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Comment on ‘Anzac Oval not for sale’: govt under pressure on gallery plans by Louise Samways.

With a Federal election looming and marginal seats in SA I cannot see such a compromised site (which actually hides the gallery) chosen by a Labor NT government being given priority over a site in SA which now has a Liberal state government.
We need to be offering a spectacular iconic Australian site like the Desert Park with ranges backdrop and wild landscape that is worthy of a National Aboriginal gallery and will attract overseas visitors and Australians to a unique experience.
That is what will attract people to Alice, including the CBD.

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‘Anzac Oval not for sale’: govt under pressure on gallery plans
The more I look at this decision the more nonsensical it seems.
The sporting grounds get an iconic landscape and the National Gallery gets stuck behind a performance stage.
What is really going on here? Has this been a predetermined decision as part of deals we are not being told about?

Recent Comments by Louise Samways

Gallery: Council did not say boo
Steve: What we are actually talking about here is property that does not belong to the government at all, ie the Aboriginal art of the whole of Australia.
The building has no purpose if Aboriginal people decide the lack of respect for their cultural values is just further exploitation and an insult they are not prepared to wear … and so boycott the building.
Since the Gunner government has such contempt for Aboriginal priorities in displaying their art and telling its story in proper cultural context in the landscape, the Council needs to take ownership of this project, harness the overwhelming support for the Aboriginal Gallery concept in Alice Springs and go direct to Canberra to fund this as a reconcilliation and Central Desert development project.
Show some leadership, stand up to any bullying or threat and take on the project!

Anzac Oval: Minister won’t rule out compulsory acquisition
Why not use the energy of the entire town’s support for the gallery instead of dividing us?
It makes far more sense to put more international accommodation in the mall which WOULD be a boon to CBD businesses, and the gallery in an iconic site which properly and respectfully celebrates the connection between Aboriginal art and culture in the landscape, giving tourists something worth the airfares to see.
Compulsory acquisition of the Plaza building to repurpose as high end accommodation may be welcomed by owners? And we would still have the Melanka site for even more accommodation.
Or are they proposing to repeat mistakes of past and put accommodation well away from the CBD?

Gallery at Anzac: Council has no position, says Deputy Mayor
This is now a bigger issue than siting of the gallery.
It is now a question of whether Council want to support a site that will forever split the town ….and remind us and the whole world that the exploitation of Aboriginal people while ignoring their cultural needs and obligations continues.
If they go ahead with the Anzac site it will be interesting to see if there is then a boycott that actually drives the kind of tourists you are after away from Alice to the galleries interstate instead.
The govt have already made it clear they are comfortable with dividing the town AND wasting tens of millions on relocation of existing assets which makes you wonder what are we not being told?
Also considering that Galleries have to have coffee and souvenir/gift shop how will this increase business in the mall?
It is the business owners in the mall that have the most to lose by a CBD location!

Gallery: Gunner sticks with ANZAC Oval
Unfortunately the suspicion that Dale Wakefield’s latest consultation process is also flawed was confirmed when I stopped to chat at her tent and was subjected to a marketing exercise by “Mark” (public servant) for the Anzac Oval site.
Dale’s comment in today’s Advocate that two out of three people she speaks to are in favour of Anzac site shows an extremely poor understanding of what a valid consultation process looks like, given her government’s public statements insisting on Anzac site.
Not many against this site would waste their time talking to her.
Dale also completely destroyed her own argument about this being good for CBD when she talked about people “going for coffee in the gallery” and argued locals would go there “once a week”.
This is not Melbourne or Sydney. The locals will never be the ones that make this viable.
We need to attract overseas and interstate visitors looking for a unique experience in a unique setting reflecting and respecting Aboriginal traditions of proper place.

Art gallery: Govt keeps major Alice lobbies in the dark
My understanding is that traditional Aboriginal Art was represented not just in rock paintings but also what I have been shown out bush, i.e. representations drawn in the sand to tell stories and for ceremony.
These are textured in a way and often a size not possible on canvas.
If this is to be a credible and authentic National Aboriginal Art Gallery I cannot see how it can be done within a building surrounded by watered lawns.
As explained to me “place” and context is critical to understanding Aboriginal culture and art. A site which allows for outdoor exhibits in the landscape will be essential.

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