There will never be a cultural centre here. Just the idea …

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There will never be a cultural centre here.
Just the idea of one sparks arguing among various Aboriginal stake holders.
As for a centre that could represent the diverse art and culture of the region?
Forget it.
It’s a nice idea though, one that could be a huge drawcard for tourists.
But only in our dreams.

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Cultural museum for Alice: That’s how it could be done
Well said, Paul Parker. Alice Springs is indeed awash in petty squabbles, over who controls or gains from the information, with lack of interest in sharing.
Sharing is seen as diluting the value of ownership and holders of knowledge would rather take it the grave than let others use it.
It’s a bit like burning your car when it breaks down to make sure no one else can use it / take parts etc.
I’ve seen the last custodians of a ceremony demand a grand each to share it with the next generation.
Ultimately they didn’t get the money and now it’s gone forever.
There are certainly a few who are not like that but many are, especially the older generation.
They tell me they feel unappreciated and overlooked / disrespected by the young people, including those from their own families.
There is a massive generational gap.
Paul, descendants may well visit cultural centres elsewhere to learn what they lost.
I note that the Desert Park employed whitefella archaeologists to teach their Aboriginal staff, so they could be tour guides.


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Dumbing down Alice Springs
We all know that the NT Government is heavily mired in crippling debt.
Of course, the CDU has to be downsized and it must happen in a sensible manner.
Simply, which courses are producing real outcomes, i.e. getting students jobs?
Higher education for remote students is laudable but has failed at huge expense over many years.
How many Aboriginal teachers and nurses are there who are actually employed?
Almost none.
There are many courses that lead to almost zero employment outcomes.
Art courses in the Correctional Centre is one of them and this must be discontinued.
Music was abolished some time ago but somehow art survived.
The NT can no longer pay for recreational courses.
The NT Government and CDU do have to slash costs but should maintain the courses and staff that are producing real employment outcomes.
The rest do have to go and the sooner the better. We are broke.


Mating odour to catch feral cats
Cats roam and I wonder how many much-loved pet cats have ended up on this rural property.
Cats should always be trapped and taken to the local shelter.
Shelter staff and volunteers will then check for a microchip to see if there is a registered owner and advertise online to try to re-home. They are dealt with humanely at all times.


Back to the future with Warren Snowdon
@ Frank Baarda: The helium is a byproduct of Central Petroleum’s (ASX CTP) Mt Kitty petroleum system to the far west of Alice Springs near the Kintore community.
The Suprise 1 well at Mt Kitty pumped oil for more than a year that was transported in tankers. Little has been reported by the company on the commercial possibilities of the helium.


End of search for Monika Billen
My drone flying friends say that not finding Monika is a disgrace.
Forget the old tech ground searches.
Fly the latest high tech drones equipped with high-resolution cameras or video and analyse the results.
She would have been found on day two after being reported missing.
After an initial cost of perhaps $100,000 the drone system would pay for itself within a year and the tourist industry would be better off.


The financial crisis in the Northern Territory
James, I suspect that remote community infrastructure does add to the NT’s revenue stream, as it always has. Case in point (admittedly dated):
Federal grant of $500,000 for remote preschool.
NT admin tax $250,000.
Old asbestos clad science block sent to the community (instead of dumping it}.
Over the next three months, Alice Springs tradies renovate the building.
There is no money left for painting so that becomes a school expense.
Darwin designed building has no security so is broken into and trashed, then closed for six months as the school tries to get it repaired.
So the NT Government gets a windfall profit, Alice Springs businesses do well and the community gets a high maintenance asbestos building.


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