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

Recent Comments by Charlie Carter

Now that the Rock can’t be climbed, visiting it will cost more
What on earth is John Bell talking about? Something that did not happen in 1983?
Anangu didn’t have ownership of the land then.
If the “Charlie” referred to is me, I wasn’t in the NT then, and have never had any role in the management of the park.
Who the hell is Clyde?


Now that the Rock can’t be climbed, visiting it will cost more
Trevor: I have been a guide at Uluru Kata Tjuta NP. In answer to your specious query, may I suggest;
1. Yes, walk around the rock, slowly.
2. Walk into Walpa Gorge, then watch the sunset at Kata Tjuta (and have an evening picnic).
3. Walk the full Valley of the Winds walk.
4. Spend a few hours in the cultural centre.
5. And yes, you’d probably want to see the sunset on Uluru.


The Territory: It’s a gas!
Gas is well (pun intended) on the way to being a stranded asset.
It is not “clean”.
It will survive as an interim back up fuel for a short while.
See the analysis.


NT Government’s climate response compromised by fracking
Also, a couple of relevant points.
The fracked gas will be incredibly expensive.
It is only viable with lots of taxpayers’ subsidies.
By the time it comes on stream, if ever, it will be an unacceptable fuel source on climate change grounds.
A stranded asset (aka an enormous liability).
Business as usual for the Gunner Government offering last century responses to 21st century problems.


That’s why we all live here
It was bloody marvellous even from the backyard in Eastside.


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