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June 28, 2013

Hardware giant gives vote of faith in Alice

 

 

 

 

The huge, 12,000 square meter Bunnings hardware store, costing $23m and employing a staff of 75, was officially opened on the North Stuart Highway this morning as a beacon of faith in the future of Alice Springs. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PICTURED is manager Annmarie Beech. FULL STORY »

Passing through light and time

 

 

 

Rodd Moss may mostly paint by the hard light of day, but the retrospective at Araluen covering his work in Alice Springs over three decades opened by candlelight and in an atmosphere of reverence. Why did this feel so fitting and potent? asks KIERAN FINNANE.

 

Pictured: Rod Moss (right) and friend in front of Movies is Magic. FULL STORY »

Vote ‘yes’ in referendum or face higher rates: Mayor

Vote ‘yes’ in the coming referendum on constitutional recognition of local government or definitely face increased rates in the future and risk loss of direct funding from the Commonwealth, such as money for local roads through Roads to Recovery and other community infrastructure grants. This is the message that Mayor Damien Ryan wants his fellow councillors to take to the electorate. With apparently more than 30% of voters making up their minds on polling day, he urged them, at last night’s end of month council meeting, to all be present at the booths on September 14. KIERAN FINNANE reports on this and other council news, including more CCTV and solar lighting along the river.

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“Admission” by Jemena: pipeline for export gas

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Territorians weren’t told the Tennant Creek to Mt Isa pipeline would be for export gas and would rely on NT fracking gasfields, writes Naomi Hogan, (pictured) from the Lock the Gate Alliance.

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Gillard encourages harmful drinking

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

The Federal Labor Government is failing Territorians by refusing to allow welfare quarantining provisions that would restrict supply for problem drinkers after Alcohol Mandatory Treatment. The Commonwealth’s decision is political, will hurt vulnerable Territorians and fails families and communities, and gives problem drinkers a license to drink after Alcohol Mandatory Treatment, writes Robyn Lambley,

NT Health Minister. FULL STORY »

Across the world, through time: a search for meaning

 

 

 

Not many of us own up, in our private domains let alone in public, to our searches, our longings for deep meaning in our lives, yet here is a book that goes in and out of our part of the world that does just that. It is a sustained quest for the core of things, for the shape of life, that “reaches down pathways of used time”, but also loops, seemingly effortlessly, around the globe, from the northern reaches of Russia to deep in the western deserts of Australia. KIERAN FINNANE reviews Nicolas Rothwell’s Belomor. FULL STORY »

Yuendumu Sports Weekend is back on 50th anniversary

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

Yuendumu will once again come alive to the sounds of leather on leather, bat on ball, the swish of the basket, cheering crowds and healthy rivalries with the announcement that the community will hold its first Sports Weekend since 2011 writes Adrian Dixon, Central Desert Shire President.

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COMMENT: Alice is not sad, Alice is real

This is just what we need: the traveling bible Lonely Planet calling Alice “a bit sad”. Empty shop fronts in Todd Mall are given as an example. While Europe and the USA are falling apart in an ongoing economic crisis, those who still can afford to travel are warned against empty shop windows. That makes me mad, comments SUZANNE VISSER. FULL STORY »

Stronger Futures, as seen from poles apart

 

The Aboriginal affairs battleground shows how far apart the two major parties are in the lead-up to the September 14 Federal elections, as Territory CLP Senator Nigel Scullion (at right) and Labor Member for Lingiari (at left)  are slugging it out. FULL STORY »

12-year-old charged with theft of cop car, ram raids on stores

 

 

 

 

Southern Investigation Detectives have charged a 12-year-old boy for allegedly unlawfully entering the Santa Teresa Police Station and stealing a Police vehicle. And detectives from Strike Force Vega are investigating a series of linked property offences in Alice Springs over the long weekend, resulting in the arrest of five males. On two occasions a vehicle was used to force entry into the building.

Police photos: Arrest targets Bruce Impu and Richard Palmer. A similar vehicle to the one used in one ram raid, minus the GT Stripe. FULL STORY »

Old meets new – and is transformed

 

Sustainable Couture proved itself again last night, with renewed inspiration from its core group of designers and inspired new designers entering the fray. The group’s commitment is to making wearable garments with flair, using recycled materials. First time exhibitor at the event, Jen Standish-White, wowed the crowd with this elegant trio, her sleek male models getting a particular welcome. KIERAN FINNANE was there.

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Pictured: Hayden, Nathan and Megan  modelling; Jen Standish-White at the rear, far left, with MC Meredith Campbell.

Video by ERWIN CHLANDA

 

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Cattle breeders will toughen out industry woes

“You get your ups and downs,” says veteran cattleman Dick Cadzow, from Mt Riddock Station, north-east of Alice Springs: Up are local cattle numbers at the annual show but prices were down at yesterday’s sale. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: The next generation of cattle breeders vying for prizes such as Junior Handler Trophy, 12 yrs and under – and giving their Akubra hats a proud showing.

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Gonski dollars don’t add up for NT schools

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

It is obvious the sums do not add up in favour of the Territory signing up to the Gonski education reforms, writes Chief Minister Adam Giles. FULL STORY »

Pregnant drinkers to be a focus of govt. child protection

Pregnant girls and women abusing alcohol and drugs will be a focus for the Office of Children and Families (OCF), says its Minister, Alison Anderson. She recently announced that pre-natal child protection will be part of new legislation. Ms Anderson is pictured at the opening this morning of the OCF’s new section, in Minerals House, Hartley Street. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Giles “unconscionable” on education

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

We are angry that the Giles government is cutting schools budgets, as revealed in The Australian today. We are appalled to learn today that not only is the Giles government prevaricating on Gonski, they are also planning further cuts in their own state budget, writes Angelo Gavrielatos, Federal President, Australian Education. FULL STORY »

Is Vinnies’ Intervention blast true to pledge?

How much accurate and relevant information is needed to start a protest campaign? The ratio is in indirect proportion to the distance from what is being protested about: The further you are away from the action, the less you need to know – and get away with it. At least that’s what is suggested by the “Six years of the NT Intervention is six years too long” campaign by the St Vincent de Paul Society, ACOSS and the National Welfare Rights Network (NWRN). ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Territory, Federal Opposition on the same page

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

The new policy commitment for Northern Australia by the Federal Coalition is totally consistent with the vision of the Northern Territory Government, writes Chief Minister Adam Giles. FULL STORY »

Massive mobile phone demand has Telstra on the hop

 

If at times you feel like thumping your mobile phone, you only have yourself to blame: you – the Alice Springs public – have increased demand tenfold since 2002, and that’s a big ask for any supplier.

The town now has six base stations. Two more, at Undoolya and Larapinta, will come on stream later this year. More are on the drawing board: Two for the eastern rural area and one south-west of The Gap. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Private home ownership for town camp

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

Home ownership is a step closer for the residents of Ilpeye-Ilpeye town camp in Alice Springs, with the Australian Government reaching a landmark agreement including a compensation package with Ilpeye-Ilpeye land owners that will provide the means for residents to build their own homes, writes Jenny Macklin (pictured), Minister for Indigenous Affairs. FULL STORY »

Feds support alcohol mandatory treatment

 

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

The Northern Territory Government has welcomed Federal Community Services Minister Jenny Macklin’s support for welfare quarantining measures to apply to problem drinkers placed into Alcohol Mandatory Treatment, writes Robyn Lambley (pictured), NT Health Minister. FULL STORY »

Salt mine south of Alice Springs a step closer

 

 

 

 

A proposed underground salt mine near Titjikala, 120 kilometers south of Alice Springs, is a step closer to becoming reality. FULL STORY »

Is town council use of “in confidential” going too far?

 

Current Town Council dealings behind closed doors about the future of the landfill gives new fuel to controversy over business the council is doing “in confidential”.

The default position under the law is that all matters should be dealt with in open meeting, except a small number of issues that are defined.

But it seems the public is being shut out for reasons decidedly not provided for under the law. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

PHOTO: Mayor Damien Ryan (second from left) with MLA Alison Anderson and MHR Warren Snowdon (middle) and (from left) Councillors Liz Martin, Brendan Heenan, Geoff Booth and Steve Brown at the construction site of the landfill transfer station. FULL STORY »

View from the air

 

 

 

How right artist Deborah Clarke is to focus on the view from on high, where we’re no longer seeing to our measure but momentarily can take in something of the spaciousness and grand movements of the landscape.  Ancient (diptych) and the handmade books, Above Ruby Gap, and Above Ormiston Gorge, encompass these very large views, with a beckoning perspective. KIERAN FINNANE reviews Clarke’s exhibition Up in the air. FULL STORY »

What’s happening with the landfill?

Mayor Damien Ryan is not saying whether the public has been informed about the Town Council’s current negotiations for land to expand the rubbish tip in its present location, and if so, when and how that disclosure was made.

The negotiations were reported by the Alice Springs News Online as discussion is resuming about shifting the landfill from a location where it will be in the middle of the town, given its growth pattern.

ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

AERIAL PHOTO at right: Lot 7902 is the existing landfill.

It it understood that the town council is negotiation for the lot to the west (left) of it, number 8097.

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Feds say no to Alice Springs CBD project funding

 

Alice Springs Town Council and the Uniting Church say they will explore new avenues for funding the proposed meeting place and commercial development in the CBD after receiving notification the bid to secure a grant from the Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF) was unsuccessful. The $60m project was first reported by the Alice Springs News Online. Member for Lingiari Warren Snowdon (pictured) did not respond to a request for comment today. FULL STORY »

Government alcohol plan for Alice Springs

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

Sir – We will develop a new town-wide Alcohol Management Plan for Alice Springs, over-sighted by a newly created Alice Springs Alcohol Reference Group and involving community and stakeholder consultation, including licensees and Indigenous organisations ,write Health Minister Robyn Lambley and Chief Minister Adam Giles. FULL STORY »

Child protection to start in the womb

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

Changes to the Care and Protection of Children Act (the Act) will include enabling of pre-natal notifications and investigations and introduction of therapeutic orders to enable the admission of some children with high needs into a secure care facility, writes Alison Anderson, Minister for Children and Families (pictured). FULL STORY »

Core confirms large copper field northeast of Alice Springs

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

Core Exploration Ltd  has confirmed an exciting large copper mineral field 100 km north east of Alice Springs, writes Stephen Biggins, Managing Director, Core Exploration.

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Don’t do a U-turn on consumer protection

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

The Master Builders Association is concerned at moves to roll back building reforms designed to protect consumers. The Government is being lobbied to get rid of the Residential Building Cover package introduced at the beginning of the year and go back to the old Home Building Certification Fund scheme that provided only limited cover, writes Graham Kemp, MBA Executive Director. FULL STORY »

Education changes should ring alarm bells for parents and students

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

Recently announced changes to funding for the education system should be ringing alarm bells for parents and students alike. While the NT Government’s commitment to further investment in the early years is highly significant and crucial to improving educational outcomes for many children in the NT, such investment should not be at the expense of older students, writes Jonathan Pilbrow, Parent of a Centralian Senior College student, Alice Springs. FULL STORY »

Inquiry into real estate firm Framptons

UPDATE 9:30am JULY 12

 

The Alice Springs News Online has learned that clients of the Frampton New Homes scheme, which operated between 2008 and 2010, have been asked to make themselves available for the inquiry. We also understand that jailed Randal Carey (pictured), the scheme’s builder, will be appearing. See FULL STORY. 

 

The Agents Licensing Board is conducting an inquiry into an alleged breach of the Agents Licensing Act by First National Real Estate Framptons. Karen Avery, Senior Director Licensing, Department of Business, says the board is conducting the inquiry “in its own right” and the alleged breach relates to the section which states: “A licensed agent who … publishes, or causes to be published an advertisement or other statement that is false, misleading or likely to deceive a person … is guilty of a breach of the rules of conduct for agents.” ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Beanie Fest: Quirky Centre head gear takes world by storm

What’s a beanie? How long have you got? “Everyone, no matter who they are, needs a beanie to enjoy the outdoors during our crisp, cold winter nights,” says organiser Jo Nixon. “There is no limit to the shapes, textures, colours and patterns that are evolving.” ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

 

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Alice water cap lifted ‘under pressure from political advisers’

UPDATE 1:30am JULY 13:

See FULL STORY: Minister Willem Westra van Holthe has provided a response.

 

Alice Springs based water planner Anne Pye says she was told to “remove the cap from the Alice water plan on the basis of comments from Darwin based political advisers and Darwin bureaucrats”. Ms Pye, who has taken a job with the Central Land Council, stated this is a “final farewell” email to colleagues which was leaked to the Alice Springs News Online. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Mandatory treatment for alcoholics at facility near gaol

Under the roll-out of Alcohol Mandatory Treatment across the Territory, the Alice Springs assessment centre will be located at the secure care facility (pictured) adjacent to the Alice Springs gaol, on the South Stuart Highway, says Health Minister Robyn Lambley. FULL STORY »

Real jobs? Spin rules.

The spiel about the purchase of 2000 hectares Territory Table Grape is as old as it is trite. It is an “opportunity for Indigenous Australians”, intones Indigenous Business Australia. The upbeat language dried up when the Alice News began to examine whether this is just another source of sitdown money. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: The Ali Curung watermelon plantation where backpackers and other imported labour, reportedly, do much of the heavy lifting. FULL STORY »

The politics of love

 

 

At the launch of her new novel, From Alice with Love, Jo Dutton spoke of fiction’s power to change the way we think. By this measure, the achievement of her book is to tell an emotionally textured story of lives lived in and near Alice Springs. If it changes the way we think, it’s by getting in under the usual glosses of the social landscape of The Centre and letting love propel her story, love between particular people, black and white, living in recent times, and love of the country. KIERAN FINNANE reviews.

 

MODIFIED 11.05am, July 1, 2013. See note at the end of FULL STORY.

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Taxpayers’ money burnt in failed Centre carbon farm

 

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

The Federal Labor Government has wasted $9m of taxpayers’ money by giving it to a private company to buy Henbury Station which has now gone into receivership, Nigel Scullion (pictured), Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory. FULL STORY »

Social woes: it’s all about having a job, says ALP’s Nova Peris

When it comes to picking an attractive candidate it doesn’t get much better than Nova Peris: She is thoughtful, a good communicator, energetic, a sporting star, Territory born and bred and good looking. For a Labor candidate she is surprisingly conservative on some issues, quoting that four-letter word – work – as the key to fixing much of what’s wrong in the Territory. Far from focusing on just Aboriginal issues she says bringing back to speed the live cattle export industry will be one of her top priorities. She spoke with Alice Springs News Online Editor ERWIN CHLANDA. Ms Peris, at left in the photo above, is pictured at the Alice Springs Show with law student Que Kenny, from Hermannsburg.
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Yarns & fierce contest under a brilliant winter sky

 

Grass Stocking Creature (grass must be growing), Best Decorated Gum Boots and Floral Saucer in Wet Sand (Saucer edge & sand to be completely covered) are just three of the classes in the Horticulture Section of the 54th Annual Alice Springs Show.
Tomorrow’s highlights: Finals of the equestrian events, best watched from the grandstand, the bronco branding and, of course, the fireworks! FULL STORY »

When gas turns to hot air

 

 

 

 

Gas promises are a hardy perennial for Territory pollies but since the building of the Palm Valley to Alice and Darwin pipelines they have amounted to little more than hot air. The latest promises come from Chief Minister Adam Giles who told the Estimates Committee he had requested the private sector to produce financial modelling for a pipeline to South Australia’s gas fields at no cost to the government. ALEX NELSON reports. Image: The territory’s first Chief Minister, Paul Everingham, on an election advert in May 1980. FULL STORY »

The Tongue will hip hop to Alice Springs

 

 

 

Local rapper Hugh “Man” Winterflood aka SkankMC describes as a “huge gig” the performance on July 27 by Sydney hip hop artist MC The Tongue (pictured). “He will be on his national tour and is coming to play a gig here in Alice for free, at Bojangles,” says SkankMC. FULL STORY »

More peace in public housing

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

Public Housing Safety Officers had improved the lives of many Territory Housing tenants and their neighbours. In one year the officers have come across 8525 incidents while on patrol and responded to 5697 complaints – that’s an average of 1.6 responses required every hour writes Peter Chandler, Minister for Housing. FULL STORY »