What Alice Springs needs to resuscitate its tourism industry is people like Jeff Burden, an academic at an American university. He is a friend of local artist Rod Moss, has been repeatedly to The Centre and loves it. However, he says on a recent fourth visit he found a commercial camping tour was a fiasco. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
UPDATED to include a response from the tour company.
We pay tribute to the former Chairman of the Central Land Council Mr Bookie who passed away on his country this weekend. He was a proud Alywarra- Eastern Arrente man who worked hard to improve his people’s lives. He won respect through his knowledge of traditional law and culture, and fought to keep both alive. His leadership and strength will be sorely missed, write Chief Minister Adam Giles and Community Services Minister Bess Price.
Information is seeping out on how Telstra can deliver to customers a fraction of what they are paying for, and get away with it: At the show, the Finke and other events, and for residents generally, mobile and internet services south of the range are grossly inferior because transmitters on the towers (yellow circle) are mostly pointing the wrong way. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Booze kills one out of 10 people dying in the Northern Territory. Meanwhile the NT government's body controlling the alcohol trade is conducting an enquiry into, in part, whether patrons at Monte's were drinking sitting down or standing up. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
"I want to get the festival up to a national level where it is considered on par with the Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane festivals, not in terms of scale but of content and programming." That is the mission, as she describes it, of Mary-Jane Reynolds, the manager of the Alice Desert Festival. For the moment, bigger funding and closer ties with Aboriginal artists are still works in progress. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Katlend Griffin and Robbie Hoad.
Gas rules. Just look around the world. I suspect that our Governments have already been swayed. Alice’s future may well lie in gas mining. That this industry may use most of our water and contaminate what’s left – well, prove it, is what they’ll say.
It’s a Thursday evening and as Todd Mall prepares to close for trading, Anthony ‘Tilla" McIlwain and local musician Darcy "D-Day" Davis (at right), set up for a new venture, Thursday’s Late Night Shopping. RACHEL McFADDEN reports.
Depression glass, harps, Pat Elvin statuettes, Walkabout Magazines and old hand tools. These are some of the items on display at this year’s Collectors Fair at The Residency on Sunday, writes Tara Leckey, of Heritage Alice Springs Inc.
A stance on proposed changes to racial vilification laws, approving $25,000 for a master plan for public arts such as the Gathering Garden (pictured) and Cr Melky being coy about a motion of confidence in the Mayor – all in a night's work for the town council. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Fracking can play a critical role in making the Northern Territory one of the world's largest natural gas exporters, unlocking an estimated 240 trillion cubic feet of gas, 10 times more than the Ichthys project and Mereenie combined. This much cleaner energy source would replace the need for 30 million tonnes of coal, says mining giant Santos. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Protest at last night's council meeting.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Here is an outline of what we're proposing to Planning Minister, Peter Chandler, in a bid to to have planning regulations changed in favour of open and fair planning appeal rights. He answered quickly and reassuringly that he was looking into the matter, write Diana Rickard and Greg Chapman.