"The potential flow-on from cultural tourism opportunities is more promising than ever. With worldwide tourist arrivals increasing 4% to 5% annually, the European Commission reports 40% of tourists choose destinations based on cultural offerings," writes art commentator Cillín Perera in In Daily. Meanwhile in Alice Springs the bitter dispute about the NT Government's preferred location is coming to the boil with the evaluation of two surveys, and the Government is stumm on whether its new gallery committee will have a say in the positioning. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Image: Artist's impression of the proposed Adelaide gallery.
The Resourcing the Territory initiative will further encourage exploration, including the Geophysics and Drilling Collaboration grants program, which saw a record number of applicants this year, writes Ken Vowles (pictured), Minister for Primary Industry and Resources.
A National Reference Group for the proposed National Aboriginal Art Gallery has been announced. It includes significant Indigenous and local representation, among them Phillip Watkins, co-chair of the initial steering committee, and Benedict Stevens, apmereke artweye for Mparntwe.
The proposal for the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site is taking shape and may sound the death knell for the National Aboriginal Art Gallery in Alice Springs, says Opposition Leader Gary Higgins. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.