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Issue 24

Councillors have open mind on landfill relocation

Coucillor Jade Kudrenko (pictured) says discussion about relocating the landfill is an example of “strategic forethought” which is a responsibility of the town council. And Cr Chansey Paech (pictured) says he is “open to discussion with other elected members” should another site be identified. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Recycled water scheme ready for testing

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

New water recycling facilities have been commissioned in Alice Springs this week and will undergo three months of testing before the water is supplied to businesses and institutions south of Heavitree Gap, writes Les Seddon, of Alice Water Smart. Photo: Part of the plant now being tested, early in its construction phase.

Booth 'terminates' escort agency application

UPDATE 03:15pm Monday:

Karen Avery, of the Department of Business, says the application by the group including Cr Booth for an escort agency licence has now been withdrawn.

 

UPDATE 12:15pm Monday:

Cr Booth, who was expected to be attending tonight's council meeting by telephone hook-up, has this morning notified the council that he will not be attending in any form.

 

UPDATE 10:20am Monday:

Karen Avery, of the Department of Business, said this morning: "There has been some indication that the licence application may be withdrawn. However, the Department of Business or the NT Licensing Commission have not received any formal withdrawal yet."

 

Town Council CEO Rex Mooney (pictured) was told by Councillor Geoff Cr Booth that he had "terminated" his application for an escort agency operator's licence. But in a written report to tomorrow's council meeting Mr Mooney says:  "Cr Booth's withdrawal of this application does not in any real way satisfy or even deal with the concerns raised" by council solicitor Chris Turner, whom he instructed to provide legal advice following "media attention" focusing on Cr Booth's place of residence and escort agency plans. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Let's think globally and act locally on climate change

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

In this week when a climate report urges governments to redouble there efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions it seems fair to ask, what if anything does the new government policy mean for Central Australia, writes Richard Bentley, from Alice Springs.

 

Syrians really need a hand

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

Sir – Imagine houses in your street bombed and your neighbours left homeless. Imagine that every 17 seconds a fellow Australian is forced to flee in fear of their lives. This is all happening to the people of Syria, most of whom just wish to go to school, work and live a normal life, writes Robert Tickner, CEO, Australian Red Cross.

Reforms aimed at students in their early years

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

I urge parents and teachers to arm themselves with the facts about the NT Government’s education reforms which are squarely aimed at improving student outcomes. It is crucial that these reforms are put in perspective, writes Education Minister Peter Chandler.

 

Crime drops as super sleuth car hits beat

 

 

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

Sir – Figures from the June quarter this year show a 40% reduction in house break-ins, a 50% drop in commercial break-ins and a 43% fall in motor vehicle thefts, compared to the same quarter in 2012 as Alice gets police vehicle fitted with an in-car computer and video system, a next G and satellite connection, and an Automated Number Plate Recognition system, writes Chief Minister Adam Giles.

Four assaults on women in last three weeks

The lengthy sentences handed down today for the gang rapes of two European tourists in May last year come in the wake of  four assaults on women in Alice Springs in the last three weeks.

 

What partner in Alice escort agency has to offer

 

 

 

A glimpse at the website of Maxine's Gentlemen's Club may offer a hint of what Councillor Geoff Booth's escort agency has in store for the town. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Young men get 15 years for gang rapes of European tourists

UPDATED 5.22PM: See FULL STORY for what the court heard about the convicted men.

 

Eighteen year olds Norman Kernan and Ginger Green were this afternoon each sentenced to 15 years in prison for the armed robbery and multiple rapes of two European tourists in May last year. Justice Dean Mildren described their crimes as “not in the worst category” of offending but “at the high end”, as “outrageous” and with “devastating consequences” for their victims. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

Pictured: Alice Springs Courthouse.

 

Has councillor brought Town Council into disrepute?

Questions of bringing the town council into disrepute and residency requirements of the Electoral Act will be raised in the public part of the meeting of the Town Council on Monday. This follows the disclosure by the Alice Springs News Online that Councillor Geoff Booth is the director of a new escort agency in Alice Springs. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Terrifying ordeal at gunpoint: multiple rapes of European tourists, one suspect still unidentified

MODIFIED September 26, 2013, 11.05am: Earlier suppression orders in this case were formally lifted today. The names of two of the three offenders are now part of this report. A photo has been added and minor details updated.

 

WARNING: Some readers may find the article distressing.

 

“I told her she would be safe.” This was all AN could think about when she was woken in the early hours of May 2, 2012, to the sound of banging on her car and male voices shouting, “Come out, you pussy.” She wanted to protect her friend but she had no chance. One of the men was armed and he pointed the rifle straight at her head. The Australian holiday of two young women, from Germany and Finland, was about to turn into a nightmare. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

Pictured: The cul-de-sac at the end of Maconochie Road where the tourists had parked their car to sleep overnight.

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