Centre could be a big winner
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.