"Tourism Central Australia are not in the position to make comment on Tourism NT spend." Pardon? Isn't that exactly what Tourism CA is meant to be doing? COMMENT by ERWIN CHLANDA. PHOTO: Who conducts tourism promotion spending in the Territory? Should the Darwin Symphony Orchestra money have gone to the Mbantua Festival? Matthew Wood conducts at the concert in Alice Springs on Sunday.
The failure of government decision making has had a huge impact on Alice Springs, writes STEVE STRIKE, a prominent photographer in The Centre for 30 years. The place is run largely by newcomers with very little NT experience or history here, he claims in a guest comment piece. Yet he says: "There is no place on earth I love more than Alice."
The sacred sites fiasco over the Mbantua Festivals once again puts the actions of the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority (AAPA) in the spotlight, writes Steve Brown, of Alice Springs. PHOTO:Men dancing at the Overland Telegraph Station during the festival was one of the issues raised by the authority.
About 700 people came to the Ayers Rock Resort last week to hear the Darwin Symphony Orchestra play under the stars on Friday and Saturday, and 3200 people listened to the concert at the Alice Springs golf course (photo) on Sunday evening.
Lhere Artepe Enterprises has discharged a multi-million dollar debt to a private lender, and put in place a debt repayment schedule it can service with its existing assets. However, it is unlikely to make money from its Mount Johns residential development (above). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Another skateboarder, Storm Vincent, has been fined $576 by town council rangers for not producing ID – which he had shown to rangers – and in addition, $144 for skateboarding in the CBD. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Only 30 residential blocks will be built in stage one of the new Kilgariff suburb south of The Gap, Lands Minister Peter Chandler has now confirmed, with blocks to cost from $160,000 to $180,000. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Amendments to the Pastoral Land Act allow to run non-pastoral business enterprises on their land for thirty years with an option to extend for a further thirty years writes Willem Westra van Holthe, Minister for Land Resource Management.
Mbantua Festival chairman Neville Perkins attacks Imparja TV for inadequate involvement in the event while he cops flak from the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Sacred rocks behind the Mbantua performance areas are at the centre of the latest festival controversy.