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Police seek man in relation to an indecent assault

 

 

 

 

Police have released this comfit of a man they would like to speak to in relation to the indecent assault of a 24-year-old woman. Meanwhile police are also searching for a male who assaulted a 19-year-old girl as she was walking to work just after noon today.

The Boys who made the Big Time

 

 

Some of The Boys who came from the bush and made their mark in the nation, with TLC from Father Percy Smith and Mrs Smith: Bill "Buckshot" Espie (2nd from left). Middle row: Vince Copley, Charlie Perkins, Ernie Perkins (the other two unidentified). Front row: Brian Butler, John Smith (unsure). Help us fill in the gaps! Report by ERWIN CHLANDA.

 

PHOTOS UPDATE: Readers have now provided more names! See comments.

Being away from Alice: the scream

 

I’m studying Buddhism & meditation in Melbourne. It’s awfully interesting. But man, do I miss Alice.

The risk in going risqué

 

 

 

Tits, bums, fart jokes, striptease right down to the cliché of breast tassles  – whatever happened to Cat’s Meow? From the audience response to the Nine Lives Cabaret last Saturday night, I know mine is a minority view, but for me this entertainment was one-dimensional. The talent was there but story, ideas and wit were mostly missing. There were laughs to be had, for sure, but they mostly weren’t for anything clever or simply zany. It was as though in deciding to become more risqué, more of a burlesque, most of the creators had regressed to adolescence. KIERAN FINNANE reviews.

 

Fresh, relevant, moving, funny: 24 Hour Theatre

Three one act plays, written, rehearsed and presented all within 24 hours: it may not sound like it would reward high hopes, let alone exceed them, but it did. The stories were fresh, relevant, moving as well as funny at times, the performances committed, the theatre-craft well on the way. This was Red Hot Arts Central Australia’s 24 Hour Theatre, an early exercise of the organisation’s InQbator and presented as part of the Alice Desert Festival program. KIERAN FINNANE reviews.

Scullion: outback economies answer to bush welfare mess

 

 

Creating outback economies that provide jobs is the way out of the current passive welfare structure that doesn't match the needs in the bush, says Australia's new Indigenous Affairs Minister,  NT Senator Nigel Scullion. He spoke this morning with Alice Springs News Online editor ERWIN CHLANDA.

Moving the dump will be discussed by council …

 

 

Councillor Steve Brown has taken the first step to get discussion on the table of an alternative to future expansion of the landfill west into the beautiful Ilparpa Valley. Officers will provide a report but will it be discussed in open? KIERAN FINNANE reports.

 

No need to beef up by-laws: public behaviour better

Council look set to knock on the head a move to double the penalties for some public places by-law breaches, initiated by Councillor Geoff Booth (pictured, at his induction) a year ago. Cr Booth said his aim was not to increase revenue through fine collection but to “change habits”, while Mayor Damien Ryan, Crs Jade Kudrenko and Liz Martin, and Director of Corporate and Community Services Craig Catchlove were all of the view that there has been a marked improvement in the town's public places. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

 

Circus of madness and magic

“Running away to the circus” – the image is of escape, overthrow of the strictures of the adult-governed world. But what if the adults are completely on side? If they’re convinced that here lies the path to “truth, wisdom and knowledge”? This is the delightful prospect of joining  Circus Dust. Story by KIERAN FINNANE. Photos and Video by ERWIN CHLANDA.

Government still obstinate on take-away alcohol supply

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

Twelve months after the Coroner recommended that the NT Government should commit to all available, reasonable measures to reduce the supply of excess alcohol from take-away outlets in Alice Springs the NT Government has failed to do anything new in response, writes Dr. John Boffa, of PAAC.

Black jobs: are we really just starting to ask the questions?

 

 

 

Su McCluskey (pictured) heads up a think tank that rates Central Australia amongst the least competitive regions in Australia, on a scale of five (see map FULL STORY). Last week she spoke to a forum at Desert Knowledge Australia, the organisation which has been charged, for the past 15 years, to find ways for arid inland of Australia to be a better and more productive place: so far the results are slim. Editor ERWIN CHLANDA put to Ms McCluskey that The Center has a million square kilometers of land, lots of water we know of, and doubtlessly more that we don't, lots of idle labour, as well as backloading freight opportunities, both on road and rail, which could take produce to Alice Springs or south. How come we're not rolling in money?

Dancers take over after dark

 

FULL STORY MODIFIED to include more photos, September 16, 2013, 10.15am.

 

It must rank among the best things the Alice Desert Festival has put on in its 13 years, for its key idea of enlivening our central public spaces after dark, erasing their normally anxious, shuttered and desolate state with sensual exuberance, open-hearted humour and welcome. The event was Dance Jam After Dark. It began at the entrance to the Fan Arcade where at the start of the 7pm performance last night a crowd of 50 or so spectators gathered round. By the end they'd been joined by hundreds. KIERAN FINNANE reviews. Video (click FULL STORY) by ERWIN CHLANDA.

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