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Steve T – Are you serious or just being facetious?
The area of works do not come under DIPL control. It is council road and walkways. DIPL should not be involved and they most certainly are not the people in charge on this matter.
What has the Mayor ever done? He has achieved nothing in council. He is still struggling with the youth curfew conundrum despite it being CLP policy.

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Solar lights may go
Steve T: No argument here regarding the “abilities” of the NT Labor Government!
Just unsure what proven performance Mayor Ryan has ever demonstrated that suggests he is going to be a mover and shaker in NT Parliament.
He has consistently rejected calls for curfew. In Araluen, my money is on Robyn and – being realistic here – worst case scenario, hopefully, being a TAP/CLP Coalition Government.
Back to these lights: This is completely an Alice Springs Town Council stuff up. Not DIPL (not that DIPL are not an even more incompetent, spread sheet ticking top heavy bureaucrat run mess).
These lights stink of a relentless ideological pursuit of “green” initiatives with no consideration for logic (grid power available and existing light posts exist that could be upgraded) or aesthetics.


Solar lights may go
Over armchair experts: The recyclability, or lack there of, of solar panels is a growing global issue. Alice Springs most certainly is not equipped to deal with this waste. There is certainly an argument that low value usage of solar panels should take into account the full life cycle.
Rip them out!


Solar lights may go
Forget about DIPL consultation – this is not their turf. They have previously had their own epic fails – like the installation of the pedestrian island at the Heavitree course-way – only to quickly be removed. If ASTC are not in the loop of any NTG funded CBD revitalization then there is a serious issue there.

The lights can not be made attractive. Pull the pin now and remove them. The lights can be reused somewhere else. A close inspection of the lights indicate that they are not properly installed – if a bolt is not all the way through to the top of the nut, then the installation and structural integrity is at risk and not in compliance with the engineering. The mortar under the lights need to be removed, the bottom nuts wound down then the top nuts reinstalled. Re- mortar under the light and then cut of the bolt (threaded rod) flush or just above the top nut.

As such – lets just save the town the eyesore and remove them. Then let the ASTC advise the town the cost of this stuff up (I would guess $60K) and publicly apologise and commit to doing better consultation with constituents in the future.

Please don’t spend good money after bad!


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