Kieran Finnane

Town Council riven by conflict, lack of leadership

p2550 ASTC Banks & Ryan SMThe Mayor and the CEO, far from helping council to move on, have  introduced new levels of scrutiny at a time when three councillors are already feeling under demoralising pressure from Codes of Conduct complaints. They also allowed last week’s civic reception of the Prime Minister to be politicised, giving over its organisation, including invitation list, to Senator Nigel Scullion in tandem with Cr Jacinta Price, while council picked up the tab. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

UPDATE, 2.30pm, 15 August 2018: Catering cost and invitation list, including some media, excluding others.

UPDATE, 2.30pm, 16 August 2018:The media section of the Office of the Prime Minister expressed regret to have inadvertently omitted our email address from its media alert. FULL STORY »

Leaving school: what are the options in Alice if you’ve got a disability?

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Leaving school is a challenging time for any young person, but the future looks more limited when you have a disability, especially if your needs are high. It’s a problem around the country and Alice Springs is no exception. A A number of local schools, government departments, organisations and individuals are working together to try to change that, writes Jonathan Pilbrow.  FULL STORY »

Pine Gap polarises town on push for peace

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Hiroshima Day, August 6, is the occasion for many around the world to push for a nuclear-free, peaceful future. Among the challenges to building momentum on this issue in Alice Springs is the polarisation created by the presence of Pine Gap: “People don’t want to offend their friends and neighbours” who work at the military base. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Picnic Day is Hiroshima Day too

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This year Hiroshima Day – August 6, the day in 1945 that the US dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city – coincides with the NT’s Picnic Day. It will be marked in Alice Springs by two events. FULL STORY »

Cr Melky breaks silence on Code of Conduct complaints 

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Multiple allegations against him have been either rejected or dismissed, he told council in a prepared statement.  Alleging “an abuse of process”, he said the strategy of issuing Code of Conduct complaints “may not have been done in isolation”. However, he would neither confirm or deny that actions had been taken involving other councillors. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

 

UPDATE, 11.26am 1 August 2018: CEO provides further comment. FULL STORY »

The living pre-history of the OT Line: Gillen’s Modest Record

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By his editing, Philip Jones has created out of Gillen’s modest record, a masterpiece of Australian and World literature, writes R.G (DICK) KIMBER. . FULL STORY »

Making good our dreams of home

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The many ideas, memories, emotions brought into the room in Jennifer Taylor’s exhibition, Dream of Home, create a common ground around something that is fundamental for each one of us here in Central Australia, a sense of being at home here with one another, Aboriginal and other Australians – on our best days, our collective dream. KIERAN FINNANE reviews. FULL STORY »

Youth crisis: council wants to take lead

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The Town Council will look to setting up its own youth services division with an emphasis on community safety. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Gallery at Anzac consult: council hurries to meet govt deadline

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If the Town Council wants to consult the community over the future of Anzac Oval it had better get a move on: this was essentially the message from Tourism and Culture Minister Lauren Moss after council met with her and Braitling MLA Dale Wakefield on 5 July. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Artist’s Woomera warning: live bombs

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“Like most Alice Springs residents, I suspect, I have travelled the south Stuart Highway for years without knowing that the Woomera Prohibited Area (WPA) is still a live weapons testing range, open for business.” KIERAN FINNANE reviews Kristian Laemmle-Ruff’s exhibition, Woomera. FULL STORY »