Kieran Finnane

Town under pressure from visitor boom


Alice Springs is full, at least for people travelling with caravans and mobile homes, and the overflow is impacting on local beauty spots. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Sustainable and stunning with a serious message



Designers ask: “At what cost is cheap clothing and fast fashion to lives and the environment?” There is another way and it’s stunning. See video! FULL STORY »

Gallery: no deal yet on land swap


Its “many complexities and options” are taking time to explore, says council CEO. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


UPDATE 12.45pm June 27: What does “taking out of “confidential” mean? Town Council CEO Rex Mooney explains. FULL STORY »

Albrecht Oval lights: fight not over yet

The suggestion that dense vegetation around the oval would screen out the feared light and noise impacts of the project is “preposterous”, says one determined opponent. Council nonetheless voted to go ahead.  KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Council: Jacinta Price refuses to bury the hatchet

Crs Jimmy Cocking and Catherine Satour have asked for an apology for the variously frivolous, vexatious or misleading complaints made against them, but it’s clear they won’t be getting one. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

US marines in Darwin could drag Australia into war



The marines remain within the US Marine Corps chain of command at all times which means that Australia would have no control over the situation, if it suited the interests of the USA to attack a country in our region, writes Kathryn Kelly for IPAN. FULL STORY »

Stem tide of waste with craft and imagination

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It’s that time of year again, when Alice audiences are treated to the product of many hours of careful craft and myriad moments of imaginative inspiration, when a piece of wood takes flight as a mythical bird, when an old blanket transforms into an elegant suit. KIERAN FINNANE  previews. FULL STORY »

Making new tools for living 

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Almost a whole generation of younger men in the Western Desert have not been ‘given’ cultural knowledge due to substance use and criminal incarceration. They want to learn and the elders want to teach.  The Men’s Tjilirra Movement supports this important answer to intergenerational trauma.  PAMELA NATHAN with JAMIE MILLIER TJUPURRULA  write about this unique cultural healing program. FULL STORY »

More heat over Albrecht Oval lights, council digs in

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Town Councillors unanimously support going ahead with the light tower project for Albrecht Oval  in face of ongoing vocal opposition from some local residents. KIERAN FINNANE reports. Pictured: View to the west taken by a drone-mounted camera above the oval at the height of the proposed towers. Photo supplied.


Rod Moss: journeys of the artist

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Alice Springs author and artist ROD MOSS has launched a third volume of memoir, Crossing the Great Divide, looking back at himself as a young, aspiring artist and the experiences that shaped him, coming up to the present. This abridged extract reflects on a journey to Sicily in 2008 and its resonances with his life in Alice Springs. FULL STORY »