Thank you, Mr Lynch, for your timely and very relevant …

Comment on Former gallery advisor scathing about its planners by Domenico Pecorari.

Thank you, Mr Lynch, for your timely and very relevant criticism.
Sadly, the Territory has never been able to do “planning” well, and the sign, advertising an art and cultural centre that has long closed, is a sad example of how badly we do “management”.
Can you imagine how we must look to the disappointed tourists that set out for the art centre, only to find a carpark?
Could anyone blame them for thinking we are an un-cultured lot?
After all, didn’t we recently let one of the most iconic Indigenous paintings of our time, Emily Kame Kngwarreye’s Earth Creation slip through our fingers?
The painting could have been the Blue Poles of the new art gallery, ensuring Alice Springs had a truly unique work, one worth the long trip to get here.
Lost for a paltry $2 million by a government that sees art purchases as an expense instead of as an investment.

Recent Comments by Domenico Pecorari

Make Oz Day a celebration of the future, not the past
@ Ted. Good point, I grant you that. If the 1st January is not suitable, then which date would you suggest?
@ Hal. Yes, I had understood your line on Anzac Day as a suggested date, but not out of malice.
I return to my basic argument, as previously stated: That an appropriate date for Australia Day needs to have historical relevance to an event of national importance, a significant event that symbolises unity and that is acceptable to the majority, including our First Australians.


Planning another plan
Before rushing in with unhelpful and uninformed comments, I urge readers to actually read the Masterplan Briefing Document prepared by Town Council, which is accessible via its website.
You may be impressed.
It is not a plan in itself, but a call for a plan, to be funded by Federal and/or the Territory governments.
The Masterplan will identify actions and projects that will improve life in our town for everyone. Pseudo Guru is on the right track, with some suggestions that, after evaluation, may be found to fit into the overall Masterplan.
We have a choice here, to either get seriously involved in the hard task ahead or stick to thinking up flippant, smart-arsed comments to post. Be useful and make a contribution instead.


Planning another plan
Whilst it is true, Erwin, that Alice has so many “plans”, they have all failed in that they are too focused and do not take into account a bigger picture which is: what kind of a town do we ultimately want for ourselves.
The ASTC plans cited by Jimmy Cocking, plus its recent Climate Action Plan, are all about what council plans to do, not what we need to do at a community level.
I too dismiss the notion that Alice is doing well and agree that solutions need to be more than bricks and mortar, but I support wholeheartedly the need for this Masterplan.
Developing a vision for our town is something that has not been tried before.
I suggest it may be our one shot at having a say in improving our situation.
No time for pessimism.
Get cracking and think of ideas that will lift The Alice out of its recent malaise.


Make Oz Day a celebration of the future, not the past
@ Jan: I agree with all that you say but I’d love to know if you have any particular date in mind.
@ Hal: I believe your suggestion of Anzac Day as Australia’s National Day would meet more public resistance than our present date which, despite what you say, is being met with growing resistance, year upon year.
Anzac Day is founded upon a specific date and marks a specific historic event; something that actually happened, not a date that happens to be convenient or practical. The 25th of April (1915) marks the first landing on the shores of Gallipoli by predominantly Australian and New Zealand troops, and signifies our country’s first major military action of the First World War. Interestingly, these troops included Maori and Indigenous Australians, even though they were not officially able to enlist.
All I have been saying is that whatever date is finally accepted for Australia Day, it needs to have historical relevance to an event of national importance, a significant event that symbolises unity and that is acceptable to the majority, including our First Australians.


Make Oz Day a celebration of the future, not the past
@ Hal: You miss my point.
It could be argued that every country celebrates its national day “with eyes on the future” but the date upon which it is celebrated by definition relates to the past, the date on which the nation was formed, was united or won its independence.
The 26th of January simply does not meet the criteria.


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