@ Albert Diano: Thanks for your engagement, Albert. I encouraged …

Comment on SA budget allocation may put paid to Alice gallery: Higgins by Russell Guy.

@ 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.

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SA budget allocation may put paid to Alice gallery: Higgins
@ “Local Centralian”: As one of the two tenths of proposed Art Gallery dissidents, I respectfully suggest that you’d do better debating Alex Nelson’s post at the Stagnant CBD story.

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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.

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).

Stagnant CBD; industrial land, rental shortage; houses hold
@ Trevor Shiell, posted 2nd September at 9:16pm: You are never short of ideas, although short of fellow debaters, which is a crying shame.
No one can accuse you of not having a vision for the future of Alice Springs, but built on a floodplain, the CBD is, I suspect, here to stay, even if demolished over and again and the Outback Way, a long way off as a cross-continental road for commercial traffic.
I have, for many years, often spoken with long-time residents east of the Plenty who yawn as they swallow flies.
Your imagined future at Brewer rests on a reversal of the current population ennui, perhaps, even a decline when the next Census comes in, but I look forward to your posts because they are considered and never manipulative or mercenary.
I happen to believe in history’s chief value that if you don’t know where you’ve been, you don’t know where you’re going, so I like to look back, but I’ve also seen dreams come true.
A defensive driving school is out of the box.
My hope is that the box is designed by an architect with as much vision as you possess. Vive la desert.

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