Alice Springs movers and shakers are slow on the uptake of Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund loans, pampering borrowers with generous interest and repayment conditions. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia at Yulara is borrowing $27.5m for airport runway, taxiway and apron upgrade, runway lighting and provision of contractor accommodation.
With half of the West MacDonnell National Park burnt in the 17 days long January blaze, and a potentially catastrophic bushfire summer staring us in the face, the government is still not moving to bring large water bombers to The Centre, as national debate about them is gathering momentum. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
“As the temperature rises, so will we!” cried the School Strike for Climate leaders in Alice Springs this morning. Some 200 of their peers filled the lawns outside Flynn Church in the mall, supported by 300 to 400 adults. That is a sizeable turnout for this town and the mood was elated even while the messages were sombre. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
Just ahead of the global day of action tomorrow pushing for much stronger responses to the climate crisis, the NT Government today released its draft "Climate Change Response", asking for public feedback. The contribution to emissions of fracking, which is going ahead without an offsets policy in place, is all but ignored in the response.
At Ormiston Gorge a program of riveting highlights, including the mighty Soweto Gospel Choir, wound up the 10 day Desert Song Festival, an incomparable experience of what unites us all. STORY by KIERAN FINNANE, VIDEO by ERWIN CHLANDA.
Many more people than a fortnight ago filled the public gallery, in the end it was standing room only. T-shirts had been printed, speeches prepared, 17 people took to the microphone, a song was sung … and ground was lost. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
The "65,000 years" of Indigenous culture are a major drawcard in the NT's new "Different in every sense" tourism brand – but where are Aboriginal people themselves? ERWIN CHLANDA reports from the launch of Strategy 2030.
UPDATE Sept 18, 1.40pm: Expenditure on the brand development so far has been $800,000, according to a spokesperson for the Tourism Minister.
The process of allowing non-pastoral uses of cattle land, such as tourism and horticulture, is under threat of turning into red tape, says the non-pastoral use permit process, under the NT Pastoral Land Act," says the CEO of the National Farmers' Federation, Tony Mahar (pictured).
Who knows what hard times the children of today, even in as privileged a country as Australia, will have to deal with in the future as a result of all the challenges facing the world. But those who participated in Alice Can Dance 2019 will surely draw strength from having started to think about them early, writes KIERAN FINNANE.