Harold Furber (pictured) and Owen Cole, Chair and Deputy Chair of the Steering Committee of the National Indigenous Culture Centre, describe as “tragic” the unnecessary division caused by the proposed compulsory acquisition of the Anzac Oval site. The solution is to co-locate the gallery with the culture centre on the Desert Knowledge Precinct.
Harold Furber and Owen Cole say they have made it clear "over and over and over again" that the gallery and the cultural centre should be combined and built south of The Gap. "The government changed it into two projects." Now the two men are forging ahead with the cultural centre on its own. A significant meeting will take place in Sydney next week, involving Deloitte. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photos: The sensational Yeperenye Festival, had to be held south of The Gap, in 2001.
UPDATE April 12
Minister for Tourism, Sport and Culture, Lauren Moss, confirms the government's "clear commitment of $20 million" and says the proponents of the project have drawn down against this commitment to support their early planning works.
"It’s why you come in here to a council meeting, to listen, so we’re aware of all these things that are happening. You just don’t treat people as ... stupid!” Brenda Shields was among those venting their frustration over the Town Council's high-handed actions last night. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
“If it’s going to have credibility ... it’s got to be led by Indigenous people" and “We’re going to do it the right way ... not from the top, but coming from the bottom up.” Owen Cole and Harold Furber updated the Town Council on a National Indigenous Cultural Centre for Alice Springs, a project quite distinct from the government's proposed art gallery, in focus and process. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
The National Indigenous Cultural Centre will be “community-led", “working in reverse” to the government’s process on the National Indigenous Art Gallery: the criticism was understated but explicit from the Cultural Centre project leaders in a public information session held last Thursday. KIERAN FINNANE reports with additional reporting by ERWIN CHLANDA.
Mayor Damien Ryan told the Alice Springs News Online that personally he favours the Anzac site for the Indigenous art gallery and the relocation of the rugby codes to Bradshaw Drive.
"We are here and really positive and happy to work towards a bright future for everyone,” says MLA Chansey Paech, who led today's NAIDOC march. He also comments on Harold Furber's announcement about merging the national Indigenous art gallery and the cultural centre projects. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
The living past spoke to us last night. It is there every day, held in the trees, the hills, the river but with Bungalow Song we heard its human voice, multiple human voices. Arrernte chant reached us as if on the wind through the trees. The priceless photographs and film footage – of individuals, men, women and children, of family groups, of ceremonial groups – taken at this very spot at the end of the nineteenth century was projected onto the tin roof of the Old Telegraph Station building in front of us. It was a riveting experience of the people and culture prevailing in this place before the ravages of European settlement. KIERAN FINNANE reviews. Photos by ERWIN CHLANDA.