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October 17, 2013

Council and skaters: War and peace

UPDATE Friday 6:50pm: Council CEO Rex Mooney comments: ”The area in front of the Westpac Bank is private property and council has responded to representations made from the owner over a number of months resulting in the modification to the seating which, as indicated, is on private property.”

 

UPDATE 6:50pm: See statement by Matty Day in comment box below the FULL STORY report.

 

The town council had railings welded on the benches designed for skating in the recently refurbished northern end of the Todd Mall, making skating them difficult or impossible. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Native title enterprise: Light at the end of the tunnel

Lhere Artepe Enterprises has discharged a multi-million dollar debt to a private lender, and put in place a debt repayment schedule it can service with its existing assets. However, it is unlikely to make money from its Mount Johns residential development (above). ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

OMG, they shrank the Ghan!

 

 

The latest Great Railway Journey in Alice Springs you take not inside a train, but on top of it. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Volunteer Dallas doing a track inspection.

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Again: Skater fined for not showing ID – after doing so

 

 

 

 

 

Another skateboarder, Storm Vincent, has been fined $576 by town council rangers for not producing ID – which he had shown to rangers – and in addition, $144 for skateboarding in the CBD. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Symphony under the stars

 

 

 

 

About 700 people came to the Ayers Rock Resort last week to hear the Darwin Symphony Orchestra play under the stars on Friday and Saturday, and 3200 people listened to the concert at the Alice Springs golf course (photo) on Sunday evening. FULL STORY »

Minister confirms: only 30 blocks for Kilgariff stage one

 

 

Only 30 residential blocks will be built in stage one of the new Kilgariff suburb south of The Gap, Lands Minister Peter Chandler has now confirmed, with blocks to cost from $160,000 to $180,000. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Sparks fly between Festival and Imparja, sacred sites authority

Mbantua Festival chairman Neville Perkins attacks Imparja TV for inadequate involvement in the event while he cops flak from the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Sacred rocks behind the Mbantua performance areas are at the centre of the latest festival controversy.
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Gap pedestrian crossing to go

 

 

 

The controversial pedestrian crossing at The Gap will be removed. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

“Scoop” leaves town

 

 

 

Photographer Steve Strike (pictured), who for decades put The Centre before the nation and the world, is leaving town. He spoke with ERWIN CHLANDA. FULL STORY »

Giles, Conlan and Lambley snub Mbantua Festival

 

 

The missing faces in this crowd at the Dan Sultan concert on Saturday – and the rest of the Mbantua Festival – are those of the three Members of Parliament representing Alice Springs: Chief Minister Adam Giles (Braitling), Tourism Minister Matt Conlan (Greatorex) and Robyn Lambley (Araluen). Organiser Neville Perkins says 15,000 people attended the five day spectacular but he is “disappointed and disgusted” the three town Members were a no show. Bush MLAs Bess Price (Stuart) and Alison Anderson (Namatjira) attended. The inaugural festival is widely expected to become a major fixture for locals and a knock-out attraction for tourists. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

Please note updates at FULL STORY from Bess Price, Adam Giles and Imparja. FULL STORY »

Mbantua Festival future dreaming

Above: Women and children from Papunya. Below: Jessica Mauboy with fans.

 

“Follow your dreams, work hard, explore the world! Run with your goals, take the opportunities, you can do it!” All of the Mbantua Festival stars had the same message for their fans, particularly the adoring youngsters. From Aaron Pederson to Jessica Mauboy, they had their stories to tell of being one of “you mob” but of nurturing ambitions that have taken them out into the wider world. KIERAN FINNANE and ERWIN CHLANDA were there. 

 

VIDEO (click FULL STORY): Jessica Mauboy sings while ladies from Yuendumu and Laramba dance, in the festival where the worlds meet. FULL STORY »

Bright students to take a hit in government cut-backs

Specialist subjects will taught mostly online instead face to face by teachers of the Centralian Senior College, and its Centre for Excellence, of which the school and its students are hugely proud, will also take a hit from NT Government austerity program. COMMENT by ANNA MIERS.

 

Centre for Excellence students (pictured left to right): Jessie Cutts, Dylan Moffat and Willis Lee, and straight A student Lucy Blom. FULL STORY »

Pastoralists can now diversify

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

Amendments to the Pastoral Land Act allow to run non-pastoral business enterprises on their land for thirty years with an option to extend for a further thirty years writes Willem Westra van Holthe, Minister for Land Resource Management.

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Education cuts: They know not what they do

 

 

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

What are parents and carers with teenagers supposed to make of the reduction in teacher numbers? Centralian Senior College stands to lose at least five teachers by the end of this year in the Government displacement programme, writes Penny Whiley, teacher in Philosophy and English at the Centralian Senior College. She is pictured at a recent protest. FULL STORY »

Surfie takes shortcut through Alice, stays, starts bus empire

 

Alan Passmore and a mate were on a surfing trip around Australia in 1990 and as you do when you’re having fun, time got away from them.

Taking a shortcut though Alice to home “down south” he stayed, fells in love with the outback and started a bus company now spanning The Centre. PHOTO: Alan and his first bus. FULL STORY »

Will the NOs have it on skating in the mall?

Councillors are none the wiser, following last night’s committee meetings, about the circumstances of a skateboarder copping a hefty fine for failing to show proof of identity. Councillor Chansey Paech, who is championing a more inclusive approach towards skaters and cyclists in the CBD, asked for clarification from CEO Rex Mooney. KIERAN FINNANE reports. Also of interest: councillors considering a proposed Register of Pecuniary Interests;  financial reports disclosed in open.   

 

Pictured: Plenty of ‘NO’ signs at the entrance to the mall; no welcome sign.

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Get serious with people on the dole: Anderson

 

 

 

 

 

Stop the dole for people in locations where jobs are available and recipients are failing to apply for them, says MLA for Namatjira, Alison Anderson (pictured). ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Mall skater’s $576 fine: is it fair?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did the town council act fairly when it gave Marco Formoso (pictured) a $576 fine? ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Government tourism promotion: value for money?

 

 

To gain an extra $1.8m in industry income, Tourism NT spent $25m. Value for money? PHOTO: Image of Ellery Big Hole from Tourism NT’s new “Do the NT” campaign. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

See also UPDATE 3pm.
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Bungalow Song, the living past

 

 

 

The living past spoke to us last night.  It is there every day, held in the trees, the hills, the river but with Bungalow Song we heard its human voice, multiple human voices. Arrernte chant reached us as if on the wind through the trees. The priceless photographs and film footage – of individuals, men, women and children, of family groups, of ceremonial groups – taken at this very spot at the end of the nineteenth century was projected onto the tin roof of the Old Telegraph Station building in front of us. It was a riveting experience of the people and culture prevailing in this place before the ravages of European settlement. KIERAN FINNANE reviews. Photos by ERWIN CHLANDA.

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Bush Mechanics fires on one cylinder

 

 

Bush Mechanics was a quirky, funny, cheeky, surprising and very successful TV show. The live spectacle based on it, expected to be one of the highlights of the Mbantua Festival, didn’t live up to the legend. Story and pictures by ERWIN CHLANDA. FULL STORY »

Frampton New Homes: the dream breaker

People under the illusion that our regulatory authorities would finally provide justice in the Frampton New Homes scandal, now have their answer. As no further legal action is under way – so far as we know – the story can be told. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: The Alice Springs News front page photo on March 18, 2010. Mrs Abboot was pregnant at the time and they now have six children. They were forced to sell the house.

 

UPDATED 4:05 pm – see bottom of the report. FULL STORY »

The Hargrave case: Race in the dock

 

 

A murder trial in Alice Springs holds up a mirror to the town’s dealings with issues of race, and the inter-racial dynamics turn out to be not nearly as clearcut as might be expected, writes KIERAN FINNANE. FULL STORY »

Newcomers, FIFO crowd tear the heart out of The Alice

The failure of government decision making has had a huge impact on Alice Springs, writes STEVE STRIKE, a prominent photographer in The Centre for 30 years. The place is run largely by newcomers with very little NT experience or history here, he claims in a guest comment piece. Yet he says: “There is no place on earth I love more than Alice.” FULL STORY »

Tourism Central Australia: The watchdog is a lapdog

“Tourism Central Australia are not in the position to make comment on Tourism NT spend.” Pardon? Isn’t that exactly what Tourism CA is meant to be doing? COMMENT by ERWIN CHLANDA. PHOTO: Who conducts tourism promotion spending in the Territory? Should the Darwin Symphony Orchestra money have gone to the Mbantua Festival? Matthew Wood conducts at the concert in Alice Springs on Sunday. FULL STORY »

Giles ‘rolled’ by his own side

 

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

CLP Chief Minister Adam Giles’ leadership suffered a major blow when he was rolled by his own side amid Question Time chaos yesterday, writes Opposition Leader Delia Lawrie. FULL STORY »

‘Get the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority into line’

 

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

The sacred sites fiasco over the Mbantua Festivals once again puts the actions of the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority (AAPA) in the spotlight, writes Steve Brown, of Alice Springs. PHOTO: Men dancing at the Overland Telegraph Station during the festival was one of the issues raised by the authority.

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Expensive by-election, date set

The date has been set for the by-election to replace former Alice Springs Town Councillor Geoff Booth. FULL STORY »

Crime scene investigators check every unlawful entry

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

Dedicated property crime investigators work closely with crime scene examiners to scrutinise every unlawful entry and use forensic evidence to target those responsible for this type of offending, writes Peter Malley, Detective Acting Superintendent. FULL STORY »

Dirt kart nationals big win for Alice

Alice Springs now has two Australian dirt kart champions, but the big winner at the national titles was clearly the town. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

‘Have you got Bruce yet?’

 

 

The search for the third offender in the gang rapes of the European tourists 

 

“I was only in the front seat. Have you got Bruce yet?” These were among the very few words said by convicted rapist Norman Kernan to police after his arrest. They may contain a clue as to the identity of the third offender in the gang rapes of two European tourists in May last year. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

The social value of art in desert communities

Desert Mob, now in its 23rd consecutive year, is Central Australia’s leading art exhibition claiming national and even international attention. But if you were been looking for an exploration of the work on its walls, of formal practice and aesthetic choices, then the Desert Mob Symposium (last September 6), was not the place to find it. Titled Faces, Places, Spaces it was not immediately concerned with the exhibition, but with art production as a socially valuable activity. ANNA GEORGIA MACKAY reflects upon the day. Pictured: Ngamaru Bidu, Nola Taylor, Muuki Taylor and Gabrielle Sullivan during the Martumili Artists presentation. FULL STORY »

Open speed limit: more ‘secret’ reports

 

 

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

The public deserves to know the contents of secret reports the open speed limit, writes Gerry McCarthy, Shadow Minister for Transport. FULL STORY »

Cr Kudrenko puts poverty and disadvantage on council agenda

 

Far from addressing matters to do with the recent activities of Geoff Booth, the only question from the public put to councillors last Monday was about how council could address “the underlying causes of poverty and disadvantage in our community”. The questioner said it would be a “win-win” way of tackling anti-social behaviour and wanted to know what vision Councillor Jade Kudrenko (pictured) had for council’s role.  KIERAN FINNANE reports.

 

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Visit to Alice Springs by Bushtracker Owners Group

 

 

 

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

During September more than 100 Bushtracker Caravans converging on Alice Springs and District. FULL STORY »

Imparja board gets legal advice on CEO after escort agency bid

 

 

The Aboriginal owned TV station Imparja in Alice Springs is seeking legal advice on “the personal business activities” of Imparja CEO Alistair Feehan (pictured) according Chairman Michael Griffin. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Alice builders still livid about insurance for home buyers

 

 

 

 

 

The government has replaced a home buyers’ insurance with no home buyers’ insurance. This is the main beef of more than 50 small builders and “subbies” in Alice Springs who are still at loggerheads with their representative body, the Master Builders NT, over the new fidelity scheme, set up to protect consumers.

PHOTO: Painter Kodie Bennett working on the extensions to the Old Timers Village yesterday. FULL STORY »

Limited means no limit to creativity

 

 

 

Central Craft member Georgie Yovanovic is on a disability pension with limited financial means but through sponsorship of the St Vincent de Paul Society she’s been able to get a plethora of recycled garments to compete in Saturday’s Wearable Art Awards.

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