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August 30, 2013

Snowdon’s new career as Groucho Marx impersonator?

 

 

 

Slags off at all local media except the ABC which gets funding increase. FULL STORY »

Late money for Labor to hold Lingiari

The seat of Lingiari is once again too close to call with a flood of money for Labor retain the electorate, according to Sportsbet. FULL STORY »

Coalition promise: $33m for Outback Highway through Alice

 

 

A Federal Coalition government would provide $33 million over three years for the upgrading and partial sealing of the Outback Highway from Winton in Queensland to Laverton in Western Australia. The announcement will be made by Tina MacFarlane, CLP candidate for Lingiari (pictured), this morning. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Hello! Is anybody out there?

Is there really going to be an election on Saturday? The major lobbies for Alice Springs could be forgiven for wondering about that, at least until this morning when the Coalition dropped the Outback Highway bombshell, a massive boon to the ailing tourist industry, to mining and remote communities. But apart from that, the town’s five main pressure groups are still waiting for answers – and so are we. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: Early polling in Alice Springs. FULL STORY »

Shire gets Heart Foundation award

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

The Central Desert Shire Council has been recognised for its contribution to tackling heart disease at the 2013 Heart Foundation Healthy Community, writes Adrian Dixon, Shire President. FULL STORY »

Threatened Species Day Saturday, September 7

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

Often when we think of the arid environment that surrounds us we get a mental picture of rugged mountains, vast skies, scrubby vegetation and dry riverbeds … the environment is vast, all-encompassing and sometimes seems infallible. Australia is world renowned for its unique wildlife and ruggedly beautiful landscapes. But what many people don’t know is that Australia has the highest rate of mammal extinction on Earth, writes Nicole Pietsch, of the Arid Lands Environment Centre. FULL STORY »

Sharing with skaters: if Melbourne can, why not Alice?

If busy Melbourne can share its streets with skate-boarders, so can Alice. That’s the message Councillor Chansey Paech put to the council last night. The website of the city says it “encourages all young people to use the city, including skaters.” It goes on to outline a code of conduct for skaters and BMX riders. Something similar could be used in Alice, Cr Paech is arguing. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

Pictured: The City of Melbourne has encouraged a flourishing youth culture. Here a skater and street art in a back alley off Flinders Street in the Melbourne CBD. FULL STORY »

The desert in all its grandeur

 

The sweeping energy of great geological movements, at the same time as the solidity of the forms created: no easy task to resolve in paint, yet he does it. Adrian Robertson, who paints at Bindi Art (Mwerre Anthurre Artists) in Alice Springs, has several modestly-sized yet striking canvasses holding their own in Talapi’s Desert Colour show, alongside large works by reputed artists of the APY Lands. By KIERAN FINNANE.

Pictured: Yalpirakinu by Adrian Robertson. 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 »

No Lingiari result yet

There is no Federal election result yet in the sprawling seat of Lingiari – all of the Territory except Darwin.

PHOTO: MacFarlane supporters in Alice Springs last night reacting to an announcement on the ABC about the see-sawing fortunes of the count. The candidate was not there. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Camps cottage industry stalls as Coke prevaricates

 

 

 

All blacks do is collect sitdown-money, right? Wrong – at least so far as a number of residents in Alice Springs town camps are concerned.  They, including Glenda Hayes (pictured), are collecting drink cans – or at least have been, until the NT Government and the multi-nationals who make the stuff failed to put in place something as simple as a workable container deposit scheme. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. 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 »

Outback Highway commitment: seal could start 2016/17

The Outback Highway Development Council says the commitment of $11m a year for three years from the Coalition would bring the $512m project on track for the start of full sealing in 2016/17, according general manager Helen Lewis. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

UPDATE 1:30 pm

Alice Springs Mayor Damien Ryan, who is the deputy chair of the highway council,  says the huge difference in construction cost in the NT, when compared with WA and Queensland, could be an argument in favour of re-introducing road construction into local government works departments. 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 »

MacFarlane water allocation – rigorous and followed due process, says expert

 

 

The controversial water allocation to the family property of CLP candidate for Lingiari, Tina MacFarlane, has been made in a “rigorous process” and “due process has been followed”. This is the opinion of John Childs (pictured), before his retirement in 2008,  spent a decade as the delegate of the Territory government’s Controller of Water Resources in the southern half of the NT. He has a doctorate in civil engineering. The doctorate work was on the modelling of water resources. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. 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 »

Snowdon’s backing for ‘high cost exclusive group’

 Part of $2m project ‘poor value for money’ in view of department panel

 

“Select and train a small group of Indigenous distance runners who will compete in a series of distance running events around the world.”

Nice work if you can get it. Someone did – former world champion marathon runner Robert “Deek” de Castella, and the rest is history. Well, not quite. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Picture by Dan Himbrechts, Adelaide Now. Robert De Castella with (left to right) Charlie Maher, Juan Darwin and Caleb Hart. 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 »

Man wanted on sexual assaults, say police

 

 

 

Police, in a media release, say they are seeking public assistance in locating 18-year-old Alice Springs man, Graham Club (pictured). 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.

  FULL STORY »

Finding the songs left to sing

 

Art or cunning?, a contemporary sculpture show at Watch This Space, is a pleasure to behold, like the sight of a wide deep bay or river after leaving the desert. To walk into the gallery animated by objects of intrigue, there in the space like other bodies that engage yours, to make your way around them, to feel the attraction of their forms, their varied materials, the push and pull between them, is to realise that you’ve been missing this kind of experience.

What is immediately striking is the distinctness of the works on show, particularly in relation to materials and construction. There’s a phrase in the title of one that suggests something about the artists’ processes: “Everybody can’t have thought of everything.” So they set out in search of the “song left to sing”. KIERAN FINNANE reviews.

Pictured: “There’s gotta be some left to sing, everybody can’t have thought of everything” Gillian Welch by Sia Cox.  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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Bright kids to be victims of teacher cuts, say protesters

See also UPDATE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 10:10am

 

Time to take a break from Federal issues? Here’s a Territory one that teachers and students reckon is hot enough to take to the doorstep of NT Chief Minister Adam Giles. The main prop of the protest was a coffin in which elements of local education may be buried soon, says Senior Secondary School teacher Penny Whiley (pictured). ERWIN CHLANDA 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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Land use emerges as big issue in Centre

 

 

Candidates spruiking repetitive and uninformative platitudes is an irritating feature of Australian elections which always result in the victory of one major party that is only marginally different from the other. We quickly get over it. Lingiari is different: Here the election is a matter of life and death. COMMENT by ERWIN CHLANDA. FULL STORY »

Land lease payments – nice little sit-down earner

An initiative by the Howard government in 2006 to stimulate commercial activity, private enterprise style, by Aboriginal people on their land has been turned into yet another source of sit-down money. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: The Central Desert Shire office in Yuendumu: a public asset for which lease payments will need to be made. FULL STORY »

Political junkies: a quiz from ALEX NELSON

Here’s a challenge for those who can’t get enough of politics … FULL STORY »

‘Centralised government not fit to deal with outback’

 

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

Episodic policy announcements about regions and northern Australia are evidence of political concern about non metropolitan Australia but will not solve the problems endemic across remote Australia because government arrangements are not fit for purpose, writes Fred Chaney, Chairman of Desert Knowledge Australia. FULL STORY »

Residency is at risk, says heritage group

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

The NT Government is planning to call for “Expressions of Interest” from the public for leasing the heritage-listed Residency building, thereby opening up the highly likely possibility it will put to commercial use, such as offices, cafe or restaurant. This should be opposed, writes Domenico Pecorari of Heritage Alice Springs Incorporated. PHOTO:  Libby King (red hat) and Lilly Jodson, keen gardeners, dressed up for the flower show in the historic Residency yesterday.

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