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March 31, 2014

Wide Open Space: Zeitgeist goes bush

 

 

 

World champion beatbox wizard Tom Thum (pictured) will be part of the Wide Open Space festival line-up. Jenn & Julz report. FULL STORY »

Berrimah Line the winner in Blain

The Blain by-election was a resounding victory for the Berrimah Line. ERWIN CHLANDA comments. FULL STORY »

Perkins resigns as probe into Mbantua Festival starts

 

 

 

Krystal Perkins resigned as a director of the Arrulka Corporation two days after the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC) ordered an examination of the corporation’s books. Arrulka managed the Mbantua Festival last year which still owes money to performers and suppliers. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Ms Perkins is in the centre of the photo, in 2010. FULL STORY »

Administrators untangle web of native title group’s businesses

 

 

The special administrators appointed to the Alice Springs native title organisation Lhere Artepe are untangling a web of commercial entities whose formation and management has led to years of bitter conflict in the town’s Aboriginal community. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Mount Johns subdivision promoted: Mr Pearce is at the right.
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Cops less often at bottleshops

 

 

 

ALCOHOL WATCH #18 by Russell Guy. Police presence at bottle shops in Alice Springs will continue, but at a reduced level. FULL STORY »

More trouble at DASA

 

 

 

 

 

The Alice Springs News Online understands that the Drug and Alcohol Services Association (DASA) has sacked its CEO, Margo MacGregor. President Michael Gehring (pictured) declined to comment. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Tourist park product of thinking big, while pancakes add charm

 

What we are doing best in Alice Springs is giving visitors a great time, and in that endeavour the grand champion is indisputably Brendan Heenan. Now 30 years old, his MacDonnell Range Holiday Park is a product of thinking big whilst the little things – such as Sunday morning pancakes for all – give it its charm. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Plans for mall project continue despite government ‘no’

 

 

 

The NT Government has declined to contribute $2m to a $70m project in Todd Mall, but the Town Council and the Uniting Church continue with their plans. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

At the deep end of The Centre’s drinking culture

Defence lawyers’ questioning seeks to cast doubt on eye-witness evidence; as a by-product they paint a revealing picture of prodigious drinking going on in our midst. The time of the day is reckoned by the time of the bottleshop opening and closing; the time with family remembered, at least in part, by the grog shared with them and the arguments and fighting that can follow. KIERAN FINNANE reports from the Alice Springs Magistrates Court and reproduces recent sentencing remarks by CHIEF JUSTICE TREVOR RILEY in the Supreme Court. FULL STORY »

Adam Giles’ squandered opportunity

 

 

Adam Giles wooed Alison Anderson to join the CLP, yet in government has not known how to work with her. The current debacle is a very poor reflection on his leadership and on the Territory’s political culture. I say the Territory, rather than Country Liberal, because Labor did not know how to work with her either. Does this mean she is impossible? If that’s your conclusion then you’re admitting defeat in one of the most important challenges facing the Territory, just at a time when it looked like progress was being made, comments KIERAN FINNANE. FULL STORY »

Will Alison’s antics put paid to the CLP’s chances?

 

 

Will Alison Anderson’s antics stand in the way of the message from the Bush, calling for development, jobs, better infrastructure and most of all, individual rights, individual ownership and equality, regardless of race, a sense of equality and inclusion? FULL STORY »

‘Boneless hand varial’ at first Alice skateboarding titles

 

 

 

This is Dakota performing a “boneless hand varial” at the Alice Springs Skateboarding Titles: The skill of some skaters is exceeded only by the quirkiness of the names they give to their tricks. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

The Jam Nights are dead. Long live the Jam Nights!

 

 

After 30 years the Todd Tavern has shut its doors to the Monday Jam Nights of the Alice Springs Desert Music Club. But don’t despair, the club is far from over, merely taking a short break, with plans to restart mid-May at the Memo Club! FULL STORY »

Central Desert makes school attendance council business

A new School Attendance Policy adopted by the Central Desert Regional Council ensures that activities for school aged kids run by the Council on nights preceding school days are finished by no later than 8.30pm. It also mobilises council resources such as Night Patrol to help get kids home at night. And council will not support community events and sporting carnivals that interrupt school days. FULL STORY »

Marvellous Alice hangs in there, in the face of adversity

 

 

Pollies brawl, developers cross their fingers, traders hardly trade, drinkers kill, and everyone wants their own law. Yet – somehow – bloody marvellous Alice survives. FULL STORY »

Turn the photo into reality

 

“Your shop can look like this.” That’s the message this giant photo aims to convey to potential lessees of the vacant shop at the Todd Mall entrance to the Alice Plaza Shopping Centre, according to its property manager, Tony Bowes. FULL STORY »

Opportunity knocking at Clontarf Academy

 

“Clontarf makes me come to school more, keeps me out of trouble,” says Jordan Khan, from the Clontarf Academy at Centralian College. He and fellow students Elisiah Wasaga and Dereece Hanley-Satour are being sponsored by the Rotary Club of Stuart to attend a “fun packed learning experience” in Adelaide, run by the Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment. ERWIN CHLANDA spoke to the three young men. FULL STORY »

Titjikala wins section of national Tidy Towns awards

The desert community of Titjikala south of Alice Springs last night won the national Heritage and Culture section of the Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Tidy Towns Awards 2014. The award was picked up by community members including CEO Jeff MacLeod, and Sid Anderson (pictured), president of MacDonnell Regional Council, at the presentation ceremony in Victor Harbor, SA, last night.

PICTURED (from left) are Jeff Macleod, CEO MacDonnell Regional Council; Peter McLean, CEO Keep Australia Beautiful, Sid Anderson, President, MacDonnell Regional Council; Darren Wilyuka, Civil Works Assistant, Titjikala; Heimo Schober, Keep Australia Beautiful Council (NT) and Kevin Moneymoon, Civil Works Assistant, Titjikala. FULL STORY »

Bottleshop cops deter grocery shoppers – claim

 

 

While the police is touting as a success the “full lockdown” at all bottle shops the CEO of the company running the three IGA stores in Alice Springs says the measure is affecting not only liquor, but also grocery sales. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Wine in glass bottles at the Northside IGA store. Some brands will soon be available in plastic bottles. FULL STORY »

NT Govt. locks out Federal BDR fact finders

Mum’s the word about Banned Drinkers Register, court tired of coward punchers and free wine if you stay with them. ALCOHOL WATCH #16 by Russell Guy. FULL STORY »

Questions ALP Senator Nova Peris will not answer

 

 

 

The ALP Senator for the NT, Nova Peris (pictured), has declined to answer questions put to her by the Alice Springs News Online about what is shaping up as the key question in Territory Aboriginal affairs: economic development on Aboriginal land. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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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Cr Eli Melky: the good and the bad

 

 

 

Cr Eli Melky (pictured) loses his bid on pouring out grog – all goes in the dirt if you drink in public – but he strikes a blow for transparency; economic development in the bush gains traction and the council finally gets into the loop on town planning. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. 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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Payback: six in court accused of beating man to death in Alice Springs

SEVENTH MAN, ALLEGED ACCESSORY AFTER THE FACT

 

DAY ONE plus links to all subsequent reports of five day hearing

 

Family members of a man beaten to death in an apparent ‘payback’ in February last year twice hurled abuse at the men accused of his murder in the Alice Springs Magistrates Court today. There are seven men in the dock – six accused of murder, one of being an accessory after the fact. G. Pollard died from “multiple traumatic injuries” after being assaulted at two locations before his naked body was dumped in a ditch by the Stuart Highway north of Alice Springs. KIERAN FINNANE reports. Pictured: Members of the public leaving the hearing this afternoon. 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 »

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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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 »

Desert Knowledge probe continuing, No 2 man quits

 

 

 

The NT Government’s review of Desert Knowledge is continuing, according to a government spokesman, “looking into the future shape and the various aspects of the Desert Knowledge Precinct. Meanwhile DKA’s number two man, Mike Crowe (pictured)  has jumped ship. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. 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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Alison spooking the horses – someone has to do it!

 

 

Alison Anderson: Love her or loathe her, she does tend to expose our Legislative Assembly as a house of mendacity and mediocrity. FULL STORY »

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 »

Aboriginal community vies for national Tidy Towns Award

The tiny Aboriginal community of Titjikala south of Alice Springs, having won the top spot for the Territory in the Australian Tidy Towns awards, now hopes to win the Australia wide competition to be announced on Friday at Victor Harbour in South Australia. PHOTO: The Titjikala Civil Works team (from left to right) Dennis Douglas, Darren Wilyuka, Kevin Moneymoon, Malcome Moneymoon, Desmond Jack and Dougie Wells with Heimo Schober, CEO Keep Australia Beautiful Council NT (third from left) and Dave MacGregor, Shire Service Coordinator (fifth from left) in stand proudly in front of the children’s park and shaded family seating. 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.

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Louts hassle shop keepers, customers in Mall

 

 

An Alice Springs local says he is concerned about crimes by juveniles in the Todd Mall. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Town Council wants Chief Minister for talks about crime in Alice

A recent spate of anti-social and criminal behaviour around Alice Springs will be the subject of a letter from the Town Council to Chief Minister Adam Giles, calling on him to meet with them. This will come on top of council’s meeting with Minister John Elferink (Justice, Children and Families, Correctional Services) tomorrow. KIERAN FINNANE  reports. FULL STORY »