"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.
The skills, the man-hours and not in the least, the cash that locals have put into their startling creations, many beginning from no more than a rusty shell decades old, is amazing. But what can't the government come clean on stats showing the benefit to the town's economy? ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Will Michael Gunner's Territory trade delegation to China, which he describes as "one of the biggest ever," bear more fruit than that of Marshall Perron nearly 30 years ago? ALEX NELSON asks the question, and he wonders if it is just a taxpayer funded junket for the ruling pigs as in George Orwell's novella, Animal Farm.
The government's amateurish approach to the National Aboriginal Art Gallery is jeopardising its major project for Alice Springs, says a consultant well qualified in the area. PHOTO: World renowned Aboriginal art from Central Australia in the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
Activity in the Alice Springs CBD is basically a “moving of deckchairs”: existing tenants relocating, not a lot of new business; rents falling. This was the unsurprising but stark picture of a stagnant CBD presented to the Town Council by the Real Institute of the Northern Territory. KIERAN FINNANE reports.