The look-alike mould – white, male, middle-aged, in business, likely conservative – for the Alice Springs division of the Development Consent Authority will be broken when its membership turns over in the new financial year. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
The owners of a rural residential block say its value has dropped $65,000 as a result of their neighbours getting permission to run an industrial operation. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: The huge shed used by the plumbers on the formerly rural residential land, as pictured in the valuer's report.
Development Consent Authority says no. Will Minister say yes? A new application? Photo: Former owner of the rural block Bob Kessing, at its northern end, looking into Emily Valley, 10 years ago. Report by ERWIN CHLANDA.
The topic most people at this morning's Melanka hearing wanted to talk about wasn't on the agenda of the Development Consent Authority: The eight storeys. But quite a few other points were raised by about 20 "submittors". ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Walk with ERWIN CHLANDA through the thicket of land planning, land use and government administration: You'll get to places that will make you say "what the hell," some will please you, and a few will give you a laugh. PHOTO: The new Kilgariff suburb: Almost all of stage 1A sold or under offer.
The horse had bolted: while the Town Council was mulling over the issues and deciding to send a letter to the Minister, the Development Consent Authority approved, with conditions, two proposed telecommunications towers in Araluen. Councillor Jade Kudrenko, who has been trying to represent constituents’ views opposing the siting of the towers, last night expressed her frustration with council’s slowness while the DCA’s process had rolled on. KIERAN FINNANE reports from council’s committee meetings. Other issues: buskers in the mall • water waste and savings • asbestos in confidential • McDouall Stuart statue in no-man’s land.
Pictured: Greens councillor Jade Kudrenko, here introducing the party's NT Senate candidate, Warren H Williams.
There are two very different views of a development proposal that will come before the Development Consent Authority on December 12. The applicant sees a "new, modern and fresh looking building within the CBD, adding to the sought after 'vibrancy'"; a heritage conservationist sees "a HUGE industrial shed" degrading the heritage values of the listed Railway Terrace cottages. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
Above: Architect's drawing of the shed as seen from the Stuart Highway. The heritage-listed outdoor dunny will still peak over the fence.
Cold water was poured on the idea that construction would go ahead on the Melanka site as soon as mid-year in the Town Council meeting last night.
The Centralian Advocate ran a front-age story on March 6, quoting real estate agent Doug Fraser, that the plans have been down-sized and the owners hope to start selling "off the plan" in June with building to begin soon afterwards.
Greg Buxton, council's Director of Technical Services, in response to an enquiry from Alderman Eli Melky, said if the plans have been changed by more than 10% the developers may be required to make new submissions to the Development Consent Authority (DCA).
Mr Fraser, the manager of L J Hooker, says: "The owners have had discussions with the Town Planning Authority and have received a positive response.
"Obviously the project needs to be approved by the DCA with council having their input. We would hope that council would not unduly delay the project." KIERAN FINNANE reports. PICTURED: A drawing of the complex as it was planned originally.
The Development Consent Authority will next week consider a development application from the hardware giant Bunnings planning to build a warehouse on the North Stuart Highway in Alice Springs.
Bunnings CEO Peter Davis says: "If approved, this development will create more than 110 jobs for local residents.”
A spokesman for the department says the land at the corner of Stuart Highway and Power Street is zoned Light Industry. As warehouse and showroom are permitted uses, the application does not need to be exhibited to the public.
The application deals with minor setback (alignment) and car parking issues.