I agree with Domenico Pecorari’s statement, especially in relation to …

Comment on Custodians decline meeting with council on gallery by Hal Duell.

I agree with Domenico Pecorari’s statement, especially in relation to Mayor Ryan.
Since he first became Mayor of Alice Springs, Damien Ryan has been seen to establish and maintain a good and respectful relationship with the town’s Indigenous residents.
The question now is, will he jeopardise that relationship, and jeopardise his legacy, by going against the clearly stated wishes of what can only be seen as an unfortunately uncommon unanimity of opinion and desire clearly expressed by this group of local elders and traditional owners?
And for what? Chief Minister Gunner does not live here and is clearly working to his own agenda.
Mayor Ryan does live here and will have no excuse if he chooses to follow CM Gunner down a road of disregard and disrespect.
Everyone wants a National Indigenous Art Gallery to be built in Alice Springs. The Anzac Precinct is not the only option. If CM Gunner cannot see that then the whole project looks like foundering on the rock of his intransigent hubris.

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