Kieran Finnane

Ilerngere unte apetyeme? 

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It means ‘When are you coming?’ in Mparntwe’s first language, Arrernte. And the place to go is the Apmere angkentye-kenhe (Place for language) in the Yellow House behind Flynn Church. FULL STORY »

No youth hub at Newland, but it’s not the end of the story

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Local residents rejected out of hand a bike and skate facility at Newland Park, but council is open to hearing ideas about alternative locations for a youth hub. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Desert town in springtime: new look festival



A springtime festive season across six weeks, with two to three events each week, delivered in existing venues along Todd Street and mall: this is part of the new approach to the Desert Festival. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Council: department confirms no budget irregularity

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The Civic Centre loan has been repaid in full and its repayments are no longer at play in council’s budgeting process. FULL STORY »

Land needs language

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The centre of town will be humming with the sound of its first language, when Apmere angkentye-kenhe kicks off for its second season next week. FULL STORY »

Gunner rewrites the record on gallery consultations

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The Chief Minister says the gallery steering committee “put up two sites” for this development— the Desert Park, and “at the bottom of Anzac Hill”. The steering committee (co-chairs pictured)  did no such thing. It put up only one site, the Desert Park. Mr Gunner also seems to be unaware of initiatives his Cabinet colleague Dale Wakefield is taking on the project. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

A life in flowers: new account of the extraordinary Olive Pink

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A sumptuous new book by Gillian Ward brings to light the people, the art, the ideas, and the natural world that shaped the life work of Olive Pink. It was launched at the Olive Pink Botanic Garden last Saturday with this speech by former curator of the garden, COLLEEN O’MALLEY. FULL STORY »

Desert artists finalists in Archibald Prize

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Two well-loved desert artists are among the finalists for Australia’s best known art prize, the Archibald, devoted to portraiture. FULL STORY »

Council sharpens focus on protecting water from fracking

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Council, on the urging of Cr Marli Banks (pictured), will ask the Chief Minister to put the Alice Springs Water Control District specifically off limits for shale gas exploration as well as production. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

National Aboriginal Art Gallery: Anzac Oval off the table

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Government plans for the National Aboriginal Art Gallery took a pounding last night. Despite the best efforts of Mayor Damien Ryan, the Town Council rejected entering into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Territory Government to progress the “Anzac Hill Precinct”  as the preferred site for the gallery. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »