“Clearly, we think the Anzac Oval site is the best …

Comment on Anzac High: No plans yet for what will replace it by Alex Nelson.

“Clearly, we think the Anzac Oval site is the best site for the national indigenous art gallery project,” says Minister Dale Wakefield, yet there is no answer to the question why.
More pertinently, is the real question who was it that persuaded the NT Government that the Anzac Oval site is best for the National Aboriginal Art Gallery?
Maybe a prominent person in local government?
Perhaps there are more twists to this tale than has been revealed to date, and not everything is as it seems as portrayed in the media.
The question is straight-forward and the answer is simple – yes or no?
Secrets are whispering.

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Anzac High: No plans yet for what will replace it
Minister Dale Wakefield is being deliberately evasive and selective in her responses to the media.
The fact is that the ICAC identified a significant discrepancy in regard to the condition of the former Anzac Hill High School, with the assessment report by the Heritage Branch late last year finding the old school was in good condition while a media release by DIPL Chief Executive, Andrew Kirkman, dated 15 March 2019, claiming the school is in poor repair and uneconomical for restoration and re-use could not be backed up by any documentation.
The Gunner Labor Government was elected into office with overwhelming public support on the major promise of providing open, honest and accountable government.
In relation to the former Anzac Hill High School and the National Aboriginal Art Gallery, we have witnessed an appalling display of the exact opposite characterised by constant evasion, silence, propaganda and outright dishonesty.
Everyone should note it is almost exactly two years ago that the NT Government announced the Anzac Precinct as one of its two preferred sites for the National Aboriginal Art Gallery.
This fateful decision – not least the fact that no adequate explanation has ever been forthcoming from the NT Government as to why it over-rode its own Steering Committee for its primary recommendation of the Alice Springs Desert Park for the NAAG – is now accelerating as a major public relations disaster for the Gunner Government.
There is every indication that this issue may end up being the primary cause of the downfall of this Labor Government.

Recent Comments by Alex Nelson

To mound or not to mound?
@ Evelyne Roullet (Posted December 14, 2019 at 3:19 pm): It turns conventional thinking on its head; termites are almost universally considered as pests within the context of gardening and horticulture, notwithstanding their recognised role as recyclers in the natural environment.
I’ve simply found a way to exploit their behaviour to our advantage.
By comparison, everybody these days considers earthworms as beneficial soil organisms but over a century ago conventional wisdom was that they were also considered to be pests and detrimental to agriculture.
It was none other than Charles Darwin who overturned that notion after spending 40 years carefully studying earthworms. It was the topic of his last book (a bestseller) one year before his death.

The elusive goal of deep shade in Alice
@ Domenico Pecorari (Posted December 10, 2019 at 11:02 am): Isn’t this a telling observation: “Groundwater levels recorded at many key monitoring bores within the Alice Springs Town Basin aquifer are (as of April 2019) at their lowest levels in recent history, and have declined below their previous low levels recorded during 2008-09 at many locations.”
The year 2009 is currently the driest on record for Alice Springs – the total for the year was 76.8mm, and about 5mm less than the previous record set in 1965, the last full year of the 1960s drought (and it’s not generally remembered there was widespread tree mortality across the region during the early 1960s).
The town basin provided the water supply for Alice Springs at the time, and restrictions were a normal part of life.
So far this year only 53.4mm of rainfall has been recorded at the Alice Springs Airport, and there’s only three weeks left to go.
That’s only a smidgeon above two inches of rain for the year, and almost an inch lower than the 2009 total.
There is a high probability that the record for driest year in the Alice won’t just be broken, it will be smashed out of the ball park.
We also need to take into account the hotter weather we’ve experienced for longer periods of time which means that evaporation rates are substantially higher.
Small wonder that trees are struggling.

PowerWater, Territory Generation CEOs sacked
@ Evelyne Roullet (Posted December 9, 2019 at 11:47 am): Yes, we can sack the government but we just have to wait patiently for the NT elections in August next year.
I think there’s more than a few of us willing to wield lethal pencils on the ballot papers.

65 years of history now a pile of rubble
@ L Westerdale (Posted December 5, 2019 at 11:57 am): You say the old high school was only used for its intended purpose for 20 years?
Alice Springs Higher Primary School (equivalent to modern middle schools), 1953-60 – that’s eight years; then Alice Springs High School, 1961-72 – that’s another 12 years; then Anzac Hill High School, 1987-2009 – another 23 years.
Hmm, let’s see: 8 + 12 = 20; then 20 + 23 = 43. Yep, that’s right, 43 years as an upper primary and secondary school, not including the overlap with other roles and functions.
As recent national media reports have noted, Australia’s performance in secondary education of science, maths and reading is declining and below the average of OECD nations (and it seems some adults are the ones showing the way for today’s students).
As a nation we have a low regard for science and education, and in the Northern Territory we far prefer to preserve old gaols than we do old schools – a fact never better demonstrated than under the current Gunner Government which has overseen the rejection of two heritage nominations for former schools.
What was the Labor slogan from about two decades ago? Something about Australia being a “clever country?”

Claire Hockridge found dead
@ Ted Egan (Posted December 4, 2019 at 7:55 am): “When will they ever learn?”
We live in a time where the recent arrivals all know better than those who have lived here for far longer.
Experience, and the knowledge borne from it, counts for very little – almost nothing – in this age of tertiary tyranny where everything requires little tickets of paper with extra letters after your name to “prove” you know anything.
It’s not just hapless people lost in the bush who fall victim to this stupidity, just look at the general situation with so many well-paid qualified professional experts in charge of it all.
Such people can’t afford to learn anything for fear of looking inadequate in front of their peers.
And thus ineptitude and incompetency reigns supreme over us all.

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