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July 11, 2014

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 »

Buffel, the canetoad of the plant world

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Is buffel the botanical canetoad, only worse? Will it displace our iconic wildflowers such as the perennial daisy (pictured)? That’s the question PETER LATZ is raising. Central Australia’s most prominent botanist, widely published, gives a troubling account of short-sightedness and government incompetence – and a glimmer of hope. FULL STORY »

Drugs found on bus from Adelaide

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A 24-year-old man will appear in the Magistrates Court today charged with drug offences following a routine search on a bus traveling from Adelaide. FULL STORY »

Carbon farming for Top End, not The Centre as yet

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The national headoffice of the Aboriginal Carbon Fund (ACF) is located in Alice Springs but benefits from the initiative to The Centre are some way off. The main method for making money through carbon farming is savannah burning but at the moment there is no corresponding scheme for rangelands. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PLEASE NOTE changes to this post made at 11am on Wednesday, July 16. FULL STORY »

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 »

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor: Unhappy with TV interview about Harold Liddle and Wanting to help accident victims.

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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 »

Work starts on 250 affordable housing dwellings

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A program is under way to create 250 “affordable housing” dwellings in Alice Springs, within about three years. Construction has started on the first project, 11 units in Gillen, obtained from a private developer. The first 50 are scheduled to come on stream next year. 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 »

Why do we not think BIG about tourism?

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I attended another token forum recently which had the publicised intention of gathering local ideas on future development, facilitating infrastructure for the Central Australian Region. I was once again disheartened not only by the tokenistic pretense at listening to local ideas, but most of all I was struck by the lack of imagination, adventure, forward thinking or just plain guts that was on display in that thinking. FULL STORY »

Thunder in The Alice

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Alice Springs was treated to a revhead’s dream this weekend at the Drag Strip where competitors of all ages battled it out in front of some very impressive crowds. CHRIS CORDERO reports. FULL STORY »

Mantle of mental health care withdrawn

 

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The Abbott Government has cut the funding for an essential mental health program that is delivered by the Royal Flying Doctor Service, writes WARREN SNOWDON, MHR for Lingiari. Responding to the news DR CRAIG SAN ROQUE, psychologist, says the move – dismantling a primary mental health care service that was working – is unforgivable, but that NT Medicare Local has also had a role to play. FULL STORY »

Electricity prices coming down: Tollner

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Territorians will pay less for their power with today’s axing of Labor’s Carbon Tax, writes Treasurer Dave Tollner (pictured).

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Artists bring landscape into Alice Plaza

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A mural in the Namatjira tradition will soon grace a wall inside the Alice Plaza and is bound to become a drawcard for art lovers and tourists. Work began yesterday with Ngurratjuta Many Hands artists Peter Taylor and Mervyn Rubuntja outlining the scaled-up forms of a landscape painted by Taylor. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Global travellers meet at the crossroads of the world

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Where does a man walking around the world meet another one doing the same thing on a bicycle? In Todd Mall, Alice Springs, of course. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PICTURED: Pushkar Shah (left) and Nicolas Queune in Todd Mall yesterday.

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Necks tucked in on Racial Discrimination Act

p2128-Race-post-frThe culture divide on the Town Council was clear last night when the majority voted down Councillor Chansey Paech’s motion on the Federal Government’s mooted changes to the Racial Discrimination Act. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Culture, people appealed to event organiser

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The range of activities available and “the diversity of cultures and people” were what Vanessa Fleming-Baillie (pictured) found very appealing in Alice Springs. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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30,000 Territorians not on the electoral roll

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

According to ABS estimated population figures there are about 30,000 Territorians who are not on the electoral roll, writes Iain Loganathan, NT Electoral Commissioner.

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