@ 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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Wards for Alice council, including one for town camps?
Wards for the Alice Springs Town Council are not a new idea but have never been supported by the NT Government.
There was discussion about wards in the mid-1990s, which was firmly rejected by the government.
It was also raised by candidate Steve Strike during the town council election campaign in May 1988. Like Eli Melky’s current proposal, Strike also suggested five wards, each with two aldermen; however, he didn’t overlook the rural area on that occasion over 30 years ago (the other wards suggested were for Eastside, Gillen, Braitling and the Gap Area).
The town’s municipal boundaries were expanded significantly in early 1988, incorporating the whole rural area for the first time despite widespread opposition from affected residents. The idea of a ward system was the final suggestion to differentiate the rural area from the town, after calls for a separate community government and a shire were rejected by the NT Government.
It’s interesting to note that during the operation of the original Alice Springs Progress Association from 1947 to 1960, the town was divided into wards a couple of times for choosing delegates onto the association. The wards were the (now old) Eastside, town centre (now the CBD), the south side of the town, and the Farm Area along what is now Ragonesi Road. The town’s population grew from about 2000 to over 3000 residents during this period, which was long before there was a town council.
One person who represented the south ward from 1958 onwards was Bernie Kilgariff, kickstarting what was to become an illustrious career in NT politics.
Personally I support the concept of wards; for one thing, it would substantially reduce the cost and inconvenience of town council by-elections.
With regard to increasing the number of councillors from eight to 10; well, it’s just over a decade ago the reverse occurred.
Moreover, the ASTC first started off with eight aldermen (plus the mayor) in 1971 until 1977, when the number was increased to 10.
Here we go again?


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Its historical value is very high, and exceeded in Central Australia only by the Alice Springs Telegraph Station, the Hermannsburg Historic Precinct, and Arltunga (which last is actually NOT heritage listed).


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