The Territory stops at Palmerston


A media release from Chief Minister Adam Giles today, with the heading “Infrastructure investment keeping Territory moving ahead,” names nine private projects worth nearly half a billion dollars, not a single one in Alice Springs.
“Despite the doom and gloom from Labor, the private sector is expressing its confidence in the Territory by upgrading their own infrastructure and investing in new developments,” Giles quotes himself as saying.
A $13m solar power plant at the Darwin International Airport;
A $12.5m water bottling plant at East Arm;
A $5.5m theatre refurbishment at Charles Darwin University;
A $5m retirement village at Fannie Bay;
$85m on commercial office spaces at Darwin Corporate Park; and
$1.2m on upgrades and 12 new luxury ensuited safari tents in the Maningrida area.
“There is $300 million being spent on the new Gateway Shopping Centre at Palmerston, $34 million on expansions at Casuarina Square and $30 million being spent on a new shopping complex at Bakewell that will include a Woolworths, 10 specialty shops and a petrol station.”


  1. What about the new $75m generator for Alice Springs, the new gas one the one that will need gas trucked in because we don’t have enough gas. The one in Darwin is getting costs $123m for a poulation of 190,000 people.
    We are getting seventy million for eighteen thousand people.
    Alice Springs has a new police station, and is getting a new $20m law court. New roundabout at Larapinta Drive. If you look around the town it does not need much. What Alice Springs needs is industries, the rest will follow. 80% of Alice Springs money comes from welfare. Alice Springs also needs affordable housing, the ones here are not good value.

  2. According to the ICN Gateway site, the shopping centre at Palmo is costing $108 million. $300 million? Rampant election year inflation or simply another one of Adam’s momentary lapses of accuracy? A list of the successful tenderers on this project also makes insightful reading.
    It’s just like the gas pipeline in Tennant Creek – there may be 300 jobs – IF it goes ahead, which apparently may be doubtful (check Tuesday’s Hansard) – but most of them appear to be FIFOs.
    You get that when you live behind the Mulga Curtain.

  3. The Berrimah Line that has stifled development down the track in the past been moved south but only by a few kilometres.

  4. @ Bruce: Actually, the Berrimah Line hasn’t been moved south, it’s been moved a long way north.
    The Ti Tree line has been moved north to Katherine to counter, to make it easier for the government to service the adjustment.
    Welcome to the Mulga Curtain, Alice mob.

  5. Ah, new Fredstistics (Fred the Philistine, Posted February 11, 2016 at 7:11 am). 190,000 people in Darwin, and 18,000 in Alice.
    Have you conducted your own census, Fred?

  6. When I first came here I was told the men in Darwin were idiots. I see now it is being proven – there was plenty of potential in Alice but it has been wasted, plenty of potential for the area around but that has been wasted.
    The fact that most of the Territory’s population is in Darwin is evidence in itself, and also the fact that violence related incidents in Alice have driven away many business which in turn destroys the town is also evidence.
    The pampering of some has led to this. Also the denial of the rights of local citizens both black and white to enjoy their life is also soul destroying, along with the attitude that aged and disabled are in the most part ignored and told to get out of town.
    Many disabled and aged can contribute much but are told they are worthless while visitors to this town are told they are so important that the are able to disrupt the whole town for months on end to the point that any local who pays for services are not able to get what they paid for.


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