I have to agree with the Joint Finke Gorge Park …

Comment on Palm Valley, Gosse Bluff to the rescue of our tourist industry? by Pip.

I have to agree with the Joint Finke Gorge Park management group: “The 4 wheel drive experience at Palm Valley is highly valued by visitors seeking adventure and solitude”.
I for one have no interest in visiting off the beaten track sites if they are turned into “must see”, tick the box, easy access destinations available to 90 percent of tourists.
High visitor numbers and immaculate roads could easily destroy the appeal of such a singular and remote hidden valley.
A parallel story is the fate of Barcelona which in the last twenty years has lost its appeal for quiet wanderings in the gothic quarter and stumbling across another architectural marvel. The Catalans have now lost their city to a constant parade of tour buses disgorging mobs of selfie stick toting tourists and endless queues to tick off attendance at the obligatory Gaudi sites.
The people of Barcelona are so sick of the intrusions that they are seeking ways to limit visitor numbers and keep their own special places a secret. Be careful what you wish for Erwin!

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Gallery business case: still no answers to the big questions
Could not agree more Kieran.
Especially in light of the latest Braitling Brief from Dale Wakefield which I received yesterday.
Not only does it talk about the National Aboriginal Art Gallery in Alice Springs as a fait accompli, it makes absurdly (in my view) unrealistic forecasts as to the money it will deliver, and fails to mention that the commissioned business case cost a quarter of a million dollars (while providing very little new information and with no reference as to the possible impact on the Araluen Arts Precinct).
Oh, and this media release notes: “In August we released the independent business case for the National Aboriginal Art Gallery, prepared by Ernst and Young”.
Independent of whose interests precisely?
Not to mention their spelling of “Mbantua”.
Include this as a phonetic guide – yes certainly, but why not use the Arrernte orthography?

Youth crisis: broken window of tolerance
Thanks Rainer for such a well considered and compassionate observation of the issues underlying youth disaffection and crime in our town. Every child needs a resourceful and caring adult, preferably family, to look out for them – every day. A starting point for this government would be to devote more energy and resources into assisting responsible kin to provide the basic needs of food and safety.

The eternal chase: songlines of the Seven Sisters
Having spent time recently at this luminary exhibition, I can affirm that Kieran’s article succeeds in a wonderfully evocative way to convey both the narrrative grandeur and troubled sexual entanglements of the Kungkarangkalpa exhibition.
An ancient cautionary tale that indeed resonates just as strongly across cultures today.

Extreme variability: local climate change right now
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Farewell, Iain Campbell
A gentle and generous man whose commitment to his sense of place and perception of the world always rang true in his paintings. The legacy of his art provides an enduring window to a particular aspect of Alice over many decades. My condolences to Mandy and family. Vale Iain.

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