03 Aug 2018
Dale Wakefield, Member for Braitling
The Alice Springs business community has come forward in its support of the Anzac Hill Precinct as the preferred site for the National Aboriginal Art Gallery, recognising the economic opportunities that the Gallery will create.
The Alice Springs local project team has engaged with close to 50 local businesses and has received several letters of support from business leaders in Alice Springs. These letters will be shared with the Alice Springs Town Council and included in the final consultation report.
The primary feedback received from the business community is that they want the Territory Government to deliver and invest in job creating projects that will support the Alice Springs economy. The National Aboriginal Art Gallery will deliver that through economic opportunities that will create flow-on effects for private investment.
Quotes from Member for Braitling, Dale Wakefield
“The National Aboriginal Art Gallery will cement Alice Springs as the Inland Capital of Australia. This project will provide significant social and economic benefits through a boost to local jobs, retail, and tourism visitation.
“As well as undertaking this critical consultation phase – the first of many conversations we will have with the community about this project – we are also working with local Aboriginal organisations to develop a Regional Aboriginal Workforce Development Plan. We will ensure that local Aboriginal people are engaged on the project culturally and that they receive sustained benefit through employment and empowerment, every single step of the way.”
Quotes from Dave Batic, General Manager of Alice Springs Airport
“As a resident of Alice Springs for over five years now, I think the Art Gallery will be a fantastic opportunity not just for myself and my family, but for all Alice Springs residents.
“For this project to go ahead it will need our support and we as the Alice Springs Airport - support the project and the proposed Anzac Hill Precinct site. This is our opportunity to secure an iconic feature for Alice Springs.
“The Art Gallery will have an impact on businesses around the CBD and the town, the community will benefit, and it will also have a big impact on airline prices which is very important to the community of Alice Springs.”
Quotes from Andrew Doyle, Director of First National Framptons Alice Springs
“The National Aboriginal Art Gallery will be a major positive for the town and for the town’s economy. The Gallery will give people another reason to come to Alice Springs and find out what our town is all about.
“The site in the CBD is absolutely critical for the town. Tourism is the one variable in our economy, everything else is pretty constant so the stronger that is, the stronger our town is.”
Quotes from Dave McIver, Director of Alice Event Management and Consultancy
“One of the areas I’m involved in is corporate events. Having something like this for people to either incorporate as part of their conference or to use as an offsite function venue is going to really exciting.
“It will be great to see the Alice Springs community come together on this really exciting project.”
Watch their testimonials
Andrew Doyle, Director of First National Framptons Alice Springs - https://youtu.be/fEihZQ8Axws
Dave Batic, General Manager of Alice Springs Airport - https://youtu.be/nEJji2k1-tQ
Dale McIver, Director of Alice Event Management - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6TcBF2Zggw
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