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November 1, 2013

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.

 

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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Look after town’s ‘heart & soul’: candidate

 

 

 

Council is a business and needs to run like a business, but every business has a heart and soul and in Alice Springs the heart and soul can be found in community events. Council should do its best, therefore, to look after and promote them. It already offers financial and in kind support but it could do more, says by-election candidate John Bridgefoot (pictured). KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Wanderers too strong for Redtails

 

A strong last quarter gave Wanderers a 47-point win over Central Australia at Gardens Oval on Saturday. FULL STORY »

The street is to skaters what the ocean is to surfers

 

 

 

Just as surfers achieve their eloquence by unifying with and conquering the ocean (something that has occurred naturally), skateboarding can only achieve its yearned artistic expression when done in a ‘natural landscape’. Skateboarders define any terrain that isn’t purposefully built to skate as natural. Skateboarding is inherently something done outside of regiment. RAINER CHLANDA (pictured) provides a perspective on what ‘the street’ means to skaters, why skating the street is central to their culture.

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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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The long shadow of violence

One story behind the statistics

 

The courts are dealing with “at least 10” such cases a day, said Magistrate John Birch, as he sentenced a man for an drunken assault on his wife. Presumably he meant the Alice Springs Courts, where the daily figure of 10 would not surprise anyone used to looking up the lists.

In this case Mr Birch was inclined to impose a harsher penalty than the mandatory minimum of three months but he fully suspended the sentence. After completing the paperwork the man walked free, given a chance to try to get his life back on track. For it had been on track, for 40 years … KIERAN FINNANE reports.

IMAGE: From a powerpoint titled Unnecessary Suffering, presented by Justice Jenny Blokland at the 2013 Bali Conference of the Criminal Lawyers Association of the NT, the graph shows the heavily disproportionate representation of Indigenous women (the red line) in domestic violence assaults.

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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.

 

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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 »

Matty Day wants kerbside recycling

 

 

 

Town Council candidate Matty Day (pictured) says he will push for a “Kick it to the Kerb” day when residents can recycle household items. 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 »

Alcohol Protection Orders Bill needs more work, say Aborigines

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

Sir – The Government should postpone passage of the Alcohol Protection Orders (APO) Bill in order to properly consult and to consider the evidence, writes Jonathon Hunyor of the Aboriginal Peak Organisations NT. 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 »

Who’s going to drive Aboriginal resurrection?

Estimated government expenditure in 2012 per head of population was $44,128 for Indigenous Australians, compared with $19,589 for other Australians, a ratio of 2.25 to 1, according to the Productivity Commission. Who or what will put an end to issues which Indigenous Affairs Minister, Northern Territory Senator Nigel Scullion (pictured), describes as having been intractable for far too long? ERWIN CHLANDA speaks with him, starting a discussion that will run through the summer in this newspaper. Be part of it!  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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‘Separations’ no worries for new container deposit operator

A container deposit depot has opened in Alice Springs, doing 28 “separations” after its predecessor shut down when he was required to do 24. Local manager Andrew Lee says the number of separations required is “labour intensive” but the high turnover makes it worth-while. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Depot worker Shaun Thomas lobs a stubby into one of the 28 separation bins as fellow worker Jason Birch sorts a delivery from Tom Buzzacott (at right). FULL STORY »

Central Australian artist wins People’s Choice in Telstra awards

 

 

 

Alyawarr artist Michelle Holmes Pwerla, from Ampilatwatja, has been voted the People’s Choice Award winner as part of this year’s 30th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award. The 45-year-old artist received 121 votes of the 1781 votes cast for her painting My Country, acrylic on canvaswhich depicts the country she lives on. 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 »

Others are acting on climate change

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

Claims that nothing of much consequence is being done in the rest of the world about climate change need to be exposed for the bald faced lie they are, writes Richard Bentley, of Alice Springs. 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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Drubbing for Redtails

 

The Redtails’ woes continue with another loss in Darwin last weekend. FULL STORY »

Cr Paech: disappointed at council back flip

 

‘How can we make our town inclusive, with real shared space, not empty seats and empty footpaths?’

 

Councillor CHANSEY PAECH, who championed the now overturned skateboarding trial in the northern end of Todd Mall, comments. FULL STORY »

Skate trial in the Mall: council turns its back on the kids

The Town Council’s brave new policy of enticing young people into Todd Mall came crashing down at the council meeting last night. In the latest backflip on skateboarding, the trial approved two weeks ago to permit the sport for three months has been scuttled on the vote of all members except Councillor Chansey Paech, who initiated the trial and stuck by his guns. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

PHOTO: Part of the public gallery at last night’s meeting: Most are members of the anti-skateboardig deputation. In the back row, left, is council candidate John Bridgefoot. He says he is in favour of a trial but believes that the amphitheater solution is better, and “would make it safer for both the skaters and the people in the northern end of the mall”.


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Alice salt mine: new $6m drilling program

UPDATE Nov 15, 6:45am: See comment from Tellus

 

The mining company Tellus has awarded to Mitchell Services a drilling contract, worth $6.5m, as part of the planning activities at the Chandler salt mine project, 120km south of Alice Springs. The company has confirmed a 4.5 to 5 billion ton multi-mineral salt deposit there. PHOTO: The diamond core drilling rig to be used in the further exploration of the salt deposit south of Alice Springs. FULL STORY »

Funding back for people responding to native title claims

 

 

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

I welcome the Commonwealth Government’s funding commitment of $2.2million over two years to reinstate the Native Title Respondent Funding Scheme, writes Attorney General John Elferink (pictured). FULL STORY »