Hal: The really big thinking concerns the audience you are …

Comment on Cultural centre – think big! by Steve Thorne.

Hal: The really big thinking concerns the audience you are hoping to attract so that the economy and society of Alice Springs as a whole is revitalised.
While Desert Knowledge precinct is a big site, it would be out of the reach of most visitors staying in short stay accommodation in and around the town centre.
You would also be removing spin off effects for other businesses and cultural organisations in the town centre. Hobart is very different as it has population and scale to allow MONA to operate more remotely without removing social and economic energy from the city centre.
As to the design, you may have missed presentations and designs of just such a cultural centre on the Hartley Street car park with gardens, meeting place and all the rest.
This was presented publicly in 2012 by Sue Dugdale, Paul Carter and myself. Since then the ASTC and the Uniting church have attempted to obtain funding to support a further iteration of the plan.
Whatever happens, the project should be one which empowers Centralians to express themselves and showcase their creativity.
This process should be as inclusive as possible.
I hope it happens one day, as it has been talked about for a long time.

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Hal, That’s already been built. It’s in Canberra on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin. Steve.

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