Talks between the Town Council and Mparntwe custodians about the national Aboriginal art gallery haven't even started, and the relationships with the Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Central Australia need "re-igniting". So says Cr Marli Banks, pictured holding daughter Maringka Abbott, with NSW Cr Helen L’Organe at the Australian Local Government Women's Association Annual Conference in Sydney.
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.
Council, once a board member with full voting rights, is now welcome only as an observer, despite being a significant player in the local tourism industry. KIERAN FINNANE reports. Also: the debate on speed reducing devices for Woods Terrace.
Almost $120,000 was “misappropriated” from the industry representative body Tourism Central Australia, which receives the majority of its funding from the NT Government. This was revealed in the organisation’s annual report delivered to members at the AGM this week. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Cr Eli Melky is standing by comments he made at Monday's town council meeting about price gouging by the accommodation industry during the Masters Games, but Tourism Central Australia (TCA) says it is common practice to vary rates according to demand. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Cr Melky as a competitor on the Masters Games website: See you in 2014? Maybe not.