Further to the choice of Bradshaw Drive as the site …

Comment on National Indigenous Cultural Centre to be ‘community-led’ by Hal Duell.

Further to the choice of Bradshaw Drive as the site for a new rugby oval: I have remembered watching a major reconfiguring of the underground water mains at the junction of Bradshaw Drive and Bloomfield Street. This work went on for at least a month, either late last year or early this year.
If this is in any way connected to the recently announced decision to use Anzac Oval for the new art gallery / cultural centre, then it does look like it fully puts paid to all that yadda yadda about public consultation.

Hal Duell Also Commented

National Indigenous Cultural Centre to be ‘community-led’
@ Evelyne Roullet, Posted March 28, 2018 at 2:18 pm:
I think the restrictions on the use of land at the eastern end of Bradshaw Drive begin on the south side of the road. But like you, I am not certain.
@James T Smerk, Posted March 28, 2018 at 10:45 am:
I also wonder this, but Mayor Ryan has stated his preference for a new rugby venue to be built on Bradshaw Drive, and if not here, where? I guess we’ll find out someday.


National Indigenous Cultural Centre to be ‘community-led’
Bradshaw Drive? Where on Bradshaw Drive?
And then I remembered seeing the saltbush and rubbish being cleared from the triangle of land bordered by Bloomfield St., Bradshaw Dr. and the storm water drain just west of Tom Brown Roundabout. The penny dropped. Truly, this is a done deal.
And maybe not such a bad thing. Alice will get a new oval (The Gap Hotel will welcome the business I’m sure), Alice will keep a village green and … and why not drop the idea of a National Aboriginal Art Gallery and build instead a National Indigenous Cultural Centre?
Australia has lots of art galleries, and maybe South Australia can find the money to build another. Australia has, to my knowledge, no other National Indigenous Cultural Centre.


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Confidential is where a “prefered option” is decided. Then they stage a public consultation. Then they enact the prefered option.
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Say what?
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