Minister Dale Wakefield may be “ready to pull the trigger” on compulsory acquisition of Anzac Oval to allow the government’s plans for the national Aboriginal art gallery (NAAG) to proceed, but Alice Springs Town Councillors are pushing back.
UPDATE, 1.50pm: The Town Council will challenge any attempt by the NT Government to compulsorily acquire Anzac Oval.
1952 was a year of consolidation for the newly grassed oval but its reputation began to spread far and wide. The recreation reserve became a venue of many firsts during the 1950s, reports ALEX NELSON in Part Two of this series, backgrounding the now embattled former Alice Springs sporting and social venue.
A mammoth volunteer effort decades ago made Anzac Oval into the major playground for the town's sports and social occasions. During World War II it was a staging ground for the transport of military materiel, which had arrived by rail, on to Darwin by road. No wonder the oval occupies a special place in the hearts and minds of many long-term residents. Now the NT Government controversially wants to acquire it for the National Aboriginal Art Gallery, in limbo after opposition from traditional owners. Part One by ALEX NELSON.
The Town Council unanimously affirms community ownership of Anzac Oval, refusing the NT Government's offer to buy, after considering a resolute letter from traditional owners who want the town to get a National Aboriginal Art Gallery – but not in the Anzac precinct. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
No longer making his case behind closed doors, Benedict Stevens today fronted local media at the Totem Theatre (picture by EDAN BAXTER), next-door to the Anzac Oval, which plays a major role in the project smitten by unending controversy.