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What we've heard

What we've heard

Keep up to date with what we've heard through the local consultation program.

It's important to consult widely with Aboriginal people.

We agree. Aboriginal people and culture are central to getting the National Aboriginal Art Gallery right. That's why we have a team in Alice Springs that are focused on meeting with as many Aboriginal people as possible, especially Traditional Owners, custodians, leaders and organisations representing local Aboriginal people, to better understand and arrive at a shared vision and ensure we are across any issues. The National Aboriginal Art Gallery will become a globally significant institution that celebrates Aboriginal art and culture and creates jobs.

We can see the benefits of a CBD location.

Alice Springs is a diverse community which is one of the things that makes it so great, so there will never be a consensus view about where the Gallery should go. However, most people we have spoken to recognise the social and economic benefits of building it in a CBD location.

The Government has a preference for the Gallery to be built at the Anzac Hill precinct and many people we have spoken to are supportive of this too. People have raised and number of questions and concerns about using this site and we have sought to address these concerns, many of which are outlined here.

It is important to note that the Anzac Hill precinct is the only CBD site to meet the requirements for the Gallery Project in terms of size, amenity, sense of place and connection to landscape.

Creating a cultural precinct in the town centre which adds to the vibrancy and attractiveness of Alice Springs for locals and visitors alike is integral to the project's success.

Locals want to preserve the heritage and history value of the oval.

Anzac Oval has long been at the centre - physically and metaphorically - of Alice Springs. The Gallery and associated green space will pay tribute to the history of the site so that locals and visitors can learn about our shared heritage and ensuring we preserve its historical value. We will work closely with the community to ensure we get this part of the project right.

Anzac oval is a special place for locals with fond memories of growing up in Alice.

The oval is at the centre of Alice Springs and all locals have a connection to that space in one way or another - whether it's been through sport or attending a community event. At the moment, it's an oval that can't be accessed a lot of the time. We want to preserve and open up the green space so that it is accessible, inviting and useful to everyone. The site will allow for traditional Alice Springs events such as the Alice Springs Masters Games, Territory Day, Carols By Candlelight, concerts and community events to continue in a purpose-built site. All feedback received through the consultation process will be considered in developing the design for the site.

The oval has a strong ANZAC history that needs to be acknowledged.

A common theme we are hearing is that ANZAC Oval has a rich military history that locals want to see recognised and honoured. Whilst we are in the early stages of planning, ideas on how this can be achieved are already being discussed, and a way to acknowledge the ANZAC history of the site will be included in the overall design to ensure that the rich history and shared nature of the green space is celebrated. We will make sure the community is part of this process.

Locals should be encouraged to visit the Gallery regularly.

The National Aboriginal Art Gallery is going to be for locals just as much as it will be for visitors. We have been hearing lots of ideas on how you feel that you'll best use the Gallery and associated green space. New exhibitions, regular events and interactive spaces for kids will all be considered in the design and operation of the Gallery ensuring residents return regularly and make the most of this fantastic new area, including the extensive open green space.

Parking is important, especially for seniors and local CBD workers.

We know that parking is a challenge for locals, particularly those wanting to access the Seniors Centre and people that work in the CBD.  A broader carparking strategy is important for Alice Springs in general and car parking will be included as part of the design process for the Gallery; we will ensure improved and increased parking compared to what is currently available.

It's important that the Gallery also stimulates the economy.

This project will deliver more than just a Gallery. It will signal a cultural regeneration of the Alice Springs CBD. It will bring thousands more tourists to town, create jobs, stimulate private investment in the region and importantly create a public space for everyone to enjoy. The revitalisation of the CBD with the National Aboriginal Art Gallery sitting proudly at its heart will add to the vibrancy and attractiveness of Alice Springs, and will encourage locals and visitors to spend more time in town and spend more money with local retailers.

Alice Springs is the Gallery's rightful home - not Adelaide or Katherine.

The Red Centre is the rightful home of the National Aboriginal Art Gallery, on the doorstep of Namatjira country. The Gallery will showcase a globally significant Australia-wide art collection from the world's oldest continuous culture, brought together under one roof - it will be a true National Gallery.

Other cities and towns are vying to be the home of a National Aboriginal Art Gallery but we believe – as do many members of the Australian arts community – that Alice Springs is the rightful home and we will fight to build it there.

The Gallery should provide Aboriginal employment and training opportunities.

We absolutely agree. There are already discussions underway with local Aboriginal organisations on how the Gallery can provide opportunities for employment and training at all stages of the project from construction, through to completion and day-to-day operations.  An Aboriginal Workforce and Enterprise Development Plan is already underway, which was one of the key recommendations of the Initial Steering Scoping Committee Report.

The Gallery should be connected to the Cultural Centre.

The National Aboriginal Art Gallery and the National Indigenous Cultural Centre are two exciting new projects for Alice Springs that will offer different, but complementary, experiences for locals and visitors. Some of the feedback that we have received through our discussions with local Aboriginal people and Aboriginal organisations is the idea that the two projects should be linked. The Gallery will be a national institution that displays Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art from all around Australia and the Cultural Centre will be a dynamic and living institution that celebrates the historical and ongoing contribution of Aboriginal Culture. There is scope for the two projects to be linked and to strengthen the experience for locals and visitors. Nganampa Development Corporation has undertaken preliminary consultation for the Cultural Centre and we are looking forward to working with them in terms of the way these two institutions can support each other.

There will be a high cost to securing new artworks and exhibitions for the Gallery.

Our project team has already met with many national and state galleries and museums over the last few months to discuss the National Aboriginal Art Gallery. Collecting institutions across the nation have thousands of remarkable pieces of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and we will be working with these institutions to borrow extensively from their holdings, to ensure that the Gallery displays a breadth of exemplary works of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art together for the first time under one roof.

It's important to ensure the Gallery and surrounds is a safe space.

We know that crime and anti-social behaviour is a serious concern for locals. The Gallery Project will be developed using Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles, which have proven success at reducing the impact of crime in other jurisdictions. Other security measures will be considered as the development of the site is underway.

The Gallery will have social benefits locally and nationally.

Aboriginal artists, communities and businesses are integral to ensuring this Gallery becomes an iconic national and international institution for our First Nations peoples. The National Aboriginal Art Gallery will be a source of pride for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, especially for young Aboriginal people who will see their art and culture celebrated. At the heart of the Project is a plan to implement majority Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander governance in driving the project from the beginning, through its development, and throughout all aspects of its operation. The plan also seeks to ensure all aspects of this project will have Aboriginal involvement, from the artwork that is displayed through to extensive jobs and economic development opportunities. We will continue to engage with Traditional Owners, the traditional custodians, and key Aboriginal organisations in Alice Springs about the National Aboriginal Art Gallery.

Alice Springs is an expensive destination, which will impact Gallery visitation.

We know that the cost of airfares in and out of Alice Springs are a big issue. Airfares are a commercial matter for airlines, the NT Government is working to drive demand, which is a key way to put downward pressure on airfares. The NT Government is seeking to drive demand by investing a record $103 million into a Turbocharging Tourism stimulus program, which includes a new $12 million adventure bike riding trail from Alice Springs. The National Aboriginal Art Gallery will also be an important demand driver attracting more people to town and putting downward pressure on airfares.

The Gallery will be a "must see" place for all tourists to Australia, the Northern Territory and the Central Australian region.  It will open up Alice Springs to other tourism sectors like education tourism, where it will attract students from primary school as the place every school-aged child must visit. Increased visitation, driven by an attraction that can be experienced year-round, will drive better access for less cost and create a positive tourism cycle.