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Comment on Work started on national Indigenous art gallery for Alice by Hal Duell.

I have been asked to clarify my statement regarding the location of the proposed Indigenous Cultural Centre.
My statement (see below) included the following: “Or it could go in the perhaps soon to be vacated Kittle Toyota yard, that is if they decide that unchecked crime and vandalism has reached the point that they pull out of Alice.”
I made that admittedly tongue-in-cheek suggestion after reading an article in the Centralian Advocate that seemed to suggest such a possible move.
Is the Kittle Toyota yard really contemplating moving out of Alice? Not being privy to their board room meetings, I have no idea.
I hope they don’t go, but I would understand if they do. This summer’s petty crime wave in Alice is clearly over the top. Just the other afternoon I surprised one of the little germs checking out the interior of my front room by peering in the front window.
And the irony there is that he really should be in school. His take off speed was impressive, and his agility in clearing my front fence would make him as asset on any school’s track and field team.

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Work started on national Indigenous art gallery for Alice
Joking and slant references to Toyota-dreaming aside, a National Indigenous Cultural Centre is too important for all Australians, and for its potential to draw and inspire international visitors, for it to be used to revive the tired economy of a regional hub currently under its annual siege from disaffected youth.
The only rational and proper place to build such a Centre is Canberra. That’s where we have built our National Museum, National University and National Parliament.
As noted in the article, one of Mr Paech’s inspirations comes from the The National Museum of the American Indian. This is located in Washington D.C., not in a regional town in, say, South Dakota.


Work started on national Indigenous art gallery for Alice
This is a good idea. The benefits to Alice would be immense. The cultural recognition would benefit all Australians.
To the question of where to locate it, the Melanka site springs to mind. Or it could go in the perhaps soon to be vacated Kittle Toyota yard, that is if they decide that unchecked crime and vandalism has reached the point that they pull out of Alice.


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Miners are spreading myths, says environmentalist
@ Alex: No, I do not understand the function and funding of the CLC.
What I do understand is that after how many years their client base still lives in squalor with little or no hope for a better life.
Why else do so many continue to come to town in despair? Why else do so many residents of remote communities complain of the perceived control and nepotism?
I suspect they (the CLC) are a self licking ice cream cone. Sorry, but there you have it.


Miners are spreading myths, says environmentalist
That was a good reply, Jimmy, and thank you.
I agree with you that the mining industries need to be regulated. There has to be an end to the old practice of extracting the resource, pocketing the profits and leaving the mess for others to deal with.
But whether we like it or not, some extracting needs to take place if we are to do more than sit under a pristine tree while waiting for others to bring us a daily bowl of rice.
So extract where possible under environmentally responsible regulations and ensure any resultant mess is dealt with adequately.
And then we come to the profits. Some of these really must be left behind, and not just to swell the coffers of the regulating agencies, whether they be the NT Government or bodies like the CLC. They must, as much as is possible, be left out on the lands to deal not just with the material poverty, but with the poverty of hope, the dearth of expectations.
Only then can the extraction industries be seen to be a force for the good and be worthy of our support.


Miners are spreading myths, says environmentalist
I have only recently become aware of these claimed diamond deposits. If there really are potential diamond mines in the NT, what is the rationale for not developing them?
I suggest that those such as Ken in this thread reapply.
There has been a change of guard in the CLC, so maybe they will stop just saying no.
And the NT itself is broke and going broker.
I share Jimmy’s worries about fracking.
But diamonds? And I do question his insistence on maintaining our “pristine” environment at the expense of all development.
There’s some pretty pristine poverty going on out there as well.


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Let’s spare a thought for CM Gunner.
He is, quite simply, desperate to be seen to be part of any scheme that has a chance of getting off the ground.
In aviation terms I think that is known as flying by the seat of one’s pants. Poor t’ing.


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There’s good money to be had in naming rights.
The Huawei Uluru? Now there’s an idea.


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