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July 7, 2014

Cattle sale cancelled – but the show goes on

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The annual cattle sale at the Alice Springs Show was cancelled this year for only the second time in 20 years – but judging by the crowd at the bull auctions today, cattlemen and women are not disheartened. “Times have been tough,” says today’s auctioneer Peter Brazier from GDL Rural, “Folk have copped a few punches, but you learn to go with the flow.” RACHEL McFADDEN reports. 

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New player in aged care

Australian Regional and Remote Community Services (ARRCS) begins operating aged care services in the Northern Territory today, including the Old Timers in Alice Springs, all of whose staff have joined the new company.

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Busy Mayor Ryan: Benefit for the town?

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Does Mayor Damien Ryan have conflicts of interests with the large number of positions he holds outside of his Town Council position? Do these jobs take up too much time, detracting from his mayoral duties for which he earns $100,000 a year? And do the fees he gets for these outside positions create obligations for him that may not be in the interest of the town and the ratepayer?ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

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Government mum on pay for Mayor Ryan

Neither Mayor Damien Ryan nor the Alice Springs Hospital will release details of the remuneration Mayor Ryan receives for being the chairman of the Central Australian Hospital Network Governing Council. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Alice native title organisation out of administration

The four traditional owner corporations based in Alice Springs, including Lhere Artepe, which holds the native title rights of the Central Arrernte people over Alice Springs, are no longer under special administration, writes Anthony Beven, Registrar of Indigenous Corporation. FULL STORY »

Council to NTG: hands off our public holidays

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Alice Springs could not afford to lose the May Day, Queen’s Birthday and Picnic Day public holidays: the community events that are held on all three are essential to the town’s economic and cultural life. So say the Town Councillors who last night voted to write to the NT Government to express this view. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Alcohol Mandatory Treatment review: absconding may remain offence

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I have released the six month review of the Alcohol Mandatory Treatment Act which recommends that legislation making it an offence to abscond from AMT more than three times should be changed. However, we will have to consider this recommendation very carefully before making a decision, writes Robyn Lambley, Minister for Alcohol Rehabilitation.

 

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Hop-on, hop-off bus tour into a world of art

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On my first weekend in Alice I visited the art galleries in Todd Mall to start my exploration. I’d already put aside money to purchase my first Aboriginal artwork, but no impulse buys from me – I wanted to get to know Alice and her surrounds before I purchased her art. The opportunity came when I got on the Art Bus leaving at regular intervals from the Beanie Festival last Saturday. The initiative is a great one, Alice Springs’ not-for-profit, Aboriginal-owned art centres working together to further promote their work. RACHEL McFADDEN reports. FULL STORY »

‘Alice water plan out of sight & mind of locals’

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We are concerned that changes to the Alice Springs Water Allocation Plan (ASWAP) as prescribed by Councillor Steve Brown are being developed in Darwin, out of sight and mind of Alice Springs residents, writes JIMMY COCKING (pictured) of the Arid Lands Environment Centre (ALEC).

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Thumbs down for nuke dump: time for rethink?

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The decision last week by the NLC to withdraw from the court action to secure a home for our nuclear waste needs to be turned to advantage. While the NLC is hinting at an alternative and no doubt considering a steady income to the benefit of all their constituents could there be a better solution?

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Young people in Alice Springs: pawns in political games?

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Youth advocates are saying the latest round of cuts to youth programs at the beginning of the year are now being felt on the ground. RACHEL McFADDEN reports. PHOTO: Youth activities arranged by police at town camps during the school holidays. SEE update at the bottom of the FULL STORY page.

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White Gums: new plans for rural suburb

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The Brown family at White Gums, in the south-western corner of the Alice Springs municipality, is having its fourth shot at an ambitions real estate development. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Super Raelene Bros’ Revolution Day has come

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In a sweltering 40 degree January the unique  acoustic dance hall duo Super Raelene Bros (aka Basil and Derek Schild) laid down their first full-length album – 10 tracks – in the Redhouse rammed-earth studio in Old Eastside, Alice Springs.  Now it’s ready for launching, at Monte’s Lounge on July 19. LIAM CAMPBELL has been listening. FULL STORY »

Government shifts from media minding to media monstering

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PHOTO: Business event planners from around Australia taking part in a mini Henley on Todd organised by Rotary competing in bottomless boats against the Drum Atweme kids on a glorious winter’s day at the famous Telegraph Station. (Redacted.) FULL STORY »

Council, parents should do more about street kids: Giles

p2127-Adam-Giles-at-showSMA letter from the police to the Town Council has revealed alarming figures of youth disturbances and rock throwing during the Easter holidays. But Chief Minister and Minister for Police Adam Giles, whose government has dramatically reduced funding for youth services, says councillors who fear there could be similar events in the current holidays, should take action themselves, including giving street kids a lift home. RACHEL McFADDEN spoke with Mr Giles yesterday (see video). He is pictured at the Show, on the podium, white shirt, clapping.

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New Desert Knowledge CEO picked?

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Paul Davis (pictured), the business manager of Desert Knowledge Australia, will be its new CEO, replacing John Huigen, according to a reliable source. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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ABC story celebrates NAIDOC Week by omissions

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An ABC TV report last night about activist Geoff Shaw (image at left from ABC footage), and in connection with NAIDOC Week, was devoid of balance and unfairly dumped on Alice Springs. This is an issue in the public interest, comments ERWIN CHLANDA.

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‘Born & bred’ Renee worked her way up to bank manager

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Alice Springs Community Bank branch manager, Renee DeMarco (pictured), has a tendency to downplay her success. At 26, she has worked her way up to become one of Alice’s few born and bred female bank managers. RACHEL McFADDEN reports. FULL STORY »

Alice Show: top attractions go up in smoke

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No smoking rules at the Show led to the cancellation of the annual fixture’s most spectacular events, the rodeo, the campdraft and the bronco branding. Meanwhile, exhibits in some of the sections looked a treat. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Town Council: transparency that’s not transparent

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The Alice Springs Town Council’s elected members are split about whether the public should have access to statements by them and their senior staff about “pecuniary and other interests”. ERWIN CHLANDA reports

 

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$3.5m for Chief Minister spin, says Opposition

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Labor Opposition estimates questions have uncovered that the CLP Government spin machine in the Chief Minister’s Department is costing taxpayers $3.5 million, writes Kon Vatskalis, Shadow Minister for Corporate and Information Services (pictured). FULL STORY »

Ryan earning more from govt. jobs than for being Mayor

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It appears Damien Ryan is making more money from serving on government boards than he is paid to be the Mayor of Alice Springs. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Cost of living in Alice: Who’s feeling the pinch?

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The cost of living in Alice has long been a source of angst amongst locals with food prices across the board higher than in coastal capital cities. Still, on some weeknights Alice’s restaurants are near capacity. The same could be said for Friday’s fish and chip night – you have to be strategic when making your booking to avoid the rush. RACHEL McFADDEN reports.

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A show of ‘quiet and intriguing discoveries’

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A show of “light and dark”, of “quiet and intriguing discoveries”, that “answers questions and poses them”, is how Helen Maxwell OAM, art consultant and valuer, described Groundrush, an exhibition at the Araluen Arts Centre that opened last Friday. It grew out of the work of six artists who took part in a residency at the Groundrush mine in the Tanami Desert in 2007. KIERAN FINNANE reports. Image: Dancing on the Scats by Pamela Lofts and Nic Hempel. FULL STORY »

Water for 300 years, at current consumption: What if we want more?

p2145waterbasinsMereenieSMThe Amadeus Basin Groundwater System, from which Alice Springs draws its water, should continue to sustain current extraction rates for about 300 years, says a spokesman for the Department of Land Resource Management. He says “increased extraction” is now under consideration “in the course of further consultation and discussion with the Alice Springs community about a review and possible revision of the plan.” ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Has missing third offender in rape case been found?

A 19-year-old man has been charged by Southern Investigation Detectives in relation to the sexual assault of two women in Alice Springs in May 2012. Detective Senior Sergeant Peter Malley says police allege the man, who was 17 at the time, and two co-offenders robbed and sexually assaulted the two women who were asleep inside their vehicle. While the police media release does not specify, this arrest would appear to be of the alleged missing third offender in the gang rape at gunpoint of two European tourists to which two young men pleaded guilty in September last year.

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Multi-faith openings of council meetings are a good thing

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With people from all around the world living in Alice, what better way to start council meetings than with prayers from many religions? FULL STORY »

Royalties & dole? No further comment from Centrelink

Centrelink will make no further comment on an Alice Springs News Online report raising questions about the suspension or cancellation of welfare payments to people receiving mining royalties. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Black is beautiful on the fashion runway

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Local Aboriginal models – women and men, girls and boys – took to the runway in a first for The Centre, the Yapa Style Fashion Festival, organised by designer Hannah Nungarrayi Trindorfer. She has made a name with her Woo Woo Yiljirli designs for nail art, clothing and accessories, especially men’s ties and is starting to be invited to national fashion shows. She sees the runway as another way of putting Aboriginal achievement into the limelight.

KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »