At the launch of her new novel, From Alice with Love, Jo Dutton spoke of fiction’s power to change the way we think. By this measure, the achievement of her book is to tell an emotionally textured story of lives lived in and near Alice Springs. If it changes the way we think, it’s by getting in under the usual glosses of the social landscape of The Centre and letting love propel her story, love between particular people, black and white, living in recent times, and love of the country. KIERAN FINNANE reviews.
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The Federal Labor Government is failing Territorians by refusing to allow welfare quarantining provisions that would restrict supply for problem drinkers after Alcohol Mandatory Treatment. The Commonwealth’s decision is political, will hurt vulnerable Territorians and fails families and communities, and gives problem drinkers a license to drink after Alcohol Mandatory Treatment, writes Robyn Lambley,
The huge, 12,000 square meter Bunnings hardware store, costing $23m and employing a staff of 75, was officially opened on the North Stuart Highway this morning as a beacon of faith in the future of Alice Springs. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PICTURED is manager Annmarie Beech.
Vote ‘yes’ in the coming referendum on constitutional recognition of local government or definitely face increased rates in the future and risk loss of direct funding from the Commonwealth, such as money for local roads through Roads to Recovery and other community infrastructure grants. This is the message that Mayor Damien Ryan wants his fellow councillors to take to the electorate. With apparently more than 30% of voters making up their minds on polling day, he urged them, at last night’s end of month council meeting, to all be present at the booths on September 14. KIERAN FINNANE reports on this and other council news, including more CCTV and solar lightingalong the river.
Yuendumu will once again come alive to the sounds of leather on leather, bat on ball, the swish of the basket, cheering crowds and healthy rivalries with the announcement that the community will hold its first Sports Weekend since 2011 writes Adrian Dixon, Central Desert Shire President.
What's a beanie? How long have you got? "Everyone, no matter who they are, needs a beanie to enjoy the outdoors during our crisp, cold winter nights," says organiser Jo Nixon. "There is no limit to the shapes, textures, colours and patterns that are evolving." ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
The Aboriginal affairs battleground shows how far apart the two major parties are in the lead-up to the September 14 Federal elections, as Territory CLP Senator Nigel Scullion (at right) and Labor Member for Lingiari (at left) are slugging it out.
This is just what we need: the traveling bible Lonely Planet calling Alice “a bit sad”. Empty shop fronts in Todd Mall are given as an example. While Europe and the USA are falling apart in an ongoing economic crisis, those who still can afford to travel are warned against empty shop windows. That makes me mad, comments SUZANNE VISSER.
We are angry that the Giles government is cutting schools budgets, as revealed in The Australian today. We are appalled to learn today that not only is the Giles government prevaricating on Gonski, they are also planning further cuts in their own state budget, writes Angelo Gavrielatos, Federal President, Australian Education.
Home ownership is a step closer for the residents of Ilpeye-Ilpeye town camp in Alice Springs, with the Australian Government reaching a landmark agreement including a compensation package with Ilpeye-Ilpeye land owners that will provide the means for residents to build their own homes, writes Jenny Macklin (pictured), Minister for Indigenous Affairs.
Sustainable Couture proved itself again last night, with renewed inspiration from its core group of designers and inspired new designers entering the fray. The group’s commitment is to making wearable garments with flair, using recycled materials. First time exhibitor at the event, Jen Standish-White, wowed the crowd with this elegant trio, her sleek male models getting a particular welcome. KIERAN FINNANE was there.
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Pictured: Hayden, Nathan and Megan modelling; Jen Standish-White at the rear, far left, with MC Meredith Campbell.