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Comment on $75m power station the wrong decision: WA experts by Charlie Carter.

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Recent Comments by Charlie Carter

Rain: Yesss!
Another 12mm yesterday. Over an inch in total. Certainly not drought breaking, but will green things up a bit.
By the way Alex, I think the Indian ocean dipole perhaps has more effect on Central Australia than El Nino, particularly with summer rain.


Rain: Yesss!
Measured 14mm in Chewings St.
Overflowed the gutters and swamped the garden.
Lovely to hear the thunder and rain.
And the petrichor!


Anzac Precinct: govt declines to play ball, confusion reigns
Erwin, at this point one has to ask “cui bono” (who benefits?)
It is hard to imagine that a Government would behave in such a pig-headed, stupid, financially irresponsible way (well, maybe not so hard).
So I have to ask, what don’t we know about their motives for this?
Surely it can’t be the nonsense of “rejuvenating the north end of the mall”.
What else is at play here?


Define gallery purpose before picking a site: Bruce Walker
Bruce Walker says the National Aboriginal Art Gallery (NAAG) should:-
• Have a singularly spectacular iconic structure; a built form that is compelling in its own right, in a unique location that unites, inspires and excites all. It needs to stand out internationally.
• Be at the heart of the inland capital (at the very centre of town physically, socially and spiritually).
I see these as a contradiction.
I cannot envisage this proposed development anywhere other than situated in the landscape of Central Australia, either north or south of The Gap.
Definitely not tucked away in the town, in the midst of the whitefella built environment.
He also says:
• Art and Culture are inseparable – they are expressions of the history and the future of Aboriginal people.
Yet he does not address the issue of the co-location of the Aboriginal Cultural Centre with the NAAG. Probably because they could not easily co-exist in the “physical centre of town”.
I agree with most of the points raised by Bruce, but his conclusion does not follow from the gist of his argument. Perhaps, as Alex Hope suggests, he also has an agenda to “revitalise the CBD”.
His comment that “the Desert Park appears to be too far out of the CBD to achieve the purpose of the investment and the centrality of Aboriginal Art and Culture to the concept of the Inland capital”
is not valid.
I suggest that the Desert Park itself is already part of the “inland capital”.


Wakefield insists on Anzac Oval, ignores majority
The first problem is the Government’s starting point.
“Revitalising the Mall” should be irrelevant to the site of the gallery.
The consultants envisaged a space, an environment, a backdrop where the gallery can be an icon, a feature in itself.
Not a bloody attempt to do something to the north end of the Mall which, by the way, can only be done by turning the Plaza inside out. Put a big verandah on the Mall side and open the shops to it.
I was originally in favour of the Melanka site, but realised that it is as short sighted as the Anzac site.
It needs guts and determination to something truly visionary, like MONA.
And Dale, it is time to speak the truth to power, and tell Gunner to get stuffed. Resign from the ministry if necessary. Stick up for Alice.
The laws of history suggest that you have bugger all chance of holding your seat at the next election.
You may as well make the most of it. Go down fighting for your town, and for a really important contribution to Indigenous Australia.


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