I say build the gallery south of The Gap. If …

Comment on National gallery: Waiting for the council, says Wakefield by Zac.

I say build the gallery south of The Gap. If it’s built in town on the civic centre land, I have no doubt the town will need a multi-storey carpark to cater for additional traffic being generated by the gallery. Also, where would you relocate the council civic centre?
If the new national gallery is built south of The Gap, new businesses could also be established near the gallery and thus creating new jobs.
The associated new business areas can also double as being a alternative place for people living in Kilgariff, Ross and Ilparpa to do shopping in, easing some pressure on the existing town traffic and carparks.
Anyway, with Kilgariff growing there is no doubt additional services and shops will need to be established regardless.
I say build the gallery somewhere south of the Gap, near the mountain ranges. Build it there, not in town. No multi-storey carpark required, have the whole precinct blend with the landscape.

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Wakefield ready for fight: affirms intention to acquire oval
As per the initial plans I saw for “the preferred new rugby oval”: Establishing a new rugby oval to the south west of Bradshaw Drive, only means the need to create additional road infrastructure such as widening of the roads, creating turning lanes, car parking, establishment of new greens (which uses no doubt use a lot of water, not bore water). Anzac Oval is irrigated by bore water from under the river not the town supply.
There will also be a need to clear the scrub and ensure that the dust is kept down from prevailing winds blowing dust into neighbouring homes.
A great big fence will be needed in the short term to keep vandals from doing burnouts on the lawns.
Then there will be the ongoing need to keep the fields green, with what town water? As surely there will be no river water nearby.
I’d say leave the oval where it is. A compulsory acquisition against the wishes of the Alice Springs Town Council, rugby movement and traditional owners sounds like a communist government move.
Why not keep the oval where it is.


Government looking for private developer of seniors village
At least the village isn’t right on the edge of town in far west Larapinta in Stirling Heights.
Why one was built there seven kilometres away from the centre of Alice Springs CBD beats me. The only good thing is the place would be quiet.
At least the proposed village would be only 3.5kms to the centre of town (via Barrett Drive).
The site beside the Stuart Highway and the railway in my opinion is better off being used as a new entrance to the railway station for the Ghan with community uses.
As much as it having a more centralised feel for retirement, you’d hope that people would put up with trucks passing through at night or drunks walking past, sitting around loitering etc.
Sure, having a new train station entrance will also attract such issues but at least no ones homes will be smashed up.
I reckon the old Memo site would be a better place for a retirement centre. Close to town but not next to a four lane highway with extra traffic on it.
Either that or put it in a multi-storey form on the Melanka site or on the Todd Mall. In fact there needs to be more people living in town above shops to increase eyes on the streets.
In cities around the world you can still achieve liveable neighbourhoods without the massive crowds and where you have people living and working on site you also see less undesirables sticking around.
Multi story buildings already exist and I am not talking about the glass monster, I am talking about the Aurora Hotel. You can put cafes on the ground floor, office or commercial space on the next level, then have two to three stories of apartments above.
You can then have trees that hide the uglier extents of the buildings and complement them with shade. I used to work in urban design and I would be happy to get into a discussion with anyone interested in what could work in Alice Springs to reduce crime whilst making the town feel safer simply through the way the town is developed.
You can’t blame crime solely on certain people hanging around town running amuck and breaking things, vandalism etc, but if you don’t do anything about changing the urban feel nothing will change.


A fourth Central Australian case diagnosed
I am just wondering, it has been over two weeks now since all these cases. I am wondering if there is any news of the four people with covid-19.
Have any of them recovered yet and or been released from hospital?
[Hi, find the NT Government’s update here.]


Gunner the statesman short on facts for Centre
@ Joan Carpenter: Call the Alice Springs hospital. Ask them directly about getting checked. They should be able to have you tested.
It will be ridiculous if they can’t, they surely would be the place to look after any potential outbreaks so surely they are also the testing centre. In the morning I will call them myself.


Work on six storey accommodation complex to start in May
@ CharlieCarter: Several years ago the NTG lifted the height restrictions in Alice Springs up to eight stories high. Depending on the location of vistas.
Now with construction costs these days being quite expensive, not to mention property prices within Alice Springs town centre being expensive, the only way is up.
Otherwise you can forget having affordable multi-storey dwellings.
It’s not worth building them to just three stories without passing on the expensive building costs onto new tenants.
I am certain it was this very online newspaper for publishing the news on the new height limits. Anyway, I think going up is better than sprawling out.
This town has a shortage of rental choices at affordable prices.
I look forward to seeing this development completed.
The town needs more people living in the town centre.
New people will also mean more competitive prices and cheaper rents.
Hopefully it will also mean less crime, as most of the petty crime happens when there’s not to many people around to see it.


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