Wednesday, September 23, 2020

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The social value of art in desert communities

Desert Mob, now in its 23rd consecutive year, is Central Australia’s leading art exhibition claiming national and even international attention. But if you were been looking for an exploration of the work on its walls, of formal practice and aesthetic choices, then the Desert Mob Symposium (last September 6), was not the place to find it. Titled Faces, Places, Spaces it was not immediately concerned with the exhibition, but with art production as a socially valuable activity. ANNA GEORGIA MACKAY reflects upon the day. Pictured: Ngamaru Bidu, Nola Taylor, Muuki Taylor and Gabrielle Sullivan during the Martumili Artists presentation.

Mbantua Festival's time has come

 

The core inspiration for the Mbantua Festival arose from its site at the Old Telegraph Station. The ideas flowed as soon as it was chosen, says Rachel Perkins. One story to tell was immediately obvious – that of children of mixed Aboriginal descent removed from their families, most of them forcibly, who lived on the site. The theatrical production, Bungalow Song, will be one of the festival highlights later this week. KIERAN FINNANE speaks to Rachel Perkins. Pictured: Perkins with some of the cast on site. Photo by Alexandra Hullah.

Open speed limit: more 'secret' reports

 

 

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

The public deserves to know the contents of secret reports the open speed limit, writes Gerry McCarthy, Shadow Minister for Transport.

Dirt kart nationals big win for Alice

Alice Springs now has two Australian dirt kart champions, but the big winner at the national titles was clearly the town. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Alice builders still livid about insurance for home buyers

 

 

 

 

 

The government has replaced a home buyers’ insurance with no home buyers’ insurance. This is the main beef of more than 50 small builders and “subbies” in Alice Springs who are still at loggerheads with their representative body, the Master Builders NT, over the new fidelity scheme, set up to protect consumers.

PHOTO: Painter Kodie Bennett working on the extensions to the Old Timers Village yesterday.

Be first, stay clean: Aussie karting title in Alice

 

 

 

It's the opposite to how it often is in life: In karting if you stay in front, you stay clean.

Visit to Alice Springs by Bushtracker Owners Group

 

 

 

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

During September more than 100 Bushtracker Caravans converging on Alice Springs and District.

Ambush of delightful silliness

 

 

Most days after 5pm Todd Mall is largely deserted. Not yesterday though ...

Cr Kudrenko puts poverty and disadvantage on council agenda

 

Far from addressing matters to do with the recent activities of Geoff Booth, the only question from the public put to councillors last Monday was about how council could address “the underlying causes of poverty and disadvantage in our community”. The questioner said it would be a “win-win” way of tackling anti-social behaviour and wanted to know what vision Councillor Jade Kudrenko (pictured) had for council’s role.  KIERAN FINNANE reports.

 

 

‘Have you got Bruce yet?’

 

 

The search for the third offender in the gang rapes of the European tourists 

 

“I was only in the front seat. Have you got Bruce yet?” These were among the very few words said by convicted rapist Norman Kernan to police after his arrest. They may contain a clue as to the identity of the third offender in the gang rapes of two European tourists in May last year. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

Onshore gas bonanza: what role fracking?

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

Onshore gas is a potential game-changer in the Northern Territory with potential reserves of unconventional gas totaling about 240 trillion cubic feet spread across six basins, write Chief Minister Adam Giles (at left) and Mines Minister Willem Westra Van Holthe (at right). We asked them what role they expect fracking to have in this development process.

A little interruption of the ordinary

 

 

 

Rogue bureaucrats were at it again in Todd Mall today, in their pencil skirts and pin-striped blouses, markers and whiteboard in tow. They were collecting ideas, any ideas for an agenda … a meeting would be held soon … a meeting of important people … Kieran Finnane happened to be passing by.

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