Further to the choice of Bradshaw Drive as the site …

Comment on National Indigenous Cultural Centre to be ‘community-led’ by Hal Duell.

Further to the choice of Bradshaw Drive as the site for a new rugby oval: I have remembered watching a major reconfiguring of the underground water mains at the junction of Bradshaw Drive and Bloomfield Street. This work went on for at least a month, either late last year or early this year.
If this is in any way connected to the recently announced decision to use Anzac Oval for the new art gallery / cultural centre, then it does look like it fully puts paid to all that yadda yadda about public consultation.

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National Indigenous Cultural Centre to be ‘community-led’
@ Evelyne Roullet, Posted March 28, 2018 at 2:18 pm:
I think the restrictions on the use of land at the eastern end of Bradshaw Drive begin on the south side of the road. But like you, I am not certain.
@James T Smerk, Posted March 28, 2018 at 10:45 am:
I also wonder this, but Mayor Ryan has stated his preference for a new rugby venue to be built on Bradshaw Drive, and if not here, where? I guess we’ll find out someday.


National Indigenous Cultural Centre to be ‘community-led’
Bradshaw Drive? Where on Bradshaw Drive?
And then I remembered seeing the saltbush and rubbish being cleared from the triangle of land bordered by Bloomfield St., Bradshaw Dr. and the storm water drain just west of Tom Brown Roundabout. The penny dropped. Truly, this is a done deal.
And maybe not such a bad thing. Alice will get a new oval (The Gap Hotel will welcome the business I’m sure), Alice will keep a village green and … and why not drop the idea of a National Aboriginal Art Gallery and build instead a National Indigenous Cultural Centre?
Australia has lots of art galleries, and maybe South Australia can find the money to build another. Australia has, to my knowledge, no other National Indigenous Cultural Centre.


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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.
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“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.


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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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