The latest tale in the open and suppurating wound that is the Newcastle Art Gallery saga has come to light. The Herald reported today the shocking news that the Council has suspended the Director of the Gallery Mr Ron Ramsay (whom if you recall just brought to the city a the donation of a wonderful donated asset worth over $800,000) AND his boss over unspecified complaints.
Of course we the people are not permitted to know the circumstances of these suspensions, nor are we allowed to be informed by our elected representatives.
Is anyone surprised at this latest vindictive and unhelpful act?
How to vandalise an esteemed public Institution:
1. Vote for expansion of the Gallery and secure multi million dollar funding from two tiers of government.
2. Don’t seek funds in time from State Government, despite promising to do so.
3. Reject the plan for the expansion and propose an alternative, just to confuse the issue.
4. Propose sale of parts of the donated art collection to fund the expansion
5. Prevent the Gallery Director from speaking.
6. Try and return donated funds.
7. Return Federal Funding for project.
8. Keep the IPART rate increases set aside for the expansion.
9. Annoy existing donors (Olley Bequest).
10. Put future donors off side (Gascoigne)
11. Remove the elected Council representative on the Gallery Foundation and replace with another while no one is looking.
12. Move to replace the successful Foundation Chair, Dr Henderson.
13. Render the Directorship of the Gallery redundant.
14. Merge the position of Director with a Facilities Management position with no curatorial depth.
15. Suspend the Director.
This look like sane management to anyone. Anyone at all? Is this the way you run your business Mayor McCloy? Are these the leadership skills you said you’d bring to the city? Is this the calm you promised after the divisions in the community after the fig fiasco?
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