The wish list of the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress, for whomever will gain power in Canberra, contains not what it wants to get, but what it doesn't want taken away. In a swirl of rumored spending cuts, where will the money come from to drive the newly chosen direction? The 40-year-old NGO that has a budget of $38m a year, for both town and "auspiced" services. More than 70% comes from the Feds. Congress has 300 employees, half of them Aboriginal. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
IMAGE from the Congress annual report 2010-11, as published on the web.
There is little change to the statistics for the June 2013 quarter released today of crime against the person in Alice Springs. There is a sharp drop in property crime against last year but a rise when compared with the June 2011 quarter.
Looking for information about where to find information can take tourists on a wild goose chase, discovers ALEX NELSON. Photo: The new Tourist Commission home in Todd Mall – where the first one was half a century ago.
At over eighty years of age, Lilly Ulah’s display of glowing canvases at Raft Artspace confronts the tendency to couple physical frailty with colourlessness. Faded, dull, paling, lackluster or dim are words that connote age; while vivid, bright and shining mark the spiritedness of youth. When the Coober Pedy Arts Project began their workshops in 2010, no one could have predicted that the most brilliant participant to emerge would be a resident of Umoona Aged Care; a woman without any technical arts training. ANNA GEORGIA MACKAY went to the opening.
No other single entity has put its stamp on the contemporary face of the Alice Springs town centre to the same extent. With the redevelopment of the northern Todd Mall and Parsons Street and the construction of the Green Well Building on Bath Street, the design work of architects Susan Dugdale and Associates has raised the bar of the built environment across key sites from east to west, reflecting a commitment to the idea that “Alice Springs is a special place”. By KIERAN FINNANE.
UPDATED, Saturday 24 August 2013.
Pictured: The Green Well Building from the south. Image courtesy Mike Gillam.
More than 4000 people – up on last year – came to see the Henley on Todd yesterday, or at least some of it, as the annual event entered its second half century. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. See also UPDATE MONDAY 10am.
The launch of the Yuendumu Mediation Manual was nothing like the usual book launch, nor is this the usual book. The main story barely has 200 words in English and about the same in Warlpiri – a compelling lesson in how a few words can make a powerful point. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Pictured, from left: John Gaynor (from the Central Desert Shire which helped with the publication), Thomas Rice, Cecil Johnson, Riley Oldfield, Robert Robertson and shire employee at Yuendumu, Madhu Panthee.
Is Kilgariff above or below the Q100 flood level? The Town Council says it is below. The NT Government says it is above. Q100 means the level of flooding likely to occur once in 100 years. The council has wiped its hands of it, yet it is a pet project of Chief Minister Adam Giles. Image: The Kilgariff land and St Mary's Creek running through it. The road on the left is the South Stuart Highway. The road at the bottom is Colonel Rose Drive. The intersection is the south-western corner of the proposed suburb. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Talking about CoolMob's roadmap, what is the elephant in the room? Nuclear power. We have plenty of uranium within a stone's throw of town (anyway, the quantities needed are minuscule). The area is geologically stable – ideal for storage of waste. And we are a long way from the national power grid. The answer? Image: Conceptual drawing of a two module reactor. COMMENT by ERWIN CHLANDA.