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August 16, 2013

Centrecorp to buy Memo Club building – source

The Aboriginal owned investment company Centrecorp is buying the Memorial Club building (pictured), says a well-informed source. Centrecorp declined to comment. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Container deposit depot closed: UPDATE from Coca Cola

Negotiations about a new container deposit system between the Territory Recycling Depot in Smith Street, Alice Springs, and drink manufacturers have broken down. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

UPDATE FRIDAY 8am

A mock invoice for $6m will this morning be presented to Terry Davis, Group Managing Director of Coca Cola Amatil by the Boomerang Alliance, Greenpeace Australia Pacific and Clean Up Australia.

 

UPDATE SATURDAY, Aug 24, 8:30am

Coca Cola Amatil has provided the following statement: CCA understands that an operator will be establishing a depot in Alice Springs in the near future and we have arrangements in place to deal with them.  We agree with the depot operators that the legislation is flawed and that the Government should consult publicly with all parties on its plans to fix it.  If it does not consult it may just make the situation worse.
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Henley on Todd: Bottomless boats? No way!

More than 4000 people – up on last year – came to see the Henley on Todd yesterday, or at least some of it, as the annual event entered its second half century. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. See also UPDATE MONDAY 10am.
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Council v government: Kilgariff to flood or not?

 

 

Is Kilgariff above or below the Q100 flood level? The Town Council says it is below. The NT Government says it is above. Q100 means the level of flooding likely to occur once in 100 years. The council has wiped its hands of it, yet it is a pet project of Chief Minister Adam Giles. Image: The Kilgariff land and St Mary’s Creek running through it. The road on the left  is the South Stuart Highway. The road at the bottom is Colonel Rose Drive. The intersection is the south-western corner of the proposed suburb. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

UPDATE 8am Saturday: CEO’s comment. FULL STORY »

MacFarlane concedes in Lingiari

 

 

 

 

Country Liberals candidate Tina MacFarlane this morning conceded the Lingiari election to long-time sitting Member, Warren Snowdon. He is pictured being interviewed by Radio 8HA at noon yesterday. He claimed victory in Lingiari late yesterday. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Alice’s Ben Slip to play at Sydney Blues n Roots fest

 

 

 

Alice Springs musician Ben Slip The Slipsta will perform at the Sydney Blues n Roots Festival on October 27. Ben (centre) is pictured during the shoot of a film clip at Bond Springs north of Alice Springs with Jessica Mauboy (at right), his wife Laura (at left), son Joe and film crew members. FULL STORY »

A thousand roaring truckies …

One thousand truckies and partners from every Australian state are in town for their 18th annual reunion at the National Transport Hall of Fame. One hundred of them were last night inducted to the Wall of Fame which now includes 1000 legends of the nation’s transport industry. PICTURED: The parade this morning, led by the newest prime mover, built in Australia, of another major Hall sponsor, Caterpillar. FULL STORY »

Congress: Not asking for more, but don’t give us less

The wish list of the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress, for whomever will gain power in Canberra, contains not what it wants to get, but what it doesn’t want taken away. In a swirl of rumored spending cuts, where will the money come from to drive the newly chosen direction? The 40-year-old NGO that has a budget of $38m a year, for both town and “auspiced” services. More than 70% comes from the Feds. Congress has 300 employees, half of them Aboriginal. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

IMAGE from the Congress annual report 2010-11, as published on the web. FULL STORY »

Kilgariff $170K blocks, dept. on council stormwater deal

 

 

“Stormwater is no longer the enemy.” That, in a nutshell, lies behind the deal between the Town Council and the NT Government over stormwater management in Kilgariff. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

PHOTO: Swale drain at Araluen Park – the answer to drainage at Kilgariff? FULL STORY »

Yuendumu manual for healing community troubles

 

The launch of the Yuendumu Mediation Manual was nothing like the usual book launch, nor is this the usual book. The main story barely has 200 words in English and about the same in Warlpiri – a compelling lesson in how a few words can make a powerful point. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

Pictured, from left: John Gaynor (from the Central Desert Shire which helped with the publication), Thomas Rice, Cecil Johnson, Riley Oldfield, Robert Robertson and shire employee at Yuendumu, Madhu Panthee.

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Green future for Alice: how much wishful thinking?

The local environmental lobby’s draft “road map to a desert smart town” can be seen a wish list for the Federal elections, it but goes well beyond that focus – and could do with a robust reality check. In 2033 Alice Springs runs on 100% renewable energy? A local horticultural industry which supplies 50% of local fresh produce needs? And all that whilst not increasing water use beyond the current level? The Arid Lands Environment Centre’s Jimmy Cocking (pictured at right with environmentalist and science journalist Tanya Ha at Friday’s CoolMob gala dinner) and Mr McClean spoke with Alice Springs News Online editor ERWIN CHLANDA. FULL STORY »

“Have a nice day” – in Alice it can be like this …

 

 

 

 

I had a nice day yesterday: Breakfast in the Roadkill Cafe (mission statement: “You kill it, we grill it.”), welcoming a young family back to The Alice and a climb to lofty heights. It doesn’t get much better, comments ERWIN CHLANDA. Photo: Spring has arrived on Mount Gillen’s southern flank. FULL STORY »

Green roadmap: nuke power the answer?

Talking about CoolMob’s roadmap, what is the elephant in the room? Nuclear power. We have plenty of uranium within a stone’s throw of town (anyway, the quantities needed are minuscule). The area is geologically stable – ideal for storage of waste. And we are a long way from the national power grid. The answer? Image: Conceptual drawing of a two module reactor. COMMENT by ERWIN CHLANDA. FULL STORY »

Little change in crimes against person, property offences down

There is little change to the statistics for the June 2013 quarter released today of crime against the person in Alice Springs. There is a sharp drop in property crime against last year but a rise when compared with the June 2011 quarter. FULL STORY »

Tell a tourist bureau where to go

 

 

Looking for information about where to find information can take tourists on a wild goose chase, discovers ALEX NELSON. Photo: The new Tourist Commission home in Todd Mall – where the first one was half a century ago. FULL STORY »

Fitness, child care, 457 Visas on Town Council wish list

 

 

 

More child care and keeping fit are initiatives the Town Council hopes will get the support of the next Federal Government, says Mayor Damien Ryan (pictured). ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Alice as a Living Room

 

There are three places I had a love affair with: Amsterdam, Tokyo and Alice Springs. What do  they have in common, I often wondered, writes SUZANNE VISSER. FULL STORY »

What the Feds can do for our tourism

 

 

 

 

Luxury tent accommodation at Ormiston Gorge, a tethered balloon at Uluru and mountain biking in the hills around The Alice are ideas that may attract Federal grants for businesses under schemes that should continue after the elections, says Tourism Central Australia boss Jaclyn Thorne (pictured). AT LEFT: Mountain bike rider Corey Gerdsen on top of the world – well, the Alice hills, anyway. FULL STORY »

Greens want humane, economical approach to asylum seekers

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

We are calling on Territorians to vote for a humane and economical approach to the issue of asylum seekers, write Todd Williams and Michael Brand, local Greens candidates.

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A fete made in Alice

 

 

Figures aren’t finalised yet, but it looks like the annual Old Timers Fete on Saturday made $70,000. And all of that will stay in town, says Old Timers manager Mary Miles, head of the complex that cares for the town’s elderly and frail. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Distinction of design reflecting a sense of place

 

No other single entity has put its stamp on the contemporary face of the Alice Springs town centre to the same extent. With the redevelopment of the northern Todd Mall and Parsons Street and the construction of the Green Well Building on Bath Street, the design work of architects Susan Dugdale and Associates has raised the bar of the built environment across key sites from east to west, reflecting a commitment to the idea that “Alice Springs is a special place”. By KIERAN FINNANE.

UPDATED, Saturday 24 August 2013. 

Pictured: The Green Well Building from the south. Image courtesy Mike Gillam.

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No, you can’t :-(

 

 

 

… but Cr Paech will fight on!

 

Cars in the new shared zone of the northern Todd Mall are OK but skateboards are not. Council has installed skateable street furniture there but – for the time being at least – skaters are not to use itFor that to change a majority of councillors would have to support modifying Public Places by-law 53 which bans skateboarding on footpaths throughout the entire CBD. A change to the by-law looks like it will be hard won. Cr Chansey Paech was on his own at last night’s meeting in wanting to welcome skate-boarding in the mall. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

The product of time spent joyfully

 

 

 

 

 

At over eighty years of age, Lilly Ulah’s display of glowing canvases at Raft Artspace confronts the tendency to couple physical frailty with colourlessness. Faded, dull, paling, lackluster or dim are words that connote age; while vivid, bright and shining mark the spiritedness of youth. When the Coober Pedy Arts Project began their workshops in 2010, no one could have predicted that the most brilliant participant to emerge would be a resident of Umoona Aged Care; a woman without any technical arts training. ANNA GEORGIA MACKAY went to the opening.

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Cr Melky continues campaign for greater transparency

 

 

It won’t be for want of trying if Councillor Eli Melky fails to bring more meaningful discussion of council’s finances into the open. Council’s Director of Finance Paul Della had made an effort to have something for this month’s committee meeting to consider in open, two reports in fact, one requiring no action, the other merely for formal endorsement. Cr Melky was not to be bought off so easily. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

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One of our warmest winters …

… in our hottest year

Walking in the wind shadow at the foot of the southern Mount Gillen range yesterday my face was getting red, my hair, damp on my forehead; the shirt beneath my backpack was sticking to my skin. And this was a winter’s day! Surely a record for August? But no. That was set only a few years back and I’d already forgotten. On August 22, 2009 it reached 35.2 degrees Celsius at Alice Springs airport. Yesterday it only got to 30.8 degrees. KIERAN FINNANE asks the Bureau of Meteorology about our very warm weather and what, if anything, it means about our climate. Pictured: Seeking the breeze high on the range. FULL STORY »

People to get back their voice in local government: Minister

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

The Country Liberals Government is fulfilling an election commitment by introducing a Bill at the next sittings to make changes to the Local Government Act to give people back their voice in local government, writes Alison Anderson (pictured), Minister for Local Government. FULL STORY »

The cutting times

 

A new volume of memoir and reflection on his art by Rod Moss has been published this week by UQP. Titled tellingly One Thousand Cuts, it bleeds grief, as violence, disease and death ravages his circle of Arrernte friends and at times leaves Moss reeling. The country becomes his “safety net” into which he leans to find joy and consolation. KIERAN FINNANE reviews.

 

At right: And dark was the night, 2009. A few days later the candle-bearer would stab his young wife, whom Moss shows here with their young son,  11 times. FULL STORY »

Snowdon ‘pork-barreling with other people’s money’

Tina McFarlane (left), Country Liberals candidate for Lingiari, has in a media release accused Warren Snowdon of “raiding the NT Aboriginals Benefits Account (ABA) to pork-barrel his election campaign”. And Shadow Indigenous Affairs Minister Senator Nigel Scullion (right), says in a media release that Minister Jenny Macklin’s speech on Labor plans for Indigenous affairs was “underwhelming and more about throwing money around, bureaucratic plans and targets rather than results”. FULL STORY »

Snap, Rupert!

 

 

 

Spot the difference. None? You’re almost right – only the page folio is different: July 2, 2009 (the one on the left) and the other, today, August 9, 2013. Yet the ad’s main text says: “Who’s reading what in The Centre?” That suggest it refers to the present. In fact it is quoting a Roy Morgan survey of 2008. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Alleged offender wanted by police

 

 

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate Dion Hayes (pictured). Police media release. FULL STORY »

Voting for change? Don’t hold your breath.

 

 

If you’re getting all excited about the September 7 election – don’t. That, in a nutshell, is the advice of the CDU’s Alice Springs based Professorial Research Fellow Rolf Gerritsen (pictured): “Nothing much will change” no matter who forms government in Canberra, nor who gets elected as the Member for Lingiari. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Fracking may be used but horizontal drilling will be preferred

 

 

 

 

The oil and gas company Blue Energy Limited has entered into an agreement for exploration in an area roughly the size of England, north-west of Tennant Creek (see map). Chairman John Ellice-Flint says the company will be exploring for “conventional and unconventional oil and gas”, the former appearing in sandstone and limestone, the latter in shale. The controversial fracking is sometimes used to recover unconventional oil but he says horizontal drilling will be the preferred method. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Container deposit scheme: it’s all go!

 

 

 

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

The Territory’s Container Deposit Scheme has cleared the final hurdle following the Federal Executive Council’s decision to grant national recognition yesterday, writes  Peter Chandler, Environment Minister. FULL STORY »

Consumers to pay for flawed container deposit tax

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

The announcement by the Northern Territory Government that it will reinstate its failed Cash for Containers Scheme means that consumers will bear the cost of what is effectively a tax on drink containers, writes Gary Dawson, CEO, Australian Food and Grocery Council. FULL STORY »

The rise and rise of Yarrenyty Arltere soft sculptures

Rhonda Napurrula Sharpe, one of the leading Yarrenyty Arltere artists from the Larapinta Valley Town Camp in Alice Springs, has won the Wandjuk Marika Memorial 3D Award, for her work They Come From No Where. The 3D Award is one of five $4000 prizes in the Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAAs). The big prize of $40,000 went to Canberra artist Jenni Kemarre Martiniello for her elegant glass sculpture, Golden Brown Reeds Fish Trap. FULL STORY »

Books and arts in The Centre

 

 

From our archive: recent reviews by KIERAN FINNANE.

 

Updated August 6, 2013: Some of the links to our archive may not previously have been working. Fixed now!

 

At right: Artist and author Rod Moss (right) during the opening ceremony for his exhibition Anatomy Lesson – You. Me. Us. FULL STORY »

Warlpiri versus the Queen

 

 

Alice Springs News Online journalist KIERAN FINNANE (pictured) has brought together her reporting of a number of court cases involving young Warlpiri men in a long and detailed piece of reportage for the current, 10th anniversary edition of the Griffith REVIEW. FULL STORY »

Road planning in a roundabout way

The construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Undoolya Road and Sturt Terrace completes an odd example of the management of traffic flow in Alice Springs. There are now four roundabouts in a row – one at every street corner – along Undoolya Road from Sturt Terrace at one end to the intersection of Stott Terrace and Grevillea Drive to the east, in a distance less than a kilometre, comments ALEX NELSON. PHOTOS: Undoolya Road roundabout at the Winnecke intersection. The Alice Springs News Online has asked the town council for a comment.
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Marketing ploy? Bureaucrat creep? Joke?

 

 

It was a consummate performance: the perfect bureaucrat, eyes glued to the screen, ignoring all around her, a little discreet typing, lots of competent nodding, agreement, questions, plans.  Business shirt, straight skirt, stockinged legs, low-heeled pumps.  Desk, phone, computer. Right in the middle of Todd Mall. Passers-by were non-plussed, amused, intrigued, KIERAN FINNANE among them. FULL STORY »