Terry, you could equally say that as long as whitefellas …

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Terry, you could equally say that as long as whitefellas want to maintain our ‘natural’ way we will never get what we see as value for money for our spending on Aboriginal communities.

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Mayor, Deputy let council flounder
Cocking is conflicted.
He is on the DKP Board which is a paid position.
The dispute has come down to the Anzac Oval or the DKP.
Councillors must be seen to be neutral and that is not the case for Cocking.


Mparntwe custodians: Lhere Artepe does not speak for us
@ Charlie Carter: You are saddened by the lack of legal and cultural awareness by some of correspondents including myself.
This debate is not just about legal and cultural awareness.
It is also driven by self interest.
Many Aboriginal interests are now lining up behind the Desert Knowledge Precinct (DKP).
Why?
In 2018-19 the DKP received grants to the tune of about $3.3m.
Employees and consultants got about $1.6m.
Rent from leasing space in the precinct is the primary non taxpayer funded income.
The precinct is rather deserted these days and the rental income was just $169,000
These figures tell a familiar story.
The NT Government is broke and the Feds will also be cutting back on grants.
The DKP and its many mostly Aboriginal employees and consultants would be desperate to get more non grant funding, ie from rent.
The gallery would solve all their financial problems.
Do the desperate finances of the DKP help to explain the cultural inappropriateness of the Anzac location?


Mparntwe custodians: Lhere Artepe does not speak for us
@ Charlie Carter: You are saddened by the lack of legal and cultural awareness by some of your correspondents including myself.
Have you missed something else here, a missing ingredient?
When you look at the backflips and finally the big push to have the gallery at the Desert Knowledge Precinct (DKP) you may suspect another motivation.
Many of the people who are against the Anzac location and pushing for the DKP have a vested interest in the DKP.
This debate is not just about legal and cultural awareness.
It is also driven by self interest.
But is the self interest also in the interests of our town?


Art gallery row: Town Council leaderless
@ Matthew Langan: If you think the NT Labor Party are dictators consider the antics of the CLP.
They sold TIO, our iconic, profitable and very supportive insurance company.
Then they wasted the money and TIO downsized throwing hundreds out of work.
Insurance premiums went through the roof.
We actually do need the gallery, it will attract high end international tourists when they can visit again.
They stay at our best hotels eat expensive meals and spend lots of cash in our town.
Aboriginal artists need the gallery too, it will turbo charge the income of the best artists.
And the gallery does need to be located very close to the CBD, visitors will not bus out to a distant location time and time again.
Dare I say it.
Well done Dale Wakefield!
And the council is leaderless.


Mparntwe custodians: Lhere Artepe does not speak for us
@ Perrule: We already have the Strehlow Centre for secret sacred Aboriginal cultural material.
That is where the private stuff should go.
The gallery will showcase world-class Aboriginal art, almost all of which is commercial and not considered culturally sensitive.
Aboriginal art is a massive industry that sustains incomes for hundreds of Aboriginal people and is a major tourist drawcard.
Aboriginal artists will support the gallery wherever it is located and be proud if their art is on display.
Remember that the free houses and other benefits that Aboriginal people get have to be paid for and it is the responsibility of all Territorians to support business.
Time to stop the bickering and get on with building the gallery.


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