How many more revitalisations of the mall do we need …

Comment on CBD revitalisation no show all council’s fault? by Trevor Shiell.

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???

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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.

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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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It’s a two-edged sword. Many years ago when I was a secondary teacher, an Indigenous boy threw a chair across the room, obviously endangering others.
I took him out of the room to point out the error of his ways. His exact response was: “You can’t touch me. I’m Aboriginal”.
On another occasion a girl was badly behaved and interfering with the learning of others.
When I talked to her she claimed that I was picking on her because of her skin colour.
I responded by saying that my own children had the same skin colour as she had (they are part Fijian). The response was yes but they are not Aboriginal.
A friend of ours, a security guard, apprehended a young Indigenous shoplifter and was threatened with legal action if he was touched.
One has to ask where these ideas that these kids have to have special treatment originate?

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How is it that Singapore once imported its water from the mainland but now gets 50% of it from recycling?
How is it that Israel (IED Technologies) has transportable desalination / purification units the size of a shipping container, chemical free and environmentally friendly, using reverse osmosis and biofilters, and is producing potable water at 57 cents per cubic metre?
They are heading for 50% of household water to come from desalinated / recycled water.
Now IED is owned by Delek group which opened the world’s largest desalination plant in Haldera in 2011.
Hutchinson Water in Hong Kong is in the same position.
Many years ago, I was a shareholder in Memtech, which developed membranes here to do the same thing. They were commandeered by the US defence and used in the Iraqi war, while we stood watching.
Now all this is being usurped by graphene and nano tube technology and clever chemistry at Monash University School of Chemistry.
Once more we have been living in the past as all this has been in the pipeline for at least eight years while, like the old Roman games, governments have been busy entertaining the people and arguing amongst themselves.

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