Kieran, Two of your comments grab my attention; “…the light festival, which …

Comment on Song injects life into lights on the hill by Charlie Carter.

Kieran,
Two of your comments grab my attention;

“…the light festival, which last year struggled to get past being a cultural import (from Sydney’s Vivid, at the instigation of the NT Government) dressed up in local clothing”
and
“a light show grasping for cultural relevance and created by an interstate company”

I share these concerns, and I am also concerned about the cost. The costs seem to be camouflaged by the
“Parrtjima Australia NT Major Events Co. P/L”
Which in simple terms is tax payers’s money.
Is the costing Public?
If not why not?
And none of that ‘commercial in confidence” crap either.

I doubt very much if the Arrernte people asked for this mob from interstate to come and put on a light show.

I would guess that the scenario went something like this;
Commercial firm invests a lot of dough in the technology.
Game plan is that they need a ‘sponsor’ to put on their show.
Sweet talk the NT into paying, and “dress it up in local clothing”

I wonder what would have happened if the local mob had been asked “we can put on a light show for several millions, or have the money spent on education, health, or housing?”

Of course the Govt and the Tourism Mob will cry “think of the hundreds of thousands it will bring in”
Without one shred of solid evidence.

And even if it was true, it translates as “taxpayers subsidising the accommodation places, mostly interstate owned.
I’m sure a truly local Aboriginal Cultural Festival could be done better, cheaper, and with the money staying in the Centre

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I have a query that Mr Lynch may be able to help with.
“Locations” in the report has 3 headings:
• Recommended (Desert Park).
• NTG preferred (Anzac, 3 versions).
• Sites not recommended (incl Desert Knowledge).
Does “not recommended” mean by the panel or by the NTG, or both?
It seems to me that many of the arguments for the DP could also apply to DK.


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“Political satire became obsolete when Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel peace prize in 1973.”
So said Tom Lehrer, the most brilliant song satirist ever recorded.
For the young and deprived you can check him out on YouTube.
Happy 90th birthday Tom.
The Gunner gunna Government Gallery has now become two thought bubbles.
To paraphrase the Onion Eater: Satire (in the NT) is dead, cremated, pulverised and buried.


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Fine words.
“Indigenous governance and agency at the core” and “built according to Indigenous cultural principles” comprehensively rules out the Anzac precinct if they are taken at face value.
And “Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will be at the forefront of this project, guiding, advising and facilitating this history changing moment”.
Do you understand these fine words Moss and Gunner?
Or are we in for more cognitive dissonance from a Government with its hands firmly over its ears.


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Hal, David Ross started working at CLC in 1979.
He has been Director/CEO for 20 years.
I am not sure of his exact age, but it would seem that he is due for retirement.
Giles’ leadership and management abilities are on record for all to see with his brilliant success as Chief Minister of the NT.


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Mr Stubbin is no doubt from Darwin.
Perhaps no one has told him that we do not have a “rainy season” in the Centre?


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