Public Housing Safety Officers had improved the lives of many Territory Housing tenants and their neighbours. In one year the officers have come across 8525 incidents while on patrol and responded to 5697 complaints – that’s an average of 1.6 responses required every hour writes Peter Chandler, Minister for Housing.
Southern Investigation Detectives have charged a 12-year-old boy for allegedly unlawfully entering the Santa Teresa Police Station and stealing a Police vehicle. And detectives from Strike Force Vega are investigating a series of linked property offences in Alice Springs over the long weekend, resulting in the arrest of five males. On two occasions a vehicle was used to force entry into the building.
Police photos: Arrest targets Bruce Impu and Richard Palmer. A similar vehicle to the one used in one ram raid, minus the GT Stripe.
When it comes to picking an attractive candidate it doesn't get much better than Nova Peris: She is thoughtful, a good communicator, energetic, a sporting star, Territory born and bred and good looking. For a Labor candidate she is surprisingly conservative on some issues, quoting that four-letter word – work – as the key to fixing much of what's wrong in the Territory. Far from focusing on just Aboriginal issues she says bringing back to speed the live cattle export industry will be one of her top priorities. She spoke with Alice Springs News Online Editor ERWIN CHLANDA. Ms Peris, at left in the photo above, is picturedat the Alice Springs Show with law student Que Kenny, from Hermannsburg.
"You get your ups and downs," says veteran cattleman Dick Cadzow, from Mt Riddock Station, north-east of Alice Springs: Up are local cattle numbers at the annual show but prices were down at yesterday's sale. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: The next generation of cattle breeders vying for prizes such as Junior Handler Trophy, 12 yrs and under – and giving their Akubra hats a proud showing.
Grass Stocking Creature (grass must be growing), Best Decorated Gum Boots and Floral Saucer in Wet Sand (Saucer edge & sand to be completely covered) are just three of the classes in the Horticulture Section of the 54th Annual Alice Springs Show. Tomorrow's highlights: Finals of the equestrian events, best watched from the grandstand, the bronco branding and, of course, the fireworks!
The Master Builders Association is concerned at moves to roll back building reforms designed to protect consumers. The Government is being lobbied to get rid of the Residential Building Cover package introduced at the beginning of the year and go back to the old Home Building Certification Fund scheme that provided only limited cover, writes Graham Kemp, MBA Executive Director.
Pregnant girls and women abusing alcohol and drugs will be a focus for the Office of Children and Families (OCF), says its Minister, Alison Anderson. She recently announced that pre-natal child protection will be part of new legislation. Ms Anderson is pictured at the opening this morning of the OCF's new section, in Minerals House, Hartley Street. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
The Northern Territory Government has welcomed Federal Community Services Minister Jenny Macklin’s support for welfare quarantining measures to apply to problem drinkers placed into Alcohol Mandatory Treatment, writes Robyn Lambley (pictured), NT Health Minister.
The Federal Labor Government has wasted $9m of taxpayers’ money by giving it to a private company to buy Henbury Station which has now gone into receivership, Nigel Scullion (pictured), Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory.
Rodd Moss may mostly paint by the hard light of day, but the retrospective at Araluen covering his work in Alice Springs over three decades opened by candlelight and in an atmosphere of reverence. Why did this feel so fitting and potent? asks KIERAN FINNANE.
Pictured: Rod Moss (right) and friend in front of Movies is Magic.
How much accurate and relevant information is needed to start a protest campaign? The ratio is in indirect proportion to the distance from what is being protested about: The further you are away from the action, the less you need to know – and get away with it. At least that's what is suggested by the "Six years of the NT Intervention is six years too long" campaign by the St Vincent de Paul Society, ACOSS and the National Welfare Rights Network (NWRN). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
If at times you feel like thumping your mobile phone, you only have yourself to blame: you – the Alice Springs public – have increased demand tenfold since 2002, and that's a big ask for any supplier.
The town now has six base stations. Two more, at Undoolya and Larapinta, will come on stream later this year. More are on the drawing board: Two for the eastern rural area and one south-west of The Gap. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.