Will … will … will … and more will and …

Comment on Art gallery: Door slammed on Desert Park by Evelyne Roullet.

Will … will … will … and more will and more committees and teams.
In fact this is just an idea which is based on what data?
“Will attract thousands of visitors from across the globe every year to experience the most significant art this country has ever produced.” How those figures were worked out?
“Will create hundreds of local jobs during construction and create and support hundreds of ongoing jobs once complete – it will deliver significant flow-on benefits to local business.” Figures, please: How many local jobs exactly? Builders, electricians, decorators all guaranteed not to be coming from other states?
How many full time jobs except the curator?
“An economic and social impact study of the gallery to support approaches to the Federal Government and other potential partners.” What happens if no-one shows hand? Does anyone play chess in this government?

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Art gallery: Door slammed on Desert Park
@ Hal’s question: If you personally were asked to fund, build and guarantee such an immensely important project, would you entrust it to the Northern Territory Government and the Alice Springs Town Council?
With respect due to all: “Certainly not.”
If I was starting this adventure. I will
Find out where and how I can obtain arts and artefacts and cost.
Work out and design the building that will accommodate my projection including parking spaces.
Look in Alice Springs for suitable sites big enough.
Have a survey to find out what site the residents will prefer.
Only then I will approach the Feds and others.
But I have a deep conviction that our leaders have already decided and are just pretending to ask our opinions. They have only in mind themselves and their mates.


Art gallery: Door slammed on Desert Park
Chris, the best solution to please everybody is to forget the project and leave it for Adelaide where nobody is bickering.
“It is well recognised that a National Centre for Aboriginal Arts and Culture is long overdue. The absence of a national gallery for Aboriginal Australia’s cultural and artistic heritage is a significant omission by Australian governments,” said South Australian Liberal Party leader Steven Marshall last week during the current State election campaign.
Using the momentum of the opening of the Adelaide Festival and the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, SA Liberals announced that they would be pushing for a National Aboriginal Arts and Culture Centre should they win the March election. THEY HAVE WON.
The Liberal Party’s rather belated plan is for the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site, and also includes an international school of culinary excellence.
Steven Marshall said the gallery would be of international significance and would attract visitors to Adelaide.
The proposed gallery would build on assets already established in Adelaide, including Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute and the iconic biennial Festival of Indigenous Art, Tarnanthi, led by the Art Gallery of South Australia.
South Australia has the world’s most significant collection of Aboriginal culture, held by the AGSA and the South Australian Museum, but current space allows only 5% of it to be seen by the public.
We better put ourselves into action or like the old adage says: “Which goes to the chase loses his place.”


Art gallery: Door slammed on Desert Park
I agree, Steve Strike.


Recent Comments by Evelyne Roullet

Gallery: Council did not say boo
Well said Louise and I believe that all involve in NT Government and Town Council should read the book of Kathleen Kemaree Wallace, Listen deeply.
Deep listening means to hear every dimension of the other person, both what is said as well as what is implied.
It means to hear the words and the emotions underneath them and to hear the general disposition and mood of the person: To hear all of it.
Kathleen is the senior artist for the art centre and over the last 20 years has mentored and supported other women artists and young women.
She is internationally regarded and her artworks can be found in many major Australian Collections.
Two years ago, over 100 non-Indigenous people from across Australia gathered at the Edge of the Sacred conference at White Gums at Honeymoon Gap, outside of Alice Springs, to hear Miriam Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann and others speak about the spiritual road to reconciliation with Aboriginal people.
Dr Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr (AO) is an Aboriginal elder from Nauiyu (Daly River), where she served for many years as the principal of the local Catholic primary school. She is a renowned artist, activist, writer and public speaker.
Rather than speak of treaties and politics, Miriam Rose, shared the concept of quiet meditation, an Indigenous practice that her people use to find out who they really are, their purpose, and where they are going.
Obviously none of our politicians took much notice.


Anzac Oval: Minister won’t rule out compulsory acquisition
Mr McCarthy: “People should be reminded that this is a national gallery, this is a national Indigenous art gallery, with national and international significance …” a new international hotel will be needed for the people flocking from “across the globe” to see the gallery …
How can you talk of a national Aboriginal art gallery?
You should be aware that Aborigines for cultural reasons do not want the gallery on Anzac Oval!
The cultural centre was their idea in the first place, and you should respect their culture or YOUR gallery is plain and simple bullshit (excuse my French).
A new international hotel? Where? Melanka site? Which deal have you already made with an international foreign company?
Majority of us have friends and relatives overseas; some in the arts; with the help of Facebook, Twitter etc … the words will go around that Alice Springs does not respect Aboriginal culture, have contempt for the elders and custodians and this gallery is a money making exercise for SOME!


Gallery at Anzac: Council has no position, says Deputy Mayor
Bravo Eli, my comment on gutless candidates does not apply to you. And let other councillors show true colour!


Anzac Precinct: govt declines to play ball, confusion reigns
Maybe Janet, but what about the charade, pretending to consult?
What is underlying in this? Mates having already a contract? Promises being made to big companies?
Let the government come clean on the subject.
All I know for certain that next elections, be it government or council, I will not go to the polling boots. I prefer pay the fines rather to vote for gutless candidates.
“When politicians make promises, they create a rod for their own backs. They create a moral obligation to keep them, but that obligation does not obliterate or override their prior and remaining moral obligation to act in the best interests of their constituents and the country as a whole. If a promise they have foolishly made conflicts with that moral duty, they should break their promise.”


Gallery at Anzac: Council has no position, says Deputy Mayor
Louise: My thoughts exactly from day one.
The museum in the Mall is already selling toys and books which have no relation to the site.
It is normal, money must be made like all other tourist attractions have done, with the exception of the Reptiles Center.


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