Tag Archives: Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority

AAPA no obstacle to emergency action on trees since 2013 

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Concerns regarding council’s own processes are another matter. These trees in Smith Street are under review but with what kind of urgency it is hard to say. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Landmark tree drops third heavy branch in two weeks

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The tree is protected under Sacred Sites legislation but this does not prevent immediate emergency work on the tree if there is a public safety issue involved. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Woman’s narrow miss as sacred tree sheds branches

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Councillor Brown says lopping to reduce risk to public is hampered by bureaucratic “absurdity” from sacred sites authority. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


UPDATE Tuesday 3:13 pm


Aboriginal sites authority gave no cultural advice




Claim by festival organisers are contested. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PICTURED are Giles Wesley (left), lighting projection artist, and Anthony Bastic, director of light, from AGB Events, at the launch of the event last Friday.


Could boardwalk degrade riverbed?

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The boardwalk around Annie Meyer Hill completes an ‘Alice in 10’ goal, but has there been any environmental impact study? asks ALEX NELSON. FULL STORY »

Boardwalk now a permanent blight on the landscape

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The choice of materials, its heavy form and clutter of lines means it cannot sit lightly in the landscape, surely a bottom-line criterion for a structure like this. KIERAN FNNANE comments and seeks the views of design professionals. FULL STORY »

Whittling away at sacred sites protection



A tree to be sacrificed and more weakly defined protection provisions are the hallmarks of the AAPA authority certificate for works to put in a boardwalk skirting Tharrarltneme (Annie Meyer Hill). Report by KIERAN FINNANE. FULL STORY »

Custodians’ faith in sacred sites authority destroyed




These days in consultations by AAPA, the ‘right person’ is the one who ticks the box, say the Stuart family, custodians for Tharrarltneme (Annie Meyer Hill) where the Chief Minister wants to build a boardwalk. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

‘Get the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority into line’





The sacred sites fiasco over the Mbantua Festivals once again puts the actions of the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority (AAPA) in the spotlight, writes Steve Brown, of Alice Springs. PHOTO: Men dancing at the Overland Telegraph Station during the festival was one of the issues raised by the authority.


Mining company convicted and fined for desecration



The Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority (AAPA) is calling for miners to respect the law and honour their agreements, following the historic prosecution of  OM Manganese Ltd for the desecration of an Aboriginal sacred site, writes AAPA CEO Dr Ben Scambary. The company was today fined $150,000 in the Darwin Magistrates’ Court for one count of desecration to, and one count of damaging, the ‘Two Women Sitting Down’ sacred site at Bootu Creek manganese mine on Banka Banka station, 170km north of Tennant Creek.

Pictured: The site damage seen from the Eastern rim of the Masai pit looking across to the collapsed bull nose which includes the registered sacred site. Photo courtesy AAPA.   FULL STORY »