desert Knowledge.
A university research group from Interstate recently won world wide acclaim for building such a facility in Dubai. One has again to wonder why it didn’t happen here. A recent speech by the Indian Ambassador (Mr Goundar) on India’s needs shows again the extent of the missed opportunities here because of closed mind planning and thinking. And short term walking tracks?? Where are they???

Gunner says fresh talks about gallery at Anzac Hill precinct
The megafauna exhibition was supposed to attract business to that end of the mall but it does not seem to be doing that.
Watching people emerge from the mall heading in that direction it appears that most head towards the post office.
I doubt that any other facility in that direction will improve that as people do not like to re trace their steps and revisit things that they have visited to get there.
This appears to be the case also with Ross River. Who enjoys the long drive back as much as the drive out? The removal of two major banks at that end of the mall must be telling us something surely, along the same lines.
The obvious place in line with the wishes of the TOs is in conjunction with Yirara College where the students could be involved in both the display of their own cultures and also the management skills needed to perpetuate it, as well as displaying the positive aspects of Indigenous education. Is there some other aspect not being shown in public – real estate values perhaps, involving non related entities?

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