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.

Recent Comments by Maya

Ministers lash out at council over gallery
Thank you Hal for clearly saying what most of us are thinking.
Indeed there is a flaw in Ms Wakefield’s statement above (I quote: “We have continued to make every effort to work with the Alice Springs Town Council to identify a site within the CBD that will pave the way for the National Aboriginal Art Gallery.”)
Just delete “within the CBD” and then we shall all believe that “every effort” was made to find an appropriate site. The power of the word.

Council says ‘no’ to government gallery offer
A case in modern colonialism.
The early settlers had taken away the land. Today we, the town settlers, live in comfortable homes when the blekfela suffer housing overcrowding, mental heath issues and youth despair.
In the current dispute for the location of the now illusive NAAG, people in high places (whether red, blue or in between) insist on imposing the site of their choice for something belonging to Aboriginal people, therefore overriding ownership rights on art and culture for mere economical benefits.
The decision was made more than two years ago that whatever consultants or Arrernte stakeholders may say, the Alice Springs CBD is the place for “Aboriginal Art” to be shown to the world.
The pride and joy that Indigenous people may retrieve in displaying their ancient and modern art in a culturally appropriate site, is taken away by fear to lose face if they were to listen to the actual owners of that art. Another case of dispossession. Cry my country!

Gallery business case: still no answers to the big questions
Excellent analysis and constructive criticism of the latest in this long lasting saga.
$224,121 (excluding GST) later, we are not better informed of the location of this white elephant to become the symbol of the CBD, next to the Supreme Court.
So much money is spent for the scope to please the current NT Government as is honestly expressed by the latest consultants (after the previous ones):
“Ernst and Young has prepared the report for the benefit of the Northern Territory Department of Tourism, Sport and Culture and has considered only the interests of the Northern Territory Department of Tourism, Sport and Culture.”
Are the interests of other stakeholders being taken in consideration?
After two years they are still waiting and possibly loosing patience as many of us.

Authorities underrated risk to Pine Gap, Alice of a nuclear strike
Further to the above, this nuclear threat should be an incentive for Australia at all 3 levels of government to adhere to and sign the UN Treaty for the ban of nuclear weapons.
To reduce the proliferation of nuclear weapons was a first step but the ban of all nukes is going further in ascertaining a peaceful and healthy Australia.

Authorities underrated risk to Pine Gap, Alice of a nuclear strike
Sooner or later the Joint Defence Facility at Pine Gap (JDFPG) will become a piece of choice for whoever wishes to play chess with the USA.
Joint in name rather than in fact, the facility is and remains an essential target in any strategic confrontation involving the US. Since the early 1980s the population of Alice Springs has raised the alarm and asked kindly the Australian counterparts of the JDFPG to reject the renewal of the lease under which the Americans have, since 1970, retained striking advantage in return for the symbolic pepper corn.
To the detriment of the whole of Central Australia the request has fallen into deaf ears and should a nuclear device be “inadvertently” aimed at Hatt Road, no more fun run or picnic and camping in the dry river beds. Centralian life style apart, it is life itself which is in danger. With the current military escalation in the Strait of Hormuz and increasing tension between Iran and the US, the role of the Facility is questionable but the health and well-being of the 25,000 people of the region counts very thin in the eyes of Canberra.

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