28 Mar 2018
Minister for Tourism and Culture
A world class National Aboriginal Art Gallery is an election promise that will attract national and international tourists to Alice Springs, Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss, said today.
During November 2017, Territorians were provided an opportunity to have their say on a preferred site for the Gallery through a pop-up stall and online portal, as part of the Live Alice Mparntwe consultation on a range of CBD projects.
As well as the Have Your Say process, there was targeted consultation with key stakeholders, individuals and Aboriginal organisations.
The two most suitable potential options for the Art Gallery (the Anzac Hill Precinct and Desert Park) and a third choice of ‘other’ were put out to the community for comment.
While many sites were looked at, these two sites were considered the best options based on factors including size, sense of place, connection to the landscape and accessibility, taking into account heritage and cultural considerations.
Of the two sites, the Anzac Hill Precinct (including the old Anzac High School site) was favoured by residents, local businesses and tourism operators.
There were 649 responses in total with the results as follows:
The responses for ‘other’ saw people suggest a range of mostly CBD sites, however the Anzac Hill Precinct was the only option that met the selection criteria suitable for a world-class facility in the CBD.
Ms Moss said there is strong support in the community for this project and people see it will be an important tourism and cultural asset.
She said that with the new South Australian Government wanting to steal the project, the time to unite and deliver the Gallery is here.
“The Gallery will transform and revitalise Alice Springs, showcase the richness of the world’s oldest living culture as a place of pride, act as a drawcard for national and international tourists, and deliver social and economic benefits,” she said.
“The Gallery will create hundreds of local jobs during construction and create and support hundreds of ongoing jobs once complete – it will deliver significant flow-on benefits to local business.
“We understand Anzac Oval is highly valued as community green space. This will be respected in the planning and design process for the Gallery. The community, including Traditional Owners, will be consulted through this process.
“The Gallery will cement Alice Springs’ reputation as the Inland Capital of Australia and the Red Centre as the heart of Aboriginal art in Australia and the rightful home for a National Aboriginal Art Gallery.”
Media contact: Trish Grimshaw 0401 119 242