Here is a question for all those interested in and …

Comment on Art gallery: Door slammed on Desert Park by Hal Duell.

Here is a question for all those interested in and commenting on the proposed National Indigenous Art Gallery.
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?

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Art gallery: Door slammed on Desert Park
Unless something has happened recently, ASTC still owns Anzac Oval.
I find myself wondering how long before the new government in SA announces Federal funding for an “iconic national indigenous art gallery” on the site of the old Adelaide Royal Hospital.
We in Alice still say we own this project. It’s ours by right. It would be unthinkable to built it elsewhere in Australia.
Questions: Do the aldermen in Adelaide require protective escorts on their way to and from council meetings? Are pedestrians scared to walk on North Terrace after the sun goes down? What was it the captain of the Titanic said just before encountering that iconic iceberg? Something about full speed ahead?
Changing metaphors here, but the Gunner government is beginning to resemble nothing so much as an iconic rabbit in the headlights.


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Make September 8 Australia Day, anthem in Pitjantjatjara
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 …


Adelaide’s Indigenous gallery out of the starting blocks
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!


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


Make Oz Day a celebration of the future, not the past
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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