The Anerle-aneme chair – a collaboration by Alice Springs based designer Elliat Rich and the Aboriginal owned Centre for Appropriate Technology – was launched at the preview of Australia’s 2016 Venice Architectural Biennale exhibition, held recently at Icebergs, Bondi Beach.
Costs to government to support Aboriginal people to live in the bush wouldn’t be prohibitive if the focus was appropriate technology and infrastructure that enables self–reliance and sustainability, write Dr Steve Rogers and Peter Renehan from the Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT) in Alice Springs.
Traditional owners have used their rent income from the Finke Gorge National Park to put two mobile phone hotspots, developed by the Centre for Appropriate Technology, along the notorious Boggy Hole access track to the park.
In the shadow of the federal Budget, friends of the Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT), board members and staff, past and present, gathered last Friday to celebrate the publication of Alan Mayne’s Alternative Interventions, a book that charts CAT’s history to 2010, when it had 130 staff on the books and was turning over $25 million. Today the picture is somewhat different and their survival strategy can be summed up as this: “Pull business back now and grow again once the chaos subsides.” KIERAN FINNANE reports.