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A Proposal for an
 Australian Universal Exposition
expo2020 - uluru
250th Anniversary of the Proclamation of the Annexation of Australia 1770 - 2020

Australia is a proud participant in World Expositions - with her Pavilions rating amongst each Expo's best. The next two World Expositions - to be held in Zaragoza Spain in 2008 - and Shanghai China in 2010 - give Australia further cause to be proud on the world stage. But Australia has room to do much more - and has not hosted a World Exposition since 1988 in Brisbane - to celebrate the bi-centennial of European settlement - nor has it ever hosted a Universal or 'Class One' Exposition - in the style of Brussels '58, Montreal '67, Osaka '70, or Seville '92.

Universal Expositions are renowned for their universal contribution to mankind - not only in architecture - but also through addressing a broad theme of human endeavour - such as 'Discovery' for Seville - to mark the Fifth Centenary of the Discovery of the Americas - and   'Man and His World', for Montreal, celebrating
the Centenary of Canadian Confederation.

Australia's World Expo '88 was a 'Class Two', or 'International' Exposition, where the Exposition Authority, not the participant, designs and constructs the participating Pavilion buildings, renting them to the relevant nation, state, or corporation.

expo2020 - uluru - is a proposal to celebrate a Universal Exposition in the heart of the indigenous Australian continent - at the foot of the majestic monolith Uluru and the rocks of Kata-tjuta, in the Northern Territory - as the highlight of the 250th Anniversary of the Proclamation of the Annexation of Australia by Captain James Cook, August 21, 1770. View: Cook's Journal [The Voyage of the Endeavour: 1773]

A Universal Exposition here would explore a timely world theme - 'Respect and Preservation of the World's Indigenous Cultures' - forcing an inward examination of the role of colonisation concomittant with the outward expansion of indigenous values - re-generating and re-incorporating our ancestral links to our modern lifestyles - through the themes of indigenous peoples and the cultural and physical links to the land, how this has developed through time, and how we can best assimilate this knowledge into our day to day life.

A Universal Exposition here would engage the world with the dramatic backdrop of Uluru and Kata-tjuta, magnificient blue skies and red sand, brilliant sunrises and sunsets. It would become a catalyst for further development at Uluru - becoming a new Australian and world capital - a World and University centre for Public Policy and Indigenous Studies - and be connected by world-class telecommunications and transport infrastructure including very fast high-speed train links to Alice Springs and other cities - linking the Alice and Uluru in just under one hour. Whole suburbs of newly built accommodation at the Exposition site itself - converted to residential at the conclusion of the Exposition - will provide tailor made accommodation for not only the Exposition Authority staff, national, corporate and international participants, but also for Expo visitors - catering for all budgets and requirements - from dormitory-style back-packer accommodation to 5-star.

Furthermore visitors and e-visitors shall count as equals at expo2020, where interactive web-cameras will allow exploration of every facet of the Exposition - from the Entrance Gates to the most intricate detail of individual Pavilion displays - rich with hyperlinked content, and with entertaining and informative multi-lingual avatar guides to suggest, interact with, and educate.

A symbol tower, representing the endurance and domination of Australia's indigenous peoples over the land, shall stand side-by-side with Uluru, reaching some 1,000 metres high - the tallest structure in the World - and take the form of a desert Australian indigenous male, standing on one leg, with spear for support, surveying the horizon - becoming Australia's own 'Statue of Liberty'.

Uluru - Capital of the World Anno Domini 2020

For it's six month duration, Uluru will play capital of Australia, and capital of the World, attracting nations, corporations and individuals from all walks of life, colours, creeds, and backgrounds.

It shall be a global rendezvous - celebrating the rich culture of our most important cultural and historical vanguards - in mankind's successful conquest of the start of the third decade of the new millennium.

I invite you to take part in this historic process - at the expo2020 uluru open forum - at http://expo2020uluru.forumwise.com

Further Information

Visit Australian Explorers

Visit the Australian Government Culture and Recreation Portal

Visit the Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park http://www.deh.gov.au/parks/uluru/

Visit the Wikipedia reference listing for Uluru http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uluru.

View the Wikipedia reference listing for Captain James Cook

Proposal Time-Line
2005....................Disseminate Idea
2006/2007..........Generate Public Interest - Lobby Australian State and Federal Governments
2008/2009..........State/Federal Government Approval - Site Blueprints developed
2010 ...................expo2020 uluru presentation in the Australia Pavilion at Shanghai World Expo 2010
2011/2012..........Lobby Bureau of International Expositions (B.I.E. - Paris)
2013....................Acceptance of bid by the B.I.E.
2014/2015..........Official Invitations issued by the Federal Government to National, Multi-lateral Organisations, and Corporations
2016....................Commencement of Works
2019....................Conclusion of Works
2020....................expo2020 uluru start!