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