My comments on the ‘Have your Say’ public consultation process, …

Comment on National Indigenous gallery process hijacked? by Andrew Crouch.

My comments on the ‘Have your Say’ public consultation process, specifically in relation to the proposed Indigenous Art Gallery:

The accompanying flyer the Iconic National Indigenous Art Gallery factsheet is totally inadequate as an information source – it is almost devoid of facts, clearly a hurried attempt by a graphic designer, with almost zero substantive content. It and the fly-through video convey the impression that the Gallery is to be plonked down on one or the other of two sites without any public airing of why these were chosen, or what the comparative benefits of these or any alternatives are.
Fundamentally, what is the vision for the Gallery itself in the context of the town culture and geography, and the desires of the local Indigenous people, other town residents, and visitors? And also how does it fit with / complement the functions of the existing Araluen Precinct? None of that is stated.
As others have said already, both proposed sites have significant disadvantages:
– Anzac Hill East is a well-established venue for a range of community and sporting events – disrupting those is clearly a disadvantage.
– Desert Park is a long way from the CBD and has an essentially different function
No information has been provided about any other sites that may have been examined, either their locations or their advantages and disadvantages.
Consider for example how Anzac Hill West could be presented:
– Procure the Hungry Jacks site and provide the owner with an alternative site.
– Procure the derelict Shell fuel depot site
– Combined site area 24,000 square metres.
– Demolish both sets of existing buildings to make space for the Indigenous Art Gallery
– Complement this area if necessary, e.g. for parking space, by procurement of the current built spaces on the northern corner of Anzac Hill Rd / Schwarz Crescent (a further 6000 square metres) and/or the Beaurepaire site and open space behind it across Schwarz Crescent (a further 26,000 square metres).
– Combined area comparable to the (apparently preferred) Anzac Hill East site.
– Offers the Stuart Highway / Telegraph Terrace a spectacular visual profile
– Removes a visual blight on the townscape in one of the most conspicuous of all Alice Springs frontages
– Close to where a significant number of Aboriginal people live (Charles Creek Camp) – could provide linkage through a treed / shaded open space across Charles Creek
– Places the Gallery right next to the CBD and on the Stuart Highway where it will have maximum tourist impact.
– No disruption to existing sporting / entertainment activities and traditions.
– Relocation costs for existing commercial operations
Special considerations:
– Sacred sites

How can there be meaningful consultation without the sharing of much more information??

Recent Comments by Andrew Crouch

Spying on park visitors: nothing to see here?
I can confirm that I recorded the date of one of the occasions I visited Kuyunba, when I was approached within the reserve car park by 2 AFP officers for details as described in an earlier post, and yes, I felt it was intrusive on their part.
It was 10/5/2014.

Federal Police uses drone to spy on tourists
Erwin, it may be worth you digging a bit deeper by asking the AFP: “Are the AFP no longer conducting security visits including requesting driver licence details and recording vehicle registration numbers at Kuyunba?”
This activity may well have been handed on to another entity in recent time, and rather than clarify this publicly the AFP may be choosing to talk only about the literal present.

ED – Many thanks, Andrew. This has occurred to us and I’ve enquired with the local security industry – no luck so far. I’m emailing AFP media now. Kind regards, Erwin.

Federal Police uses drone to spy on tourists
The various times I visited Kuyunba, it was always a pair of AFP officers who turned up, within a couple of minutes of my arrival.
Once they even appeared as I was leaving, offering the rather dubious explanation that since I had been there for some time they were “concerned that I may have been lost”.
It doesn’t say much for the level of sophistication of tasks assigned to Australian staff at Pine Gap.

Visitor from afar to Alex’s backyard
Hi All,
The Pheasant Coucal in breeding plumage has a black body but retains its mottled brown plumage on the wings and back.
If John’s bird was black all over, it could have been a male Koel, a bird of similar appearance to a Coucal though a size smaller.
Koels are also very occasional visitors to Alice from the north.

Visitor from afar to Alex’s backyard
Nice work Alex. They have been reported only about once a year from Alice Springs, so certainly quite unusual.

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