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Comment on National Indigenous Gallery advisors: ‘Release full report’ by Maya.

“Connectedness to country … room to breathe … centre of international excellence”. Are these empty words?
The Chief Minister declaration yesterday that the government preferred site is the Anzac Hill precinct is not yet in the bag. It only opens discussions with other stakeholders. So I hope.
So far, it seems to be a process that is emphasising location in response to local issues – such as revitalisation of the CBD – rather than focusing on the vision originally announced.
Here I recall the words of the CM yesterday: “A place where people, tourists, can walk from their hotels.” Immovable hotels in an immovable commercial centre
The long term development of Alice Springs is again at stake.

Recent Comments by Maya

Federal Police uses drone to spy on tourists
Years ago, possibly between 1986 and 1992, I often went there with my old mother, just to have a little walk in a very pretty place, special trees, and observe the rock painting there. No, we were not stopped by any security guard or AFP. But things are changing fast in Alice Springs and around, and not for the better.
THEY (whoever they are!) see the enemy everywhere, when people are still genuinely minding their own business without any “negative” intentions.
Sad!


A change in Lingiari? History holds some clues.
Seems there is confusion between NT Government and a Federal seat: Gunner is NT, but a vote for Snowdon is for Shorten in Canberra. Not much choice in Lingiari if you think Federally.


Shoe on the other foot: caught in a foreign justice system
Well done! Sorry I couldn’t attend. This was serious fun or rather fun to understand serious matters.


Gallery swap: Aborigines second in pecking order
This nonsense is a political joke, a silent arm wrestling game between Micheal Gunner and Damien Ryan.
Now they talk of a swap: if we cannot demolish Anzac High let’s demolish the pleasant and functional civic centre and its public library.
But some demolition will have to take place; for what? For the revival of the economy and its CBD. National Aboriginal Art gallery has lost its prime focus. Shame.


Save Anzac Hill High School: National Trust
Systematic demolition seems to be the order of the day for the NT Government: First Anzac Oval now saved, then the old buildings and layout of the former Anzac Hill High School still under hot discussion, and now (the latest in its follies) the possible demolition of our civic centre, the best building in town and only recently upgraded with its fantastic public library. Is this a Gunnermania? Is there a cure to this disease?
The historical heritage of our town, strategically located at the centre of a vast continent, is what makes us stay here. It is what makes our tourist industry thrive.
More demolition and nothing would be left to attract permanent residents or visitors.
Not even the illusion of a National Aboriginal Art Gallery.


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