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@ John Bell: Jedda, directed by Charles Chauvel in 1951, Australia’s first feature film shot in colour, tells a story of romantic love within a taboo tribal structure.

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Prof Gerritsen: We got it wrong from the start
Professor Gerritsen’s thoughtful speech to Rotary makes some good points, but I wonder if anyone’s listening and concerned enough to continue the debate into parliamentary action?
We are indeed in a rut with an electoral cycle dictating the window of change.
It opens and shuts every few years according to ideological whim, so the prospect of it being a place of change in these dystopian days is dubious.
It begs the question of what lies ahead.
The proponents of the Youth Club idea have not made a statement for some months, but Prof. Gerritsen’s remarks on indigenous youth social pathology should be of interest to this collective. Perhaps, they are having discussions in the social worker network.
The art gallery idea becomes less interesting as the edifice complex is revealed.
I made the point recently that a cultural centre seemed more interesting and that it should include pre-contact history.
There are enough commercial art galleries and museums around to justify Prof. Gerritsen’s suggestion that tourists won’t respond to the lure of an art gallery, especially the way it’s been rolled out in Alice.
The NT is like no other place in Australia, with the possible exception of the Kimberley.
I recently flew into Katherine from Burketown, via Borooloola after a period of working interstate.
That night, I had dinner at some kind of RSL/Sporting Club and afterwards, while waiting for a taxi, I was humbugged for “some loose change” by a smooth talking indigenous man of respectable appearance.
I gave him a few dollars and he went straight to the bar, but I reflected on the role of beggar and money without having to work for it. This complex is bigger than the edifice complex.
Slim Dusty may have brought the notion of romantic love, but so did the movie cinema, including the Drive-In.
The formal protocol of adult chauffeur as a way of teaching indigenous boys and girls the birds and the bees was still practised at Papunya in the 1980s, but when liberal grog supply, porn (a Western cultural object – does anyone remember the ‘Blue Movie’ bus that did the rounds of after-dark Alice during the 80s?) and the decline of state education (‘safe schools’, etc.), it is no wonder that miscreant behavior is a phenomenon.


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National Aboriginal gallery: Town Council’s action clear as mud
I took the Victoria Hotel tour in Goondiwindi recently, led by an eighty year old local who said that much of the old town had been knocked down by “multinationals” who didn’t care about its heritage.
“They just threw the old tin on the back of a truck and took it to the tip,” he said.
I stayed at the Victoria around 1990 as a break from the swag. It was a grand old building with a main street verandah in the Australian tradition, but fell into disrepair until a few years ago when the Council colluded with a local to bring it back.
Because of the memories, I took the tour, but the town hardly resembled the way it was 30 years ago. Kinda lost its soul. Grows cotton now for export to China mostly, where they make the clothes and ship ém back.
It’s easy to understand how multinationals and mall makers can knock heritage down, but not so easy when your own government does it.
There’s a plaque on a rock near Anzac Oval dedicated to George Wilkinson who managed Wallis Fogarty’s store in Alice in the early days.
If you look carefully, you can see lots of heritage around there.
Beats me why the NAAG can’t be build somewhere else.
The CBD is chockers as it is, whether functioning or not. This is a country town like Goondiwindi, not Las Vegas, yet.
It’s easy to lose a town’s soul, if you’re not careful.


Nanny state: Tennant alcohol restrictions for Alice?
The NT Government released a press release on September 3 announcing that it was inquiring into takeaway liquor licensing regulations in the Alice Springs region after conducting an inquiry in the Barkly.
Reducing harmful levels of alcohol consumption in the NT is not “going to send people packing”.
On the contrary, I suggest that it will increase the quality of life for everyone.
The problem is easy access to alcohol and takeaway has been the biggest culprit for decades.
There is no silver bullet: The BDR and a Floor Price are part of the goal of reducing the amount of excessive alcohol consumed and the cost to the public across many portfolios, including tourism, which suggests that a figure of 99% responsible consumers is inflated.
If 1% of the population can do so much damage, and it is a generational trauma, then the status quo needs changing.
Lulling people into complacency and allowing the alcohol industry to self-regulate while alcohol-related trauma continues is irresponsible.
A nanny state would do nothing about it.
Intervention is necessary.


SA budget allocation may put paid to Alice gallery: Higgins
@ Albert Diano: Thanks for your engagement, Albert.
I encouraged “Local Centralian” to engage with Alex Nelson’s post because Alex is making a similar point to yours.
I have made the point that nurturing and encouraging (financially) the jewels of community museums and other galleries in Alice is part of establishing a stable tourist economy, with benefits for the CBD and visitation accommodation alternatives for the growing Baby Boomer domestic market, versus the high end air fares on which the government’s proposal is based.
I suggest that more cross-engagement with thematic posting would be useful in debating the points made, with thanks to the Editor for his patronage.


Gallery: national reference group appointed
@ Local1. It’s called a thematic funding window or bucket of money in the vernacular.
In Mexico, photographic exhibitions are combined with music. How revolutionary! Should be exported to the colonies.


Gallery: national reference group appointed
“In my mind and in my car, we can’t rewind, we’ve gone too far …” (Video Killed the Radio Star – The Buggles. 1979).


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