Higgins warns of gallery failure
NT Opposition Leader Gary Higgins says the threat of the compulsory acquisition of land for the proposed National Indigenous Art Gallery in Alice Springs had put the project at risk.
“Should the Government arrogantly proceed down this track the matter could be caught up in the court for years,” Mr Higgins warned.
“The National Aboriginal Art Gallery should be an iconic landmark project for Alice Springs and the nation.
“If it goes to court South Australia will benefit from the Government’s pig-headed approach.
The Territory Government said it had written to the Alice Springs Town Council, asking that it “now work with us on transitioning this site to one owner, being the Northern Territory Government. We believe that, for this project to be progressed at this site, it is critical that it is treated as a single site with a single owner.”
But Mr Higgins said the Gunner Government had “failed the Territory on this project, commencing with their dismissal of their own expert steering committee’s recommendation on location”.
“Labor’s failure to genuinely consult with key stakeholders, including the Alice Springs Town Council and its blatant disregard for community concerns will be the failing of this project,” he said.
Members of the Rainbow Lorikeets hockey team made their way from Darwin, Queensland and SA for the 2018 Masters Games in Alice Springs