When local councillors tried to tell the Chief Minister 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, writes CHANSEYPAECH, an Alice Springs Town Councillor.
Labor's election promises for Central Australia lack incentives for economic development in remote towns, give no thought to stimulating private enterprise in those areas, and by failing to allocate sufficient money to Alice Springs itself, fall short in returning the town to the tourist destination is used to be.
This is the view of Kay Eade, CEO of the Chamber of Commerce in Alice Springs, pictured at the Greatorex election forum she moderated, with (from left) ALP candidate Rowan Foley and Independent Phil Walcott.
She says money promised for football fields in bush communities would be better spent on stimulating business: "Why do electricians drive in and out from Alice Springs to service these communities?" she says. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.