I have been asked to clarify my statement regarding the …

Comment on Work started on national Indigenous art gallery for Alice by Hal Duell.

I have been asked to clarify my statement regarding the location of the proposed Indigenous Cultural Centre.
My statement (see below) included the following: “Or it could go in the perhaps soon to be vacated Kittle Toyota yard, that is if they decide that unchecked crime and vandalism has reached the point that they pull out of Alice.”
I made that admittedly tongue-in-cheek suggestion after reading an article in the Centralian Advocate that seemed to suggest such a possible move.
Is the Kittle Toyota yard really contemplating moving out of Alice? Not being privy to their board room meetings, I have no idea.
I hope they don’t go, but I would understand if they do. This summer’s petty crime wave in Alice is clearly over the top. Just the other afternoon I surprised one of the little germs checking out the interior of my front room by peering in the front window.
And the irony there is that he really should be in school. His take off speed was impressive, and his agility in clearing my front fence would make him as asset on any school’s track and field team.

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Work started on national Indigenous art gallery for Alice
Joking and slant references to Toyota-dreaming aside, a National Indigenous Cultural Centre is too important for all Australians, and for its potential to draw and inspire international visitors, for it to be used to revive the tired economy of a regional hub currently under its annual siege from disaffected youth.
The only rational and proper place to build such a Centre is Canberra. That’s where we have built our National Museum, National University and National Parliament.
As noted in the article, one of Mr Paech’s inspirations comes from the The National Museum of the American Indian. This is located in Washington D.C., not in a regional town in, say, South Dakota.


Work started on national Indigenous art gallery for Alice
This is a good idea. The benefits to Alice would be immense. The cultural recognition would benefit all Australians.
To the question of where to locate it, the Melanka site springs to mind. Or it could go in the perhaps soon to be vacated Kittle Toyota yard, that is if they decide that unchecked crime and vandalism has reached the point that they pull out of Alice.


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