The conclusion of this report, describing Minister Lauren Moss “tidying …

Comment on Wakefield ready for fight: affirms intention to acquire oval by Alex Nelson.

The conclusion of this report, describing Minister Lauren Moss “tidying up loose ends” by refusing heritage listing for Anzac Oval, is more significant than perhaps many realise.
The ONLY reason Minister Moss gave for her refusal is that “the owner of the land, Alice Springs Town Council, does not support the permanent declaration of Anzac Oval as a heritage place” but otherwise she prefaced her decision acknowledging “that Anzac Oval has a degree of heritage significance” and accepts “that its significance can at least partly be attributed to its changing use over time, as a public space linked to the social and cultural needs of the community”.
It is standard practice over many years that a minister for heritage will not support nominations for heritage listings if the site owners oppose them; indeed, for the almost 30 years that heritage protection legislation has existed in the NT I understand there has only been one occasion when a heritage listing has proceeded against the wishes of the property’s owner.
Now here’s the rub: The Alice Springs Town Council originally DID support my nomination for heritage listing of Anzac Oval.
This position was suddenly reversed at the regular meeting of September last year.
This decision by the ASTC provided the excuse for the Minister to refuse the nomination, as I always knew she would.
While I hold the NT Government’s performance over the National Aboriginal Art Gallery can only be described as execrable at best, nevertheless the town council effectively shot itself in the foot for providing an easy “out” for the government over the heritage nomination for Anzac Oval.
And who was it that led the way on the council’s abrupt reversal of support for Anzac Oval’s heritage listing?
None other than Councillor Marli Banks, who now is the one who called the special meeting to oppose the government’s intention to compulsorily acquire Anzac Oval.
I can’t decide if this is a case of being too smart by half or just trying to have two bob each way but do think certain members of the town council have a bit of explaining to do.

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Deloitte to close Alice Springs office
Erwin, the top floor was actually built at the request of the ABC as the building was originally intended to be two storeys.
The NT Tourist Commission was one of the early occupants of the building, along with the Housing Commission, too.
Thanks to Cyclone Tracy, the headquarters of the Tourist Commission was relocated there from Darwin, and remained in Alice Springs at various locations until 1992.

Council resignations and surprising alliances
@ Scotty (Posted June 30, 2020 at 4:45 pm): “By the way, Willshire was not found guilty of anything” – while in turn Lindy Chamberlain was found guilty.
History shows the decisions of courts are not sacrosanct; and in both examples, the findings were (at a minimum) miscarriages of justice.

Deloitte to close Alice Springs office
Looks like we’re going to have to change the name of the building from its current “Deloitte House”.
Ah well, it wouldn’t be setting a precedent – for many years it was called Sturt House but in fact was originally named “Stuart House” when the building was opened in 1973.
The first name didn’t last long and, although I haven’t sighted any documentary evidence, I suspect it was changed when it was realised there was already a “Stuart House” in town.
This was the still brand new south wing of the Melanka government hostel adjoining Stuart Terrace.
Well, poor old Melanka has long gone and Deloitte is leaving so maybe the original name of Stuart House can be restored.
Who says history is forgotten when we have site name changes?
[ED – Alex, we should have a party with the ABC. They used to occupy the top floor. And the Tourist Commission (yes, that’s the mob that actually knew how to promote The Centre) was on floor one or two.]

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Those who support this decision have provided their full names, those opposed (as I write) seem to be a little bit shy.

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Given that we’re now two months out from the next NT polls, this media release masquerading as government policy can only be seen for what it is – the Gunner Labor Government’s law and order policy platform for the de facto election campaign that is already underway.
It is ridiculous for the Gunner Government to hark back to the previous CLP regime; for example, “Returning family responsibility agreements and orders that were previously scrapped by the CLP government”.
That’s now four years ago! I can’t see any initiative announced in this media release that couldn’t have been started well within this period, instead of waiting for the last minute to dangle them like carrots in front of the voting public, whom obviously the Gunner Government considers us all to be a herd of donkeys.
Surely there are enough of us in the community to see through such a cynical ploy; after all, this government has had a full term to come to grips with these issues.

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