I came away from last night’s meeting impressed with the …

Comment on National Aboriginal Art Gallery: Anzac Oval off the table by Hal Duell.

I came away from last night’s meeting impressed with the depth of comments on this issue. Of particular note were Cr. Satour’s comments about priorities for Alice, questioning why an art gallery was taking precedence over social ills such as domestic violence and disaffected youth, and Cr Banks’ grasp of the larger legal issues involved.
I hope both councillors get a chance to serve as Deputy Mayor during the term of this Council so we and they can see how they might fit into a larger role.

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National Aboriginal Art Gallery: Anzac Oval off the table
The biggest error of the Gunner / Ryan approach to this project was to conflate a National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Gallery with selling tourist trinkets to the punters on Todd Mall.
Big mistake. Now Gunner is looking foolish, Ryan is a lame-duck mayor and the gallery will likely go to South Australia.
The only obvious winner in this schmozzle is the Centralian Advocate who managed to sell several full page advertisements spruiking the Anzac site at, I think, $4,000 a pop.
An avoidable own-goal if ever there was one.

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Not us and them. Just us, says Cr Melky.
When walking around Alice the range of humanity present is so obvious.
It makes me realise that we all come from somewhere and that there is exactly bugger-all any of us can do to change that.
But we’re all here now. So let’s just get over it and get on with it.

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Ah, Edan, as tantalising as a scoop neckline at the Saturday dance.

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Earth Creation gone. National Indigenous Art Gallery going.
It’s possible to imagine this government’s favorite cultural event would be the unveiling of a new season’s lawnmowers.

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It could be argued that Central Australia already has its own government. I refer to the Central Land Council. It’s not so much what they do as it is how they regulate what others do.
And then there’s the almost mythical Centre Corp, who not too many years ago managed to stonewall a Senate Inquiry, or whatever it was called.
It takes some refined legal advice to pull that off.
I wonder what the new NT ICAC will be looking at?

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Keep pushing. This is an idea whose time will come.

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