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Desert Knowledge probe continuing, No 2 man quits

 

 

 

The NT Government's review of Desert Knowledge is continuing, according to a government spokesman, "looking into the future shape and the various aspects of the Desert Knowledge Precinct. Meanwhile DKA's number two man, Mike Crowe (pictured)  has jumped ship. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Aboriginal community vies for national Tidy Towns Award

The tiny Aboriginal community of Titjikala south of Alice Springs, having won the top spot for the Territory in the Australian Tidy Towns awards, now hopes to win the Australia wide competition to be announced on Friday at Victor Harbour in South Australia. PHOTO: The Titjikala Civil Works team (from left to right) Dennis Douglas, Darren Wilyuka, Kevin Moneymoon, Malcome Moneymoon, Desmond Jack and Dougie Wells with Heimo Schober, CEO Keep Australia Beautiful Council NT (third from left) and Dave MacGregor, Shire Service Coordinator (fifth from left) in stand proudly in front of the children’s park and shaded family seating.

Alcohol restrictions: equal treatment for black and white

 

 

Alcohol!  Alcohol!  Alcohol! Here we go again. It’s not often I find myself agreeing with Barb Shaw, however it’s about time the endless pointless circular debate about alcohol abuse and restrictions reached the blatantly obvious and only conclusion that will bring it to an end.

Anderson not losing sleep over dismissal from CLP

 

 

Rebel Parliamentarian Alison Anderson expects to be dismissed from the Alice Springs branch of the CLP but she says she will wear this as a badge of honour for someone whose main focus is representing her electorate. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Ms Anderson and Mr Giles in more harmonious days.

Fast response to 000 calls

 

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

I am pleased to report dramatic improvement in the time it takes for police to answer calls to both triple-zero and the police assistance line in Central Australia over recent months, writes Chief Minister Adam Giles.

IAD Café 'temporarily' closed

 

 

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

The board and management of the Institute of Aboriginal Development regrets to advise the general public that the IAD Café will be temporarily closed, writes Patricia Turner, Chairperson, Institute for Aboriginal Development.

Ayers Rock Resort: what's in it for us?

What's the Ayers Rock Resort doing for us in Central Australia? Its number of visitors is pretty close to that of Alice Springs but, per head, the Ayers Rock Resort makes twice as much money out of them. Since the Indigenous Land Corporation bought the resort it has added a convention centre, a National Indigenous Training Academy, its Indigenous staff numbers have skyrocketed and by June there will be 32 flights a week. Is Alice Springs, far from still being the gateway to The Rock as Paul Everingham had intended it to be, facing a cashed-up competitor? ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Tourism NT gives the resort prominence in its promotion of Central Australia.

Land council power struggle not over?

 

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.

 

Bicycle riders in circles



 

 

It takes a while to figure out the ins and outs of the circles that make up the bicycle riders in Alice. There's a distinct pattern though.

Water usage cap likely to be on agenda again

 

 

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 closed for complex on Melanka site

 

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.

Alice, take charge of alcohol measures

Police are checking IDs at bottleshops. How this was any different or any better than the BDR’s ID checks, the cause of so many howls of execration, was never fully explained, writes HAL DUELL.

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