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Corp, Gaff get gaol for "vicious joint assault"

A "callous, calculated, vicious joint
assault" in which the victim suffered "serious harm" earned the
perpetrators, Jason Corp and Benjamin Gaff, sentences of three years and
nine months imprisonment from Justice Judith Kelly last Friday.

The "sustained, unprovoked and unexplained" nature of the attack,
aggravated by the two perpetrators being in company and by the use of a
weapon (a shovel), put the offending in the "middle to serious end of
the range for offences of this nature", said Justice Kelly.

In her judgment, the perpetrators bear criminal responsibility for
the violence they personally visited on the victim, and for the violence
visited on him by one another. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

Flat tourism season due to big picture factors, not to negative publicity, say operators

 

Offering more for visitors to do: nocturnal tours are
regularly booking out at the Desert Park. A guide helps visitors spot
any of the following creatures of the desert night: the Bilby, Mala,
Spectacled Hare-wallaby, Burrowing Bettong, Brush-tailed Bettong,
Stick-nest Rat, Short-beaked Echidna, Bush Stone-curlew, Golden
Bandicoot. Photo courtesy Desert Park.

 

By KIERAN FINNANE

 

The current tourist season may be "a bit flat" but it's a cyclical business and it will "come back".

That's the view of Michael Toomey, manager of commercial and retail operations at the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Alice.

He believes big picture national and international factors are a much
greater influence on the current flattening than specific factors such
as the Tiger grounding and negative publicity about the town's social
problems.  Violent incidents and anti-social behavior in town get
"blown out of all proportion" in the media, says Mr Toomey, and are
"insignificant" compared to what happens in the capital cities.

There must be two airlines into Alice Springs and Mr Toomey wants to
see the NT Government working on persuading another operator to service
the town. But if people were intending to visit, the Tiger grounding
would not have been enough to stop them coming, he says.

Itchy feet and big brain

By ESTELLE ROBERTS (MOZZIE BITES is on holidays)   Stuarts Well stole my heart. And kidnapped my imagination. I got big brain, a friend’s term for when...

Last migrations

A soaring bird can take our hearts
with her; in her flight we see an incomparable image of freedom.
Conversely, there is no more potent image of mortal endings than her
fall to earth in death. "Succumbing to gravity" she leaves the airs,
expiring in the space of the earthbound before passing beyond. KIERAN FINNANE looks at Pamela Lofts' compelling series of drawings.

Town camp artists commissioned by Darwin Festival

A 75 metre mural commissioned by the Darwin Festival is keeping Tangentyere Artists busy this week. The painters from Alice Springs town camps are...

Pine Gap: Expose or the official story?

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Cows' stink? No, it's man made.

By ERWIN CHLANDA   "I suppose that's the cows we can smell here," an interstate friend suggested to me as we were wandering around the Alice...

Letter to the Editor: Leaders in government's pocket?

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Smug leaders are letting down their town: alderman

By ERWIN CHLANDA   Alice Springs' leaders are a cosy club, a snobbish hierarchy, drinking the same cocktails and dumping on people daring to highlight their...

Local business needs shot in the arm

By ERWIN CHLANDA   The government urgently needs to get behind Central Petroleum's project to produce "ultra clean" diesel from massive coal deposits in the Simpson...

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