The business case for the national Aboriginal art gallery, one year overdue, is "based on the development of a CBD-based" institution, a location in direct conflict with the wishes of the town's Aboriginal custodians. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Minister Wakefield.
UPDATE 4pm: The cost of the business case report is $224,121 excluding GST.
"Who is the Chief Minister talking to," asks Cr Marli Banks (pictured in the centre of the photo) who says, contrary to his assertion, there is no formal decision on the civic centre swap. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
National Aboriginal Gallery update: Business plan still a work in progress. No agreement about locating the gallery south of The Gap. MacDonnell blaze: Reviews still underway, will consider the use of water bombers. ERWIN CHLANDA spoke with Minister Lauren Moss today who hosted a breakfast for bushfire volunteers at the Telegraph Station. PHOTO (from left): MLA for Namatjira Chansey Paech, Andrea Celofega, Minister Moss, Karlee Foster, Sue Chambers and Valerian Celofega.
Newly independent Member for Stuart Scott McConnell says the National Aboriginal Art Gallery – on hold at the moment – would likely lead to a national debate which is about Indigenous recognition, constitutional recognition, about truth telling “which is not about bricks and mortar, it’s about telling the Aboriginal story nationally, and how Aboriginal people can contribute to it". ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
A $60m project that "will be the first of its kind in Australia and will ... attract both national and international attention” reports the independent online newspaper In Daily today. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
They say their position has already been made clear, reiterating in a letter today that the family group “fully support” the National Aboriginal Art gallery being built in Alice Springs, but “at a culturally appropriate site" that does not include Anzac Oval. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
Mayor Damien Ryan (at left) won't say whether he is supporting 10 traditional owners on the national art gallery issue, and CM Michael Gunner (at right) won't say what – if anything – has resulted from his "consideration" of the project. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
"I just don’t feel the people on this project know what they are doing," says Michael Lynch (pictured) a veteran arts administrator and CEO of major cultural institutions in Australia, the UK and Hong Kong. EXCLUSIVE by ERWIN CHLANDA.
Some Open Questions to Tourism Central Australia, whose chairperson Dale McIver (pictured) is clamouring for an immediate start to the National Aboriginal Art Gallery. It will cost the taxpayer at least $50m and some estimate up to $500m, not including operational costs. A national accountancy firm was given just five weeks to draw up a "Comprehensive" Business Case. ERWIN CHLANDA puts questions to Ms McIver and the government and gets no answers.
UPDATE 10.08am December 4: Statement from Dr Crees; editor's note about deadlines in the tender documents.
A surprise a minute with the town's biggest project on the drawing board. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Arts Minister Lauren Moss is pictured with Namatjira MLA Chansey Paech and Phillip Watkins, CEO of Desart.
UPDATE: Minister Moss provided a statement at 5.17pm, explaining the role of the two galleries.