Gallery debate aside, Arrernte custom follows patrilinieal line in talking …

Comment on Can government afford cultural discord gallery is creating?   by Smithy.

Gallery debate aside, Arrernte custom follows patrilinieal line in talking for country.
It has always been this way. It is still acknowledged by knowledgeable senior women and men.
Benedict Stevens is the male apmereke-artweye for Alice Springs. A big responsibility falls on his shoulders for many different issues that people would not see, especially in the current day contemporary Aborigine politics and constant badgering for consultation over town developments and issues.

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CAAMA must show why it shouldn’t be under administration
Once upon a time CAAMA was an icon that produced language and cultural materials like Nganampa Anwernekenhe and many other docos and films that told the stories of Central Australia.
Unfortunately, over the last many years CAAMA failed to hold onto those roots, which made it special, and merely became a competition radio station for 96.9, Triple J, ABC NT etc etc.
There doesn’t appear to have been any focused effort to maintain what distinguished CAAMA from the rest: Languages and culture.
As an aside, the programming needs to reflect the trends and music of today – no-one wants to drive to work on a Monday morning listening to old-country-drinkers-tunes! Leave them for the Saturday arvo slot!


Cattlemen ask: Where’s our drought aid?
All evidence points to animal agriculture as having a direct influence on increasing drought conditions.
Cattle require huge amounts of water to keep alive and noxious weeds (buffel) to feed.
What exactly are we doing running huge numbers of cattle in the desert?
Most stations are now monocultures of buffel grass or bulldust and eliminate other potential economic activity because of the sheer size of these stations.


Cattlemen ask: Where’s our drought aid?
Drought aid: reduce stock numbers.
Q for Mr Manicaros: How many litres of water per beast, per year?


Now that the Rock can’t be climbed, visiting it will cost more
Tourists have been dropping off for years.
It costs a fortune to get here, hotels charge like wounded bulls and are fit with late 70s decor, WiFi connectivity is dodgy AND you have to pay for it, there are no pools with day parties raging with dance music and cheap booze (see Bali), our national parks are full of cattle and buffel grass that breed up the fly-swarms, lack of tourism products coupled with often poor customer service in retail, and social issues and safety act as a deterrent.
Is the closure of The Rock climb or gate entry price hikes really causal to our tourism woes? In the big scheme of things, likely not.


Council cemetery: Seven years of planning, no conclusive result
Sad to see the state of the Memorial Ave Cemetery. Un-kept and decrepit, no shade or space for people to hide from the sun… Something needs to be done.
Can’t the town council at least manage the weeds and prickles so one can walk through without getting a 4 inch burr through their shoe?


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