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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Gunner Government ‘droving’ away investment
They want native title holders telling pastoralists what they can and can’t do on the land that they manage and operate properties in a $1bn industry.
Or:
They want the traditional owners of the land, since time immemorial, to be empowered to have a say on the use of their land.


Massive illegal dumping will test the EPA
The cost in tip fees for processing the dumped waste pictured would be around $1000. The cost of removing the dumped waste from the environment would be three times that or more.
It is not helpful either to the environment nor to ratepayers that the council charges such high fees.
Disposal of general waste – Commercial $127.80.
Disposal of clean fill and rocks > 20cm / demolition / concrete (per ton) $127.80.
Disposal of Whitegoods – $67.20.
Disposal of large truck tyres (not mining / industrial truck tyres) $80.80.


IAD under external administration
IAD Press is nothing short of a national treasure.
It has published many uncommercial but highly valuable language resources over the decades.
Meanwhile, the teaching arm of IAD is probably defunct and cannot be resurrected.
It has lost its key trainers, its reputation and is besieged by competition.
A wild idea 1:
IAD Press be privatised by Aboriginal organisations and largely funded by Centrecorp.
Wonderful kudos for them nationally for doing this.
All local organisations use it to print their reports and many other publications.
Wild idea 2:
The IAD property be sold and the funds used to maintain the press.


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.


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