Systematic demolition seems to be the order of the day …

Comment on Save Anzac Hill High School: National Trust by Maya.

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?
The historical heritage of our town, strategically located at the centre of a vast continent, is what makes us stay here. It is what makes our tourist industry thrive.
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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I would agree with Evelyne (20/03/2019).
Let’s have an Aboriginal Cultural Centre with art being a strong component of it, and let Adelaide have the National Aboriginal Art Gallery on North Terrace (as already planned).
Imagine the competition with Araluen Arts Centre if a National Aboriginal Art Gallery (NAAG) opens next to it. Not a commercial gallery as some may have misunderstood, but a National Museum of Aboriginal Art with special occasional world class exhibitions.
It may ring the demise of Araluen if its annual Desert Mob, its Namatjira gallery, or the recent “Weapons for the soldiers” and the fantastically curated Papunya desert art “Tjungunutja” were to be moved to a NAAG.
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