Over three days in late February 2007 leading representatives of the Alice Springs community came together to discuss the revitalisation of their central business district. Expressing the view that the town’s future amenity, attractiveness and vitality depended on working together, they shared their experiences, their aspirations, and their solutions. Over those days we talked about what creates a sense of place.
We remembered connections that had been lost. We imagined reconnecting – to the past, to each other, to the river, and thus to the future. We did this by telling stories, drawing mind maps, recreating Alice Springs in our collective affections. We put our fingers on the pulse of the Red Centre, and found a vibrant, proud community eager to rebuild the town where it lives.
The four projects described in this Strategic Summary mirror what we have learned from the Alice Springs community over 18 months of formal and informal consultation. Consultation and design work on one of the projects, the Todd Mall Upgrade, will take place in 2010-11 with the physical work commencing through $5 million in the following financial year.