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Issue 19

Government mum on pay for Mayor Ryan

Neither Mayor Damien Ryan nor the Alice Springs Hospital will release details of the remuneration Mayor Ryan receives for being the chairman of the Central Australian Hospital Network Governing Council. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

Cost of living in Alice: Who's feeling the pinch?

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The cost of living in Alice has long been a source of angst amongst locals with food prices across the board higher than in coastal capital cities. Still, on some weeknights Alice's restaurants are near capacity. The same could be said for Friday’s fish and chip night – you have to be strategic when making your booking to avoid the rush. RACHEL McFADDEN reports.

 

Busy Mayor Ryan: Benefit for the town?

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Does Mayor Damien Ryan have conflicts of interests with the large number of positions he holds outside of his Town Council position? Do these jobs take up too much time, detracting from his mayoral duties for which he earns $100,000 a year? And do the fees he gets for these outside positions create obligations for him that may not be in the interest of the town and the ratepayer?ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

 

Alice native title organisation out of administration

The four traditional owner corporations based in Alice Springs, including Lhere Artepe, which holds the native title rights of the Central Arrernte people over Alice Springs, are no longer under special administration, writes Anthony Beven, Registrar of Indigenous Corporation.

Multi-faith openings of council meetings are a good thing

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With people from all around the world living in Alice, what better way to start council meetings than with prayers from many religions?

Alcohol Mandatory Treatment review: absconding may remain offence

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I have released the six month review of the Alcohol Mandatory Treatment Act which recommends that legislation making it an offence to abscond from AMT more than three times should be changed. However, we will have to consider this recommendation very carefully before making a decision, writes Robyn Lambley, Minister for Alcohol Rehabilitation.

 

 

Royalties & dole? No further comment from Centrelink

Centrelink will make no further comment on an Alice Springs News Online report raising questions about the suspension or cancellation of welfare payments to people receiving mining royalties. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Water for 300 years, at current consumption: What if we want more?

p2145waterbasinsMereenieSMThe Amadeus Basin Groundwater System, from which Alice Springs draws its water, should continue to sustain current extraction rates for about 300 years, says a spokesman for the Department of Land Resource Management. He says “increased extraction” is now under consideration “in the course of further consultation and discussion with the Alice Springs community about a review and possible revision of the plan." ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

Has missing third offender in rape case been found?

A 19-year-old man has been charged by Southern Investigation Detectives in relation to the sexual assault of two women in Alice Springs in May 2012. Detective Senior Sergeant Peter Malley says police allege the man, who was 17 at the time, and two co-offenders robbed and sexually assaulted the two women who were asleep inside their vehicle. While the police media release does not specify, this arrest would appear to be of the alleged missing third offender in the gang rape at gunpoint of two European tourists to which two young men pleaded guilty in September last year.

 

Black is beautiful on the fashion runway

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Local Aboriginal models – women and men, girls and boys – took to the runway in a first for The Centre, the Yapa Style Fashion Festival, organised by designer Hannah Nungarrayi Trindorfer. She has made a name with her Woo Woo Yiljirli designs for nail art, clothing and accessories, especially men’s ties and is starting to be invited to national fashion shows. She sees the runway as another way of putting Aboriginal achievement into the limelight.

KIERAN FINNANE reports.

Hop-on, hop-off bus tour into a world of art

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On my first weekend in Alice I visited the art galleries in Todd Mall to start my exploration. I’d already put aside money to purchase my first Aboriginal artwork, but no impulse buys from me – I wanted to get to know Alice and her surrounds before I purchased her art. The opportunity came when I got on the Art Bus leaving at regular intervals from the Beanie Festival last Saturday. The initiative is a great one, Alice Springs’ not-for-profit, Aboriginal-owned art centres working together to further promote their work. RACHEL McFADDEN reports.

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