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March 7, 2014

Centre slow to stake claim in 30 year development study

The Top Ends leads the way in Prime Minster Tony Abbott’s drive to crank up economic development in the nation’s north, with Central Australia a late starter. Three states are drawing up wish lists. What will be The Centre’s slice? ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: A million camels in our deserts are waiting to be mustered and sold. No takers so far. An organistion asserting to be Aboriginal, Ninti One, is having them shot from the air, leaving them to rot. FULL STORY »

Cape York lessons for Centre’s schools?

Three visitors from the Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy, part of the welfare reform drive led by Noel Pearson, have been in central Australia this week as guests of the Member for Namatjira, Alison Anderson. Not content to wait for the outcome of her government’s review of Indigenous education (final report due in April) Ms Anderson is seeking to build a relationship between the ambitious academy and the schools in her electorate. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

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Economic development: Who’s got it right?

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

High powered wheeler-dealer meets laid back amigo, writes Matt Lemmens. FULL STORY »

Going through the motions and loving it

 

 

A pushbike and a bar fridge – who needs more? FULL STORY »

Mbantua Festival funds not acquitted – government

 

The Mbantua Festival has not properly acquitted grants from the Federal Government totaling $1.3m, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet stated this afternoon. The Alice Springs News Online is seeking comment from company director Neville Perkins and his co-director and daughter Krystal Perkins (centre of the photo, in 2010 pictured with a staff member). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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75 dwellings jammed into old bowls club

See UPDATE 9:30am Tuesday. Public hearing on Wednesday, April 16. See FULL STORY.

A developer wants to squeeze 60 two-bedroom and 15 one-bedroom units into the 11,034 square meter site of the old bowling club, between Gap Road and South Terrace. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Govt still checking how festival grants were spent

 

 

The Federal Government is not yet clear about how the Mbantua Festival in Alice Springs spent public grants totaling $1.3m. But festival director Neville Perkins (pictured) said the funds had been acquitted and had been spent in compliance with grant conditions. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. See UPDATE 7:10am Tuesday.
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Rubbernecks (we love you!) by numbers

 

 

Which has the greater number of staff in the tourist town of Alice Springs – the major visitor accommodation businesses or the hospital? The answer is surprising. But the quest goes on to tell the world about what we do best: Give people a great time in a superb place. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Will town council kill Anzac parade?

 

 

 

It will be a loss to us all if short-sightedness on the part of the Alice Springs Town Council means we can no longer have a Bangtail Muster or an Anzac Parade. FULL STORY »

The big dollars of oil and gas in The Centre

 

 

There is a lot of oil and gas in Central Australia, so much is clear, but there is usually a massive gap between proven reserves, and undiscovered resources interpreted by industry to exist on the basis of known geology, but which are not demonstrated. Fracking may become part of the game, but not in the immediate future, says Ian Scrimgeour, Executive Director, NT Geological Survey, who was at the 15th Annual Geoscience Exploration Seminar attended by more than 200 delegates in Alice Springs this week. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Rifles, cash stolen in Petrick Road

Police Strike Force Vega members are investigating the theft of cash and two rifles from a residence on Petrick Road. FULL STORY »

The need for coordinating our multitude of NGOs

A meeting of some 60 non-government organisations (NGOs) yesterday heard about successful ways for services to cooperate, but also laid bare absurd failures of the current system. Congress CEO Donna Ah Chee (pictured) was there and spoke to the Alice Springs News Online about it. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

NGOs, who needs them?

 

 

With all the talk and questions regarding NGOs recently, shouldn’t we be asking why we have NGOs at all? Why the proliferation of them? Why do Governments automatically turn to them? What can NGOs achieve that Government and private enterprise can’t? FULL STORY »

Questions about National Trust property

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

I wish to raise my concern about the diminishing history of Alice Springs’ historic residences in the CBD. 86 Hartley Street is one of few residences that should remain intact and cared for by the National Trust, writes Faye Alexander, a Member of Heritage Alice Springs, but not writing on behalf of that group. FULL STORY »

More bullying behind closed doors?

 

 

It appears the CLP Parliamentary wing room isn’t the only place where bullying conduct can take place behind closed doors, reports ERWIN CHLANDA. PHOTO: Councillor Eli Melky who is alleged to have made unwarranted threats of legal action in Town Council meetings closed to the public. FULL STORY »

Elkedra jackeroo meets masters of improvisation

 

 

Frank used a length of 12mm diameter wooden dowel as a stethoscope. Placing one end of the stick against his ear, he would probe a running engine with the other end. With this procedure he could determine the health of various mechanical innards – valves, tappets, gudgeons, bearings and so on. DES NELSON OAM recalls his life as a jackeroo in the mid-1950s. FULL STORY »

Hermannsburg making its own bread again

The Aboriginal community of Hermannsburg (Ntaria) is once again baking its own bread – an example of small business enterprise on remote communities that is so often talked about. For the last 10 months or so a bakery at the back of the Finke River Mission store has been producing loaves and rolls, building up to production of 100 loaves a day, sometimes more. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

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New action on pregnant women who drink

 

The National Health and Medical Research Council has funded three research projects into Foetal Alcohol Syndrome and Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (photo). These include behaviour support training, building capacity for screening and diagnosis through a prevalence study, ALCOHOL WATCH #12 by Russell Guy. FULL STORY »

Black women 80 times more likely to be hospitalised for assault

 

 

Senator Nova Peris (pictured) says an indigenous woman is 80 times more likely to be hospitalised for assault than other Territorians.  In 2013, domestic violence assaults increased in the Northern Territory by 22 per cent. ALCOHOL WATCH #14 by Russell Guy. FULL STORY »

Have we ever had it as tough in Australia as in other countries?

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

What’s most annoying (and indeed deeply offensive) about John Pilger and various academic commentators is their readiness to associate the plight of Aboriginal people with that of victims of genocide from other places around the world. But have we ever had it as tough in Australia as in other countries, asks Alex Nelson. FULL STORY »

‘Old Mission’ at Hermannsburg open again

 

Following the signing of an MOU at Hermannsburg (Ntaria) this morning, the community’s historic precinct and tearooms are open again, under the management of Finke River Mission. The precinct, a popular destination for tourists, has been closed since late last year. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

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Prisoners work 100,000 hours for pensioners, disabled

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Low-security prisoners have completed 108,760 hours of gardening and maintenance works at the homes of eligible elderly and disabled Territorians and non-profit organisations in the 2012-13 financial year, visiting the yards of 929 pensioners and disabled persons each month and performing various duties including cleaning, rubbish removal, mowing and raking, writes John Elferink, Minister for Correctional Services (pictured). FULL STORY »

The canvas of history

The home of the Central Australian Art Society (CAAS) is a relatively humble tin shed in Crispe Street in the industrial area of Alice Springs. Over the last fortnight it has brought 50 years of history into its fold: on the walls, some of the key works the society has acquired for public collection; behind the scenes, the keepers of the tradition, present day members of the society. KIERAN FINNANE reports. Pictured: Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow, 1977, by Shirley Downing. FULL STORY »

Rift deepens between Melky and the rest

 

With her election as Deputy Mayor last night not yet four months in the job, Councillor Kylie Bonanni’s honeymoon continued alongside the excruciating spectacle of Cr Eli Melky’s increasing and mostly self-driven isolation. KIERAN FINNANE reports. 

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The lowest price should win the tender

 

The Giles government is struggling to gain ground, to grasp some kind of credibility on its goal of reinvigorating the private sector. But it remains, it seems, blissfully unaware of just how unachievable that goal is while its bureaucracy remains hamstrung by the reams of legislation and regulation that 12 years of inept  socialist Labor government inflicted on the system. FULL STORY »

Bonanni’s message to fellow councillors, town

 

 

 

Councillor and Deputy Mayor Elect Kylie Bonanni addressed her fellow councilors and the town in a media release this morning after sparks flew at the meeting on Monday. FULL STORY »

Gaol, banned drinkers and beer guts

 

Arresting our way out of alcohol abuse? Minister Lambley has another go at defending the abolition of BDR, and this is what beer can do to you. ALCOHOL WATCH #13 by Russell Guy. FULL STORY »

IAD cafe to close, but hope in new training scheme

 

The café attached to the Institute of Aboriginal Development (IAD) will close in a few days. Neither IAD nor the café’s manager were prepared to be interviewed about the closure. But a former manager says a new Federal scheme gives hope for improvements in the training of young Aborigines.  ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: The cafe in its heyday.

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Elkedra jackeroo: ‘Death Adders’ and The Boss

 

 

The two people with whom I had most contact were old timers; independent old men living alone. The type referred to as ‘Death Adders’. DES NELSON OAM continues his memoir of life as a jackeroo in the 1950s. FULL STORY »

Iain Campbell: reflections on an artist’s life and times

 

Few artists have turned their gaze fixedly on the modern town of Alice Springs and how its settler population lives within it. This is the fine contribution of Scottish artist Iain Campbell who arrived here in 1975. An exhibition at Araluen, Reflections, brings together work from across the decades around this theme, which the artist pursues to this day. The show also takes in enough of the other strands of Campbell’s oeuvre to give some sense of the breadth of his achievement, evoked so well in the opening speech by MIKE GILLAM, artist photographer and long time friend, which we publish here (in extended version). FULL STORY »

NT Government bungling release of impaired woman

 

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

The indefinite incarceration of an intellectually impaired Aboriginal woman, Roseanne Fulton (pictured), in a WA prison is a national shame. NT Chief Minister Adam Giles and his Attorney-General and Health Minister are bungling the issue, writes Ian McKinlay, of Alice Springs, Ms Fulton’s legal guardian.

See UPDATE Wednesday 8:15am at FULL STORY. FULL STORY »

Graffiti vandalism in mall

 

Police are investigating the vandalising of several signs and shopfronts in the Todd Street Mall over the weekend. FULL STORY »

Life’s pretty good in the Old Alice

 

One of our current Town Council’s better success stories would be the new-look tip. The transfer station with the attached shop are a significant piece of new infrastructure servicing Alice’s future. The northern mall’s going to be fine and let’s enjoy our 90 parks! FULL STORY »