Kieran, Two of your comments grab my attention; “…the light festival, which …

Comment on Song injects life into lights on the hill by Charlie Carter.

Kieran,
Two of your comments grab my attention;

“…the light festival, which last year struggled to get past being a cultural import (from Sydney’s Vivid, at the instigation of the NT Government) dressed up in local clothing”
and
“a light show grasping for cultural relevance and created by an interstate company”

I share these concerns, and I am also concerned about the cost. The costs seem to be camouflaged by the
“Parrtjima Australia NT Major Events Co. P/L”
Which in simple terms is tax payers’s money.
Is the costing Public?
If not why not?
And none of that ‘commercial in confidence” crap either.

I doubt very much if the Arrernte people asked for this mob from interstate to come and put on a light show.

I would guess that the scenario went something like this;
Commercial firm invests a lot of dough in the technology.
Game plan is that they need a ‘sponsor’ to put on their show.
Sweet talk the NT into paying, and “dress it up in local clothing”

I wonder what would have happened if the local mob had been asked “we can put on a light show for several millions, or have the money spent on education, health, or housing?”

Of course the Govt and the Tourism Mob will cry “think of the hundreds of thousands it will bring in”
Without one shred of solid evidence.

And even if it was true, it translates as “taxpayers subsidising the accommodation places, mostly interstate owned.
I’m sure a truly local Aboriginal Cultural Festival could be done better, cheaper, and with the money staying in the Centre

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Sigh!
Nothing has changed, except that Gunner seems even more determined to piss off Central Australia;
The first problem is the government’s starting point.
“Revitalising the Mall” should be irrelevant to the site of the gallery.
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The laws of history suggest that you have bugger all chance of holding your seat at the next election.
You may as well make the most of it. Go down fighting for your town, and for a really important contribution to Indigenous Australia.


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