Cen­tre could be a big win­ner

NT News - - OPINION -

LET’S not be back­ward in es­tab­lish­ing an Abo­rig­i­nal In­for­ma­tive Cen­tre, as is be­ing de­vel­oped in other parts of Aus­tralia.

Rather than propos­ing a static mu­seum as planned to be built near My­illy Point at the old hos­pi­tal site, let us put in place a means to show­case the Abo­rig­i­nal life­style and cul­ture as ex­ists in re­mote out­back North­ern Ter­ri­tory. The cen­tre would serve many pur­poses other than ed­u­ca­tional and tourism po­ten­tial.

Be­ing man­aged by Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­nity it would serve as a learn­ing op­por­tu­nity for both sides of the di­vide and as­sist with the process of as­sim­i­la­tion. The cen­tre would also serve as a step­ping stone to en­able peo­ple with vastly dif­fer­ent life­styles in re­mote com­mu­ni­ties to adapt to the life­style as re­quired in ur­banised ar­eas. This fa­cil­ity to en­able tran­si­tion may lessen the prac­tice of in­di­vid­u­als who squat and de­spoil the en­trance to busi­ness premises and end up with their in­car­cer­a­tion.

Over­all, there may be a less­en­ing of in­di­vid­u­als sleep­ing un­der ve­ran­das and hum­bug­ging passers-by. Thus this pro­posal could pro­vide a means for the Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­nity to co-op­er­ate in a for­eign en­vi­ron­ment and to en­cour­age the know-how of run­ning a busi­ness en­ter­prise. I trust the de­ci­sion mak­ers in gov­ern­ment will take up the cause as a nec­es­sary part of our fu­ture de­vel­op­ment as a co­he­sive so­ci­ety.

R.P. Dar­win

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