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@ Russell Guy, Posted January 13, 2016 at 11:26am.
Thanks for the input.
If we are looking at a local / regional cultural centre as opposed to a national one, then I still suggest the city carpark between Hartley St and Todd Mall is not the place for it. I would much prefer to see the middle section opened up as a continuation of the mall, as stated in my article.
And what part will Araluen play in any new development? Don’t we already have a local / regional centre right there? Perhaps it would make more sense to work with what we have, especially as any new development will cost big bucks, and this year the Feds didn’t even include the NT in their distribution of trees.
The Melanka site? Is that still even possible? I agree that it could adequately house a regional centre, but is it available?
My understanding is that this area is privately owned and will eventually be developed as the Melanka Towers.
I do, however, note that we have been around that particular block more than a few times in recent years, so far with no result.

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@ Steve and Fred: If it’s already been built then I guess all the recent yadda yadda about a new national centre here in Alice is just that, yadda yadda.


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@ Steve Thorne,Posted January 11, 2016 at 8:35 am
In reply to two points made in your comment, it’s Desert Park, not Desert Knowledge, that I suggest would be a better venue. I am sure buses would be scheduled to take those staying in budget accommodation.
And you say: “Whatever happens, the project should be one which empowers Centralians to express themselves and showcase their creativity.”
This is exactly my point about jettisoning the national in favor of the regional. A truly national centre would be showcasing the national indigenous storyline, as opposed to allowing Centralians to express themselves.
So I ask this: If big-buck funding is needed to get this cultural centre up and running, will it be founded to allow Centralians to express themselves, or will it be founded to tell a national story?


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Mr Gunner would do well to remember that the last NT Chief Minister to lose control of the streets in Alice was Martin, and the Intervention followed. Turnbull might have a smoother smile, but he is cast in the same mold.
And Where’s Warren will again wring his hands and cry shame, but the only shame is that he is still there. Go Jacinta! I don’t know if you will be any more effective, but remember this: You cannot do worse.
Also, consider this: There has recently been a national Angst over all the kids in detention in the NT being Indigenous, but then think how many priors each of those kids had to have had before they finally earned detention.
CM Gunner’s answer to the collapse of Alice seems to be to ignore the clearly stated preference of the majority regarding the art gallery and to work with them, but to instead indulge in a swinging big-dick moment. He wants to get real while there is still an Alice to get real over.
And the TOs and their families and friends? To be honest, I think they are scared of their own children. Or perhaps they are scared of each other.
Either way, they sure as hell aren’t doing anything.


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Over a two week period it conducted an online poll asking residents of Alice what they thought of plans to use Anzac Oval for an art gallery. The results are unambiguous: From a total of 988 votes, 32.4% said it was a good idea and 67.6% said it wasn’t.
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As an aside, do we really imagine that the cities, both large and small, will strip out their own collections to further a gallery in Alice Springs? Will the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory be sending its rare and priceless collection south to Alice? Of course they won’t.
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Well then, under the theory that where there’s smoke, there’s fire (fresh dung in the farmyard on a cold winter morning notwithstanding), it seems this issue is not going to go away. I do wonder if we’ll ever learn something.
That remains to be seen, given the beauty of Section 81(2C) quoted above. Unless I’m reading it wrong, this seems to say that disciplinary committee meetings are to be held in public unless the disciplinary committee doesn’t want them to. Now that’s a get-out-of-jail card if ever I saw one!
As often quoted in other contexts, “You can’t make this stuff up.”


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