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Tourist complains about LPG Autogas price: town lobbies don't seem to give a hoot

UPDATE Saturday Aug 4 at 09:40am

The Alice Springs News Online has received information from a fuel retailer which seems to contradict assertions that it are the service stations which are ripping off the public.

 

UPDATE Friday Aug 3 at 11:30am

Alice Springs fuel retailers are continuing to line their pockets with record margins, showing no concerns for the public by failing to pass on available savings.
This is the view of Edon Bell, the General Manager of the Automobile Association of the NT which has more than 20,000 members.

 

POSTED Thursday Aug 2 at 11:46am

A self drive tourist visiting Alice Springs is outraged that he was charged in Alice Springs double what he is used to pay in Adelaide for LPG Autogas. He wrote to the Alice Springs News Online and we passed his concerns to the town council, the Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Central Australia. It seems they couldn't care less. ERWIN CHLANDA comments.

Council asked to consider spectre of transport accident involving radioactive waste

The NT Fire and Rescue Service in their HAZMAT suits. Their role is to 'identify, isolate and contain'. Photo courtesy NTFRS. 

The Alice Springs Town Council was challenged at last night's meeting to take action regarding the proposed radioactive waste dump at Muckaty, Aboriginal land 120 kms north of Tennant Creek.

The key issue put to councillors was that local emergency services do not have the capacity to respond to an accident involving radioactive waste material on Alice's road or rail networks. This was argued by a deputation from the NT branch of United Voice (a workers union), the Public Health Association and the Beyond Nuclear Initiative.

The Alice Springs News Online asked the NT Fire and Rescue Service to comment on this proposition. Their responsibility is to "identify the material, isolate and contain until such time as the lead agency takes over management", we were told. KIERAN FINNANE reports.


Engineers rule?

The intersection looking east, with the child care centre on the left. 

"This council shouldn't in any way, shape or form, question an engineer, we should take the advice as provided."

So said Councillor Chansey Paech on the issue of the proposed roundabout at the intersection of Undoolya Road and Sturt Terrace.

He also expressed his belief that "the majority" of people in "that street" – Sturt Terrace? – support the proposal, despite no clear evidence before him. Of the four responses the council's letter drop on the issue, three opposed the proposal (see previous report).

Cr Paech was picking up on the cues from council's Director of Technical Services Greg Buxton and CEO Rex Mooney. KIERAN FINNANE reports. 

A street by any other name …

Alice Springs Town Council last night approved new street names proposed for the Mt John subdivision, two of them being Arrernte words honouring past traditional owners of the area.

The phonetic pronunciation of these words will be part of the signage and this practice will be adopted for all future street name signage.

Alice job market down but not out

An Alice Springs labour hire company says business is down compared to a year ago and job seekers outnumber available positions about five to one, says Chris Jackson, of Centre Labourforce and Recruitment NT.

Before the downturn 150 people a week were contracted through the firm, she says.
That figure is now down to between 80 and 100. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Recipient of Hampton's unsolicited email "will take issue further"

The "unpaid professional assistant" of Bess Price, the Country Liberals' candidate for Stuart, says her opponent Karl Hampton has sent electioneering materials to friends of hers who don't live in the electorate.
The assistant, Ms Price's husband Dave, says it appears Mr Hampton has used a mailing list belonging to Ms Price without her permission.
The whole thing is a bit of a family affair but tempers are rising.

Mr Hampton did not respond to our invitation to comment – but one of his minders gave a snutty reply. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

UPDATE JULY 30, 12:15pm

Hampton email recipient will "take this issue further".

Q: How will the cycle be broken? A: 'Got to work and stay at school, got to make a change.'

"When we're all alone  'cause our family's gone drinking, we get bored 'cause there's  nothing to do.

"We're not excited about tomorrow, every day's the same, we got to find a new way, a new direction to break the cycle."

Their names are (from left) Danielle Breaden, Katrina Drover and Shania Austin, aged 14, 13 and 11 years; they live at Amoonguna, some 20 kms south of Alice and part of MacDonnell Shire; and these are the lyrics of a song they wrote and performed as part of the "Stay Strong, Live Long" project conducted by the shire council's youth development team.

So, how do the girls think the cycle will be broken? Not by "going into town and roaming around, looking for some trouble". They say they've got to "think about the future, got to work and stay at school, got to make a change". – Kieran Finnane.

 

UPDATE July 30, 2012: See the fruits of this project for yourself.

Alice architects selected for Venice Biennale

 

An Alice Springs architectural practice has been included in the Australian display for the 2012 International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale in Italy. Tangentyere Design – Tangentyere Council’s architecture enterprise – was selected from among more than 100 architects on the basis of its unique ‘practice formation’.

The Biennale is one of the most important events on the International contemporary architecture calendar. Thousands of architects, designers, planners and critics visit the Biennale, in addition to the thousands of tourists.  Over 93,000 people visited the Australian pavilion at the 2010 Architecture Biennale.

 

Pictured: One of Tangentyere Design's buildings, the Centre for Appropriate Technology, located in the Desert Knowledge precinct in Alice. The exhibition in which Tangentyere Design features is focussed more on the nature of the practice – the kind of work that's done, the locations, the clients – than on the buildings.

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