Why not use the energy of the entire town’s support …

Comment on Anzac Oval: Minister won’t rule out compulsory acquisition by Louise Samways.

Why not use the energy of the entire town’s support for the gallery instead of dividing us?
It makes far more sense to put more international accommodation in the mall which WOULD be a boon to CBD businesses, and the gallery in an iconic site which properly and respectfully celebrates the connection between Aboriginal art and culture in the landscape, giving tourists something worth the airfares to see.
Compulsory acquisition of the Plaza building to repurpose as high end accommodation may be welcomed by owners? And we would still have the Melanka site for even more accommodation.
Or are they proposing to repeat mistakes of past and put accommodation well away from the CBD?

Recent Comments by Louise Samways

Gunner says fresh talks about gallery at Anzac Hill precinct
It is starting to look like the Council either wittingly or unwittingly have allowed themselves to be manipulated by the govt…all the NT govt has to do is to find someone claiming to be a TO to give “consent” and the Council fall into line…where in the motion passed by Council does it clarify that the only TOs that count are those that very clearly and emphatically said NO to Anzac Hill?

Gallery: Anzac Oval still the sticking point
Considering how much division the Anzac site for a gallery has caused in this town, and the clear and repeated message from the Aboriginal Custodians that it must be south of The Gap to be culturally appropriate and meaningful, the motion passed by Councillors is not only extraordinary but shocking and cowardly.
What is really going on here behind closed doors?
This unanimous decision is abrogating council responsibility so that the Aboriginal custodians can become the scapegoats needing to resist government pressure to go against their cultural beliefs.
Perhaps the best strategy now is that our Arrernte custodians and the majority of nonAboriginal people in this town who voted against the Anzac oval site, seek support Australia wide, and internationally, to give a clear message to the council and government that any gallery not south of The Gap will be boycotted regarding gallery content as well as visiting?

A student should have led the chants: Jimmy Cocking
Yes I did fully inform myself of everything you have written about the rally … but your irrelevant story on the person helping the kids to express themselves as one voice at the end of the rally has distracted from their message … just like the deliberately distracting strategy of the Murdoch papers.


[My editorial concern was, and remains, the potential compromise to the independence of the young people’s message which is its strength.
Erwin Chlanda, Editor]

A student should have led the chants: Jimmy Cocking
I was at the rally.
I have to wonder why the editor of this online paper would choose to distract from the passionate message of the young people who organised this protest.
The issue was inaction on climate change not who helped the kids express together what they had said in their speeches, amongst themselves, and to adults like myself.
This distraction is an insult to their commitment and courage.


[ED – It would be useful for you to inform yourself before you comment. I was at the rally, too and this newspaper reported in detail what the young people had to say. Our report was published about an hour after the rally ended. The report is fully searchable and now part of our seven million words story archive.]

Gallery: Council did not say boo
Steve: What we are actually talking about here is property that does not belong to the government at all, ie the Aboriginal art of the whole of Australia.
The building has no purpose if Aboriginal people decide the lack of respect for their cultural values is just further exploitation and an insult they are not prepared to wear … and so boycott the building.
Since the Gunner government has such contempt for Aboriginal priorities in displaying their art and telling its story in proper cultural context in the landscape, the Council needs to take ownership of this project, harness the overwhelming support for the Aboriginal Gallery concept in Alice Springs and go direct to Canberra to fund this as a reconcilliation and Central Desert development project.
Show some leadership, stand up to any bullying or threat and take on the project!

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