I can’t help thinking that the development process being followed …

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

I can’t help thinking that the development process being followed for the National Indigenous Art Gallery is misguided.
Let me first state that I firmly believe that Alice Springs is the right choice for the home of a truly national gallery.
However, as is becoming very apparent, the primary project driver is the re-vitalisation of the north end of the CBD – creating a wide base of support from the whole local community from which to build momentum around the country for a national project is currently running a very poor second. As I asked in my submission to the online survey and in comment to Alice Springs News: What is the government’s vision for the gallery itself in the context of the town culture and geography, and the desires of the local Indigenous people, other town residents, and visitors?
The News report on last week’s meeting with Michael Tennant seemed to indicate that the vision, if it has been articulated at all, is too narrow.
I’m not even confident that the re-vitalisation agenda can be fully met if the whole area around Anzac Hill is not considered. People standing on Anzac Hill may look down on one side at yet another bunch of new buildings (don’t neglect to consider what it will look like from above) where once was the greenest space in town, and on the other the great eyesore of the long-derelict fuel depot.
A broader vision is needed. At the moment Alice Springs is being driven by a narrow perspective from a thousand miles away.

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My comments on the ‘Have your Say’ public consultation process, specifically in relation to the proposed Indigenous Art Gallery:

The accompanying flyer the Iconic National Indigenous Art Gallery factsheet is totally inadequate as an information source – it is almost devoid of facts, clearly a hurried attempt by a graphic designer, with almost zero substantive content. It and the fly-through video convey the impression that the Gallery is to be plonked down on one or the other of two sites without any public airing of why these were chosen, or what the comparative benefits of these or any alternatives are.
Fundamentally, what is the vision for the Gallery itself in the context of the town culture and geography, and the desires of the local Indigenous people, other town residents, and visitors? And also how does it fit with / complement the functions of the existing Araluen Precinct? None of that is stated.
As others have said already, both proposed sites have significant disadvantages:
– Anzac Hill East is a well-established venue for a range of community and sporting events – disrupting those is clearly a disadvantage.
– Desert Park is a long way from the CBD and has an essentially different function
No information has been provided about any other sites that may have been examined, either their locations or their advantages and disadvantages.
Consider for example how Anzac Hill West could be presented:
– Procure the Hungry Jacks site and provide the owner with an alternative site.
– Procure the derelict Shell fuel depot site
– Combined site area 24,000 square metres.
– Demolish both sets of existing buildings to make space for the Indigenous Art Gallery
– Complement this area if necessary, e.g. for parking space, by procurement of the current built spaces on the northern corner of Anzac Hill Rd / Schwarz Crescent (a further 6000 square metres) and/or the Beaurepaire site and open space behind it across Schwarz Crescent (a further 26,000 square metres).
– Combined area comparable to the (apparently preferred) Anzac Hill East site.
– Offers the Stuart Highway / Telegraph Terrace a spectacular visual profile
– Removes a visual blight on the townscape in one of the most conspicuous of all Alice Springs frontages
– Close to where a significant number of Aboriginal people live (Charles Creek Camp) – could provide linkage through a treed / shaded open space across Charles Creek
– Places the Gallery right next to the CBD and on the Stuart Highway where it will have maximum tourist impact.
– No disruption to existing sporting / entertainment activities and traditions.
– Relocation costs for existing commercial operations
Special considerations:
– Sacred sites

How can there be meaningful consultation without the sharing of much more information??

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