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December 31, 2012

Alice bands head south to play at the Big Day Out

 

 

 

Two Central Australian acts, Stab Capital and hip hop duo Skank Mc (Hugh Man Winterflood, pictured on his Facebook page) & DJ Flim Flam will take to the stage for the biggest performance of their careers at the 2013 Big Day Out music festivals. [Media release by Arts NT.] FULL STORY »

Youth curfew back on town council agenda

 

 

 

A youth curfew is back on the Town Council’s agenda but at least two councillors (including Liz Martin, pictured, who heads up the National Road Transport Hall of Fame) are saying that before local government becomes involved, it should check what the NT Government’s intentions are about juvenile delinquency. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

For the record …

 

 

 

 

The photos in this story may end up being some of the last images of the trees and the sails that have been a part of this end of town for the last quarter century, and yet another chapter unfolds of the operation and interaction of business, bureaucracy and government in the Northern Territory. Photos and comment by ALEX NELSON. FULL STORY »

$6m RFDS project for local firms

The Royal Flying Doctor Service will invite tenders from local firms to build 11 two-bedrooms units and two three-bedroom units for its staff.

Michael Toomey, the RFDS General Manager Tourism & Retail in Alice Springs says the complex will be built at the rear of its Flying Doctor Service museum, one of the town’s major tourist attractions. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

After years of carrot, time for the stick: Adam Giles

The stick needs to be added to the carrot to enforce parental responsibility, reduce youth crime and get able-bodied people off the dole, says Member for Braitling Adam Giles (pictured).

If that is not done, none of the other initiatives will work.
He was responding to more than 40 comments posted by Alice Springs News Online readers, voicing extreme frustration with yet another summer of crime, are concerned that people will take the law into their own hands, and are urging the end of unconditional welfare. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Season’s Greetings to all our readers and friends of the Alice Springs News Online!

Until the beginning of February we’ll be in Summer Mode, publishing mostly the comments from you and our invited panel in our Rest and Reflection series, as well as major breaking news. We’ll draw your attention to these through our email alert (if you are not already a subscriber, please click on the NEWS ALERT line above – it’s free).

It was a pleasure serving you in 2012, our 19th year of publication, with web traffic having increased threefold since we went online exclusively in March last year. And now we’re looking forward to our 20th year: it will be a boomer, as we hope it will be for our region and all of you!

From ERWIN CHLANDA and KIERAN FINNANE. FULL STORY »

Todd Mall: Are we finally getting it right?

ALEX NELSON asks the question after decades of ill-fated developments in the town’s main drag, the war between two shopping centres,  tinkering with traffic, parking and public use, and lots of government largesse. Should there be a Royal Commission? FULL STORY »

Alcohol restrictions ‘down south’: A sober slide into 2013 on Bondi Beach.

If you’re inclined to scream “Why Me” every time you hear the word alcohol restrictions, take some comfort from how Australia’s most famous beach and former venue for wild New Year’s Eve boogies is dealing with the issues. Not only is alcohol completely banned from Bondi Beach at all times, but so is smoking. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. ABOVE: Signs prohibiting smoking and drinking alcohol on world famous Bondi Beach, bans brought in by local government after “riots”.
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LETTER: On ya, Tony!

It was pleasing to see our “leader in waiting” [Tony Abbott] in his fire truck taking direct action against climate change, writes Richard Bentley. FULL STORY »

Sentenced to a job and a future – Elferink’s visionary initiative

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPDATE DEC 19: The scheme as it is intended by Minister Elferink is “a good concept” for employers and Aboriginal employees, but many obstacles will need to be dealt with, says Chamber of Commerce Executive Officer Kay Eade.

 

“If you are sentenced in the NT you are sentenced to a job and a future.”
This is the motto for ground breaking prison reform being introduced by NT Attorney General John Elferink (pictured above left) who is also responsible for correctional services.
It will give inmates the opportunity of taking on paid work “inside the prison system or beyond its boundary,” says Mr Elferink. ERWIN CHLANDA reports and in a comment piece says that this is a visionary move that deserves public and bi-partisan support. PHOTO: Mainstream work paid at award rates to replace mindless tasks now performed by prisoners. FULL STORY »

LETTER: DPP’s failure to investigate Briscoe’s death is a blight on the justice system

The decision by the Department of Public Prosecutions not to investigate the death of Kwementyaye Briscoe in a police cell in January 2012 is another shocking blight on the justice system and its treatment of Indigenous Australians, writes Monica Morgan of the Amnesty International’s Indigenous Rights Program. FULL STORY »

Stop giving young crims bail, says councillor

Juvenile delinquents are still running riot despite pledges by the new government – in office now for well over than 100 days – to get tough on them, says Councillor Steve Brown, a long time former member of the CLP. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Urgent talks with NT government as organisation cannot pay its bills

By ERWIN CHLANDA

 

Hiccups in NT Government funding for ASYASS, an Alice Springs NGO providing emergency accommodation for young people, were given “urgent priority” in talks yesterday as the organisation was unable to pay some of its bills.

ASYASS director Brian Hayes said yesterday the problems had existed for five to six months but he was confident they would be fixed.

The News was unable to contact him today.

A spokesman for the government said: “Issues relating to payment of invoices were identified last week and are being resolved by the Regional Executive Director, Central Australia as an urgent priority.” FULL STORY »

LETTER: Family, friends knew murdered woman was being abused

 

 

I am shocked by the murder of a young woman, after a savage attack at Abbott’s Camp on Christmas Day, writes Robyn Lambley, Acting Chief Minister. FULL STORY »

OUR REST & REFLECTION SERIES: New government, same spin doctors?

 

 

 

Reading the two letters from two current pollies in your latest edition makes me think that they employed the same spin doctors as the previous administration. Where is the detail, writes Trevor Shiell. PHOTO: Why is Renmark and not The Alice the centre of commercial development of the emerging bush food industry?
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OUR REST & REFLECTION SERIES: Alice has magic but house prices and crime need a firm hand

 

 

If you drive into Alice through the hills early on any morning, you can see a slight mist over the town. I have always called this the “magic of Alice”. It is stronger than the troubles with house prices and crime, which nevertheless need to be firmly dealt with, writes JAN HEASLIP. FULL STORY »

Steve Brown survives fall, escapes council censure

 

Councillor Steve Brown (pictured), who is an electrician, fell seven metres while working on a power pole on Saturday.
He suffered extensive bruising and a broken bone in his foot, but comprehensive tests in the Alice Springs hospital revealed no serious injuries.
Cr Brown also says he was last week exonerated by the council, meeting behind closed doors, over remarks he made about Alice Water Smart, a local group formulating rules about water use. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

OUR REST & REFLECTION SERIES: Keep raising the unmentionables!

 

 

Thanks for again raising the unmentionables. The things that discomfort people, the politically incorrect issues, but the matters that will ultimately destroy the Northern Territory unless they are corrected. COMMENT by former Coordinator-General for Remote Services in the NT, Bob Beadman (pictured). FULL STORY »

Spy base and Kindergarten: Are they above the law?

UPDATE DEC 18: The bailiff served all documents on the Tunks this morning at their home address, says Mr Munn.

UPDATE DEC 12: A spokesperson for the  Department of Defence said today it is aware that a Defence employee who is a member of the Australian Public Service is involved in a private defamation case. This issue does not involve the Department. This is a private matter between the Defence employee and the plaintiff.
The Department understands that an individual attempted to access the Pine Gap facility in order to serve documents on Mr Tunks but was refused entry to the site because it is a high security facility. Following this incident, the Department encouraged our employee to deal with this matter.

What do the US spy base Pine Gap and the Alice Springs Child Care Centre have in common? They are both shielding people from a legal process by denying access to serve Supreme Court documents on their employees.
So claims Alasdair Munn, the plaintiff in a NSW defamation action which has Russell Crowe, Peter Holmes a Court and the Rabbitohs on the periphery. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

OUR REST & REFLECTION SERIES: Heat is on as NT in limbo on global warming policies

 

Records are being broken across the country as we in Central Australia swelter through another week of the “heatwave” continues which many commentators are referring to as “the new normal”. Yet it is not clear what the new Northern Territory Government’s approach to climate change will be but early indications are not encouraging, writes JIMMY COCKING, of the Arid Lands Environment Centre (ALEC). FULL STORY »

Let’s solve some problems in this time of rest and reflection

Here’s an invitation to celebrate this time of rest and reflection with an exchange of ideas about how to solve the problems – intractable so far – of this beautiful place we live in. It seems inevitable that some uncomfortable views will be articulated. Let’s have the courage to do it.
This invitation is directed to a panel of people whom we have found to have a keen commitment to Central Australia, as well as the ability to articulate ideas. FULL STORY »

LETTER: 110 days of peace in Yuendumu

Yes, we crossed 110 days of peace, writes Madhu Panthee, on behalf of the Yuendumu Mediation and Justice Committee and its chairman, Robert Jampijinpa Robertson. FULL STORY »

LETTER: Plenty in store for The Centre, writes Lambley

Central Australians have several projects to look forward to in 2013, writes Deputy Chief Minister Robyn Lambley. FULL STORY »

LETTER: Alice Springs may move closer to a healthy aviation market, says Conlan

Once some major boxes are ticked, Alice Springs is one step closer to having a healthy and competitive aviation market, writes Matt Conlan,

Minister for Tourism and Major Events FULL STORY »

LETTER: Alice second best in two speed tourism economy, says Minister

The Northern Territory now has a two speed tourism economy, with the Top End remaining strong while Central Australia is faltering, writes Matt Conlan, Minister for Tourism and Major Events. FULL STORY »

LETTERS: Bouquets for ‘roo man, brickbats for NT Government after TV show in the UK

 

Click for update in March 2013.

 

UPDATE, March 22, 2012: Part 1 of the documentary Kangaroo Dundee (beautifully filmed) went to air on ABC TV last night and has prompted further comment from readers. See FULL STORY.

 

 

Kangaroo man Chris “Brolga” Barns (pictured) should get help, not government obstruction, write readers in the UK after watching a TV documentary about the Alice Springs identity.

 

VIDEO by Alice Springs News Online.

 

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