This gallery is a really quite a cynical exercise, it …

Comment on The gallery fiasco (continued) by Dr Ongo.

This gallery is a really quite a cynical exercise, it is paying no respect to Indigenous people or culture.
It is just trying to appropriate indigenous culture to boost the tourism industry.
Two Indigenous experts commissioned by government recommend the desert park. Senior custodians say not at Anzac Hill.
Arrernte people and community in general upset by the poor attempt at consultation.
This project as a national INDIGENOUS art gallery should be being run and promoted by Arrernte and other Indigenous peoples but instead it is being pushed by a government intent in using Indigenous peoples’ culture and history to push their own agenda.
Unless the government steps back and gives some ownership to Indigenous people it is bound to be a failure and an expensive exercise in how not to engage with Indigenous people and the broader community.

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Former gallery advisor scathing about its planners
Your right Alex, a consensus from local and national groups is needed, but it won’t happen.
The government is not even talking to the Mparntwe traditional owners, actively avoiding them.
One would think that an iconic Indigenous gallery would respect the traditional owners of the land on which it is planned.

Aboriginal gallery: rushed business case yet immediate start?
What’s the news, Edan?

Former gallery advisor scathing about its planners
Incompetent bully boys sums it up nicely.

Gallery reference group co-chairpersons announced
We will of course have to forget and avoid, ignore those custodians that have been fighting to protect sacred sites for many many years, and have clearly expressed dissatisfaction with this site and the process.

Independents now ineffective?
It seems the independents are being a lot more effective in standing up for their community than either the government or the so called opposition.

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