The controversial water allocation to the family property of CLP candidate for Lingiari, Tina MacFarlane, has been made in a "rigorous process" and "due process has been followed". This is the opinion of John Childs (pictured), before his retirement in 2008, spent a decade as the delegate of the Territory government's Controller of Water Resources in the southern half of the NT. He has a doctorate in civil engineering. The doctorate work was on the modelling of water resources. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Often when we think of the arid environment that surrounds us we get a mental picture of rugged mountains, vast skies, scrubby vegetation and dry riverbeds … the environment is vast, all-encompassing and sometimes seems infallible. Australia is world renowned for its unique wildlife and ruggedly beautiful landscapes. But what many people don’t know is that Australia has the highest rate of mammal extinction on Earth, writes Nicole Pietsch, of the Arid Lands Environment Centre.
Art or cunning?, a contemporary sculpture show at Watch This Space, is a pleasure to behold, like the sight of a wide deep bay or river after leaving the desert. To walk into the gallery animated by objects of intrigue, there in the space like other bodies that engage yours, to make your way around them, to feel the attraction of their forms, their varied materials, the push and pull between them, is to realise that you’ve been missing this kind of experience.
What is immediately striking is the distinctness of the works on show, particularly in relation to materials and construction. There’s a phrase in the title of one that suggests something about the artists’ processes: “Everybody can’t have thought of everything.” So they set out in search of the “song left to sing”. KIERAN FINNANE reviews.
Pictured: "There's gotta be some left to sing, everybody can't have thought of everything" Gillian Welch by Sia Cox.
Is there really going to be an election on Saturday? The major lobbies for Alice Springs could be forgiven for wondering about that, at least until this morning when the Coalition dropped the Outback Highway bombshell, a massive boon to the ailing tourist industry, to mining and remote communities. But apart from that, the town's five main pressure groups are still waiting for answers – and so are we. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: Early polling in Alice Springs.
A Federal Coalition government would provide $33 million over three years for the upgrading and partial sealing of the Outback Highway from Winton in Queensland to Laverton in Western Australia. The announcement will be made by Tina MacFarlane, CLP candidate for Lingiari (pictured), this morning. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Time to take a break from Federal issues? Here's a Territory one that teachers and students reckon is hot enough to take to the doorstep of NT Chief Minister Adam Giles. The main prop of the protest was a coffin in which elements of local education may be buried soon, says Senior Secondary School teacher Penny Whiley (pictured). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Episodic policy announcements about regions and northern Australia are evidence of political concern about non metropolitan Australia but will not solve the problems endemic across remote Australia because government arrangements are not fit for purpose, writes Fred Chaney, Chairman of Desert Knowledge Australia.