Tag Archives: sacred sites

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 »

NAIDOC celebrates the Wild Dog Story of Alice Springs

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The re-enactment was a beautiful reminder of the way in which Mparntwe / Alice Springs is inherently an Aboriginal cultural centre.  KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Custodians’ faith in sacred sites authority destroyed

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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 »

IT and ancient lore, how will they get on?

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Traditions from long ago and cutting-edge IT are finding a way of living harmoniously in Alice Springs – or not. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: NBN roll-out starts.

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Sacred sites: the review we have to have?

 

 

Sacred sites issues rear their heads from time to time, usually highlighting the black – white divide. It happened – absurdly – at the Mbantua Festival. Are we having a review of the Act? Should we? ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: Bess Price, the Minister responsible. FULL STORY »

Review of the Aboriginal sacred sites authority?

 

UPDATED, November 29, 2013, 6.37am and again at 9.27am. See FULL STORY.

 

The Opposition describes government intentions for the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority (AAPA) as “a dangerous plan to scrap” it. However,  Bess Price, as Minister for Community Services, says the Opposition’s statements are an “hysterical beat-up”. The controversy follows recent conflicts between the AAPA and the Mbantua Festival about the use of the Old Telegraph Station in Alice Springs. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

‘Get the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority into line’

 

 

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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.

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Sparks fly between Festival and Imparja, sacred sites authority

Mbantua Festival chairman Neville Perkins attacks Imparja TV for inadequate involvement in the event while he cops flak from the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Sacred rocks behind the Mbantua performance areas are at the centre of the latest festival controversy.
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Win-win for sacred sites and job seekers

Town Council not keen to collaborate

 

A work program giving Aboriginal people accredited skills in horticulture is also in the process of  “cleaning up” 21 registered sacred sites around town, including this important caterpillar site at 6 Gap Road, opposite the hospital. Works supervisor is John Stuart Newchurch, an Arrernte custodian for Alice Springs. The program is the result of collaboration between custodians and the Olive Pink Botanic Garden, supported by funding from the Australian and Territory Governments. But the Town Council, being asked only for in-kind support, is reluctant to get on board. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

 

Pictured: John Newchurch (centre) and trainee Richard Moore spraying buffel grass at 6 Gap Road this week. FULL STORY »

Selling parks again on the agenda

 

UPDATE, September 16, 2012, 2.20pm: With next to no discussion of the parks issue taking place in the open session of council meetings, it is not surprising that confusion has arisen. The draft report referred to in this article, identifying certain park assets for possible disposal and others for possible improvement, was included in the September committee meeting business papers but actually dates from 2004 … Read more in FULL STORY.

 

An issue which has previously generated a lot of heated debate, is quietly making its way through council’s Technical Services committee system, with a number of parks in the municipality now identified for possible disposal.

In an initiative driven by Cr Geoff Booth, council has for its consideration a draft list identifying six parks for disposal plus a further four for partial disposal, with an estimated return of $1.65m to council coffers. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

 

Pictured: Local residents rally to save Finlayson Park in June, 2001. FULL STORY »