I can’t help thinking that the development process being followed …

Comment on ‘Anzac Oval not for sale’: govt under pressure on gallery plans by Andrew Crouch.

I can’t help thinking that the development process being followed for the National Indigenous Art Gallery is misguided.
Let me first state that I firmly believe that Alice Springs is the right choice for the home of a truly national gallery.
However, as is becoming very apparent, the primary project driver is the re-vitalisation of the north end of the CBD – creating a wide base of support from the whole local community from which to build momentum around the country for a national project is currently running a very poor second. As I asked in my submission to the online survey and in comment to Alice Springs News: What is the government’s 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?
The News report on last week’s meeting with Michael Tennant seemed to indicate that the vision, if it has been articulated at all, is too narrow.
I’m not even confident that the re-vitalisation agenda can be fully met if the whole area around Anzac Hill is not considered. People standing on Anzac Hill may look down on one side at yet another bunch of new buildings (don’t neglect to consider what it will look like from above) where once was the greenest space in town, and on the other the great eyesore of the long-derelict fuel depot.
A broader vision is needed. At the moment Alice Springs is being driven by a narrow perspective from a thousand miles away.

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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.

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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”.
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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.
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