Alex and Hal have demonstrated the power of our fauna …

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Alex and Hal have demonstrated the power of our fauna to attract both locals and tourists. In terms of our Tourist Industry, wouldn’t it make sense to focus up tight on these images, promoting to the world that we are still very much a wilderness in the NT?
It is, by far, our strongest feature. Interest in Indigenous art and culture is also strong and both need to be promoted up-close and personal, big time.
Regarding the grog and its devastating effect on Indigenous culture, this story reminds us of what we have to lose by a non-coordinated, all-of-community approach to getting things right, so that our Tourist promotion goes ‘kaching!’ We all know how dependent we are on the Tourist economy.
To those who control the image-making machine for NT Tourism, can we expect a greater focus on our wildlife? A simple thing like a wedge-tailed eagle and its antics capture the heart of tourists every time.
“Isn’t he cute?” one Swiss woman said to me this morning. Then began a discussion about the hunting methods of the eagle, road-kill, kangaroos etc. All stuff we’ve got in spades and the world is hungry for it.
It’s such a precious resource and we seem to be so unimaginatively fixated on mineral resource.

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Town still upset with Stuart statue, say researchers
I’ve not come across the term “creative arts therapist” before, but as a writer, it suggests that artists and in this case, the sculptor need therapy in order to heal, not just ourselves, but the culture within which we live.
I’ve heard of cultural amnesia, but not cultural healing, although, perhaps, this is what the Reconciliation movement has been attempting and, I guess, those in the aftermath of war, once the dust clears and what’s left is assayed.
This seems to be a definition of what is meant here.
Ironically, an “appreciation of arid landscape” noted by the analysts, came about because of the Stuart Highway and without the statue which has the “town upset”, this exhibition may not have happened.
In this paradox, difference is celebrated, but given that all difference is equal, some people don’t appear to mind. Perhaps, they have cultural amnesia or some other malaise.

Hermannsburg historic precinct gets cash injection
With thanks to the pioneering Lutheran Missionaries whose venture of faith during the 1880s was a hard slog and is well-recorded.
Their Christian concern for the Arrernte underpins our tourist industry at a time when such religious freedom as allowed their Mission Station to implement employment and educational training programs are not considered significant by a large portion of our population, including the majority of politicians.

Emirates jetliner dumps fuel on Central Australia
I believe the Galaxy is short field take off / landing as opposed to the Airbus / Boeing Emirates type which may make the comparison inequitable.
Just saying and stand correcting, but the Alice is well known as an emergency field for long-haul flights, so weight is an issue. Since the port of departure is some hours north, fuel load could still have been critical.

Outback Way to get more bitumen
There goes the neighbourhood.

NT-SA agreement hardly historic
Paul Keating, in his 1992 Redfern Speech, framed by speechwriter Don Watson, author of the somewhat dryly punitive opus, The Bush, also claimed a historic mandate, announcing success for Reconciliation “within the next decade.”
It’s in the nature of politics to claim credit for doing something, mostly spending tax revenue and living in hope that it won’t run out.
In my opinion, the “historic” issue is just a beat up or a sop.
Pass me another piece of Bicenttennial birthday cake, please.

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