This ongoing debate makes me very angry. Yes it sounds …

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

This ongoing debate makes me very angry. Yes it sounds like a political debate rather than an issue of urban planning.
I am disappointed at the lack of “grand vision” so far. Ask Domenico Pecorari: Such an important decision for such a unique art gallery must be inserted in the grand plan of this town. So that later we would not say, we could have, we should have … too late.
In my own humble opinion, there is land and space and good reasons to join the Desert Park and the natural beauty of Central Australia, with an Indigenous Art Gallery representing the creativity of the people of this land.
Anzac Oval is well used and well loved. Leave it as is. If we replace it with the said monumental art gallery, the whole environment, the Youth Centre, the Catholic Church, Anzac Hill itself, will be dwarfed.
We already have the example of the Supreme Court next to the Residency!
As for the revitalization of town, first reduce the burden of costly airfares so that people will come to Alice, but also create living hubs closer to the CBD.
It is people who create life, not buildings. We’ve have had the tendency to put people further away from the town centre, so the town centre is dying.
Town planners save in urban development rather than politicians must be included in the decision making. Such an important new building needs to become part of the grand plan of the Alice Springs of the future. Don’t make it a distant future, it can be done now.

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