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

Comment on Cultural centre – think big! by Russell Guy.

@ 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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Cultural centre – think big!
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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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.


Greens on Pine Gap: Move towards non-aligned foreign policy
The Greens, once declared an “alternative” political party, inherited the structural social and cultural goalposts, but they keep trying to kick goals through them.
Kinselas’s, one of Sydney’s long established pubs, was recently sold through the Sunsuper-backed Australian Pub Fund for $22m.
It was purchased in 2010 for $10m, but it’s been said that it would have gone for $40m had the NSW government’s lock-out laws not been enacted.
Senator Di Natale obviously supports other supply-reduction measures, but dealing with the structural wealth of Super funds and their investment in the alcohol industry is a bit more difficult than continuing to bang the party political donation route to government corruption.
It would be nice if politicians who eschew liberal social policy when it suits them, could tackle financial regulation through institutionalised investment in the alcohol industry.


They must be joking!
@ Charlie Carter. Sense is subjective. Some people laugh when others don’t and vice versa. Cheers.


They must be joking!
From reading these comments over a number of years, there are a lot of disgruntled people who have moved to Alice Springs in recent times, who appear to want the place to conform to their aspirations.
They talk about “remote” and “communities” in the abstract.
They have no idea of Mbantua.
They want what they think life should offer, according to what they read in the glossy inserts or la dolce vita on television.
When the lights go out and it’s time to cook dinner on an open fire, what then, ye dreaming?


What the open letter didn’t say
End-of-day performances by the many local musicians, occurring in the Mall is a great idea for so many obvious reasons.
I did this numerous times in the 1980s with musos and it’s not that difficult with a small PA system.
It creates paid work and gives a sense of cultural belonging that cannot really be created by other art forms.
Music speaks all languages. We had occasional problems with intoxicated persons, but violence was extremely rare.
I urge the council to look at this again, especially where inner-city gentrification is forcing musicians out and replacing “live” entertainment with grog shanties. Goodness, people might start dancing again.


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