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October 24, 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 »

Riot in the shadow of Ayers Rock

 

 

 

 

The school was trashed (photo) and community staff were in fear of their lives when a sports weekend at Mutitjulu turned into a mass riot that lasted till Wednesday last week. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

See UPDATES 1:50pm and 5:30pm
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Town council candidate had restraining order

 

 

 

John Bridgefoot (pictured), a candidate for the town council by-election this month has had a restraining order made against him and was convicted for breaching it. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Penelope Bergen, ABC Local. 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 »

Ashes grandstand tickets mix-up

Ardent followers of cricket fronted up at Centralian Sports in the CBD first thing Monday this week, hoping to buy grandstand tickets to the Chairman’s XI Ashes tour match against England to be played at Traeger Park on November 29 and 30. But all the tickets had gone the Monday before, October 28, a week before the official sale date. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

CAT Projects: Reaching the world from Central Australia

 

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

The Alice Springs engineering firm CAT Projects has been acknowledged as the Northern Territory Regional Exporter of the Year, for its success in building an export market for its services and practical solutions in countries as far reaching as Nepal, the Philippines and Kenya. PHOTO: Village Energy Planning in Maligaon – Orrisa State, India. 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 »

Witness threatened at murder charge hearing: ‘You’ll be dead’

 

CORRECTION, September 15, 2014: See FULL STORY.

 

UPDATE, 1pm: A 44-year-old man has been charged over this incident.

 

“I’m going to cut you, you’ll be dead”: these are the words I heard directed to a witness in the Alice Springs Magistrates Court yesterday, part way through the preliminary hearing of a murder charge against Sebastian Kunoth. The words in English were part of a stream of speech in an Aboriginal language by a man as he was ejected from the courtroom. The apparent threat brought the hearing to a standstill as prosecutor Stephen Geary sought to have the man arrested for intimidation of a witness. KIERAN FINNANE reports. Pictured: Inside Abbott’s Camp where the alleged murder took place, photo from our archive (2008).  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 »

Council candidate has a focus on young people

Matty Day, who has a background in education, arts, sport and the youth sector, is contesting the town council vacancy created by the resignation of Geoff Booth. Mr Day is pictured (from left) with Mayor Damien Ryan and Council Community and Cultural Development Manager Leon Tripp. Mr Day is working on a council commissioned mural on the Traeger Park wall facing Gap Road. Photograph: MITCH CAMERON.

 

UPDATE 1.50pm

The candidates for the election on November 23, in the order in which they will appear on the ballot paper, are BONANNI, Kylie; DAY, Matty; FURPHY, Colin; BRIDGEFOOT, John and BAXTER, Edan Ross. 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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On again: skateboarding in the mall to be trialled

 

 

Skateboarding looks set to be trialled in the northern end of Todd Mall after the Town Council voted four to three in favour. A motion put by Councillor Chansey Paech and seconded by Cr Jade Kudrenko was hotly debated last night, following an earlier meeting between councillors and about 20 young local skateboarders. The trial area for a period of three months is strictly limited to the western side of the footpath along the northern end of the Alice Plaza where skateable street furniture was installed during the recent upgrade of the mall. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

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Police lock up man for two days who ‘did the right thing’

 

 

There is much wailing and gnashing of teeth about our police, judicial and custodial resources being stretched to the limit, but a charge put before Magistrate Daynor Trigg (pictured) yesterday suggests the police wasted many people’s time. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

See FULL STORY response by Jamie Chalker, Regional Operations Service: UPDATE Wed 7.40pm. 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 »

Turning garbage into electricity – option for Alice?

 

 

 

Turning rubbish into electricity sounds an appealing idea especially as the town council’s present tip – likely to be the town’s biggest polluter – is running our of space. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Copenhagen’s new waste-to-energy plant. FULL STORY »

NT government evicts badminton from its home of 30 years

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

We, the NT Badminton Association are under an eviction notice from the NT government to leave our home, a dedicated sports facility, called the “Sports House” in Fannie Bay that we share, writes Bob Beadman of Darwin. FULL STORY »

Sweet, flowing single-tracks: Alice mountain bike enduro

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

The award-winning Ingkerreke Commercial MTB Enduro will be back for its seventh year from May 19-to 23, 2014, writes Ingkerreke CEO

Scott McConnell. Says four-time participant and runner-up at the 2013 event, Shaun Lewis (pictured): 
”Alice has developed into a true mountain bike riding destination with a huge amount of sweet and flowing single-track. Whether you are there to go for the win, to get the best out of yourself, or just to take in the trails and riding that Alice offers with your mates, this is an awesome event.” FULL STORY »

Wearable warriors

 

 

It was the year of the male model – there were six of them when sometimes there have been none. It was also the year of the child –for the first time that I can remember children took out first prize against adults in a main category, a very well contested one at that. These were among the features of this year’s Wearable Art Awards that signalled its ongoing vitality as one of Alice’s best-loved creative events. Story   by KIERAN FINNANE. Photos and video by ERWIN CHLANDA.

Pictured: Desert Cossack by Jen Standish-White, modeled by Spyda Monkey.

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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 »

18 Clontarf Year 12 graduates

The Clontarf Foundation had good reason for being in high spirits at Larapinta Oval this morning: 18 participants in the sports-driven educational initiative will be finishing Year 12 soon. FULL STORY »

Council by-election: common sense candidate

 

 

 

Local IT entrepreneur Edan Baxter has thrown his cap into the ring for the upcoming Town Council by-election. He’s definitely keen as he was a candidate in the last full council election, when the photo (left) was taken, and also in the last NT Legislative Assembly campaign.

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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 »

Batchelor students show off desert design flair

The bounty of the bush – closely observed, its creatures, plant forms, patterns, colours distilled by artists who call it home – is the wellspring for the contemporary desert design of Batchelor Institute visual arts students. Their work is on show at Muk Muk Fine Art.

Story and photos by Kieran Finnane.

 

Pictured: Robert Bronson (right), with his son Arnold, and Jason Quin with his son River. Quin is modelling Bronson’s Whistling Kite suit, while River has on a matching vest.

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‘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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Redtails down Buffaloes in season’s first win

Central Australia picked up its first win of the season after defeating the Buffaloes by 50 points at Darwin’s Northline Oval on Saturday. JACKSON CLARK reports. FULL STORY »