Alice Springs Town Council and the Uniting Church say they will explore new avenues for funding the proposed meeting place and commercial development in the CBD after receiving notification the bid to secure a grant from the Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF) was unsuccessful. The $60m project was first reported by the Alice Springs News Online. Member for Lingiari Warren Snowdon (pictured) did not respond to a request for comment today.
The Territory Government, if re-elected next week, will spend as much on a third set of lights for Traeger Park as it will for the rest of the town.
Announcing election promises for Central Australia, Chief Minister Paul Henderson said in Alice Springs today it will cost $2.5m to upgrade the lights to broadcasting standard, so that AFL games such as the Indigenous All Stars can be broadcast nation-wide.
The same amount will be paid to the Town Council for the enhancement of the CBD and community parks.
PHOTO: Mr Henderson (centre) during the announcement today. He is flanked (from left) by ALP candidates Adam Findlay (Araluen), Rowan Foley (Greatorex) and Deb Rock (Braitling). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Shift dump & sewage plant from iconic Gap, says Cr Brown
The Town Council's plans for a $5m upgrade of the tip, turning it into a "regional" landfill servicing the southern half of the Territory, is showing troubling signs of putting the cart before the horse.
Funds include grants from the Federal Government ($3.5m) and the NT Government ($775,000).
All centers which would be carting rubbish to Alice Springs would be in one of the two shires south of Tennant Creek.
MacDonnell Shire CEO Diane Hood says while there are talks about a regional waste management action plan "this has not yet been discussed in any detail" and "no budget has been assigned for this purpose as it will form part of future discussions".
And Roydon Robertson, CEO of the Central Desert Shire, said when asked for a comment: “I don’t know anything about this story. I doubt its accuracy.”
Prominent councillor Steve Brown says the dump and the adjacent sewage treatment plant, run by the NT Government's Power & Water, should be moved from their present location where they are a smelling eyesore in the iconic Gap, the entrance to the tourist Mecca Alice Springs wants to be. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. [This report brings together all previous reports and updates on this subject.]
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IMAGES: Sketch of the entrance of the proposed upgraded landfill. • The dump (centre of the photo) is a blight on the beautiful Ilparpa Valley, says Cr Steve Brown.