@ Fred the Hoax: It’s not for whitefellers to say …

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@ Fred the Hoax: It’s not for whitefellers to say where any proposed Aboriginal Cultural Centre “should” be built. And it’s certainly not an addendum to the Yellow Pages at the Info Centre.
Let’s face it, whitefellers stole the land and Terra Nullius is history, but the psychological scars remain.
@ Hal: The Araluen Centre is hardly an Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Whitefellers have the keys for a start. Groundhog Day is an apt metaphor for the town that as Tracker Tilmouth once said, farms blackfellas.

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Groundhog Day again.


Cultural centre – think big!
@ Hal: If you look closely as some of those questions to do with input and location mentioned in your article, not all refer to a “National” Indigenous cultural centre.
I’ve always seen it as a local / regional centre, with spaces for interstate input (the current exhibition of central Australian Aboriginal art at the Art Gallery of NSW is one example), but not just paintings – it could feature all the arts and cultural aspirations, historical, modern and beyond limitations placed upon it by Western cultural imperatives.
There is more synthesis in regional attractions, e.g., the budding aviation museums, featuring Australia’s significant contribution to flight.
Location, to reiterate from more than one source of input, has favoured the Melanka site for reasons of existing culturally-based sacred trees and CBD proximity. That part of town is significant for many reasons. Serendipity is a powerful ally.
It doesn’t have to be a behemoth, just something manageable, affordable and if a lesson to be learned from the Western Desert Art movement can be incorporated, sustainable.
It’s my hope that someone, somewhere, in Alice, Canberra and/or Darwin is interested in convening a meeting with stakeholders, feasibility study consultants and other carriages on the train out of the shunting yard towards a form and shape that is culturally appropriate for the town, in employment opportunity and therefore economically stimulating.
Thanks for your continued interest in the issue. Just my two bobs worth.


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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.


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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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