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Leo Abbott quits CLP to stand against Bess Price

 

 

 

Leo Abbott to challenge Bess Price in Stuart. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »


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    Young & Rich open workshop of old and new

     

    The first thing you notice on entering the studio-come-workshop is the wall display of shoemaker lasts. These are among the tools of trade for the first bespoke shoemaker in Alice Springs in 50 years, James B. Young, who with his partner, designer Elliat Rich, will launch their Elbowrkshp next week. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

      Will Blain win put Giles at risk?

       

       

       

      Gerry Wood may have ensured no change in Chief Minister. Now Giles may be at risk. FULL STORY »


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        LETTER: Give up the grog, as a town

        If bush communities can do it, why not Alice? FULL STORY »

          Town Council wants Chief Minister for talks about crime in Alice

          A recent spate of anti-social and criminal behaviour around Alice Springs will be the subject of a letter from the Town Council to Chief Minister Adam Giles, calling on him to meet with them. This will come on top of council’s meeting with Minister John Elferink (Justice, Children and Families, Correctional Services) tomorrow. KIERAN FINNANE  reports. FULL STORY »


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            Berrimah Line the winner in Blain

            The Blain by-election was a resounding victory for the Berrimah Line. ERWIN CHLANDA comments. FULL STORY »

              Final act in a history of violence

              A man convicted last week for the reckless manslaughter of his wife had three previous convictions for assault against her and another for assault against his father. A Domestic Violence Order was in place to protect his wife from him but this didn’t stop Sebastian Kunoth from brutally attacking her at Abbott’s Camp on Christmas Day 2012, including by bringing down on her head a broken piece of concrete. FULL STORY »

                Louts hassle shop keepers, customers in Mall

                 

                 

                An Alice Springs local says he is concerned crimes by juveniles in the Todd Mall. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

                  Perkins resigns as probe into Mbantua Festival starts

                   

                   

                   

                  Krystal Perkins resigned as a director of the Arrulka Corporation two days after the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC) ordered an examination of the corporation’s books. Arrulka managed the Mbantua Festival last year which still owes money to performers and suppliers. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Ms Perkins is in the centre of the photo, in 2010. FULL STORY »

                    Administrators untangle web of native title group’s businesses

                     

                     

                    The special administrators appointed to the Alice Springs native title organisation Lhere Artepe are untangling a web of commercial entities whose formation and management has led to years of bitter conflict in the town’s Aboriginal community. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Mount Johns subdivision promoted: Mr Pearce is at the right.
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                      Cops less often at bottleshops

                       

                       

                       

                      ALCOHOL WATCH #18 by Russell Guy. Police presence at bottle shops in Alice Springs will continue, but at a reduced level. FULL STORY »

                        More trouble at DASA

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         

                        The Alice Springs News Online understands that the Drug and Alcohol Services Association (DASA) has sacked its CEO, Margo MacGregor. President Michael Gehring (pictured) declined to comment. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

                          Tourist park product of thinking big, while pancakes add charm

                           

                          What we are doing best in Alice Springs is giving visitors a great time, and in that endeavour the grand champion is indisputably Brendan Heenan. Now 30 years old, his MacDonnell Range Holiday Park is a product of thinking big whilst the little things – such as Sunday morning pancakes for all – give it its charm. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

                            Plans for mall project continue despite government ‘no’

                             

                             

                             

                            The NT Government has declined to contribute $2m to a $70m project in Todd Mall, but the Town Council and the Uniting Church continue with their plans. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

                              At the deep end of The Centre’s drinking culture

                              Defence lawyers’ questioning seeks to cast doubt on eye-witness evidence; as a by-product they paint a revealing picture of prodigious drinking going on in our midst. The time of the day is reckoned by the time of the bottleshop opening and closing; the time with family remembered, at least in part, by the grog shared with them and the arguments and fighting that can follow. KIERAN FINNANE reports from the Alice Springs Magistrates Court and reproduces recent sentencing remarks by CHIEF JUSTICE TREVOR RILEY in the Supreme Court. FULL STORY »

                                Adam Giles’ squandered opportunity

                                 

                                 

                                Adam Giles wooed Alison Anderson to join the CLP, yet in government has not known how to work with her. The current debacle is a very poor reflection on his leadership and on the Territory’s political culture. I say the Territory, rather than Country Liberal, because Labor did not know how to work with her either. Does this mean she is impossible? If that’s your conclusion then you’re admitting defeat in one of the most important challenges facing the Territory, just at a time when it looked like progress was being made, comments KIERAN FINNANE. FULL STORY »

                                  Will Alison’s antics put paid to the CLP’s chances?

                                   

                                   

                                  Will Alison Anderson’s antics stand in the way of the message from the Bush, calling for development, jobs, better infrastructure and most of all, individual rights, individual ownership and equality, regardless of race, a sense of equality and inclusion? FULL STORY »

                                    ‘Boneless hand varial’ at first Alice skateboarding titles

                                     

                                     

                                     

                                    This is Dakota performing a “boneless hand varial” at the Alice Springs Skateboarding Titles: The skill of some skaters is exceeded only by the quirkiness of the names they give to their tricks. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

                                      The Jam Nights are dead. Long live the Jam Nights!

                                       

                                       

                                      After 30 years the Todd Tavern has shut its doors to the Monday Jam Nights of the Alice Springs Desert Music Club. But don’t despair, the club is far from over, merely taking a short break, with plans to restart mid-May at the Memo Club! FULL STORY »

                                        Central Desert makes school attendance council business

                                        A new School Attendance Policy adopted by the Central Desert Regional Council ensures that activities for school aged kids run by the Council on nights preceding school days are finished by no later than 8.30pm. It also mobilises council resources such as Night Patrol to help get kids home at night. And council will not support community events and sporting carnivals that interrupt school days. FULL STORY »

                                          Marvellous Alice hangs in there, in the face of adversity

                                           

                                           

                                          Pollies brawl, developers cross their fingers, traders hardly trade, drinkers kill, and everyone wants their own law. Yet – somehow – bloody marvellous Alice survives. FULL STORY »

                                            Turn the photo into reality

                                             

                                            “Your shop can look like this.” That’s the message this giant photo aims to convey to potential lessees of the vacant shop at the Todd Mall entrance to the Alice Plaza Shopping Centre, according to its property manager, Tony Bowes. FULL STORY »

                                              Opportunity knocking at Clontarf Academy

                                               

                                              “Clontarf makes me come to school more, keeps me out of trouble,” says Jordan Khan, from the Clontarf Academy at Centralian College. He and fellow students Elisiah Wasaga and Dereece Hanley-Satour are being sponsored by the Rotary Club of Stuart to attend a “fun packed learning experience” in Adelaide, run by the Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment. ERWIN CHLANDA spoke to the three young men. FULL STORY »

                                                Titjikala wins section of national Tidy Towns awards

                                                The desert community of Titjikala south of Alice Springs last night won the national Heritage and Culture section of the Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Tidy Towns Awards 2014. The award was picked up by community members including CEO Jeff MacLeod, and Sid Anderson (pictured), president of MacDonnell Regional Council, at the presentation ceremony in Victor Harbor, SA, last night.

                                                PICTURED (from left) are Jeff Macleod, CEO MacDonnell Regional Council; Peter McLean, CEO Keep Australia Beautiful, Sid Anderson, President, MacDonnell Regional Council; Darren Wilyuka, Civil Works Assistant, Titjikala; Heimo Schober, Keep Australia Beautiful Council (NT) and Kevin Moneymoon, Civil Works Assistant, Titjikala. FULL STORY »

                                                  Bottleshop cops deter grocery shoppers – claim

                                                   

                                                   

                                                  While the police is touting as a success the “full lockdown” at all bottle shops the CEO of the company running the three IGA stores in Alice Springs says the measure is affecting not only liquor, but also grocery sales. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Wine in glass bottles at the Northside IGA store. Some brands will soon be available in plastic bottles. FULL STORY »

                                                    NT Govt. locks out Federal BDR fact finders

                                                    Mum’s the word about Banned Drinkers Register, court tired of coward punchers and free wine if you stay with them. ALCOHOL WATCH #16 by Russell Guy. FULL STORY »

                                                      Questions ALP Senator Nova Peris will not answer

                                                       

                                                       

                                                       

                                                      The ALP Senator for the NT, Nova Peris (pictured), has declined to answer questions put to her by the Alice Springs News Online about what is shaping up as the key question in Territory Aboriginal affairs: economic development on Aboriginal land. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

                                                        Cr Eli Melky: the good and the bad

                                                         

                                                         

                                                         

                                                        Cr Eli Melky (pictured) loses his bid on pouring out grog – all goes in the dirt if you drink in public – but he strikes a blow for transparency; economic development in the bush gains traction and the council finally gets into the loop on town planning. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

                                                          Payback: six in court accused of beating man to death in Alice Springs

                                                          SEVENTH MAN, ALLEGED ACCESSORY AFTER THE FACT

                                                           

                                                          DAY ONE plus links to all subsequent reports of five day hearing

                                                           

                                                          Family members of a man beaten to death in an apparent ‘payback’ in February last year twice hurled abuse at the men accused of his murder in the Alice Springs Magistrates Court today. There are seven men in the dock – six accused of murder, one of being an accessory after the fact. G. Pollard died from “multiple traumatic injuries” after being assaulted at two locations before his naked body was dumped in a ditch by the Stuart Highway north of Alice Springs. KIERAN FINNANE reports. Pictured: Members of the public leaving the hearing this afternoon. FULL STORY »

                                                            Anderson not losing sleep over dismissal from CLP

                                                             

                                                             

                                                            Rebel Parliamentarian Alison Anderson expects to be dismissed from the Alice Springs branch of the CLP but she says she will wear this as a badge of honour for someone whose main focus is representing her electorate. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Ms Anderson and Mr Giles in more harmonious days.
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                                                              Ayers Rock Resort: what’s in it for us?

                                                              What’s the Ayers Rock Resort doing for us in Central Australia? Its number of visitors is pretty close to that of Alice Springs but, per head, the Ayers Rock Resort makes twice as much money out of them. Since the Indigenous Land Corporation bought the resort it has added a convention centre, a National Indigenous Training Academy, its Indigenous staff numbers have skyrocketed and by June there will be 32 flights a week. Is Alice Springs, far from still being the gateway to The Rock as Paul Everingham had intended it to be, facing a cashed-up competitor? ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Tourism NT gives the resort prominence in its promotion of Central Australia. FULL STORY »

                                                                Desert Knowledge probe continuing, No 2 man quits

                                                                 

                                                                 

                                                                 

                                                                The NT Government’s review of Desert Knowledge is continuing, according to a government spokesman, “looking into the future shape and the various aspects of the Desert Knowledge Precinct. Meanwhile DKA’s number two man, Mike Crowe (pictured)  has jumped ship. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

                                                                  Alison spooking the horses – someone has to do it!

                                                                   

                                                                   

                                                                  Alison Anderson: Love her or loathe her, she does tend to expose our Legislative Assembly as a house of mendacity and mediocrity. FULL STORY »

                                                                    Land council power struggle not over?

                                                                     

                                                                    A failed court action by Maurie Ryan, Chairman of the Central Land Council, against one of its councillors and former Deputy Chairman, Michael Liddle (right), does not seem to have settled an apparent power struggle between them, but for the time being it’s Ryan 0, Liddle 1. Magistrate David Bamber this week dismissed Mr Ryan’s application for a personal violence restraining order against Mr Liddle for want of evidence, but the hearing revealed something about the reasons for their antagonism. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

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                                                                      Aboriginal community vies for national Tidy Towns Award

                                                                      The tiny Aboriginal community of Titjikala south of Alice Springs, having won the top spot for the Territory in the Australian Tidy Towns awards, now hopes to win the Australia wide competition to be announced on Friday at Victor Harbour in South Australia. PHOTO: The Titjikala Civil Works team (from left to right) Dennis Douglas, Darren Wilyuka, Kevin Moneymoon, Malcome Moneymoon, Desmond Jack and Dougie Wells with Heimo Schober, CEO Keep Australia Beautiful Council NT (third from left) and Dave MacGregor, Shire Service Coordinator (fifth from left) in stand proudly in front of the children’s park and shaded family seating. FULL STORY »

                                                                        What’s in this edition?

                                                                        POLITICS & SOCIETY

                                                                        Leo Abbott quits CLP to stand against Bess Price. NEW

                                                                        Town Council wants the Chief for talks about crime in Alice. NEW

                                                                        Final act in a history of violence. NEW

                                                                        Central Desert makes school attendance council business. RECENT

                                                                        At the deep end of The Centre’s drinking culture. RECENT

                                                                        Payback 7 ordered to stand trial. RECENT

                                                                        ‘Payback 7’: Kumunjayi Pollard hunted ‘like a kangaroo’.

                                                                        ‘Payback 7’: blow to sternum could have caused heart failure.

                                                                        ‘Payback 7’: victim may have had genitals burned. 

                                                                        Bottleshop cops deter grocery shoppers – claim.

                                                                        Questions ALP Senator Nova Peris will not answer.

                                                                        Payback 7′: ‘They was punching him a lot of times.’

                                                                        Cr Eli Melky: the good and the bad.

                                                                        Payback: six in court accused of beating man to death in Alice Springs.

                                                                        Anderson not losing sleep over dismissal from CLP.

                                                                        Ayers Rock Resort: what’s in it for us?

                                                                         

                                                                        CULTURE & PEOPLE

                                                                        Young & Rich open workshop of old and new. NEW

                                                                        Perkins resigns as probe into Mbantua Festival starts. NEW

                                                                        Louts hassle shop keepers, customers in Mall. RECENT

                                                                        More trouble at DASA. RECENT

                                                                        ‘Boneless hand varial’ at first Alice skateboarding titles. RECENT

                                                                        The Jam Nights are dead. Long live the Jam Nights! RECENT

                                                                        Opportunity knocking at Clontarf Academy. RECENT

                                                                        Titjikala wins section of national Tidy Towns awards. 

                                                                         

                                                                        BUSINESS & ECONOMY

                                                                        Administrators untangle web of native title group’s businesses. NEW

                                                                        Tourist park product of thinking big, while pancakes add charm. RECENT

                                                                        Plans for mall project continue despite government ‘no’. RECENT

                                                                        Desert Knowledge probe continuing, No 2 man quits.

                                                                        Tenders closed for complex on Melanka site.

                                                                         

                                                                        OPINION

                                                                        Will Blain win put Giles at risk? COMMENT by HAL DUELL. NEW

                                                                        Berrimah Line the winner in Blain. NEW

                                                                        Cops less often at bottleshops. ALCOHOL WATCH #18 by Russell Guy. NEW

                                                                        KIERAN FINNANE: Adam Giles’ squandered opportunity. RECENT

                                                                        STEVE BROWN: Will Alison’s antics put paid to the CLP’s chances?

                                                                        NT Govt. locks out Federal BDR fact finders. ALCOHOL WATCH by Russell Guy. 

                                                                        Bicycle riders in circles. By SUZANNE VISSER.

                                                                         

                                                                        LETTERS

                                                                        LETTER: Give up the grog, as a town. NEW
                                                                        FOR EARLIER REPORTS GOOGLE OUR SIX MILLION WORD ARCHIVE DATING BACK TO 1997. FULL STORY »