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Comment on National Indigenous Gallery advisors: ‘Release full report’ by Maya.

“Connectedness to country … room to breathe … centre of international excellence”. Are these empty words?
The Chief Minister declaration yesterday that the government preferred site is the Anzac Hill precinct is not yet in the bag. It only opens discussions with other stakeholders. So I hope.
So far, it seems to be a process that is emphasising location in response to local issues – such as revitalisation of the CBD – rather than focusing on the vision originally announced.
Here I recall the words of the CM yesterday: “A place where people, tourists, can walk from their hotels.” Immovable hotels in an immovable commercial centre
The long term development of Alice Springs is again at stake.

Recent Comments by Maya

Anzac highschool trashing no surprise
Will the Old Anzac Hill Highschool site remain open to vandalisn of this kind when the National Aboriginal Art Gallery is erected there? What measures will be taken to avoid broken glass and stolen works of art?


Business group may establish ‘federal’ prison in The Centre
What is he talking about? Who is this Major Business Group?
We are already overwhelmed with our own NT prisoners, now they want to go Federal?
ASMBG is a pie in the sky like the HUGE roundabout of Lovegrove Drive.


Booze ban sign: can they be serious?
Is there a contradiction in term when the message reads on the one hand: WELCOME and on the other one of the many restrictions the visitor will encounter, such as don’t spit on the floor, don’t swim in the waterhole, don’t drive beyond 40km/h, don’t bring any fresh food stuff, don’t drink within the 2km limits of an alcohol supplier, don’t buy your beer before 2pm, don’t overstay your tourist or working holiday visa (unless you know the Home Affairs Minister) and don’t ever try to rebuild your life in Australia or you’ll languish in Nauru, etc.
If new signage is contemplated, perhaps it could offer a smiling welcome with message such as: WELCOME TO ALICE SPRINGS, HOME TO THE NATIONAL ABORIGINAL ART GALLERY or WELCOME TO ALICE SPRINGS: YOU ARE IN ARRERNTE COUNTRY, RESPECT.


Gallery vital as starting point to our tourism paradise
Just a reminder: For the NAAG to be successful it has to be connected with the natural art and beauty of the Centralian landscape rather than the Mall or a war memorial.
Up to the pollies to listen.
So far they offer a deaf ear!


Gallery: What we need to know before we spend a cent
To whomever is the un-named consultant who gives us a cool-headed analysis of the BIG project: well said.
After all these considerations, why don’t we make it a SMALL project rather than a BIG one.
Why shouldn’t we develop a modest, personalised Centralian Aboriginal Art Gallery instead of a national one?


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