A failed court action by Maurie Ryan, Chairman of the Central Land Council, against one of its councillors and former Deputy Chairman, Michael Liddle (right), does not seem to have settled an apparent power struggle between them, but for the time being it’s Ryan 0, Liddle 1. Magistrate David Bamber this week dismissed Mr Ryan’s application for a personal violence restraining order against Mr Liddle for want of evidence, but the hearing revealed something about the reasons for their antagonism. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
Projects such as such as the Kilgariff suburb and the Melanka apartment complex, as well as the ongoing debate about new horticulture, are sure to put the cap on water use back on the agenda. Says David Morris (pictured), the principal lawyer of the Environmental Defenders Office NT: "We should not raise the cap without scientific knowledge" of the reserve. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Tenders have closed for building a five storey apartment and business complex on the old Melanka site, reviving a project which the Planning Minister at the time, Gerry McCarthy, announced in February, 2010 as a "$60 million mixed residential and tourist development". ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
This is us, this is the way it is – that’s what Sally Mulda’s paintings of town camp life seem to say. Grog scenes abound and when I visit Tangentyere Artists studio where she paints, she is working on one, putting it aside, taking it up again. It shows a paddy wagon in the river and two policemen pouring out grog, while four disconsolate Aboriginal people walk away. But police aren’t always present, nor is grog. With the same kind of steady observation Mulda (pictured at work) shows the scenes of everyday sociability, writes KIERAN FINNANE.
The path leading to the Town Library had its baptism on Harmony Day, last Friday. The dousing with water of this latest piece of public art had more than a ritual significance, for the path is intended to come to life with rain. As we can wait a long time for a desert downpour, the process was hastened with a few sloshes of water.
Which has the greater number of staff in the tourist town of Alice Springs – the major visitor accommodation businesses or the hospital? The answer is surprising. But the quest goes on to tell the world about what we do best: Give people a great time in a superb place. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.