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Crunch time in Anzac Oval standoff

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The “Aye or Nay to Anzac Oval” vote on his motion on Monday will end the deadlock that has turned a desert dream into a nightmare, writes Councillor Eli Melky. FULL STORY »

TIO sale: Hip pocket vote may loom

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Will the sale of TIO trigger a new hip pocket vote? COMMENT by ALEX NELSON.

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Steve Brown survives fall, escapes council censure

 

Councillor Steve Brown (pictured), who is an electrician, fell seven metres while working on a power pole on Saturday.
He suffered extensive bruising and a broken bone in his foot, but comprehensive tests in the Alice Springs hospital revealed no serious injuries.
Cr Brown also says he was last week exonerated by the council, meeting behind closed doors, over remarks he made about Alice Water Smart, a local group formulating rules about water use. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Fund Solar City and Water Smart, not footy lights: Alice environmentalists

… and has civic duty ever been mentioned in the nuke dump debate?

 

“Investments such as the CBD revitalisation that have been decided a long time ago, now they actually have to get that happening,” says Arid Lands Environment Centre CEO Jimmy Cocking in a comment on Labor’s election commitments.
“It’s been talked about since I’ve been here, four and a half years, and still we haven’t seen a whole lot coming out of it.

“There have been some consultations, some draft plans, but what we need is a financial commitment from the Territory Government.

“I think it would be much better to spend money on this than on lights for Traeger Park.

“I’d like to see some more commitment to existing programs such as Alice Solar Cities and Alice Water Smart.

“I saw nothing in the policy commitments for that. That’s really important for us for that momentum to keep going.”

Mr Cocking was speaking this morning at a protest (pictured) against uranium mining and the proposed nuclear waste repository at Muckaty Station near Tennant Creek.
Meanwhile the current New York Review of Books raises a notion so far absent from the local uranium debate: Civic duty. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Ryan re-elected Mayor, Brown heads councillor line-up

Damien Ryan (pictured), with 43.6% of the primary vote, has been declared Mayor after distribution of preferences last night.
It is his second term.
He will preside over a divided council with three of his four challengers – Steve Brown, Eli Melky and Dave Douglas, heading the count for the eight councillors, and the like-minded Geoffrey Booth being elected in eighth place.
They are former members or sympathisers of the law and order Action for Alice group.
If they can attract the support of another councillor – possibly Brendan Heenan or Liz Martin –  the forces calling for tough measures to end the town’s violence and anti-social behaviour would be in the majority.
The other two new councillors in the 12th Alice Springs Town Council are Jade Kudrenko and Chansey Paech, both very youthful.
Kudrenko, a candidate of the Greens, gave a lengthy interview to the Alice News Online but Paech declined to be interviewed.
Candidates who missed out – in the order in which they were excluded – are Vince Jeisman, Samih Habib Bitar, Matt Campbell, John Reid, Dianne Logan, Edan Baxter and  Aaron Dick. FULL STORY »

Native title group: losing a battle but winning the war?

 

UPDATED: Still working on ORIC compliance order.

 

Alice Springs native title holders determined to reform their organisation, Lhere Artepe Aboriginal Corporation (LAAC), say they may have lost a battle at last week’s annual general meeting but they are starting to win the war.

Brian Stirling was re-elected chairman – by just one vote – but the seven hour meeting set in motion a string of measures to get clarity about the multi-million dollar investments, in supermarkets and real estate, by entities linked to Lhere Artepe.
The 2010/11 financial report tabled revealed LAAC assets totaling $678,000 in the form of loans to related commercial entities, including $282,000 to LAE Discretionary Trust, understood to be associated with the Mt Johns real estate development, and Lhere Artepe Enterprises ($390,000).
LAAC itself had a loss of $317,000, up from $74,000 last year.

LAAC has now complied the majority of the 20 requirements of a compliance notice issued by ORIC earlier this year and “the outstanding matters should be finalised before the end of November or early December 2011,” the meeting was told.

It became clear that the power of “contract” CEO Darryl Pearce will be curtailed and that he will need to corroborate his responses to queries from members with “paperwork”. This information comes from a key member of the reform group, Janice Harris (pictured), now a director of Lhere Artepe. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Pictured at top: Today’s Lhere Artepe website – its redevelopment is “due for completion in early 2011 [sic]”. FULL STORY »