@ Ted Egan (Posted May 9, 2017 at 11:21 am): …

Comment on Experience Aboriginal culture in the heart of the CBD by Alex Nelson.

@ Ted Egan (Posted May 9, 2017 at 11:21 am): You raise an important point, Ted, about the desirability to “write down” the “unwritten” languages of indigenous peoples in the Centre; and also make an important comparison of the importance of funding the recording and teaching of local languages “as at least equivalent to the fossils”.
It’s very much worth pointing out, however, that Central Australia already has an extensively detailed and ongoing record of indigenous languages and culture stretching back well over a century thanks to the extraordinary efforts of the early German Lutheran missionaries and their descendants, especially the Albrechts and Strehlows.
The astonishingly detailed and comprehensive intellectual endeavours of the missionaries was (and remains) of world significance, and was recognised as such in the universities of mainland Europe (especially Germany) a century ago.
There is no equivalent record of such magnitude anywhere else in Australia.
This material is housed in the Strehlow Research Centre, a building which has been usurped by the Central Australian Museum due to the decisions of Darwin-centric politicians and bureaucrats who lack awareness or are disregarding of the significance of what we have in the Centre.
We have no need for a new national indigenous cultural centre in Alice Springs that will cost us multiple tens of millions of dollars at a time of economic constraint, because we already have such a facility in the Strehlow Research Centre.
It’s absurd to even contemplate a duplicate cultural centre that cannot hope to match the importance and significance of what we already have here in Alice Springs.
The Strehlow Research Centre gives us an enormous natural advantage for the long term preservation, research, awareness and promotion of Central Australia’s rich indigenous cultural heritage but there is a need for most of us locally to wake up to that fact and recognise its potential.
And, as for the Central Australian Museum that shares the space within the Strehlow Research Centre (to the detriment of both institutions), it also deserves far more consideration of its place and role in Alice Springs than is currently being planned by the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.
The decision to put fossils on display in a rented property in Todd Mall is a shabby near-sighted arrangement that has short-changed us all.

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The NT Governent-owned lease starts from the front of the main school building and extends through the rear of the campus, so it’s not as big an area as many probably assume.


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This utter debacle should mean that several heads will roll, from the Chief Minister down.
If this happened anywhere else in Australia, that is what would happen.
An absolutely disgraceful performance, and I predict it will get worse before this matter is terminated.


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While we navel-gaze at our own dire financial situation in the NT, a report just posted on the ABC News site states: “Since its recent peak in late-August, the local market has plummeted by about 12% — as investors grow increasingly concerned about an unresolved trade war, slowing global economic growth and the United States raising interest rates too quickly.
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That “we are going down as well” is us – Australia as a whole.
If recession is now on the cards, I think we can forget about assistance for the NT. The money is just not going to be there.
In my article “The forgotten lesson” I stated near the conclusion “currently both national and world circumstances appear decidedly tentative at best. We’re likely to find ourselves overtaken by events well outside of our control.”
At present it appears those events are now starting to overtake us.


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@ Fiona Walsh (Posted January 2, 2019 at 3:12 pm): Thank you, Fiona, for your most informative post.
The closure of the CSIRO in Alice Springs is, I consider, one of the most short-sighted and regrettable decisions ever made as far as Central Australia is concerned but typical of the myopia that afflicts contemporary coast-oriented bureaucracy.
Maintaining the presence of the CSIRO in the Centre would surely have been as vital in these times of worsening climatic conditions and consequent impacts on the environment as it ever has been in the past.
However, the loss of the CSIRO in Alice Springs is symptomatic, and certainly symbolic, of the lack of concern and real regard for so much of the real Australia.


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