Kieran Finnane

Local winners Watch This Space at time of national arts cuts



For the first time, the Space will be able to pay proper wages to its directors, fees and contributions towards expenses for  exhibiting artists, consultation fees for First Nations advisors, and more. KIERAN FINNANE reports.  FULL STORY »

Art centres: pushing back, pushing forward


With most Aboriginal art centres in the region in various stages of coronavirus shutdown, the focus of their advocacy body, Desart, is on preparing for recovery. Research showing the centres’ slow but steady recovery since the GFC makes CEO Philip Watkins quietly confident. KIERAN FINNANE reports.  FULL STORY »

Delay in Rolfe prosecution: virus, huge brief to blame


Progress in the case being brought by NT Police against Zachary Rolfe for the alleged murder of Kumunjayi Walker has been further delayed, at least in part, by the Coronavirus shutdown. KIERAN FINNANE reports. PHOTO: Demonstration in Alice Springs following the alleged murder. FULL STORY »

A touch of light: termite alates



“Eventually, with lightning and the ritual fanfare of galahs hanging from the power lines, the rain does come and we all rejoice. Winged termites on their nuptial  journey appear at the kitchen window and I go outside to see if I can locate any nests,” writes MIKE GILLAM. FULL STORY »

Getting the crisis psychology right


Among other things, we need staging posts to get through the prolonged shutdown of our normal lives. In the northern hemisphere people, facing their long dark winters, have long understood this. KIERAN FINNANE talks to psychologist Louise Samways, Part Two. FULL STORY »

Ross quarantine facility: advice to residents today



The facility is expected to be operational by 1 April. Hang on, that was yesterday. FULL STORY »

A fourth Central Australian case diagnosed



An Alice Springs woman who recently returned from the Gold Coast is in the care of Alice Springs Hospital after being in self-quarantine since her return.


UPDATE 3 April 2020, 9.45am: Now it’s four. FULL STORY »

Council meeting under COVID-19 lockdown

Held online for the first time, the formal rules mostly went out the window and a more relaxed atmosphere settled in. It helped that we were variously assembled in our home offices slash bedrooms or sitting rooms, and that to be heard everyone was allowed to but in. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

US Marines Rotation postponed, but what about Pine Gap?

There is no such clarity on the movements of personnel in and out of Pine Gap, although on the face of it incoming personnel should be going into mandatory 14-day quarantine.


A touch of light: totemic caterpillars



After the rain native vines, succulents and button grass carpeted the bare ground. Most prevalent of all was the sticky tar-vine, Ayepe. This important food plant would produce the greatest peak of Ayepe-arenye caterpillars I’d ever seen in Centralia. Story and photograph by MIKE GILLAM.  FULL STORY »