Darwin gets 'vibrant' minister, not Alice: Lambley


p2351 Robyn Lambley OKLETTER TO THE EDITOR
Sir – I asked the Chief Minister in Parliament today if Alice Springs could have an Assistant Minister for a Vibrant Alice Springs CBD, similar to the one for a Vibrant Darwin CBD.
The answer was essentially no, but Mr Gunner did undertake to work with local leaders to address the problems in the Alice Springs CBD.
Many years ago former Labor Governments under Claire Martin and Paul Henderson failed to deliver on their commitment to upgrade Todd Mall.
Despite years of consultation, working parties and Government deliberations, the $5m upgrade to the Todd Mall was never delivered.
Contrary to what the Chief Minister said in Parliament today, the Todd Mall has never been fully upgraded or revitalised since it was established about 25 years ago.
I remember this period in history well. I was a Councillor on the Alice Springs Town Council.
Todd Mall is the centre of Alice Springs and a focal point for tourists and locals. It is important that our tired and empty mall and CBD be given an opportunity to become “vibrant” like the Darwin CBD.
It’s only fair that the Government looks after the Alice Springs CBD in the same way they intend to look after the Darwin CBD.
The commitment to “personally work with the Alice Springs Town Council” I extracted from the Chief Minister today in Parliament in upgrading our CBD is a major step forward and I look forward work with him to progress this initiative.
Robyn Lambley (pictured at top)
Independent Member for Araluen


  1. There are two factors that have been / are killing the Alice Mall.
    1. Building Owners are charging excessive rents.
    2. Crime.

  2. @ Baron Von Knowitall – I agree wholeheartedly!
    And Robin Lambley, you have got rocks in your head if you think we need another Mall upgrade! Shop owners either went broke or moved to other areas; and some are barely recovering from the last one!
    I think you might do better challenging Mr Gunner and his Member for Namatjira on the real issues of
    • Rock Throwing
    • The aging infrastructure that PAWA are trying to palm off to us ratepayers
    • Increasing Level of Domestic Violence!!
    Get with the real world Robin and Chansey (young, gay, black, a true-blue Territorian) along with Ms Wakefield let the hard work begin!
    You all need to roll up your sleeves and fight hard for this community!

  3. Come down from the high horse Robyn, there are those of us who recall you and your CLP mates playing politics in the child protection arena.
    You in particular and and Adam Giles cost the Department of Children and Families well over $200,000 to pay out and rid the Department of the appointment of an Ex ALP MLA when he won a position on merit with DCF.
    You all did not care that it meant less funds for the children in care. Now that you are an Independent you need to get some genuine runs on the board within the community before you start to try and play the concerned caring person which I know you can be.
    I wish you well in your endeavours because I did vote for you in the last election.


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