“Public Art”? “Public Disgrace” I suggest. The Bunny sculpture is an …

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“Public Art”? “Public Disgrace” I suggest.
The Bunny sculpture is an entirely fitting testimony to the number of bunny planners, designers and approvers throughout the construction of the Glasshouse that elsewhere I’ve described as more suited to Berlin. Sad that in a town that once called itself a Solar City, that this building was permitted and the plans weren’t destroyed at concept stage. Sad too that in 1927 the Rev. John Flynn had a better understanding of passive and even active cooling features in his design of Adelaide House than the team of architects on this project. The Residency too, completed 1928, demonstrates with its wide eaves and extended roof line the need for shading.
By comparison, the ‘Bunny House’ may just be the biggest warren above ground with a massive air conditioning power load in this ‘Solar City’. What an inappropriate building for our town. The huge glasshouse windows on the north-south axis will ensure it becomes the most power hungry building in town. I hope it will be the first to be taken off-line and not the residential areas when there are power shortages caused in large part by the building itself. The only chance for salvation is that those windows may even (yet?) house thin-film PV arrays that seem to be appearing on the market. Then architect Mark Bell may make a bunny of us all. But even then we will be left with what many believe an inappropriate building for our town. I guess history will decide that point.

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Gallery business case far from ‘well underway’
Is everyone as confused as me? So, more consultants are needed until they serve up the desired outcome? Maybe the Minister should have said “plans for plans are well under way”.
All sounds quite a fiasco. So, fix the brief to fix the desired NT Government outcome and dress it up as consultancy. I really must be missing something. Silly me. Forgive me, please.


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That we are having this conversation of said assault by a person emerging from the court on aggravated assault charges confirms that naivety aside, that too many people do have the attitude as described by Trevor.
We witness this type of behaviour daily. It is not wholly confined to Indigenous either. Our society has encouraged a sense of entitlement and a tolerance of unsatisfactory behaviour.


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How wonderful is this! The Opera House has become such an amazing canvas for all sorts of causes.
I do hope that the space is used for inclusive and not divisive causes of City of Sydney Council and NSW Government.


Will more consultants get tourism out of the mire?
Sorry Local 1, you don’t qualify for a consultancy fee on two grounds:
1. You’re a local and may see our town up close and holistically.
2. You speak too much common sense. Cannot possibly be a bloated “consultant”.


Will more consultants get tourism out of the mire?
Oh Trevor! I lament the stupidity and endless waste of money.
Who thinks the curbing at the southern Visitor Rock looks good in photos or is even necessary?
It’s like the Coober Pedy council undertaking curbing the streets in that iconic town. Makes you cry. Then the huge waste of money building that fencing and rail / road crossing through The Gap.
You are so correct. We had the Visitor Centre in a lovely position near the taxi rank and the library. Incidentally near the oversize parking on the river. But you’re correct. Put it out at the Visitor Rock.
The government now needs to manufacture visitor attractions. It seems it needs endless committees as well.
Why bother when their recommendations get ignored anyway? Too many of the iconic old buildings have not been protected by the NT and local governments.
Our town, that bloody courthouse that towers and reigns over us all could be a CBD just about anywhere.


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