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December 28, 2013

Making money while the sun shines

 

The electrical “cake” of Alice Springs is $57.5m a year. How many of these 230,000,000 kilowatt hours annually are from renewable resources, mostly from the sun, how many should be, or could be? That, in a nutshell, were the questions asked by the Alice Solar City 2008-2013 project that came to an end with the release of a handsome book this month. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO (from the report): Part of the Araluen array.
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Kangaroo Dundee recognised in the streets – of London

 

 

Someone like “Kangaroo Dundee” could promote interest in the Outback amongst Chinese tourists who are now mostly visiting Australia’s big cities. But not a peep from Tourism NT. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Builders’ insurance review still on the wrong track

 

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

Residential builders and home owners and builders attended a presentation of the Residential Building Cover review but the presentation was halted halfway through when it became apparent the results of the review did not actually answer any of the concerns of the residential builders present, writes Alice Springs builder Jamie de Brenni (pictured).

 

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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 »

Safety second on small tour buses?

 

 

Recently there have been two bad accidents on Centralian roads involving small tour buses. Is this happening because the companies operating three day tours are not giving their solitary drivers sufficient down time while on tour? FULL STORY »

Tyre gel in Single Female Bicycle Rider’s handbag

 

As a Single Female Bicycle Rider I like to be as independent as self-sufficient as I possibly can and not rely on Bicycle Repair Man, because everybody knows that BRM wears his underpants over his pants and therefore causes shame. 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”.

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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 »

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.

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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 »

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).

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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 »

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 »

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.

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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 »

Tips for a hot day

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

Sir – The bodies of the elderly, young children and babies can’t always regulate temperature changes efficiently making them more susceptible to extreme conditions. Know the signs of heat stress (muscle cramps, paleness, dizziness, headache, nausea, increased heart rate, fainting, excessive sweating or no sweating with high temperature and hot, dry skin) and seek medical attention if necessary, writes Dr Stephen Gourley, Director of Emergency Medicine, Alice Springs Hospital. FULL STORY »

Alcohol harm to young costs you, the taxpayer, $15b

 

 

ALCOHOL WATCH #5  by Russell Guy: Thirteen per cent of deaths of young people are attributed to alcohol and thousands of people are still arrested each month for drink driving despite what everyone knows.  It’s an ugly picture, which is estimated to cost more than $15.3 billion a year. 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 »