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Alice Springs News, Issue 29

Arts ambush

 

 

Curious tourists, mothers with prams and workers on their lunch break
walking down the Todd Mall yesterday were unexpectedly joined by three
silent, bright eyed, pale clothed, ‘other-old-worldly’ strangers.

This was the Post Family performance, the third of the ‘Happenings’
in this year’s Alice Desert Festival. As we all know, the Festival
features a vibrant program celebrating artists, dancers, actors and
musicians from Central Australia – besides a selection of what I’m told
are Australia’s hottest acts. Pictured are The Post Family trying to figure out Todd Mall. Photo by OLIVER ECLIPSE.

Fire fighting: red tape comes first

Photo: Fire fighting crew burning a firebreak
along a drain at the eastern edge of town on Sunday – their outstanding
efforts should not be undermined by red tape in other quarters.
Government red tape continues merrily as bushfires are encircling the town.
A grader operator from Central Plant Hire was making his way up the
Stuart Highway last week to cut fire breaks near the Holcim quarry,
about 10 km north of town.
The massive blaze was moving towards buildings and machinery there.
It was a volunteer job.
"You don't scam on something like this," says the firm's Wayne Cullenane.
On the way the driver passed the government weighbridge and he was made to stop.
As it turned out the grader was parked on its trailer a little too
far back, putting 1075 kilos (four to five wheelbarrow loads of sand)
more weight than allowed on one axle.
The other axle was eight tonnes light.
Given this was an emergency, and the driver was trying to save
property and maybe lives, the weighbridge staff could have said: "Just
take her forward a bit, mate. And good on ya!"
Moving the machine just half a meter on the trailer would have put both axles about four tonnes each under weight.
But what the weighbridge staff did instead was to hold up the transport for about two hours.
They booked the driver.
He may have to go to court.
There may be a fine of several hundred dollars.
When the machine finally got to the quarry the fire was nearly upon it.
The grader operator could feel the heat of the flames, says Mr Cullenane.
The Alice Springs News Online is seeking comment from Minister for Central Australia, Karl Hampton. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Police arrest alleged firebugs

Police say a 32-year-old man
will face court after allegedly deliberately lighting fires at the base
of Anzac Hill overnight.

The man was arrested after a member of the public alerted police to
his actions just after 6pm on Wednesday. He allegedly lit several fires
near Schwarz Crescent and the Alice Springs Youth Hub which
required two fire units to extinguish.

The man was arrested a short time later and he has been charged with
setting fire to land or property and causing a bushfire. The latter
charge attracts a maximum penalty of 15 years jail under the Criminal
Code.

Veteran designers triumph

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Mother, father and three daughters came together to win the Fantasia
category and were chosen for acquisition at the annual Wearable Arts
Awards on Saturday. Mother is Colleen Byrnes, a veteran of the
awards and multiple prize-winner over the years. Husband Tony joined her
as creator and together they fashioned from metal pieces, test tubes,
wires and crystals exquisitely detailed bird-like forms to adorn Shae,
Bec and Nikki in their Fluoro Swan Trilogy (pictured).
The trio's appearance on stage was greeted with gasps of awe and
appreciation from the audience, the only time this happened en
masse  during this year's presentation, no doubt helping to assure
them of a win. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

Slideshow photos in order of appearance: Fluoro
Swan Trilogy by Colleen and Tony Byrnes (two shots); Wings in Flight by
Colleen Byrnes; Aurora Solaris by Liza Balmer, Julia Burke and Jo
Boniface; Lady (ooh) Lala by Carmel Ryan; From Rags to Glad Rags by
Philomena Hali;  Tie the Knot by Carmel Ryan; Nomadic Goddess by
Tamara Burlando; Down the Rabbit Hole (Alice) by Mikael Bennion; The
Future is Fantastic by Alecia Mc Nuff; Paradise Lost / Ulysses is Dying
by Marge Coogan and Laurel Clegg; ensemble shot, showing Duprada Ballet
Company dancers and Master Class entries. PHOTOS by KIERAN FINNANE. 

The day our Old Timers move to centre stage

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If you're serious about spending the rest of your days in The Alice,
chances are someone will pop the question: Got your booking in at the
Old Timers?

And chances are it won't be at all an unfamiliar place: each year
thousands of locals spend the second Saturday in August there, buying
jams and books, dolls and clothing, getting their face painted, riding a
hurdy gurdy, entertaining the crowd with a song or just having
Devonshire Tea.

The fete is run entirely by volunteers, as Old Timers village manager Mary Miles explains in the film clip.

The interstate network of  Frontier Services of the Uniting
Church also kicks in: parishes in NSW, Victoria and South Australia send
boxes of goodies – knitted goods, children's wear, coat hangers and
knee rugs – seven trestle tables full.

Locals supply home made cakes, marmalades, and preserves. You can buy books by the box – $6 a small one or $10 a big one.

Anything new this year, the 44th fete? Nope. People like it the way it is – and was.

How many people go? Thousands. How much money is made? It was $64,000 last year. This year's takings are still being counted.

While in some places aged care homes exist on the fringe, this one
thrives in the very hearts of the people of Alice Springs. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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