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FIELD OF LIGHT AMAZES AT ULURU
Field of Light at Uluru
Internationally recognised artist Bruce Munro's
immersive installation, Field of Light Uluru, has
opened at Ayers Rock Resort.
In keeping with the desert's vast scale this is
Munro's largest work to date, more than 50,000
slender stems crowned with radiant frosted-glass
spheres over an area the size of four football fields.
It is also the artist's first work to be illuminated
through solar power. The spheres, connected via
illuminated optical fibre, will bloom as darkness falls.
Pathways created by the artwork will draw viewers
into the installation, which will come to life under a
sky brilliant with stars.
British artist Munro is best known for producing
monumental light-based installations, which often
mass components by the thousands. Frequently,
Munro's subject matter is his own experience of
fleeting moments of rapport with the world and
existence in its largest sense, of being part of life's
essential pattern. His reoccurring motif is the use of
light on an environmental scale in order to create an
emotional response for the viewer.
Munro conceived the idea for the Field of Light
while visiting Uluru in 1992, but it wasn't until 2004
that the artist was first able to realise it for London's
Victoria and Albert Museum, followed by a larger
iteration in a field behind his home. Field of Light
has since captivated visitors in di ering site-specific
iterations at locations across the United Kingdom,
the United States and Mexico.
"Field of Light was one idea that landed in my
sketchbook and kept on nagging at me to be done,"
"I saw in my mind a landscape of illuminated stems
that, like the dormant seed in a dry desert, quietly
wait until darkness falls, under a blazing blanket of
southern stars, to bloom with gentle rhythms of light.
"Field of Light is a personal symbol for the good
things in life.
"I now have the honour and privilege of returning
to create an iteration of this artwork for the place
that inspired it. A work conceived in the red desert
returns to its birthplace springing from the dry
ground," said Munro.
Guests to Ayers Rock Resort can experience
the installation in a number of ways, with options
including a two hour visit, a Night at Field of Light
dining experience and the option to enjoy at
Sunrise as the lights fade into the morning light.
The exhibition, aptly named Tili Wiru Tjuta
Nyakutjaku or 'looking at lots of beautiful lights'
in local Pitjantjatjara, will be in place for a full year
throughout the desert's distinct seasons, and will
close on 31 March 2017.
Sydney's hotels continue to perform well on
the back of strong demand, according to STR
preliminary March 2016 data.
Based on daily data from March, Sydney
reported the following in year-over-year
comparisons: Increases in supply (+2.2%) and
demand (+1.5%); a 0.6% decrease in occupancy
to 88.6%; a 2.6% increase in average daily rate to
AUD$230.74; and a 2.0% increase in revenue per
available room (RevPAR) to AUD$204.47.
"Sydney hotels have benefitted from
relatively slow supply growth tied with consistent
demand," STR says. "The marginal decline in
March occupancy came in comparison with an
exceptionally strong month in 2015, but
the absolute level for the month remained high."
STR analysts noted that weekend days (Friday
and Saturday) provided the most growth for March
with RevPAR at +4.8% compared to +2.9% for
weekdays (Sunday through Thursday).
At least two State Governments are taking
steps towards regulating accommodation
businesses which are part of the so-called
This is an important step in the way our
industry operates and therefore, the
Accommodation Association is working
closely these governments to try to optimise
the outcome for members.
Specifically, the Tasmanian Government is
undertaking a major reform of its planning
laws, while a NSW Parliamentary committee
is midway through a long-running inquiry
into the adequacy of regulation of short-
term holiday letting.
These are sensible regulatory steps given the
impact on the tourism accommodation industry
the growth of companies such as Airbnb are
having. Airbnb now has up to 70,000 sites in
Australia and 27,000 in Sydney alone.
In many cases, properties listed through online
platforms are failing to meet legal obligations
that a traditional accommodation business has
to and are placing the safety of guests at risk,
which is why government is moving on this.
The central issue is zoning and separating
quintessential holiday homes in regional
areas which are unlikely to attract investment
in development of commercial property
from inner-city and suburban "quasi-hotels"
which are flagrantly taking advantage of
weak planning laws and weaker enforcement.
When advocating to government on this
issue, the number one priority is consumer
protection -- and the safety of guests
cannot be guaranteed unless there is a
If traditional accommodation businesses
are required to have adequate building fire
safety, disability access, insurance and comply
with planning laws, then so should others.
In trying to settle on a definition of a tourism
accommodation business, i.e. where the line
of regulation should be drawn, the Tasmanian
Government has recommended a 42-night
maximum for home owners to make domestic
product available to short-term guests.
Having consulted with our members
and taking into account the investment
environment Tasmania -- including the
di erences between the major cities of
Hobart, Launceston and Devonport and the
rest of the state -- our position is this threshold
should be 30 days for minimum safeguards to
be in place.
Any of our members who haven't yet had
input into these processes are encouraged
to either contact us direct and/or share your
views with the respective governments. It
is particularly important given other state/
territory governments will be examining the
outcomes very closely.
Richard Munro is CEO of the
Accommodation Association of Australia
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