Rhonda Diano oval … If you live on Eastside, you …

Comment on Alice on track for athletics by Maya.

Rhonda Diano oval … If you live on Eastside, you wouldn’t know.
It is a gem in the northern area of Braitling, where the whole community enjoys, at all hours of day, the open space, the view on the hills, the well maintained grass area, the coolness of summer evenings, the sport amenities available to “Little Athletics” and the Master Games.
Only there can dads take their kids for a run or cricket training, the area is already of Olympic size with eight lanes for the 400m, and all other track and field events.
And, as a gift to the less sport inclined, there is the pizza shop behind and plenty of sitting benches for lazy talks while dogs meet their canine friends.
In my 30 years experience in this town, this is the only park which is used happily by all with a feel of freedom and a non-discriminatory community spirit.
But Alice seems to have been hit by a disease: the need for protective enclosures!
Wherever you go there are fences, not even pretty cottage white picket fence, but high, solid steel, prohibiting, limiting.
Soon we’ll need an ID at the gate to have a run at sunset, and the rates will increase by more than 6% as fencing does not come cheap.
Please whatever the reasons, Braitling says Do Not Fence Diano Park! And remember, the Chief Minister is the MLA for Braitling.

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This nonsense is a political joke, a silent arm wrestling game between Micheal Gunner and Damien Ryan.
Now they talk of a swap: if we cannot demolish Anzac High let’s demolish the pleasant and functional civic centre and its public library.
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More demolition and nothing would be left to attract permanent residents or visitors.
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Let’s have an Aboriginal Cultural Centre with art being a strong component of it, and let Adelaide have the National Aboriginal Art Gallery on North Terrace (as already planned).
Imagine the competition with Araluen Arts Centre if a National Aboriginal Art Gallery (NAAG) opens next to it. Not a commercial gallery as some may have misunderstood, but a National Museum of Aboriginal Art with special occasional world class exhibitions.
It may ring the demise of Araluen if its annual Desert Mob, its Namatjira gallery, or the recent “Weapons for the soldiers” and the fantastically curated Papunya desert art “Tjungunutja” were to be moved to a NAAG.
We may all scream then “Save our Araluen!”
Now that Anzac Hill Oval site has been listed as Heritage by the Heritage Council NT, perhaps that the adjacent former Anzac High School could be identified as the site for the Central Australia Cultural Centre with all the attributes of being close to the CBD etc. (If only the TOs would agree to it.)

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