The Show Society is still crunching numbers but attendance was 21,000 over the two days – not bad for a town of 25,000. New president Kevin Heintze, heading up a committee half of whose members were also new, says the biggest success was the campdraft , running from noon on Thursday to Saturday night. Interstate traders and exhibitors were thin on the ground, citing the Global Financial Crisis as the reason for their absence. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
The horse had bolted: while the Town Council was mulling over the issues and deciding to send a letter to the Minister, the Development Consent Authority approved, with conditions, two proposed telecommunications towers in Araluen. Councillor Jade Kudrenko, who has been trying to represent constituents’ views opposing the siting of the towers, last night expressed her frustration with council’s slowness while the DCA’s process had rolled on. KIERAN FINNANE reports from council’s committee meetings. Other issues: buskers in the mall • water waste and savings • asbestos in confidential • McDouall Stuart statue in no-man’s land.
Pictured: Greens councillor Jade Kudrenko, here introducing the party's NT Senate candidate, Warren H Williams.
The Country Liberals Government is committed to making homelands a viable place to live for Indigenous Territorians with a new funding formula that is focused on equity. The new long term funding arrangements were negotiated with the Commonwealth Government through the municipal and essential services implementation plan guaranteeing funding for 10 years, writes Alison Anderson (pictured)
The event happened 224 years ago and on the other side of the world, but Alice Springs’ own Froggies Rendez-Vous celebrated with a dinner and Can-Can dancing the day the Paris mobs stormed the 400-year-old Bastille prison and got the French Revolution into high gear.
That they were all blokes up on the stage didn’t at all put the diners off their French repas on Saturday, cooked by Chris and Seb of Desert Chef: Onion soup, followed by a main course of the classic Coq au Vin (wine rooster) with a Gratin Dauphinois (potatoes gratin), and to top it off a traditional Religieuse (a “nun” – two choux pastry cases filled with crème pâtissière).
Temperamental, terribly unpredictable and very entertaining is how the organisers of today's Camel Cup in Alice Springs touted their racing stock – and sure enough the humped beasts lived up to their reputation. ERWIN CHLANDA joined the crowd of 6000 – 1000 more than last year – to see a race like no other. See our VIDEO at FULL STORY.
In some ways Warren H Williams seems singularly suited to be “the voice” for people who are “the last to be recognised” but the first to be the subject of “government experiment”. If he put his message to music, who could turn away from that husky, golden voice from the desert, that sings so movingly of “the hills of home”? KIERAN FINNANE was at the launch of his run for the Senate today, on the Greens ticket.
If you've ever wondered about the extraordinary web of relationships among Aboriginal people of your acquaintance, about what is meant by terms such as cousin-brother, cousin-sister, or how your friend can call more than one person mother, then this is a book for you. KIERAN FINNANE takes a look at Anpernirrentye Kin and Skin – Talking about family in Arrernte by Veronica Perrurle Dobson AM and John Henderson, the latest production of local publishing house IAD Press.
Pictured: Veronica Perrurle Dobson AM with Margaret Kemarre Turner OAM, who launched the book during the recent national Native Title conference.
See FULL STORY: Minister Willem Westra van Holthe has provided a response.
Alice Springs based water planner Anne Pye says she was told to "remove the cap from the Alice water plan on the basis of comments from Darwin based political advisers and Darwin bureaucrats". Ms Pye, who has taken a job with the Central Land Council, stated this is a "final farewell" email to colleagues which was leaked to the Alice Springs News Online. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
The spiel about the purchase of 2000 hectares Territory Table Grape is as old as it is trite. It is an "opportunity for Indigenous Australians", intones Indigenous Business Australia. The upbeat language dried up when the Alice News began to examine whether this is just another source of sitdown money. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: The Ali Curung watermelon plantation where backpackers and other imported labour, reportedly, do much of the heavy lifting.
Gas promises are a hardy perennial for Territory pollies but since the building of the Palm Valley to Alice and Darwin pipelines they have amounted to little more than hot air. The latest promises come from Chief Minister Adam Giles who told the Estimates Committee he had requested the private sector to produce financial modelling for a pipeline to South Australia’s gas fields at no cost to the government. ALEX NELSON reports. Image: The territory's first Chief Minister, Paul Everingham, on an election advert in May 1980.
The Alice Springs News Online has learned that clients of the Frampton New Homes scheme, which operated between 2008 and 2010, have been asked to make themselves available for the inquiry. We also understand that jailed Randal Carey (pictured), the scheme's builder, will be appearing. See FULL STORY.
The Agents Licensing Board is conducting an inquiry into an alleged breach of the Agents Licensing Act by First National Real Estate Framptons. Karen Avery, Senior Director Licensing, Department of Business, says the board is conducting the inquiry "in its own right" and the alleged breach relates to the section which states: "A licensed agent who … publishes, or causes to be published an advertisement or other statement that is false, misleading or likely to deceive a person … is guilty of a breach of the rules of conduct for agents." ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Local rapper Hugh "Man" Winterflood aka SkankMC describes as a "huge gig" the performance on July 27 by Sydney hip hop artist MC The Tongue (pictured). "He will be on his national tour and is coming to play a gig here in Alice for free, at Bojangles," says SkankMC.