Deputy Mayor Matt Paterson (at left) has declared an interest and the position of Mayor Damien Ryan (at right) remains unclear as the Town Council undoubtedly will deal with the latest upheaval surrounding the art gallery tonight. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
The opening of the Albrecht Oval grandstand this morning was an unlikely occasion to gain some clarity of the process – or lack of it – to find a place for the national Aboriginal art gallery. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
The Town Council last night unanimously expressed its preference for the Anzac precinct as the location for the national Aboriginal art gallery provided the NT Government has received consent from the traditional owners. So far there is no evidence that it has been given. In another decision the council voted against the introduction of a youth curfew, proposed by Cr Eli Melky for the fifth time, but now with the support of Deputy Mayor Matt Paterson. MORE LATER.
Compulsory acquisition of Town Council owned Anzac Oval for the art gallery is on the table. Mayor Damien Ryan position in council is compromised as a CLP candidate. Anzac High (at right) faces demolition starting Monday. But not all is bad in politics: Namatjira MLA Chansey Paech (at left) is adjusting to a re-jigged electorate and patiently pursuing resolution of the flagrant misuse of rural residential land. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
The demolition of Anzac High School (pictured) will continue, says Minister Eva Lawler, the Minister responsible for the Department of Infrastructure, Planning & Logistics (DIPL). In reply to a shock statement from the ICAC yesterday she says getting a report on the refurbishment of the historic building "would have been a waste to taxpayers’ money". ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
UPDATE Friday 7.40am: Save Anzac High campaigner David Hewitt says he inspected the school last night and found no signs that the removal of asbestos had started, as claimed by Minister Lawler.
No one in their right mind would want to demolish a perfectly good building such as the current council civic centre, with the risk of burdening the community with a huge debt, writes Councillor Eli Melky.
The council is "divided, lacks leadership and individual Councillors have put their own political interests above the interests of the people of Alice Springs". MLA for Braitling, front-bencher Dale Wakefield (at left), and culture minister Lauren Moss (at right) respond to Tuesday's rejection of the gallery deal. Report by ERWIN CHLANDA.