Hig­gins warns of gallery fail­ure

NT News - - NEWS - GARY SHIPWAY

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.

Pic­ture: JUSTIN KENNEDY

Mem­bers of the Rain­bow Lori­keets hockey team made their way from Dar­win, Queens­land and SA for the 2018 Mas­ters Games in Alice Springs

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