LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Sir – The Chief Minister and Central Australian MLAS should stop the blame game and put some real plans in place to stimulate economic and social development in Alice Springs.
I am very disappointed to see Chief Minister Adam Giles blaming local industry for the lack of economic development in Central Australia.
The Chief Minister is reported as saying local industry wants the government to pay for everything, an extraordinary slap in the face to our local builders and tradies.
The Chief Minister and the Treasurer had the same extraordinary message to Council when we met prior to Christmas.
When local councillors tried to tell him the town was suffering economically and socially and needed Government stimulus to promote private investment, we were told to wait until the election was closer and we would benefit from pork barrelling.
Adam Giles has his head in the Todd River sand and is refusing to listen to local representatives and industry leaders who have been trying to tell him that Alice Springs is hurting and needs a boost from Government.
We look to Government for vision, plans for the future and investment in community infrastructure.
Mr Giles says our economic development will be driven by the construction industry but we now have only 33 blocks up at Kilgariff and no idea when houses will be built.
I want to see the Government working with local representative groups such as the Town Council and the Chamber of Commerce to get some real plans in place for the future of Alice.
There are plenty of good ideas out there and the will to get things done from the private sector. But we need the backing of Government to get things moving.
If Mr Giles really does care about his home town he will work with Council and the wider community, stop the blame game, and give some recognition and backing to Alice Springs.
Alice Springs Town Councillor
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