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February 21, 2014

Neglect of Alice to be on Country Liberals’ agenda?

When the Central Council of the Territory’s ruling party meets in Alice Springs tomorrow and Sunday it can expect an ear bashing for its politicians’ neglect of the town, while they are hyperventilating over Darwin’s new draft master plan signaling the spending of hundreds of millions of dollars. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: While Alice Springs languishes, Darwin is setting itself up to become “the jewel at the top of Australia’s crown,” as Chief Minister Adam Giles puts it. Model of potential redevelopment of Frances Bay and its relationship to the Darwin City Centre. FULL STORY »

Colours of landscape, of dreams across five generations

The worth of investing in the artistic development of the fifth generation of Namatjira descendants, most of them still school children, is clear. Of the fourth generation only Elton Wirri, born in 1990, has really made a name for himself as an artist. And how did he do it? By starting young,  painting alongside his father Kevin and with application, over and over. This is what the young people are once again doing now, thanks to the commitment of artists of the third generation with the support of Big hART and Ntaria School. KIERAN FINNANE reports. Pictured: Mount Wedge, 2010 by Martha Namatjira. FULL STORY »

Council: Town plan, youth buckpassing, statue, waffling

 

 

It came as a surprise to the town council that the government has started work on a new town plan. A swing (pictured) for disabled children will be installed in a park, the Freemasons are mum on the John McDouall Stuart statue but it will be installed anyway, and Cr Kudrenko fired a broadside at last night’s meeting at the government over passing the buck on youth services. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Big private projects, new town plan for Alice – Giles

Work has started on a new town plan for Alice Springs and there are several “substantial” private projects in the pipeline which he is looking forward to usher through the administrative process, says Chief Minister Adam Giles. He would not give details nor an estimate of their total value but added: “I look forward to be able to jointly announce with [Tourism Minister] Matt Conlan the redevelopment of the Melanka site in the near future.” He remains adamant that crime in Alice is down, and calls for a 130 km/h speed limit south of the border. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Mr Giles at a media conference this morning. FULL STORY »

Most violent year in the NT’s history

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

Yesterday’s crime statistics prove what Territorians already know – violent crime is on the rise in the Territory. 2013 was the highest year in crime against the person in the history of the Territory, writes Michael Gunner, Shadow Attorney General and Shadow Minister for Justice (pictured). FULL STORY »

Police seek suspect in attempted rape

 

 

Police in Alice Springs have a released a comfit image of a man, following the attempted sexual assault in Alice Springs on Sunday night. FULL STORY »

Let’s say sorry to Mark Egan

 

It is possible to feel a bit of sympathy for Mark Egan. He was asked to create a statue of John McDouall Stuart for the Freemasons, who in turn gifted his work to the Alice Springs Town Council. Then Mark became involved in a tawdry political affair. FULL STORY »

More police work, not offending, drives up crime rates

 

 

A bit of a hoo-hah this week over a so called blow out in law and order issues needs to be seen for what it is, a hypocritical bleat from the Opposition. It should be too embarrassed to comment, given that during their last term they presided over a devastating blow-out in law and order break-down. FULL STORY »

The need for coordinating our multitude of NGOs

A meeting of some 60 non-government organisations (NGOs) yesterday heard about successful ways for services to cooperate, but also laid bare absurd failures of the current system. Congress CEO Donna Ah Chee (pictured) was there and spoke to the Alice Springs News Online about it. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

New northern Todd Mall: it’s just not working

 

The Alice Plaza (pictured) is struggling for customers and tenants. It’s just not working: That pretty well sums up the views of traders in the northern Todd Mall following its refurbishment at the cost of $5m provided by the NT Government. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

NGOs, who needs them?

 

 

With all the talk and questions regarding NGOs recently, shouldn’t we be asking why we have NGOs at all? Why the proliferation of them? Why do Governments automatically turn to them? What can NGOs achieve that Government and private enterprise can’t? FULL STORY »

Will bureaucracy kill community parades?

 

Massive costs for traffic control during parades organised by community clubs, and the refusal by both the Town Council and the government to provide substantial relief, were key issues at a small meeting of service club members today. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Festival broadens ambitions of Alice Cinema

There wasn’t  great deal of money for the Alice Springs Cinema in the Sydney Travelling Film Festival, but a fortune in good experiences, says owner Paul Darvodelsky. Through hosting the festival the cinema has become much more widely known to have a fare beyond “crashes and explosions” – and he’s determined to build on that new reputation. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: A debrief in the Mall after one of the films.

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Alice grog source for huge region

 

Alice Springs will continue as the alcohol supply centre for an enormous region, assisted by the Coober Pedy ID requirements and to a smaller extent by the Tennant Creek Licensees Accord. ALCOHOL WATCH # 11 by Russell Guy. PHOTO: Confiscated grog, some decanted into soft drink bottles.
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Elkedra jackeroo meets masters of improvisation

 

 

Frank used a length of 12mm diameter wooden dowel as a stethoscope. Placing one end of the stick against his ear, he would probe a running engine with the other end. With this procedure he could determine the health of various mechanical innards – valves, tappets, gudgeons, bearings and so on. DES NELSON OAM recalls his life as a jackeroo in the mid-1950s. FULL STORY »

Guess who’s making things moving on Closing the Gap?

 

 

Immediately upon being elected Leader of the then Opposition, the underestimation of Tony Abbott began. He was dismissed as an unelectable Mad Monk, a misogynist and, in all likelihood, a closet racist. Have look at his record now.

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New action on pregnant women who drink

 

The National Health and Medical Research Council has funded three research projects into Foetal Alcohol Syndrome and Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (photo). These include behaviour support training, building capacity for screening and diagnosis through a prevalence study, ALCOHOL WATCH #12 by Russell Guy. FULL STORY »

Cruising The Alice like the Queen

 

 

 

Single Female Bike Rider 7. Slow fun

. On a bike one experiences the world very differently from in a car, especially in Larapinta Drive. FULL STORY »

Have we ever had it as tough in Australia as in other countries?

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

What’s most annoying (and indeed deeply offensive) about John Pilger and various academic commentators is their readiness to associate the plight of Aboriginal people with that of victims of genocide from other places around the world. But have we ever had it as tough in Australia as in other countries, asks Alex Nelson. FULL STORY »

Alice Springs airport expands solar power station

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

The Alice airport is rolling out the second stage of its solar power station. Construction on the new 325kw photovoltaic system commenced this month, writes Katie Cooper, Airport General Manager.

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Opening for more private electricity suppliers

 

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR. UPDATED Friday February 14:

Today’s reform of the Territory electricity market is based on two key pillars, including making it more attractive for the private sector to enter the market and provide competitive electricity services to Territorians, writes Dave Tollner (pictured), NT Treasurer.

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Elkedra jackaroo: blackfella, whitefella business

 

DES NELSON OAM arrived on Elkedra Station, some 500 kms north-east of Alice Springs, as an 18 year old in 1953. He continues his series of recollections, starting with a droving trip in the autumn of 1954, and detailing his many interesting and at times hilarious experiences with the local Alyawarra stockmen. FULL STORY »

Study of development needs to report by November

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

The Northern Territory Government has this week awarded a $1.19 million contract to GHD Pty Ltd to undertake a regional infrastructure study supporting economic development across regional and remote parts of the Northern Territory over the next 30 years, writes Peter Styles, Minister for Infrastructure (pictured). FULL STORY »