@ Trevor Shiell. Whilst it is true that we have …

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@ 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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A touch of light: Aquila audax
Another great read, Mike.
As you know, I too am fortunate enough to live on the very edge of our town’s urban footprint and love seeing the kites and other large birds circling our place.
Whenever one comes very close to us, my wife and I look at each other and mimic an aunt who once visited us and exclaimed: “No birds in Australia.” Ha ha.

A touch of light: native passionfruit
Another fabulous story, Mike.
Loving them all, so please keep them coming.
There is a well-established colony of mature wild passionfruit plants along the western side of Chapman’s House at Pitchi Richi, which are thriving despite never being watered.
I have sourced some seeds and am having a go at propagating them, with my fingers crossed.
Planted in a little used part of my garden, the ants should not be a problem but will, as I think you once told me, help combat termite infestation.
Thanks again.

Solar lights may go
@ Watch Michael Moore; Renewable Wind; Michael Moore was a … et al.
For a balanced review of this controversial documentary you should read the article in The Conversation (May 7, 2020) by Ian Lowe, Emeritus Professor at the School of Science, Griffith University, in which he dissects the good, the bad and the ugly in the doco’s revelations.
By the way, why do you all hide behind pseudonyms? Show the courage of your convictions and use your real names, please.

Solar lights may go
This is only the latest fiasco of many we have seen in recent years.
With street power available, the decision to install autonomous solar units instead of additional street lights matching the existing does not make us look “green”, as may have been the intention, but stupid.
I cannot buy the explanation provided by Acting Director of Technical Services, Takudzwa Charlie, and would ask Actual Director of Technical Services, Scott Allen, for an explanation and confirmation as to exactly who made the decision to have these lights installed, and whether that decision was made with sufficient information regarding their design and appearance.
Alice is awash with poor design decisions, to the point that it is affecting our reputation as a tourism destination.
Just have a good look at the tourist information screen in front of Adelaide House as a glaring example (pun intended).
I believe that The Alice needs good design-led decision-making if it is to revive a local economy and build up an identity as a Smart City worth visiting and living in.
And yes, I agree that the eleven light poles (yes, eleven!) need to be removed, before anyone else notices the blunder.

The water is there, but our swamp is dying
A very timely story for a much undervalued part of Alice Springs, the Coolabah Swamp, which is being kept alive thanks to the hard work of Jude Prichard and her team of volunteers.
This place was where I first saw the iconic coolabah trees in 1984, shortly after first coming to Alice Springs, and it has angered me how successive Territorian and local governments have overseen its deterioration with through roads and drainage systems that have undermined the natural conditions upon which the swamp depends.
As a town, we have engineered a stormwater drainage system that works to get the water out through The Gap as quickly as possible, something that I believe is contributing to the occasional flooding of our town centre and retards the re-charge of our town basin aquifer, which is said to be at a critically low level and possibly contributing to our tree losses in summer. Time for a re-think, in my opinion, particularly as we confront inevitable climatic changes. Perhaps we should see the swamp as Nature had intended: as a relief valve for floodwaters when the Todd River rises above its banks. Perhaps we should use our drainage system as a catch-and-store mechanism that can replenish the town basin in medium downpours and retard water trying to get through The Gap in heavier storms. It is a big job, much too big for any volunteer group. It requires a cultural change in our political leadership and for them to step up to the task.

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