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Issue 12

Aborigines and the economy: where to from here?

Indigenous economic development was front and centre in Alice Springs this week. A large group from local business and public service were at the launch this morning (photo above) when Territory Minister Alison Anderson put out for public comment her draft strategy for 2013 to 2020: a "simplified framework to complement Territory and Commonwealth programs" with "entrepreneurship, self-reliance and resilience" as the objectives. The town also hosted this year's National Native Title Conference at which ways were examined of how Aborigines can not only get a slice of the resource action, but put in their own contribution as well. Rangers looking after the treasures of nature, and earnings from carbon farming were high on the agenda. Jon Altman (at right) was one of the speakers. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. The heading on the slide says: Illegal Indigenous dispossession, 1788 to 1965, and legal repossession, 1993 & 2013.

Song, story, sovereignty

Music of the first birds at dawn, breath of the wind across the plain, the trembling of leaves, and then a human voice, rich and resonant, rising up like the lone eagle wheeling in the sky above, seeking its "far away home". From its opening moments dirtsong caught the audience up on its wave of soulful soaring and searching. Little wonder that its performances by The Black Arm Band have attracted such acclaim both in Australia and overseas. The presentation of just part of the work must have been a runaway highlight for the participants in the annual National Native Title Conference, held this year (and this week) in Alice Springs. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

LETTER: Former CEO of Yuendumu Women's Centre jailed

A former CEO of the Yuendumu Women’s Centre Aboriginal Corporation, Pamela Malden, was yesterday sentenced to an aggregate of 15 months imprisonment, writes Patricia Gibson, of the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations.

LETTER: Breathing new life into the Tanami Desert

On May 27 a team of eight set off with the Tanami Action Group from Halls Creek down the Tanami Road to Alice Springs. Before we left on the trip to film the Tanami Road we had understood that our task was to seal the road. Now we understand that our task is to deliver economic, social and employment opportunities to people along the Tanami and throughout the Kimberley, writes Lara Wilde, of the Tanami Action Group.

LETTER: 600 competitors, 12,000 campers, millions of Chinese


This weekend's Tatts Finke Desert Race is an opportunity to promote tourism in the region and this year I am pleased to see the Chinese Guangdong Wolf Pack Motor Club competitors and supporters return to the race. The club has 30,000 members and is based in China’s most-populous province just north of Hong Kong with an estimated 110 million people, writes Matt Conlan (pictured), Minister for Major Events.

Of real estate, roses and living in the CBD



They left Alice Springs in 2009, after having lived here for more then a decade, because they wanted to buy a house and were disgusted by the prices which had just gone up again, this time by 40%. Now they're back, renting in the CBD – and life's good. SUZANNE VISSER, pictured with partner Mike, tells their story.

Police Strike Force Vega targets property offenders

Police Strike Force Vega has made 145 arrests in relation to property in its 14 weeks in Alice Springs, says Detective Superintendent Brent Warren.

Trouble at the turn-off



Cars, grog, jealousy, death


After a long day’s drinking four carloads of people ended up at the turn-off to Ali Curung on the Stuart Highway, south of Tennant Creek. Most of them lived at Ali Curung and were family or knew one another. Most were a bit drunk, or very drunk. Grog was running low, arguing and jealous fights broke out. And a woman died. KIERAN FINNANE reports.


Pictured: A roadside drinking camp. The inscription on the cross-piece reads, "Let there be light in the darkness." Photo Courtesy Russell Guy.


Local Aboriginal business steps onto the big stage

Locals got a glimpse last night of the spectacle the Mbantua Festival will be presenting on October 9 to 13. The magic of the sun setting on the rocks by the Telegraph Station waterhole was the backdrop for dances (see video on FULL STORY page) by Arrente women and men, to the chants and boomerang clicks from a group of men sitting under a gum tree on the banks of the Todd. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTOS, top: The Ltyentye Apurte (Santa Teresa) Dance Group. Centre: Members of the Mpwereingke Anapipe dance troupe, Naree Riley, Ainslie Gorey, Miranda Doolan, Sheena Turner and Anya Riley.

LETTER: Pedalling doctors

A group of Royal Flying Doctor Service staff and supporters will swap aeroplanes for mountain bikes as they ride 1,400Km off road from Timber Creek, NT to Alice Springs through some of the Territory’s most remote locations in aid of the iconic Australian medical organisation writes Dr Andy Killcross from the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Port Augusta.

LETTER: Not one Federal dollar for Territory highways


Territory and Federal Labor should stop playing games with road funding and the lives of Territorians. In the past 24 hours we have witnessed a lack of respect and money for supporting safe highways in the Northern Territory from Labor. Federal Minister Anthony Albanese knows full well that his dying Labor Government has provided not one single dollar for national highway upgrades in the Territory for the next five years, writes Adam Giles, NT Chief Minister.

What the Mayor doesn't want to talk about




Alice Springs Mayor Damien Ryan is trying to keep the lid on events within the council which occurred since last Friday. Information about the draft Budget was withheld – unnecessarily – from the public for three days, and there are indications that a serious rift has developed between the Mayor and the majority of the councillors. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: The draft Budget document – kept under wraps for three days.

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