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January 28, 2012

Cr Melky’s curfew motion soundly defeated

 

 

 

Only his seconder, Councillor Geoff Booth, voted with Cr Eli Melky (pictured) favour of his motion to revive plans for a youth curfew.

The proposal was defeated six votes to two at last night’s town council meeting. (Cr Chansey Paech was on leave.)

A related motion received an overwhelming yes vote.

ERWIN CHLANDA reports. 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 »

Knock, knock, Minister Lambley, anyone there?

A strong law and order platform greatly helped to secure victory for the Country Liberals on August 25, 2012. Today, 156 days later, nothing substantial has been done by the new government about Alice’s most troublesome problem: out of control crime and vandalism by young people whose parents – with impunity – are running away from their responsibilities. Robyn Lambley (pictured), the Minister for Children and Families (and Central Australia!), seems to be doing little about it. COMMENT by ERWIN CHLANDA.

 

UPDATE Jan 29, 2pm

Minister Lambley has issued a media release following the publication in the Alice Springs News Online about Cr Melky’s initiative, saying she “has ruled out the introduction of a blanket curfew for Alice Springs.

“A multi-pronged approach is the most effective and preferred way to manage law and order issues in the town,” Ms Lambley said.

“I have been on the record many times stating a short term curfew for children would only be considered as a last resort in the face of unabated anti-social behaviour and crime.”

Well, not quite. In our November 16, 2006 edition we reported about the town council:-

“Meanwhile, aldermen also resolved to write to the Territory Government, requesting implementation of a Night Time Youth Strategy, which would see taken into protective care unsupervised children 15 years and under on the streets between 10pm and 5am.
“The model being proposed by Ald Robyn Lambley is similar to the one in operation in Northbridge, Perth which has an emphasis on accompanying support services for the young people and their families.” 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 »

Any footy weekend troubles: don’t look to native title body for help

As Alice Springs is dreading yet another tumultuous footy weekend, some may look to Lhere Artepe Aboriginal Corporation (LAAC) to help keep in line marauding drunks and out of control youths trashing homes, cars and businesses, anti social behaviour perpetrated disproportionately by Aboriginal people.

The organisation’s purpose is to manage the “rights and interests” of native title holders, as the Native Title Tribunal puts it. And LAAC has frequently claimed that its interests include upholding the image of the native title holders as people of high principles, concerned with maintaining an ancient culture and promoting respect for their traditional lands.

Reality check, please. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Announcement of the Alice Springs native title claim decision by the Federal Court sitting in Alice Springs in 1999: The organisation it spawned has led to bitter division in the town’s Aboriginal community. 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 »

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 »

LETTER: Native Title Act amendments should be withdrawn, says mining industry

Proposed amendments to the Native Title Act will increase uncertainty and inefficiency and lead to further delays in the native title negotiation process and in the release of mineral titles. The Amendment Bill should therefore be withdrawn immediately, writes Simon Bennison, of the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies. 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 »

LETTERS: Ministers reject Feds’ intrusion into NT liquor policies

The request from Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin,  to appoint an assessor to review liquor premises is another example of Federal interference in the Territory, write Peter Chandler, NT Minister for Business. Meanwhile David Tollner, NT Minister for Alcohol Rehabilitation and Policy, writes the Federal government is acting on incorrect statistics from the former NT Labor government. 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 »

Tiger will fly to Alice again

“Bigger and better Tiger Airways” will resume flights with four return services each from Melbourne and Sydney from April 9, according to Alice Springs airport manager Katie Cooper. 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 »

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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LETTER: An OAM for former Alice Mayor

 

 

A former Mayor of Alice Springs, known then as Leslie Oldfield, received an OAM for public achievements which remain understated, writes Chris Connellan, of Narwietooma Station, via Alice Springs. She is pictured with Kamahl at one of her ceremonial functions. FULL STORY »

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 »

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 »

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 »

LETTER: Macklin’s government berates NT over liquor policies, but funded the purchase of three booze shops, says Tollner

Federal Minister Jenny Macklin’s hypocrisy knows no bounds. While berating the Northern Territory for its handling of alcohol policy, Minister Macklin has previously approved the purchase of three liquor licences in Alice Springs, writes David Tollner, NT Minister for Alcohol Rehabilitation and Policy. FULL STORY »

LETTER: People power needed to get convention

Alice Springs is one of seven finalists in the running to host an international Social Media Tourism Symposium and we need people power to get the event, writes Matt Conlan, NT Minister for Tourism and Major Events. FULL STORY »

LETTER: How will they enforce the footy booze limits?

How will the liquor outlets enforce a limit for the footy weekend of one carton or one spirits bottle per person per day if they have no authority to ask for an ID? Is there anyone living in Alice so naive as to think the clients targeted by these restrictions will answer truthfully when asked if they have already purchased a bottle or a carton? And aren’t we being just a wee bit precious about this whole ID thing, asks Hal Duell. 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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