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LETTER: All quiet on the Alice alcohol front

Alice Springs was a winner as well as the All Stars: a peaceful weekend thanks to co-operation and less grog. Take a bow Alice Springs.

You conducted yourself with dignity and discipline, writes Dr. John Boffa, of the People's Alcohol Action Coalition.

Tourism lobby to draw up action plan

 

 

 

 

A "who we are and what we do action plan" will be drafted by the executive of Tourism Central Australia with likely topics being a new website, increased use of social media, the continuation of the mountain biking strategy and moving the visitors centre, says TCA's new general manager Jaclyn Thorne (pictured). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

LETTER: Native Title Act amendments should be withdrawn, says mining industry

Proposed amendments to the Native Title Act will increase uncertainty and inefficiency and lead to further delays in the native title negotiation process and in the release of mineral titles. The Amendment Bill should therefore be withdrawn immediately, writes Simon Bennison, of the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies.

LETTERS: Ministers reject Feds' intrusion into NT liquor policies

The request from Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin,  to appoint an assessor to review liquor premises is another example of Federal interference in the Territory, write Peter Chandler, NT Minister for Business. Meanwhile David Tollner, NT Minister for Alcohol Rehabilitation and Policy, writes the Federal government is acting on incorrect statistics from the former NT Labor government.

Any footy weekend troubles: don't look to native title body for help

As Alice Springs is dreading yet another tumultuous footy weekend, some may look to Lhere Artepe Aboriginal Corporation (LAAC) to help keep in line marauding drunks and out of control youths trashing homes, cars and businesses, anti social behaviour perpetrated disproportionately by Aboriginal people.

The organisation's purpose is to manage the "rights and interests" of native title holders, as the Native Title Tribunal puts it. And LAAC has frequently claimed that its interests include upholding the image of the native title holders as people of high principles, concerned with maintaining an ancient culture and promoting respect for their traditional lands.

Reality check, please. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Announcement of the Alice Springs native title claim decision by the Federal Court sitting in Alice Springs in 1999: The organisation it spawned has led to bitter division in the town's Aboriginal community.

Tiger will fly to Alice again

"Bigger and better Tiger Airways" will resume flights with four return services each from Melbourne and Sydney from April 9, according to Alice Springs airport manager Katie Cooper.

LETTER: An OAM for former Alice Mayor

 

 

A former Mayor of Alice Springs, known then as Leslie Oldfield, received an OAM for public achievements which remain understated, writes Chris Connellan, of Narwietooma Station, via Alice Springs. She is pictured with Kamahl at one of her ceremonial functions.

LETTERS: Bouquets for 'roo man, brickbats for NT Government after TV show in the UK

 

Click for update in March 2013.

 

UPDATE, March 22, 2012: Part 1 of the documentary Kangaroo Dundee (beautifully filmed) went to air on ABC TV last night and has prompted further comment from readers. See FULL STORY.

 

 

Kangaroo man Chris "Brolga" Barns (pictured) should get help, not government obstruction, write readers in the UK after watching a TV documentary about the Alice Springs identity.

 

VIDEO by Alice Springs News Online.

 

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