Erwin Chlanda

ABC story celebrates NAIDOC Week by omissions




An ABC TV report last night about activist Geoff Shaw (image at left from ABC footage), and in connection with NAIDOC Week, was devoid of balance and unfairly dumped on Alice Springs. This is an issue in the public interest, comments ERWIN CHLANDA.


New Desert Knowledge CEO picked?



Paul Davis (pictured), the business manager of Desert Knowledge Australia, will be its new CEO, replacing John Huigen, according to a reliable source. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


Alice Show: top attractions go up in smoke



No smoking rules at the Show led to the cancellation of the annual fixture’s most spectacular events, the rodeo, the campdraft and the bronco branding. Meanwhile, exhibits in some of the sections looked a treat. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

‘Born & bred’ Renee worked her way up to bank manager




Alice Springs Community Bank branch manager, Renee DeMarco (pictured), has a tendency to downplay her success. At 26, she has worked her way up to become one of Alice’s few born and bred female bank managers. RACHEL McFADDEN reports. FULL STORY »

$3.5m for Chief Minister spin, says Opposition





Labor Opposition estimates questions have uncovered that the CLP Government spin machine in the Chief Minister’s Department is costing taxpayers $3.5 million, writes Kon Vatskalis, Shadow Minister for Corporate and Information Services (pictured). FULL STORY »

Council, parents should do more about street kids: Giles

p2127-Adam-Giles-at-showSMA letter from the police to the Town Council has revealed alarming figures of youth disturbances and rock throwing during the Easter holidays. But Chief Minister and Minister for Police Adam Giles, whose government has dramatically reduced funding for youth services, says councillors who fear there could be similar events in the current holidays, should take action themselves, including giving street kids a lift home. RACHEL McFADDEN spoke with Mr Giles yesterday (see video). He is pictured at the Show, on the podium, white shirt, clapping.


Town Council: transparency that’s not transparent


The Alice Springs Town Council’s elected members are split about whether the public should have access to statements by them and their senior staff about “pecuniary and other interests”. ERWIN CHLANDA reports




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Catch up with the whole town at the Show


Yesterday the big Show arena at Blatherskite Park was all wide open spaces, with just Carreene Groves on JD (centre) and Tanya Gardiner on B being put through their paces by trainer Jamie Murray. Tomorrow it will be bustling with life as the 55th Annual Show becomes the focus of the town: there will be horse events from dressage, hack, harness, show jumping and Western sections as well as traditional stockmen events including Maiden Draft, Team Penning and Stockman’s Challenge and the Bill Hayes Memorial Bronco Branding. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


New player in aged care

Australian Regional and Remote Community Services (ARRCS) begins operating aged care services in the Northern Territory today, including the Old Timers in Alice Springs, all of whose staff have joined the new company.