from the quill of Antisthenes
The Blue Mountains City Council ordered the owners of the Modrogorje Gallery in Katoomba to remove the sculpture “Wanjina Watchers in the Whispering Stone”. Ms Vesna Tenodi is appealing to the Land and Environment Court and the hearing is listed for the 20th and 21st June this year. Thus far it could be a matter somewhere between the democratically elected council doings its duty in enforcing valid regulations at the best and a council succumbing to the pressure from a handful of aborigines, egged on by white people, whose commercial monopoly might to at risk, at the worst. There is no reason to doubt that the court would proceed in accordance with the spirit and the letter of the law and would not be swayed by any currently fashionable notion of so called political correctness. No comment is necessary and we can await the decision with confidence.
What is of some concern is that according to Ms Tenodi, the Council required as a condition of the consent that a separate application be lodged for each and every sculpture displayed. One notices that increasingly local councillors’ powers get to their collective heads. Marickville Council recently tried to regulate our trade with Israel; now the Blue Mountains Council set itself up as an arbiter of arts. What next? Wagga Wagga council deciding what helicopters the Australian Defence Force ought to have?