Kieran Finnane

Defence industry to Alice: get a slice of the action

 

$20 billion over 20 years, $8 billion of that within the decade, will be spent on the defence industry in the NT, but how much of that in Central Australia? And what kind of activity is involved? KIERAN FINNANE reports.  FULL STORY »

Questions of scale and artful answers


 
Towards the end of her three-year odyssey to bring The Visitors series to its current state of realisation,  artist Franca Barraclough embarked on a fund-raising drive to allow her to print two of her photographs at billboard-size scale. So I walked into this show alert to what that scale delivers beyond immediate visual impact. In both cases, it is significant, writes KIERAN FINNANE. FULL STORY »

Gallery and library: political game vs solutions


 
The doors have opened a crack on the ongoing machinations about the possible location of the proposed national Aboriginal art gallery and are set to open wider with Town Councillors pushing for  all correspondence between council and the NT Government on the issue to be brought out of confidential. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

 
See UPDATES: Further comment from Minister Wakefield; response from former council CEO Mooney.

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Another nail in the Anzac High coffin

 

For the second time NTCAT has knocked back an injunction halting demolition works at the former Anzac Hill High School. Although the walls and roofs are still intact, they are set to come down from next Tuesday, 5 November, the tribunal was told. KIERAN FINNANE reports.  FULL STORY »

Camps leader Shirleen Campbell, Local Hero

 

Proud Warlpiri and Arrernte woman, she is a third-generation resident of Alice Springs Town Camp, Lhenpe Artnwe – or Hoppy’s Camp. The 38-year-old is also the co-ordinator of The Tangentyere Women’s Family Safety Group (TWFSG), which gives women in the camps a voice in family and domestic violence and leads action against it. FULL STORY »

A concert of hybrid culture celebrates climb down at Uluru


 
Maraku Inma performers and the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir all knew the words of Shane Howard’s “Solid Rock”,  spontaneously dancing during the sound check in heart lifting delight. The same thing happened with Garrett’s “Beds are Burning”. “Person-to-person recognition and reconciliation has been going on underground for a long time. We don’t need long speeches,” writes CRAIG SAN ROQUE.  FULL STORY »

Government and council bicker over youth 

 

 

The testy relationship between the Town Council and the Territory Government looks set to only get testier in the countdown to the Territory election. KIERAN FINNANE reports on their tit-for-tat on youth issues. FULL STORY »

Council: no interest in heritage; tiny leak from confidential


Not one councillor put up their hand last night for nomination to the Heritage Council. Meanwhile, an inadvertent question made it clear that council’s rejection of the government’s offer for the Civic Centre site was not unanimous. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Portraits: it takes two


 
“While Smith has been better known to us as a landscape painter, I think we can question the division – landscape artist / portrait artist – if we shift the focus from object to process and realise that what is on offer is about a kind of intimate engagement that arises from intense looking with an open heart and senses,” writes KIERAN FINNANE. FULL STORY »

Fracking elephant in room of NTG climate response

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

It also needs a legislative framework to have legs, strategies and implementation plans to bring down greenhouse emissions, and adaptation measures addressing, among others, water and food security. The response has got none of these, writes Estelle Roberts.  FULL STORY »