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July 11, 2013

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 »

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 »

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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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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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Sideshow alley, campdraft liven up Show in GFC shadow

The Show Society is still crunching numbers but attendance was 21,000 over the two days – not bad for a town of 25,000. New president Kevin Heintze, heading up a committee half of whose members were also new, says the biggest success was the campdraft , running from noon on Thursday to Saturday night. Interstate traders and exhibitors were thin on the ground, citing the Global Financial Crisis as the reason for their absence. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
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Turning smelly nuisances into multi million dollar assets

 

 

 

 

All those who haven’t been paying attention to the debate so far, please join me for this back-of-the-envelope exercise on big picture issues confronting Alice Springs, looking past the end of our noses and compelling matters such as parking in the CBD on Saturdays. At the moment we are storing our garbage, and process our sewage in an open-air facility, pretty well dead in the middle of our municipality (X marks the spot on the map). There are better options. ERWIN CHLANDA comments. FULL STORY »

Camels live up to their terrible reputation, crowd delighted

 

Temperamental, terribly unpredictable and very entertaining is how the organisers of today’s Camel Cup in Alice Springs touted their racing stock – and sure enough the humped beasts lived up to their reputation. ERWIN CHLANDA joined the crowd of 6000 – 1000 more than last year –  to see a race like no other. See our VIDEO at FULL STORY. 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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Songman wants to be a political voice

 

 

 

 

In some ways Warren H Williams seems singularly suited to be “the voice” for people who are “the last to be recognised” but the first to be the subject of “government experiment”. If he put his message to music, who could turn away from that husky, golden voice from the desert, that sings so movingly of “the hills of home”? KIERAN FINNANE was at the launch of his run for the Senate today, on the Greens ticket. FULL STORY »

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 »

Council drags chain while horse bolts

 

The horse had bolted: while the Town Council was mulling over the issues and deciding to send a letter to the Minister, the Development Consent Authority approved, with conditions, two proposed telecommunications towers in Araluen. Councillor Jade Kudrenko, who has been trying to represent constituents’ views opposing the siting of the towers, last night expressed her frustration with council’s slowness while the DCA’s process had rolled on. KIERAN FINNANE reports from council’s committee meetings. Other issues: buskers in the mall • water waste and savings • asbestos in confidential • McDouall Stuart statue in no-man’s land.

 

Pictured: Greens councillor Jade Kudrenko, here introducing the party’s NT Senate candidate, Warren H Williams. 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 »

Rotary women to the fore, honour for prison volunteer

Remember when Rotary was seen as the reserve for stiff upper lip blokes in pinstripe suits? Times have changed – at least in The Alice: Two out of three club presidents here are now women (pictured, from left) Erika Sauzier (Mbantua) and Fran Neylon (Stuart), with Mike Smith (Alice Springs) in the minority. Meanwhile another prominent service club worker, Probus president Enid Harland, received a prestigious award usually reserved for Rotarians, the Paul Harris Fellowship. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. 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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Presbyterian church re-established in Alice Springs

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

The Presbyterian Church has returned to Alice Springs after many years, writes Bill MacRae, of Alice Springs. FULL STORY »

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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Intervention not demonising men

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

I am responding to comments from Des Rogers, Deputy Chief Executive of the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress about the Little Children are still Sacred report. I was shocked to hear his comments. I think it is deplorable that he has said the Federal Intervention demonised men, writes Alison Anderson, Minister for Children and Families. 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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Questions about stroke treatment at Alice hospital

UPDATE Wednesday, July 31

 

A spokesman for the health department has provided the following comment: “We have a town with relatively few stroke patients and those strokes are more likely to be haemorrhagic where this treatment does not work and makes the stroke worse.

 

“The treatment of patients who present with a stroke to Alice Springs Hospital is tailored to the clinical need of the patient and additional advice sought from specialist staff interstate if required.”

 

To bust or not to bust, that is the question – and it’s one of life and death. The Alice Hospital does not use clot busting medication, other than Aspirin. But Dr Andrew Lee, of the Flinders stroke clinic in Adelaide says clot busting medication is a good thing. Photo: Clinical Nurse Manager Jeanette Berthelson in the recently opened emergency department of the Alice hospital. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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NT, Commonwealth initiative to make homelands more viable

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

The Country Liberals Government is committed to making homelands a viable place to live for Indigenous Territorians with a new funding formula that is focused on equity. The new long term funding arrangements were negotiated with the Commonwealth Government through the municipal and essential services implementation plan guaranteeing funding for 10 years, writes Alison Anderson (pictured)

Minister for Regional Development. FULL STORY »

Bonjour! Bastille Day in The Alice

The event happened 224 years ago and on the other side of the world, but Alice Springs’ own Froggies Rendez-Vous celebrated with a dinner and Can-Can dancing the day the Paris mobs stormed the 400-year-old Bastille prison and got the French Revolution into high gear.

 

That they were all blokes up on the stage didn’t at all put the diners off their French repas on Saturday, cooked by Chris and Seb of Desert Chef: Onion soup, followed by a main course of the classic Coq au Vin (wine rooster) with a Gratin Dauphinois (potatoes gratin), and to top it off a traditional Religieuse (a “nun” – two choux pastry cases filled with crème pâtissière). FULL STORY »

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 »

Different words, different ideas: family talk in Arrernte

If you’ve ever wondered about the extraordinary web of relationships among Aboriginal people of your acquaintance, about what is meant by terms such as cousin-brother, cousin-sister, or how your friend can call more than one person mother, then this is a book for you. KIERAN FINNANE takes a look at Anpernirrentye Kin and Skin – Talking about family in Arrernte by Veronica Perrurle Dobson AM and John Henderson, the latest production of local publishing house IAD Press.

 

Pictured: Veronica Perrurle Dobson AM with Margaret Kemarre Turner OAM, who launched the book during the recent national Native Title conference. 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 »