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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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