In a sweltering 40 degree January the unique acoustic dance hall duo Super Raelene Bros (aka Basil and Derek Schild) laid down their first full-length album – 10 tracks – in the Redhouse rammed-earth studio in Old Eastside, Alice Springs. Now it’s ready for launching, at Monte’s Lounge on July 19. LIAM CAMPBELL has been listening.
Youth advocates are saying the latest round of cuts to youth programs at the beginning of the year are now being felt on the ground. RACHEL McFADDEN reports. PHOTO: Youth activities arranged by police at town camps during the school holidays. SEE update at the bottom of the FULL STORY page.
An ABC TV report last night about activist Geoff Shaw (image at left from ABC footage), and in connection with NAIDOC Week, was devoid of balance and unfairly dumped on Alice Springs. This is an issue in the public interest, comments ERWIN CHLANDA.
No smoking rules at the Show led to the cancellation of the annual fixture's most spectacular events, the rodeo, the campdraft and the bronco branding. Meanwhile, exhibits in some of the sections looked a treat. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Alice Springs Community Bank branch manager, Renee DeMarco (pictured), has a tendency to downplay her success. At 26, she has worked her way up to become one of Alice’s few born and bred female bank managers. RACHEL McFADDEN reports.
Labor Opposition estimates questions have uncovered that the CLP Government spin machine in the Chief Minister's Department is costing taxpayers $3.5 million, writes Kon Vatskalis, Shadow Minister for Corporate and Information Services (pictured).
The annual cattle sale at the Alice Springs Show was cancelled this year for only the second time in 20 years – but judging by the crowd at the bull auctions today, cattlemen and women are not disheartened. “Times have been tough,” says today’s auctioneer Peter Brazier from GDL Rural, “Folk have copped a few punches, but you learn to go with the flow.” RACHEL McFADDEN reports.
A letter from the police to the Town Council has revealed alarming figures of youth disturbances and rock throwing during the Easter holidays. But Chief Minister and Minister for Police Adam Giles, whose government has dramatically reduced funding for youth services, says councillors who fear there could be similar events in the current holidays, should take action themselves, including giving street kids a lift home. RACHEL McFADDEN spoke with Mr Giles yesterday (see video). He is pictured at the Show, on the podium, white shirt, clapping.
The Alice Springs Town Council's elected members are split about whether the public should have access to statements by them and their senior staff about "pecuniary and other interests". ERWIN CHLANDA reports
A show of “light and dark”, of “quiet and intriguing discoveries”, that “answers questions and poses them”, is how Helen Maxwell OAM, art consultant and valuer, described Groundrush, an exhibition at the Araluen Arts Centre that opened last Friday. It grew out of the work of six artists who took part in a residency at the Groundrush mine in the Tanami Desert in 2007. KIERAN FINNANE reports. Image:Dancing on the Scats by Pamela Lofts and Nic Hempel.
Australian Regional and Remote Community Services (ARRCS) begins operating aged care services in the Northern Territory today, including the Old Timers in Alice Springs, all of whose staff have joined the new company.