$2,000,000 a year for a Sydney company to provide opportunities …

Comment on How much of Parrtjima’s $2m goes out of town? by Gammon.

$2,000,000 a year for a Sydney company to provide opportunities to a very small handful of local artists selected by who? How are these artists chosen?
Meanwhile local arts organisations and artists struggle to secure very tightly contested arts grants, where all the money stays in the Territory. The festival I’m guessing pays peanuts to locals (I hear a translator was shocked at the pathetic amount she received for her work) and of course relies on volunteers. How much volunteer time is put in by the Sydney mob with the money? The curator I’m guessing receives a good amount, but fair enough we don’t have anyone here who knows anything about Indigenous culture so we need to import someone. No one capable of curating anything here either of course….
Wouldn’t it be great if the Territory Government could support NT artists and curators etc with 2 million a year instead of some mob of outsiders. Imagine if a home grown festival was supported with that many bucks, we could have an even more vibrant arts sector that engaged with the schools, tradies, local businesses and community all year building skills, infrastructure, friendships and community through the whole year.

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Seems a little bit of history missing from this piece.
This was an important place before the oval was thought of, and there are stories connected to the untyeye that once grew there and I believe remnants still last till this day.


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Steve: Anyone who has been here for a while can see the huge change in the landscape.
Areas with little or no buffle are slowly being dominated by this weed at a detriment to the biodiversity an natural beauty of these places.
It crowds out other species and grows much thicker than native grasses and leaves a huge fuel load that burns hotter.
Sure we need to take precautions to stop these wildfires but in national parks and areas that are set aside to protect the natural environment buffle needs to be severely controlled if not eradicated.


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If we care at all for our environment, biodiversity and parks we would be looking for some way to stop the spread of buffle grass and eradicate it if possible.
What was that thing I heard about a buffle seed head caterpillar from Queensland?


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