Blunt answer from the Chief Minister to the Member for Araluen. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
UPDATE 6:35pm According to the Draft Daily Hansard Mr Gunner's answer was: "Madam Speaker, it will be built at the Anzac Precinct and it will be magnificent." To date the location had been described by the government as its "preferred" location. Today's statement is a significant change.
Cr Eli Melky (at right) reject's the Chief Minister's attack on the Town Council over art gallery issues, and claims Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ken Vowles (at left) should be involved in that and other issues.
Chief Minister Michael Gunner lambasts the Alice Springs Town Council instead of giving straight answers to questions in Parliament from Robyn Lambley on compulsory acquisition. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: The northern half of Anzac Oval.
Tonight's Town Council meeting passed unanimously a vote against accepting five propositions from Wakefield and Moss, including that council hand over Anzac Oval for the project. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
PHOTO: At tonight's council meeting (from left) Councillors Catherine Satour, Jimmy Cocking, Matt Paterson and Eli Melky. In the gallery, Doris Stuart (light cardigan) and Harold Furber (with hat).
UPDATE Oct 17, 9.38am: Opposition Leader comments that the government’s heavy-handed approach has failed spectacularly and further plunged the project into uncertainty while South Australia is forging ahead with its plans.
The Desert Song concert in Ormiston Gorge on the weekend was a powerful example of what an Aboriginal art gallery could do for Alice Springs, as long as it “gets people out on the road and connected to place,” says MLA for Stuart, Scott McConnell.
"As the Minister for Local Government I am a member of Michael Gunner’s team and we are very much looking forward to siting, to growing and to developing a national Indigenous art gallery," says Gerry McCarthy pictured during a "media event" in Alice Springs this afternoon. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Is the council, having conducted a poll on the issue, obliged to act in line with its result? "We want to work with the government to make sure the gallery happens," says Cr Paterson (at right in the photo, with Cr Jimmy Cocking). He was speaking with ERWIN CHLANDA.
UPDATE: Cr Eli Melky to move a motion for the Town Council to exclude the Anzac Oval site as a location for the gallery.