I agree with Domenico Pecorari’s statement, especially in relation to …

Comment on Custodians decline meeting with council on gallery by Hal Duell.

I agree with Domenico Pecorari’s statement, especially in relation to Mayor Ryan.
Since he first became Mayor of Alice Springs, Damien Ryan has been seen to establish and maintain a good and respectful relationship with the town’s Indigenous residents.
The question now is, will he jeopardise that relationship, and jeopardise his legacy, by going against the clearly stated wishes of what can only be seen as an unfortunately uncommon unanimity of opinion and desire clearly expressed by this group of local elders and traditional owners?
And for what? Chief Minister Gunner does not live here and is clearly working to his own agenda.
Mayor Ryan does live here and will have no excuse if he chooses to follow CM Gunner down a road of disregard and disrespect.
Everyone wants a National Indigenous Art Gallery to be built in Alice Springs. The Anzac Precinct is not the only option. If CM Gunner cannot see that then the whole project looks like foundering on the rock of his intransigent hubris.

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Massive horse deaths now a risk to humans
Are you saying, Eugene’s mate, that the dead animals should be left as a community health hazard while CLC asks for someone’s permission to heap them up for burning or for burial?
Or perhaps that’s not CLC’s job or problem, but then it never is, is it?


Massive horse deaths now a risk to humans
In a drought, especially if twinned with poor land management, stock will die. That’s one thing.
Then there’s the dead carcasses to dispose of. That’s the next thing.
Heap them up to burn or bury. That’s a no-brainer.
The CLC is acting like a rabbit caught in the headlights.


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From time to time political commentary throws up a new and apt phrase. The one I’m thinking of is “nothing burger”.
This whole art gallery shemozzle is looking more and more like a nothing burger.


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Is Michael Gunner channeling Theresa May?


Gallery: The Gunner spin goes on
The position of a National Aboriginal Art Gallery would sensibly be where tourists and visitors are, or can easily get to. That ain’t Alice.
The positioning of a National Aboriginal Cultural Centre is another matter. Here Alice should come into its own as being in the centre of Australia. All roads lead to Alice, past and present.
But there’s a problem.
For a cultural centre it is imperative that it have not just Aboriginal agency, but Aboriginal ownership. Full ownership.
And once they grasp that, governments tend to let the whole project slip over into the too-hard basket.


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