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Container deposit depot closed: UPDATE from Coca Cola

Negotiations about a new container deposit system between the Territory Recycling Depot in Smith Street, Alice Springs, and drink manufacturers have broken down. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

UPDATE FRIDAY 8am

A mock invoice for $6m will this morning be presented to Terry Davis, Group Managing Director of Coca Cola Amatil by the Boomerang Alliance, Greenpeace Australia Pacific and Clean Up Australia.

 

UPDATE SATURDAY, Aug 24, 8:30am

Coca Cola Amatil has provided the following statement: CCA understands that an operator will be establishing a depot in Alice Springs in the near future and we have arrangements in place to deal with them.  We agree with the depot operators that the legislation is flawed and that the Government should consult publicly with all parties on its plans to fix it.  If it does not consult it may just make the situation worse.

Alleged offender wanted by police

 

 

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate Dion Hayes (pictured). Police media release.

Fitness, child care, 457 Visas on Town Council wish list

 

 

 

More child care and keeping fit are initiatives the Town Council hopes will get the support of the next Federal Government, says Mayor Damien Ryan (pictured). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Cr Melky continues campaign for greater transparency

 

 

It won’t be for want of trying if Councillor Eli Melky fails to bring more meaningful discussion of council’s finances into the open. Council’s Director of Finance Paul Della had made an effort to have something for this month’s committee meeting to consider in open, two reports in fact, one requiring no action, the other merely for formal endorsement. Cr Melky was not to be bought off so easily. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

 

A fete made in Alice

 

 

Figures aren't finalised yet, but it looks like the annual Old Timers Fete on Saturday made $70,000. And all of that will stay in town, says Old Timers manager Mary Miles, head of the complex that cares for the town's elderly and frail. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

No, you can’t 🙁

 

 

 

… but Cr Paech will fight on!

 

Cars in the new shared zone of the northern Todd Mall are OK but skateboards are not. Council has installed skateable street furniture there but – for the time being at least – skaters are not to use itFor that to change a majority of councillors would have to support modifying Public Places by-law 53 which bans skateboarding on footpaths throughout the entire CBD. A change to the by-law looks like it will be hard won. Cr Chansey Paech was on his own at last night’s meeting in wanting to welcome skate-boarding in the mall. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

People to get back their voice in local government: Minister

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

The Country Liberals Government is fulfilling an election commitment by introducing a Bill at the next sittings to make changes to the Local Government Act to give people back their voice in local government, writes Alison Anderson (pictured), Minister for Local Government.

What the Feds can do for our tourism

 

 

 

 

Luxury tent accommodation at Ormiston Gorge, a tethered balloon at Uluru and mountain biking in the hills around The Alice are ideas that may attract Federal grants for businesses under schemes that should continue after the elections, says Tourism Central Australia boss Jaclyn Thorne (pictured). AT LEFT: Mountain bike rider Corey Gerdsen on top of the world – well, the Alice hills, anyway.

Green future for Alice: how much wishful thinking?

The local environmental lobby's draft "road map to a desert smart town" can be seen a wish list for the Federal elections, it but goes well beyond that focus – and could do with a robust reality check. In 2033 Alice Springs runs on 100% renewable energy? A local horticultural industry which supplies 50% of local fresh produce needs? And all that whilst not increasing water use beyond the current level? The Arid Lands Environment Centre's Jimmy Cocking (pictured at right with environmentalist and science journalist Tanya Ha at Friday's CoolMob gala dinner) and Mr McClean spoke with Alice Springs News Online editor ERWIN CHLANDA.

One of our warmest winters …

... in our hottest year

Walking in the wind shadow at the foot of the southern Mount Gillen range yesterday my face was getting red, my hair, damp on my forehead; the shirt beneath my backpack was sticking to my skin. And this was a winter’s day! Surely a record for August? But no. That was set only a few years back and I’d already forgotten. On August 22, 2009 it reached 35.2 degrees Celsius at Alice Springs airport. Yesterday it only got to 30.8 degrees. KIERAN FINNANE asks the Bureau of Meteorology about our very warm weather and what, if anything, it means about our climate. Pictured: Seeking the breeze high on the range.

The rise and rise of Yarrenyty Arltere soft sculptures

Rhonda Napurrula Sharpe, one of the leading Yarrenyty Arltere artists from the Larapinta Valley Town Camp in Alice Springs, has won the Wandjuk Marika Memorial 3D Award, for her work They Come From No Where. The 3D Award is one of five $4000 prizes in the Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAAs). The big prize of $40,000 went to Canberra artist Jenni Kemarre Martiniello for her elegant glass sculpture, Golden Brown Reeds Fish Trap.

Snowdon 'pork-barreling with other people's money'

Tina McFarlane (left), Country Liberals candidate for Lingiari, has in a media release accused Warren Snowdon of “raiding the NT Aboriginals Benefits Account (ABA) to pork-barrel his election campaign”. And Shadow Indigenous Affairs Minister Senator Nigel Scullion (right), says in a media release that Minister Jenny Macklin’s speech on Labor plans for Indigenous affairs was "underwhelming and more about throwing money around, bureaucratic plans and targets rather than results".

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