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December 12, 2013

Tiwi deal to boost pastoral, agricultural & tourism sectors

 

 

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

The Territory Government and the Tiwi Land Council have signed a Memorandum of Understanding recognising their shared vision for economic development and jobs on the Tiwi Islands,  writes Chief Minister Adam Giles. PHOTO: Mr Giles and Gibson Farmer Illortaminni, Chairman Tiwi Land Council. FULL STORY »

‘The greatest welfare measure we can offer anybody is a job’

 

Veteran of Indigenous affairs in the Northern Territory, BOB BEADMAN, looks back on the issues arising in Indigenous policy over the last 50 years and questions its progress.  “I remain slightly uncomfortable about talking about the lives of others,” he writes, “but better me than yet another armchair expert from the eastern seaboard who has never spent serious time in the Northern Territory, let alone with Aboriginal people.” This is the text version of his Eric Johnston lecture, presented at the Northern Territory Library on November 14 2013. FULL STORY »

New bid to wrest native title group assets worth millions

 

 

The fierce struggle for control of assets owned by Alice Springs native title owners seems set to be resolved, according to a reliable source, speaking on condition of not being named. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Northside IGA is among the assets. FULL STORY »

Questionmark over funding for Desert Knowledge

Desert Knowledge Australia (DKA) is in “in discussion” with the NT Government about its funding. Both the chairman, Fred Chaney, a former Coalition Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister, and CEO John Huigen are confirming this. Pictured: The Desert Knowledge precinct in Alice Springs. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

UPDATE Dec 5:

 

Mr Huigen announced today that the NT Government is undertaking its first review of DKA since it began operating under the Desert Knowledge Australia Act in 2003, saying: “This is a timely opportunity to actively demonstrate our practical achievements since we began 10 years ago as part of the Alice in 10 project.” FULL STORY »

Writer acknowledged for ‘significant contribution’ to local creative culture

Alice Springs News Online arts writer Kieran Finnane is the recipient of the third annual award of The LOFTY, acknowledging “an individual who has made a significant and longstanding contribution to the creative culture of Alice Springs, by inspiring others, supporting their creative projects and helping to make it all happen in one way or another”.

Pictured: Kieran Finnane accepting her award from Adelaide via a Skype connection. Photo by OLIVER ECLIPSE.  
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Pandora’s Promise: go nuke or not?

For a small town Alice Springs occupies a prominent place in the nation’s nuclear debate: We’re surrounded by uranium deposits. Our massive power consumption, driven by climatic conditions, suggests a low carbon emission source for electricity would be a good idea. That’s the setting for the provocative film Pandora’s Promise to be shown here on December 11. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. IMAGE: Electricity cabling in a Brazilian slum. FULL STORY »

Offers to purchase first blocks at Kilgariff

 

Applications have been made for the purchase of a “reasonable number” of blocks in Stage One of the new Kilgariff suburb, according to a reliable source. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Work on the suburb earlier this year.
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Artists, suppliers still not paid by Mbantua Festival

Some artists and suppliers to the Mbantua Festival in October are still waiting for their money as it appears the organisers have spent in excess of government funding commitments and their own resources. One of the festival’s creditors is musician and performer Jacinta Price (in the centre of the photo, performing at the festival with band and folk singer Bill Chambers). She says Arrulka Business Aboriginal Corporation is in breach of its contract with her. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

The waste of public housing

 

 

Public housing stock the Territory does still have is often allowed to remain vacant for long periods of time. Why? FULL STORY »

Santa trades sleigh for ute, delivers Icy Poles

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

The Icy Pole Treat, in its 40th year, is aiming to give every kid in Alice Springs, including the kids at the hospital and the town camps, a visit from Santa at Christmas time, write Ben Crawford and Steve Langdon, of the Apex Club Central Australia. FULL STORY »

Review into IBA and ILC: Scullion

 

 

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

The Australian Government will commence an independent review into Indigenous Business Australia and the Indigenous Land Corporation, writes Senator Nigel Scullion, Minister for Indigenous Affairs. FULL STORY »

Jobs not programs, growth not talk: Bonanni

Alice backed a council candidate who gives young people jobs, not programs; who stands up for the local construction industry and tradies staring into an abyss of no contracts, and who has runs on the board as a player in small business. ERWIN CHLANDA spoke with Kylie Bonanni. PHOTO: Cr elect Bonanni with husband Fabio and their children (from left) Jacob, Gemma and Tessa.
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Alice named as destination on the rise

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

Alice Springs is one of the top 10 destinations on the rise in the South Pacific named by leading travel review website, TripAdvisor, writes Matt Conlan, Minister for Tourism. FULL STORY »

Unfolding mall design

UPDATED with new photos (see FULL STORY), January 2, 11.20am.

 

 

There are still surprises to be discovered in the unfolding redesign of Todd Mall. KIERAN FINNANE comments.  FULL STORY »

CLP turns its back on its heartland: Lawrie

 

 

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

The CLP Government has turned its back on businesses and families in Alice Springs, writes Opposition Leader Delia Lawrie. FULL STORY »

Eight of town’s brightest in Top 20

Alice Springs is well represented in the Top 20 (actually 21)  results for the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (NTCET). The students received their results yesterday. FULL STORY »

Another strategy to get kids to school in remote communities

In the Northern Territory’s remote communities only 13% of kids are attending school 80% of the time, says Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion. 80% is generally regarded as the minimum required to make learning progress. Describing the situation as “horrific” Senator Scullion has announced a two-year strategy to break “the cycle of non-attendance”.

  FULL STORY »

Land Council power struggle?

 

An apparent power struggle within the Central Land Council saw two prominent figures in Central Australian Aboriginal politics facing off in the Alice Springs Magistrates Court today. Maurie Ryan, chairman of the Land Council, applied for a personal violence order against Michael Liddle, who not so long ago was his deputy and who remains on the executive, representing Lhere Artepe. KIERAN FINNANE reports.  FULL STORY »

Purple House wins Ethical Enterprise Award 2013

 

 

Alice’s Purple House, which spearheaded remote community renal dialysis in the Western Desert, has won the inaugural Ethical Enterprise Award 2013.

Left: The famed Western Desert artist Patrick Tjungurrayi having dialysis in the Purple Truck’s mobile dialysis unit at his home community Kiwirrkurra in WA. FULL STORY »

What booze really did to James Bond

 

ALCOHOL WATCH #4 by Russell Guy.

 

PHOTO: In 1990, the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress purchased a food outlet and an attached takeaway liquor licence, and allowed the licence to lapse immediately at considerable cost to itself, and making a spectacle of pouring out booze in Gap Road. These days Aboriginal interests are less coy about becoming part of the grog trade, owning three IGA bottle shops and one in the Milner Road store. Photo by ERWIN CHLANDA.

  FULL STORY »

Report of a near fatal, in the first person

I’ve written many traffic accident reports, beginning in the ’60s as a police roundsman for a daily newspaper in Vienna. All were written in the third person. At about 8:25pm on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, at age 68, I had my first serious traffic accident. So here is my first person account of what happened, what it meant to me, what it made me discover about my family, friends, profession, community. My life in general, really. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: In the Alice hospital about an hour after my near-fatal crash. FULL STORY »

Review of the Aboriginal sacred sites authority?

 

UPDATED, November 29, 2013, 6.37am and again at 9.27am. See FULL STORY.

 

The Opposition describes government intentions for the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority (AAPA) as “a dangerous plan to scrap” it. However,  Bess Price, as Minister for Community Services, says the Opposition’s statements are an “hysterical beat-up”. The controversy follows recent conflicts between the AAPA and the Mbantua Festival about the use of the Old Telegraph Station in Alice Springs. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Housing rents as much as some families earn

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

The second NT Cost of Living Report, released today by the Northern Territory Council of Social Service with support from NT Shelter, reveals that Territory households pay a greater proportion of their incomes on housing costs than households elsewhere in the country, write Wendy Morton (NTCOSS) and Toni Vine Bromley (NT Shelter). FULL STORY »

Why the increase in NT alcohol sales and consumption?

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

The first increase in alcohol sales and consumption in the NT since 2005, along with increased domestic violence and other offences against the person, reinforces the need for a full-scale joint NT and Commonwealth Board of Inquiry into alcohol consumption and harm in the NT, writes Dr. John Boffa (pictured), of the People’s Alcohol Action Coalition (PAAC).

  FULL STORY »

Another reason to love Alice

LETTER

 

Sir – On Saturday night I underwent emergency surgery to remove a seriously infected gall bladder at Alice Springs Base Hospital. I am now writing this letter from the comfort of my home four days later, writes Tim Rickards, of Alice Springs. FULL STORY »

Real training for real jobs

 

 

A Certificate II in Rural Operations will provide “real training for real employees in real jobs including installing fencing, repairing potholes, operating machinery, maintaining landfills, operating chainsaws, maintaining septic systems and participating in sustainable work practices. The picture shows Kasman Spencer (left) and Geoffrey Wilson repairing a push whipper snipper as part of the “small engines” unit at the Yuendumu training. FULL STORY »

Costs savings for tracking crims

 

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

The NT Government will introduce electronic monitoring technology to locate and track an offender’s movements, writes John Elferink,

Minister for Correctional Services. FULL STORY »

Titjikala is 2013 Tidy Town for the NT

 

 

 

The desert community of Titjikala, south of Alice Springs, is the Northern Territory’s 2013 Tidy Towns Winner and now in the running for this year’s Keep Australia Beautiful Australian Tidy Towns awards. FULL STORY »

Artist remembered in annual award night

 

An annual award, The LOFTY, named in honour of the late Pamela Lofts, accomplished artist and founder of Watch This Space (pictured), is the centerpiece of the local Artist Run Initiative’s end of year celebrations on December 6 from 6pm. Work by Lofts is also included in two exhibitions currently on show at Araluen, including a recent  acquisition, not previously shown in Alice Springs. FULL STORY »

Builders to get say on insurance laws

 

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

A representative from Deloittes Sydney (Lizzie Simpson) will be in Alice Springs on Tuesday, December 17 to explain her recommendations about residential builders insurance. The meeting will be at 4.30pm at a venue to be decided. The recommendations are due to go before Cabinet next year, writes Jamie de Brenni (pictured). FULL STORY »

Sacred sites: the review we have to have?

 

 

Sacred sites issues rear their heads from time to time, usually highlighting the black – white divide. It happened – absurdly – at the Mbantua Festival. Are we having a review of the Act? Should we? ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: Bess Price, the Minister responsible. FULL STORY »

Vet says live export is good for animal welfare

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

Without live export hundreds of thousands of cattle will die horribly across north Australia, writes veterinarian Dr. Gehan Jayawardhan, of Leanyer.

  FULL STORY »

International Ice Cream Festival for Alice

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

We have launched the inaugural International Ice Cream Festival , a four-day event planned for September 2015, writes Murray Stewart, Chairman, Desert Sports Foundation. FULL STORY »

‘Sculpture can be personal’

 

Sculptor Sia Cox’s exhibition Good Friends, recently shown at RAFT Artspace, was a wondrous survey of contemporary portraiture. A room of soft sculptures, in the form of puppets, figures and still life, celebrated the artist’s dearly held relationships with both family and friends. It was impossible not to be drawn into the multitude of emotions expressed both plainly and subtly by this eclectic gathering of characters and in a peculiar, yet intimate way to, at least for a moment, become a part of their world. LUKE SCHOLES reviews. FULL STORY »

Centralian College: opinions were shared and listened to

 

 

“Centralian wasn’t a system where the staff taught and students learnt. Instead I found myself in an unfamiliar environment where opinions were shared and actually listened to.” Year 12 graduate ISABELLA  SAN ROQUE looks back at her experience of Centralian Senior College. FULL STORY »

Land ownership can stop welfare dependency

 

 

Individual control over land can wipe out welfare dependency. Will our governments have the bottle to make it happen? FULL STORY »

Merry Christmas and a Successful 2014!

Editor Erwin Chlanda and Chief Reporter Kieran Finnane, our columnists and freelancers extend to you the Season’s Greetings.

Updating of the Alice Springs News Online will continue over the Christmas and New Year period, and we look forward serving you in 2014, our 21st year in publication. FULL STORY »

Bicycles and alcohol

 

 

Single Female Bicycle Rider # 3

 

The only occasion when I do miss a car is when I go out to a pub or bar to drink alcohol. FULL STORY »

Next boom is up to us, not the government

 

 

 

Our Chief Minister Adam Giles is moving about the community letting it be known in no uncertain terms that the days of socialist government, where government is expected to provide everything, where a new project is never started before applying for and receiving funding, are gone. FULL STORY »