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July 18, 2013

Boost royalties, distribute CLC assets: Ryan’s fiery agenda

A 50% not 10% royalty for Aborigines from mining anywhere in the Territory, not just on the half under granted under land rights; immediate distribution to traditional owners of the Centrecorp assets worth tens of millions of dollars; and a five billion dollar national future fund as compensation for Indigenous people: These are part of the fiery agenda of Maurie Japarta Ryan (pictured). The new chairman of the Central Land Council and the founder of the Australian First Nations Political Party spoke with Alice Springs News Online editor ERWIN CHLANDA. FULL STORY »

Northern end of the mall reopens

 

 

 

Traffic officially returned to the northern end of Todd Mall this morning for the first time in 28 years (apart from special occasions). But more importantly people came out in good number to enjoy the new public spaces created as part of the mall redesign. It will be the ongoing presence of people, locals and visitors alike, that will be critical to the hoped for revitalisation of the town’s premier ‘street’. KIERAN FINNANE reports. 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 »

Alice Springs man wins Telstra award

 

A business launched by Alice Springs man Christopher Brocklebank (pictured) in 2002 last night won the Micro section of the Telstra NT Business of the Year awards.

 

His venture italklibrary is dedicated to turning written information into stories that can then be spoken in any language and placed online at italklibrary.com

 

“Judges acknowledged the incredible personal story and journey taken by the business owner and were impressed by italklibrary’s business model and outcomes,” says a Telstra media release.

 

Italklibrary has created a national database of stories in multiple languages, including 14 Australian Indigenous languages, and Mr Brocklebank says: “They say a picture speaks a thousand words – our pictures speak a thousand languages.” FULL STORY »

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 »

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 »

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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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 »

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 »

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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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 »

Desert Knowledge offshoot turns 10: The Clever One – really?

There is one thing Ninti One – translated as Clever One – has practised persistently in its first decade of operation: spin: The camel cull, telemetric cattle management, Aboriginal tourism and enterprises are flops, pie in the sky or nice ideas – and now the world’s most researched ethnic group is going to research itself (photo). And all that behind a wall of silence. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Getting all steamed up over water

Water restrictions should not hamper economic development in Alice Springs. That has been the view taken to the town’s Water Advisory Committee since its inception by its members from the Town Council and the business community. The committee’s head, Anne Pye, resigned at the end of June when the NT government decreed that the water availability for the town should be assured for 200 rather than 300 years. She took the view, as does committee member Jimmy Cocking from the Arid Lands Environment Centre (ALEC), that the government’s move is acting in disregard of community opinion. This is clearly far from the truth. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

Pictured: Commonage sewage ponds, courtesy Bob Taylor. While we are arguing about water supply in 300 years’ time, we waste three billion litres a year by disposing of sewage through evaporation, at the Alice Springs treatment plant south of The Gap.

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