Now that the dust has settled from the NT Karting titles, won by long-time Central Australian motor sports identity Tony Connor in the Statesman Class, the Dirt Kart fraternity is gearing up for the Alice Springs titles on September 18.
Club President Gary Burns says several new drivers were planning to come out and have a go this weekend.
“The NT titles have created some excitement and energy so we’re expecting to see some new faces at the track,” he said.
In the NT titles Connor scored 116 points from his eight heats to edge out Port Pirie’s Dale Afford by one point. PICTURED: KT Medium driver Adem Mahomet takes a tumble at the Territory Titles in Alice Springs on 17 July. Photo and story by PATRICK NELSON.
In the 2011 March quarter Alice Springs again had more assaults and break-ins than Darwin, which has three times the population, and over six years the town has had twice as many murders.
The latest NT Department of Justice statistics released for the March quarter for 2011 show offences in Alice Springs against the person (464) were down on the March quarter of 2010 (485) but still higher than in the March quarter of 2009 (420). PHOTO: A CCTV camera overlooks the Mall. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
A meeting to sack several prominent members of the influential native title organisation, Lhere Artepe Aboriginal Corporation, collapsed in turmoil, according to people attending the closed gathering.
The sacking motions were not put, which was a triumph for reformers who are dissatisfied with the CEO, Darryl Pearce.
They are angry about the sidelining of members with high traditional standing, and financial management which they say lacks transparency.
This follows major investments by the corporation in real estate and supermarkets, benefitting from Federal cash injections.
The Office of the Registrar of Aboriginal Corporations (ORIC), a Federal instrumentality, came in for vigorous criticism for not intervening resolutely in the protracted row.
The film clip shows native title holders outside the meeting room, and interviews with – in that order – former Lhere Artepe CEO Frank Ansell; Ian Conway, a leading figure in the reform group; and Janice Harris, a seasoned administrator of local Aboriginal organisations.
Lhere Artepe chairman Brian Stirling did not respond to an invitation to comment.
He had early in the meeting rejected a move for a secret ballot, according to a member at the meeting.
FOOTNOTE: With respect to Mr Ansell's comment in the film clip, the Alice Springs News knows Mrs Pearce's mother was an Aboriginal woman.
ABOVE: Google Earth image of Laramba, a bush settlement north-west of Alice Springs. The killings happened in the vicinity. BELOW: One of the convicted, Travis Gibson. Having had his jaw broken was one of the triggers of the drunken payback raid.
Five out of six were drunk on the night.
One out of six is a reformed heavy drinker, sober on the night.
Two out of six are alcoholics.
Four out of six had parents who were alcoholics or heavy drinkers.
Two out of six are married to alcoholics and these couples have had children.
The two victims of the six were drunk at the time of their deaths.
In the evening of December 22, 2009 six men left Alice Springs in a red Ford Falcon, bound for Laramba, a small settlement of some 300 people, around 200 kilometres to the north-west. Four of the men were armed: one had a large military-style knife, another a tyre iron, and two had nulla nullas (clubs). They were also travelling with grog: on a trip that takes around two and a half hours, they drank one and a half cartons of VB beer and a cask of Moselle between them, all but the driver. This was on top of grog that at least some of them had consumed during the day.
There was a purpose to the trip: the six intended to confront men at Laramba over a long-running dispute between their family, the Gibsons, and the Dixon-Stafford family. In particular, they were going to look for brothers Adrian and Watson Dixon and another person, who were seen as responsible for the assault on one of the Gibsons some months before, breaking his jaw.
By midnight two men in Laramba, not the Dixon brothers, were dead, as a result of stabbings to the thigh. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
The site of the former Melanka hostel in Todd Street is on the market again, for an asking price of $7.5m plus GST, this time complete with an exceptional development permit for a five storey "tourist and residential complex".
The land was bought in 2006 for $6.12m. The hostel was still in place but has been demolished since.
The land's unimproved capital value in July, 2009 was $4.5m.
The raising of the height limit from three storeys to five was opposed by some sections of the community.
L J Hooker's Doug Fraser says the fresh advertising of the property has only just started, and although there have been a couple of enquiries, it's likely to take some time for a sale to be achieved.
Mr Fraser said in June that the developer, Christian Ainsworth, a member of the poker machines dynasty, had commissioned Deloittes to assist in the development and that "the building costs will need to come down".
The total area is 1.3 hectares and "architectural plans will be passing with the sale," says the promotion.
The agency says this is a "prime corner allotment with three street frontages and adjoining parcel at rear ... and numerous fully established trees on site".
For "effectively wrecking" a man's life and that of his partner, Reuben Nadich, who shot his victim in the back at Junction Waterhole on May 29 last year, was sentenced to six years' imprisonment. The shooting was at close range and without provocation or reason.
Mr Nadich's "moral culpability" was equivalent to that for murder, said Justice Judith Kelly in her sentencing remarks last Thursday. KIERAN FINNANE reports.