Further to my comments on this and other articles concerning …

Comment on A good spot for the art gallery? by Hal Duell.

Further to my comments on this and other articles concerning the issue of Anzac Oval as a site for the proposed Cultural Centre, let me repeat my objection to the choice of Anzac Oval for this project.
The entire site is of historic and cultural significance to Alice Springs and deserves to be kept as it is. Why build over an area that is currently used and loved by all Alice’s residents in order to build a massively expensive Cultural Centre that will cost the earth not only to build, but to maintain.
There are other sites. Let’s hope the government listens to the people and chooses one of them. I suggest there will be resentment rippling through the town if they heavy-handedly go against what seems to be the majority opinion on this.
No one is expressing objections to building a Cultural Centre. This could change if it is pushed down our throats.

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A good spot for the art gallery?
Alex: If the asbestos is gone then I can think of no good reason to remove a sound building with local heritage significance that could easily be repurposed to provide shelter, assistance and guidance for Alice’s rampaging youth.
And the rugby codes could continue to use the historic Anzac oval.
But when did good ideas ever sway a government determined to talk loud, spend big and accomplish little?


A good spot for the art gallery?
The possible fly in the ointment of using Anzac High for anything is asbestos. I have been told that the building is riddled with it, and while I do not know if that is true, given its age I think it likely.
If true, is it manageable? Again, I don’t know.


A good spot for the art gallery?
I feel so sorry for the visitors. Clearly they had not heard about our naughty children.


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Has anyone asked the descendants of Matthew Flinders what they think of the proposal to bring his remains to Australia? I hope so, as surely common courtesy would make that a first step.
Just asking …


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This is a good move from the perspective of a National Indigenous Art Gallery.
An excellent location in a capital city with ready access for national and international visitors. There’s lots to see and do in Adelaide. I predict it will be a huge success.
In contrast, let’s look at Alice. We may love it – I certainly do having lived here for forty years with no plans of leaving.
But aside from access to some unique country, what do we offer our visitors? Here’s a clue: Go into town on any day and watch the loud and aggressive drunks stumbling about making fools of themselves.
Or how about spending an hour or two in the Coles car park any night you choose? Not exactly a good look!


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To further develop the CBD without first addressing flood mitigation would be leaving the cart before the horse and a blueprint for future heartbreak.


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Domenico: Please stop misquoting me. I do not and have not suggested Anzac Day be also known as Australia Day.
“If (IF!) we want a national day to celebrate our coming of age in the crucible of war, Anzac Day amply suffices.”
No one, myself included, has suggested we meld that day into Australia Day.
You are doing your argument no favours by resorting to underhanded and misleading rhetorical tricks.


Make Oz Day a celebration of the future, not the past
Domenico: Perhaps we need to think again on what constitutes an acceptable national day, or day of unity.
We already have a designated Federation Day, but does anyone really pay much attention to it? And falling as it does on the day after the global party of New Year’s Eve makes it hard to imagine it becoming anything more than what it already is.
If we want a national day to celebrate our coming of age in the crucible of war, Anzac Day amply suffices.
My suggestion of the last Monday in January was mostly to offer a minimal alternative to January 26, which will never be accepted by many.
Following comments to my letter, I am coming around to the idea of September 1, or Wattle Day.
It is politically neutral, it is the first day of Spring, it celebrates the green and gold, and it allows for the participation of schools and school children.
Not a bad combination when celebrating the present and looking to the future.


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