Solar lights can be moved with ‘ease’

Town Council officers are investigating the removal of the solar lights in Hartley Street, one of the town’s main thoroughfares.


This follows uproar over their visual impact on the streetscape.


Left: The lights looking north towards Anzac Hill.


The $192,000 cost of the lights included approximately $30,000 (15%) for their installation, says council CEO Robert Jennings.


“These lights are an asset and can be re-used in other council areas requiring this type of light structure.


“The benefit of using these lights is both the clean capacity of solar energy and ease in which they can be relocated if necessary,” says Mr Jennings.


– Kieran Finnane




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  1. Interested Darwin Observer
    Posted May 26, 2020 at 4:09 pm

    Maybe they should just move the solar lights to the gym? The solar panels will provide some shade and get them out of the CBD.

    The river gym area was not well thought out. There was no need to separate the equipment by a kilometre along Barrett Drive. No one does a half work out, runs 4 minutes then does another half work out.


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  2. Watchn
    Posted May 26, 2020 at 8:46 am

    Now they are building shade structures over the river bank gym equipment. Equipment that no-one uses.

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  3. Surprised!
    Posted May 18, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    @ Betty: Well Betty, as you mentioned, it “present an attractive face”. Well all the Town Council folk who make decisions about attractive, need to visit Cowell in SA!
    It’s a beautiful spot and the council and everyone takes great pride in the place.
    They even have nice paintings in the public loos that are for sale and this works on an honour system.
    Hell, if the Alice Springs Town Council could achieve that, we’d all be over the moon.
    So ASTC, get off your high horses and measure your performance on a place like Cowell and you may regenerate some pride and respect for the council.

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  4. Zac
    Posted May 15, 2020 at 5:54 pm

    As ugly as they maybe, why not just put up with them and save the rate payers from only wasting more money from the removable and relocation of these lights.
    Next time ensure there is consultation with everyone, not just jump the gun.

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  5. Surprised!
    Posted May 15, 2020 at 11:18 am

    Well it’s early days yet, so give the newbies a chance. Robert Jennings seems to have a good head and Sabine appears to have some financial experience.
    Hopefully Mr Jennings will sort out the misfits in the council, or will they continue to outsmart him as they did with the former CEO? There is some very bad culture in the town council that goes back many many years.
    Anyway hang on for the ride ratepayers and keep paying for services that we don’t receive.

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  6. Ralph Folds
    Posted May 15, 2020 at 10:11 am

    @ Corinne. It would be refreshing to hear from Mr Jennings that they stuffed up and apologise to ratepayers and will do better in future.
    Instead, he defends the indefensible.
    On the issue of preventing ratepayers from parking outside their own houses the Council has not responded to complaints including from the Ombudsman for more than six weeks.
    Part of a reply to me from a councillor was: “Given the operational nature, I cannot involve myself in it at this point.”
    So much for councillors getting things done.
    A review of the Alice Springs Town Council is essential.
    Councillors who support a review will also get my vote.

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