By ERWIN CHLANDA
Chief Minister Michael Gunner has just told MLA for Araluen Robyn Lambley that the National Indigenous Art Gallery will be built on Anzac Oval.
Ms Lambley asked him in Parliament: “Where will the site for the gallery be?”
According to a text from Ms Lambley, Mr Gunner replied: “Simple question: The NIAG will be built on Anzac Oval.”
Till now the Anzac Precinct has been the “preferred” site for the Government.
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The advice texted to the Alice Springs News Online by Ms Lambley appears to have been in error in relation to the use of “Oval” rather than “Precinct”. The Draft Daily Hansard quotes Mr Gunner as saying: “Madam Speaker, it will be built at the Anzac Precinct and it will be magnificent.”
It’s a fine point: while the building will be on the old school site, the project as a whole requires the oval to change its use, to become the gallery’s green space and carpark, and, as seems clear from the government’s latest moves, its ownership.