This story is so reminiscent of the public fight to …

Comment on Minister Lawler determined to demolish Anzac High by Domenico Pecorari.

This story is so reminiscent of the public fight to save the Alice Springs Gaol in Stuart Terrace, next to the RFDS, against a then CLP minister determined to demolish everything on the site.
Same with our Old Hartley Street School, which the council of the time wanted to demolish so as to have more car-parking!
I’d have hoped that we lived in more enlightened and culturally-aware times but, sadly, it seems not.

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Big drops in grog crime, break-ins on way down: police
I’m sorry for James T Smirk, Jack and David, who have to grab at straws such as alleged under-reporting, maligning do-gooders and rejecting the figures in favour of a tougher stance on offenders.
It would seem the statistics are stacked against you, based as they are upon the actual numbers of offenders being taken into protective custody and presentations at the hospital’s emergency department. Cold, hard facts, I’d have thought.
Is it possible that some in our community cannot accept the link between anti-social behaviour / domestic violence and unbridled access to take-away alcohol?
I agree with Watching and Maya.
Let us be glad for the progress made to date and look to how the situation may be improved for the future. Nay-sayers need not apply.


Blackout: Managers must go, says union source
What a monumental mess indeed.
Ten new gas-fired generators that cannot be relied upon to deal with fluctuations in demand; the former Ron Goodin generator not maintained to provide back-up if needed; what seems to be an undersized back-up battery system and remote management of the power system from Darwin …
The Electrical Trades Union is correct in calling for heads to roll.
An opportunity also for the Minister, Dale Wakefield, to either show courage or to reward incompetence.
Alice Springs deserves better.


Old visitors centre trashed
@ Evelyn: All around Australia, councils are taking up the challenges that our so-called “leaders” in Canberra (and at state and territory level) are either unable or unwilling to deal with. Climate change, to name but one.
Whilst it would seem that our local council has had its internal divisions and a lack of coherent leadership, I believe things are about to change.
Over the last year, AS Town Council has approved the development of a Town Plan for Alice and it has recently appointed a new CEO with the qualifications and experience to turn it into reality.
I do not have a problem with councillors having their own dreams, so long as these are incorporated into a broader vision that will improve our town’s ability to face an uncertain future.


How do NT Labor and the CLP rate on heritage?
That’s very true, Alex. There are countless articles on the contribution that heritage makes towards thriving tourist destinations.
The Alice had this in the mid-1980s, when I first came to town, with a distinctive character that I used to tell my city friends you could “carve with a knife”.
Decades of pro-business re-development and poor civic leadership has seen the town’s unique character reduced to where we are today: Little more than a service town for a much diminished local tourism industry and a declining permanent population.
Sadly, the notion of “A Town Like Alice” has been well and truly killed off.
I have come to believe that the only hope for the town’s revival is for it to re-invent itself as a centre that is successfully meeting the many and varied challenges of an uncertain future.
Such a new “identity” would not only pay homage to the the hard work and hopes of central Australia’s earliest pioneers, but has the potential to make Alice a place that people would once again want to visit and make their home.


Election 2020 salvos fired with Alice the first battleground
@ Trevor Shiell. Whilst it is true that we have many plans, what our town lacks is a comprehensive plan, the overall vision, that these more detailed plans ought to be developed from.
These individual plans often pull in opposing directions, are too narrowly focused and do not take into account a big picture of the town we want The Alice to develop into, a vision drawn up not only from an economic point of view, but also from an environmental, social and cultural perspective.
Until we do that, we will continue to chase our tail and waste time, dwindling resources and funding, as so well illustrated by the latest fiasco over the Aboriginal Art Gallery.


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