Sir – We will develop a new town-wide Alcohol Management Plan for Alice Springs, over-sighted by a newly created Alice Springs Alcohol Reference Group and involving community and stakeholder consultation, including licensees and Indigenous organisations ,write Health Minister Robyn Lambley and Chief Minister Adam Giles.
Recently announced changes to funding for the education system should be ringing alarm bells for parents and students alike. While the NT Government’s commitment to further investment in the early years is highly significant and crucial to improving educational outcomes for many children in the NT, such investment should not be at the expense of older students, writes Jonathan Pilbrow, Parent of a Centralian Senior College student, Alice Springs.
Mayor Damien Ryan is not saying whether the public has been informed about the Town Council's current negotiations for land to expand the rubbish tip in its present location, and if so, when and how that disclosure was made.
The negotiations were reported by the Alice Springs News Online as discussion is resuming about shifting the landfill from a location where it will be in the middle of the town, given its growth pattern.
ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
AERIAL PHOTO at right: Lot 7902 is the existing landfill.
It it understood that the town council is negotiation for the lot to the west (left) of it, number 8097.
Current Town Council dealings behind closed doors about the future of the landfill gives new fuel to controversy over business the council is doing "in confidential".
The default position under the law is that all matters should be dealt with in open meeting, except a small number of issues that are defined.
But it seems the public is being shut out for reasons decidedly not provided for under the law. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
PHOTO: Mayor Damien Ryan (second from left) with MLA Alison Anderson and MHR Warren Snowdon (middle) and (from left) Councillors Liz Martin, Brendan Heenan, Geoff Booth and Steve Brown at the construction site of the landfill transfer station.
Alice Springs Town Council and the Uniting Church say they will explore new avenues for funding the proposed meeting place and commercial development in the CBD after receiving notification the bid to secure a grant from the Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF) was unsuccessful. The $60m project was first reported by the Alice Springs News Online. Member for Lingiari Warren Snowdon (pictured) did not respond to a request for comment today.
Changes to the Care and Protection of Children Act (the Act) will include enabling of pre-natal notifications and investigations and introduction of therapeutic orders to enable the admission of some children with high needs into a secure care facility, writes Alison Anderson, Minister for Children and Families (pictured).
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.
MODIFIED 11.05am, July 1, 2013. See note at the end of FULL STORY.
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.