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.
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 The Amendment Bill should therefore be withdrawn immediately, writes Simon Bennison, of the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies.
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.
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.
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.