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March 14, 2014

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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Tenders closed for complex on Melanka site

 

Tenders have closed for building a five storey apartment and business complex on the old Melanka site, reviving a project which the  Planning Minister at the time, Gerry McCarthy, announced in February, 2010 as a “$60 million mixed residential and tourist development”. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

IAD Café ‘temporarily’ closed

 

 

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

The board and management of the Institute of Aboriginal Development regrets to advise the general public that the IAD Café will be temporarily closed, writes Patricia Turner, Chairperson, Institute for Aboriginal Development. FULL STORY »

Alcohol restrictions: equal treatment for black and white

 

 

Alcohol!  Alcohol!  Alcohol! Here we go again. It’s not often I find myself agreeing with Barb Shaw, however it’s about time the endless pointless circular debate about alcohol abuse and restrictions reached the blatantly obvious and only conclusion that will bring it to an end. FULL STORY »

Fast response to 000 calls

 

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

I am pleased to report dramatic improvement in the time it takes for police to answer calls to both triple-zero and the police assistance line in Central Australia over recent months, writes Chief Minister Adam Giles. FULL STORY »

Water usage cap likely to be on agenda again

 

 

Projects such as such as the Kilgariff suburb and the Melanka apartment complex, as well as the ongoing debate about new horticulture, are sure to put the cap on water use back on the agenda. Says David Morris (pictured), the principal lawyer of the Environmental Defenders Office NT: “We should not raise the cap without scientific knowledge” of the reserve. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Bicycle riders in circles



 

 

It takes a while to figure out the ins and outs of the circles that make up the bicycle riders in Alice. There’s a distinct pattern though. FULL STORY »

Alice, take charge of alcohol measures

Police are checking IDs at bottleshops. How this was any different or any better than the BDR’s ID checks, the cause of so many howls of execration, was never fully explained, writes HAL DUELL. FULL STORY »

Tell the government what you want, Alison Anderson

 

 

Where is the dream? Where are the goals? Where’s the vision? What do you want delivered? These are the questions for Alison Anderson. FULL STORY »

Alcohol reference group: Dice seem loaded

 

 

 

The Alcohol Reference Group, announced by NT Minister for Alcohol Policy, Dave Tollner, and chaired by Mayor Damien Ryan, needs a majority of eight out of ten to recommend an initiative. 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 »

Artists tell it like it is

This is us, this is the way it is – that’s what Sally Mulda’s paintings of town camp life seem to say. Grog scenes abound and when I visit Tangentyere Artists studio where she paints, she is working on one, putting it aside, taking it up again. It shows a paddy wagon in the river and two policemen pouring out grog, while four disconsolate Aboriginal people walk away. But police aren’t always present, nor is grog. With the same kind of steady observation Mulda (pictured at work) shows the scenes of everyday sociability, writes KIERAN FINNANE. 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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Path with a story to read

 

The path leading to the Town Library had its baptism on Harmony Day, last Friday. The dousing with water of this latest piece of public art had more than a ritual significance, for the path is intended to come to life with rain. As we can wait a long time for a desert downpour, the process was hastened with a few sloshes of water.

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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 »

‘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 »

Dog baiter kills pets in rural area

At least four pet dogs have been killed by a dog baiter in Petrick and Chateau Roads in the Rangeview Estate rural residential area. 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 »

Anderson not losing sleep over dismissal from CLP

 

 

Rebel Parliamentarian Alison Anderson expects to be dismissed from the Alice Springs branch of the CLP but she says she will wear this as a badge of honour for someone whose main focus is representing her electorate. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Ms Anderson and Mr Giles in more harmonious days.
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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 »

Ayers Rock Resort: what’s in it for us?

What’s the Ayers Rock Resort doing for us in Central Australia? Its number of visitors is pretty close to that of Alice Springs but, per head, the Ayers Rock Resort makes twice as much money out of them. Since the Indigenous Land Corporation bought the resort it has added a convention centre, a National Indigenous Training Academy, its Indigenous staff numbers have skyrocketed and by June there will be 32 flights a week. Is Alice Springs, far from still being the gateway to The Rock as Paul Everingham had intended it to be, facing a cashed-up competitor? ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Tourism NT gives the resort prominence in its promotion of Central Australia. 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 »

Land council power struggle not over?

 

A failed court action by Maurie Ryan, Chairman of the Central Land Council, against one of its councillors and former Deputy Chairman, Michael Liddle (right), does not seem to have settled an apparent power struggle between them, but for the time being it’s Ryan 0, Liddle 1. Magistrate David Bamber this week dismissed Mr Ryan’s application for a personal violence restraining order against Mr Liddle for want of evidence, but the hearing revealed something about the reasons for their antagonism. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

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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 »