The contention in this story, that the Anzac Oval site …

Comment on Who put Anzac Oval on the agenda as site for art gallery? by Hal Duell.

The contention in this story, that the Anzac Oval site was added by the government, is hardly a surprise.
Governments of all stripes tend to do this. First they decide what they want to do, then they empower a committee to make suggestions, then they hold a public consultation and, finally, they do what they always intended to do.
This process is so obvious that it could be said to tick the box promising transparency.
About the final site, a reliable source (sorry about that but I did promise) tells me that the fix is in for the Anzac site.
The old school will come down (carefully, as it’s riddled with asbestos) and enough of the oval will go to render it unfit for rugby.
The two rugby codes will be given another site, and enough of the old oval will remain to ensure that Alice will continue to have a green and open space events venue in the middle of town.

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This is a very good initiative. Congratulations to the Gunner government.
Hemp is a not only a better fibre than cotton, but growing it uses less water and fewer chemicals. What not to like?
Again, congratulations to the Gunner government.


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Perhaps one of the more astonishing features of this continuing saga is the overweening arrogance of Alice’s current group of councillors.
They somehow think they have the right to dispose of our civic centre.
They forget they were elected to look after our assets, not use them as bargaining chips in some shady back-room deal.
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Matters are kept in confidential when they don’t want us to know what they are talking about.
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Confidential is where a “prefered option” is decided. Then they stage a public consultation. Then they enact the prefered option.
This backfired on the Anzac Oval. I expect them to be more careful next time.
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