I have been asked to clarify my statement regarding the …

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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Why aren’t youth detention services under correctional services instead of family affairs? Family affairs have had their shot and failed. Time for someone else to step up.


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Ntharipe Observer, Posted November 10, 2018 at 4:51 pm.
Sounds good, but then if the plan is to leave the oval alone, why not just leave it alone?


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Perhaps a bit optimistic to think the heritage minister, Lauren Moss, would act to preserve the Coles Mural when she is actively attempting to turn the arguably more heritage rich Anzac Oval into a bus parking bay for the proposed gallery.


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Is there any news on the suggested heritage listing of Anzac Oval and the old high school?
[ED – It has been lodged by Alex Nelson some time ago, Hal.]


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I’m about 50% with Steve on this one. If a candidate wins office running under a political party’s banner and accepts support from them in volunteers and funds, then I think a case can be made for them to resign and a by-election to be held.
Many voters vote for a party, and to pocket their votes and then change smacks of fraud, of “bait and switch”.
But an Independent? They made no promise to any established political entity. Why would they not be free to form this or that group? The next election will show what the electorate thinks of it.


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