This report begins with the statement that the Kilgariff subdivision …

Comment on ‘Affordable land’ in a man-made desert by Alex Nelson.

This report begins with the statement that the Kilgariff subdivision is “the brain child of former Chief Minister Adam Giles” but in fact this development was first mooted on March 23, 2009, with the release of the “Alice Springs Planning for the Future Forum Action Plan” by the Minister for Planning, Delia Lawrie, and the Minister for Central Australia, Karl Hampton – in short, the AZRI development is a legacy of the Henderson Labor Government.
To put this in perspective, the Global Financial Crisis was no more than six months old, Damien Ryan was in his first year as Mayor of Alice Springs, and Michael Gunner was likewise in his first year as the Member for Fannie Bay.
Adam Giles was also in his first year as the Member for Braitling but, as the shadow spokesman for regional development, he wasn’t very complimentary of the Labor Government’s plans for AZRI.
Giles was quoted: “The plan points to the potential release of land at the Arid Zone Research Institute site, to the south of the town.
“The community’s preference appears to be to develop more housing north of The Gap, with the town’s southern region favoured for tourism, business and rural living.
“But because it’s government land, it appears the AZRI site has been chosen to provide a cash windfall for the NT Treasury” (Centralian Advocate, 24/3/09).
Aside from a residential land release strategy, the Alice Springs Planning for the Future Forum Action Plan also sought to “review and amend the Alice Springs Land Use Framework, and revitalise the central business district”.
So here we are just over a decade later, a few months into an economic crisis that dwarfs the GFC, and we’re still talking about revitalising the CBD of Alice Springs (not to mention Darwin) and the Gunner Labor Government has announced Stage 2 of the Kilgariff subdivision – which, on the face of it, seems to me to be very badly mistimed.

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Integrity put ‘Jak’ Ah Kit at the top
One of the best speeches I ever heard was delivered by John Ah Kit for the “Reconciling Australia” series broadcast by ABC National Radio on April 11, 1995.
I still have the cassette tape.
He was the executive director of the Jawoyn Association at the time but won a by-election for the seat of Arnhem several months later.

Aboriginal participation needed to Close the Gap: Mundine
Here is the news: “Legislative Councillor, Frank Johnson of Alice Springs, refuses to let up on his theme that “a tannery or some other industry to absorb aborigine [sic] labour is a must for the Alice Springs district.
“He has written to various parliamentarians about it, spoken about the subject in Council and made numerous statements through the press.
“Many in Alice Springs have supported the member in his cry. This week Mr Johnson aimed a new bullet at the powers that be, and it contained a new warning.
“Either the Government will establish a tannery or some other suitable industry, or they had better get busy and build bigger gaols, he stated.
“Mr Johnson means by that, that unless some suitable employment is available to the aborigines [sic] at present receiving some sort of education, then there is going to be a lot of trouble in a very short time”.
This was published under the headline “Build industry or bigger gaol at Alice Springs” in the Centralian Advocate, September 11, 1953.
What goes round comes round when there’s nothing new under the sun.

‘Major Project’ is ready to go – except for the money
Kind of ironic that the Gunner Labor Government, in its eagerness to assure a “jobs led recovery, not a cuts led recovery,” is placing so much reliance on … ahem, an open cut mine.

Deloitte to close Alice Springs office
Erwin, the top floor was actually built at the request of the ABC as the building was originally intended to be two storeys.
The NT Tourist Commission was one of the early occupants of the building, along with the Housing Commission, too.
Thanks to Cyclone Tracy, the headquarters of the Tourist Commission was relocated there from Darwin, and remained in Alice Springs at various locations until 1992.

Council resignations and surprising alliances
@ Scotty (Posted June 30, 2020 at 4:45 pm): “By the way, Willshire was not found guilty of anything” – while in turn Lindy Chamberlain was found guilty.
History shows the decisions of courts are not sacrosanct; and in both examples, the findings were (at a minimum) miscarriages of justice.

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