Very good reporting. Thank you Kieran. Relieved that the Alice Springs …

Comment on National Aboriginal Art Gallery: Anzac Oval off the table by Maya.

Very good reporting. Thank you Kieran.
Relieved that the Alice Springs Town Council did not fall into accepting an MOU which was very restrictive.
Again and again it must be stressed that a NATIONAL Aboriginal Art Gallery (not only Museum) which allows for permanent and temporary exhibitions is not a local investment to bring relief to the small businesses of the CBD.
It is a vision for the whole of Australia to be proud of and show the world that Australia values her Indigenous population and its culture.
Therefore the “conversation”, “consultation”, “inclusion” of the TOs of Alice Springs in the decision making is most important. Not as a token, but as equal partners. A Mayor and a Chief Minister are only part of the process.
If millions are to be spent, make sure that they are well spent.
Concentrate on the best for a National Aboriginal Art Gallery (NAAG) – like the National Library of Australia or the National Gallery of Australia.
Not on side lines like love of rugby or respect for Anzac hill or revitalization of the Mall.
If it is the best, starting from a clean slate for best design, the benefit will naturally flow on to the town and its tourist revival. The Sydney Opera House became “iconic” after its completion, not a priori.

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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.


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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?
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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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