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April 14, 2014

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 »

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 »

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 »

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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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 »

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 »

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 »

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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Bring back youth street workers: Paech

 

 

 

 

Alice Springs Town Councillor, Chansey Paech (pictured), is starting a petition calling on the NT Government to reinstate after hours youth street workers. 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 »

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 »

Do police take action against carers of young delinquents?

 

 

Why do police not prosecute parents and carers who fail to provide their children with the necessities of life? ERWIN CHLANDA receives a response from Assistant Police Commissioner Jamie Chalker (pictured). FULL STORY »

Let the Anderson show continue …

 

 

If lions and lambs can lie down together in the Elysian Fields, PUPs and king browns can do the same in the NT. FULL STORY »

Why Alice Springs’ own ocean beach is doing so well

When looking at wealth creation and managing lifestyle, the score cards of Alice Springs and Streaky Bay are vastly different. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Mercilessly enforcing rules against drunks, thieves, deadbeats

 

 

 

The town’s 400 problem drinkers are malingerers, thieves, deadbeats and worse. Their colour is irrelevant and it should continue to be seen as irrelevant in our dealings with their misbehaviour. FULL STORY »

My sister was killed, allegedly in an alcohol fueled incident

 

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Yesterday I woke to a phone call telling me my sister had been killed. I am devastated, writes Bess Price (pictured), MLA for Stuart. FULL STORY »

Youth crime: ‘Shameful reality on shoulders of parents, guardians’

 

 

 

 

Police are providing increased presence in and around the CBD, with a focus on targeting young people on the streets at night and to crackdown on youth crime, says Assistant Commissioner Jamie Chalker.

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Leo Abbott quits CLP to stand against Bess Price

 

 

 

Leo Abbott to challenge Bess Price in Stuart. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Stop loitering, pass new law if needed

 

 

Loitering with intent is forbidden elsewhere. It should be here as well. FULL STORY »

Young & Rich open workshop of old and new

 

The first thing you notice on entering the studio-come-workshop is the wall display of shoemaker lasts. These are among the tools of trade for the first bespoke shoemaker in Alice Springs in 50 years, James B. Young, who with his partner, designer Elliat Rich, will launch their Elbowrkshp next week. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Will Blain win put Giles at risk?

 

 

 

Gerry Wood may have ensured no change in Chief Minister. Now Giles may be at risk. FULL STORY »

LETTER: Give up the grog, as a town

 

 

 

 

 

If bush communities can do it, why not Alice? FULL STORY »

Final act in a history of violence

A man convicted last week for the reckless manslaughter of his wife had three previous convictions for assault against her and another for assault against his father. A Domestic Violence Order was in place to protect his wife from him but this didn’t stop Sebastian Kunoth from brutally attacking her at Abbott’s Camp on Christmas Day 2012, including by bringing down on her head a broken piece of concrete. 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 »

NT Education Minister ‘blown away’ at Cape York Academy

 

I have spent the last three days visiting remote schools on the Cape York Peninsula, analysing why they’re seeing great results with far less resources than Territory schools. I was absolutely blown away by the high level of engagement in every classroom and have committed to work with Noel Pearson and his Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy, writes Peter Chandler, Northern Territory Minister for Education. FULL STORY »

Federal cuts spell end to local film society

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

The Wanngardi Film Society has been showing classic films under the stars to the Alice Springs community for over 20 years.  This is about to end with Federal budget cuts to the funding for the lending service of the National Film and Sound Archive, writes ROGER THOMPSON,

Secretary, Wanngardi Film Society. FULL STORY »

Federal Budget to hit Centre hardest

 

 

NT Labor Senator Nova Peris says the Federal government’s “broken promises” and budget cuts will hurt particularly the Northern Territory and Central Australia. FULL STORY »

We need to spend more, not less, to get out of the slump

 

 

 

Infrastructure for future Alice. Some may argue, as indeed they have, that it is not the time for what appears to be lavish spending on infrastructure such as the proposed new court houses. I would argue that exactly the opposite, comments Steve Brown. FULL STORY »

Should their parents, carers be prosecuted?

 

 

An experienced local youth worker, Matty Day, says there may well be children in Alice Springs who are denied the necessities of life by their parents or carers – a criminal offence. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Two new supreme courts, no expenses spared

 

The NT Government endlessly gripes about the debt left to it by its Labor predecessor. Why is it now seeking tenders for two new supreme courts, no expenses spared? ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: The mothballed court house (pictured) corner Railway and Stott Terraces is unlikely to be used. FULL STORY »