Anzac Oval is not in the determination area ordered by the Federal Court in 2000, yet Minister Dale Wakefield (pictured) sees it as the green light for the project even if it means compulsory acquisition of the oval from the Town Council. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Anzac Hill precinct back in talks with the Town Council as the site for the national Aboriginal art gallery, but opposition from traditional owners doesn't get a mention as the Chief Minister answers a question from MLA for Araluen, Robyn Lambley. PHOTO by Isaac Benz: Part of the site of the Anzac Hill high school, now demolished. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
UPDATE 11.10am: No evidence of consent from traditional owners.
Just hours before a secret meeting of the town council to discuss the sale of its civic centre land to the NT Government for a national Aboriginal art gallery (a swap deal), Minister Dale Wakefield this morning has made it clear that the project’s future – at least for the time being – will depend on the decision of the councillors and Mayor Damien Ryan. PHOTO: Ms Wakefield (centre) at the launch of the Northern Territory Solar Resource project this morning, wearing her hat as the Minister for Renewables, Energy and Essential Services. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
There is an ancient trail snaking north from Port Augusta along the western side of the Simpson Desert and passing right by Alice. That may be how some stories get here, but that’s not how either participants and contributors, nor how visitors, will travel. They will come along the highways, writes HAL DUELL (pictured).
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.