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Comment on No ‘comprehensive business case’ yet for gallery by Alex Hope.

It is good to hear that long after deciding this is a good idea, the government is examining the business case for the proposal.
This process is the same as their “consultation”:-
1: Make up your mind first on the basis of your gut feeling.
2: Go out and try to persuade people who are being consulted about your decision when really you are telling them what a wonderful decsion you have made on their behalf and there there is no way you are going to change it.
3: Avoid making any rigorous analysis of the pros and cons of the other options, or even your preferred one.
Welcome to business as usual in the NT.
It doesn’t seem to matter which party is in power, the process is the same.
The idea of gathering evidence, then looking at it dispaasionately with a transparent process and coming to a decsion which is supported by it (AKA “evidence-based public policy”) seems to be too radical for any government to support.
And they say we get the government we deserve … oh dear!
And of course the biggest irony in this whole schemozzle is that this “National INDIGENOUS Art Gallery” proposal is being developed without the involvement, let alone the approval, of the traditional owners of the proposed site.

Recent Comments by Alex Hope

Policing is still just a numbers game
We always hear about recruiting, and increased police numbers.
We never hear about the attrition rate.
How long do police officers stay in the job?
Why do they leave?
Where do they go to? To be police in another jurisdiction, or to do something else?
How much does this revolving door cost us?
What ideas are out there to change this situation?
Does our new commissioner have any new ideas?


Painting new step in store’s growing links with Aboriginal people
One hopes that Coles have achieved critical mass now, with enough Aboriginal employees to make them feel they really belong, and to provide mutual support.
Previous significant efforts at Aboriginal employment by supermarkets appeared to fail, with the recruits falling by the wayside once their initial support was withdrawn.
The same happened at the hospital where there was an initially successful scheme about 20 years ago. Once the funded support system was withdrawn the workforce was not large enough to be mutually supportive, and they dwindled away with no program in place for ongoing recruitment.
Ironically, there was a much higher proportion of Aboriginal employees at Alice Springs hospital in the 80s than there is now.
Meaningful employment is one of the foundations for the health of the individual and their families: It is great to see the supermarket chains taking a leading role here.
Let us hope this time they follow through with retention strategies, and that other large employers look to fulfil their social responsibilities.


Tree death and the challenge of heatwaves
What about systematic water harvesting for nature strips so that water from thunderstorms etc is retained rather than running into the drains immediately?
This is something property owners can do themselves to help preserve their own street trees by making bunds adjacent to the kerb.
The Council could cut slots to enlarge the existing expansion joints in the kerb to allow some infiltration into the subsoil between the kerbstones.
If a few neighbours got together to trial this in a street or two in town the idea might be proven by demonstrating healthier growth in a year or three.


NTG asks AAPA to consult with custodians on gallery & new site
Bonkers!
Thanks to Eli Melky we just finished paying for our current council chambers a year or three early, but surely it was built for a life of 30 years plus.
It was a state-of-the-art energy efficient building at the time. Why on earth would we knock it down and start again?
The ineptitude of the NT Government surpasseth all understanding – mine anyway.
AND since when did the AAPA become a representative body, with the authority to speak for the Aboriginal people of the region?
If AAPA is the appropriate body, why was it not consulted in the first place? Or has the NT Government picked them in the hope they will give the desired answer on this gallery question, when the traditional owners have already voiced their view?


All views about gallery location will be considered: Lauren Moss
Yes indeed, there needs to be an Aboriginal consensus about the site.
If the CBD is to be revitaliised it needs people living in it, a gallery open 10-4 will not do much, permanent residents will do a lot more.
What about the old drive-in?
Pros and cons anyone?


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