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Kilgariff to grow, mobile phone tower for Ilparpa

By ERWIN CHLANDA Plans for a substantial population centre south of The Gap are being disclosed in an application by the NT Government's Land Development...

Territory Alliance government would build a new hospital

Clinical Nurse Manager Jeanette Berthelson in the emergency department opened in 2013. By JULIUS DENNIS The Territory Alliance (TA) has today announced plans for a new...

West MacDonnell park: Life returns after the firestorm

By ERWIN CHLANDA A bushfire tore through the West MacDonnells, star attraction of the new campaign to revive the local travel industry, burning about half...

People as postcards

By ESTELLE ROBERTS   Alice springs is a town full of people from other places, full of representations from other places, souvenirs from other places. ...

Not too late to reduce fire fuel loads & trusties can help

Senior
Station Fire Officer in Alice Springs, John Kleeman, says he would
welcome the assistance of prisoners in reducing the fire fuel load south
of the Gap, as is being pushed for by the Town Council.

Aldermen passed a motion last night to write to the Department of
Lands and Planning  "regarding engagement of Correctional Services"
to help with this task "south of Heavitree Gap to the Municipal
Boundary, incorporating the river and parklands".

Mr Kleeman says the fire service has been doing control burns in the
area – including around Amoonguna "where a lot of people have been
throwing matches" – and are continuing to do so today, as well as north
of Emily Gap.

He says government contractors have also done a major slashing job
along the river from John Blakeman Bridge to Colonel Rose Drive. The
"trusties" (prisoners) could help to do more slashing, especially in
areas where it's hard to get front-end loaders in to clear firebreaks.

While with slashing the fuel remains on the ground, having the
grasses lie flat reduces the intensity of a fire that may go through.

Mr Kleeman says the town has been lucky so far to not lose property
or life, but the situation could go "pear-shaped" at any time. He
encourages the public to prepare their properties and report to police
anyone acting suspiciously with fire. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

Anti-talkfest lobby crashes and burns

 

With deliberately lit fires continuing (80 in the last week) and
coming to symbolise a reckless lawlessness threatening the security of
the town, a rearguard action on law and order issues by Aldermen Eli
Melky and Murray Stewart crashed and burned last night.

It was the Town Council's end of month meeting. The public gallery
was more than ordinarily full though not crowded. It included,
significantly, MLAs Alison Anderson (Independent) and Adam Giles
(Country Liberals), president of MacDonnell Shire Sid Anderson,
controversial would-be Country Liberals candidate Leo Abbott, prominent
activist couple Steve and Janet Brown, and outspoken general manager of
Ingkerreke, Scott McConnell.

In public question time at the start of the meeting Steve Brown put
the issues on the agenda, asking council to discuss them in the open
part of the meeting. He said he and others in the gallery were
"thoroughly tired" of the "forum process", alluding to this evening's
community feedback forum on the so-called Community Action Plan to
combat crime and anti-social behaviour. Pictured: Fire
in the ranges above the MacDonnell Range Caravan Park on Monday. It and
other fires burning along the range east of the Gap came from the
control burn the Fire Service undertook on the weekend, to bring a
maliciously lit fire on Undoolya Station under control. Senior Station
Fire Officer in Alice Springs, John Kleeman, says these fires will be
useful to reduce fuel load in the ranges and that there are major breaks
between them and nearby infrastructure. Meanwhile, there have been 8o
deliberately lit grass fires around town. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

LETTER by Alex Nelson: And the talkfests go on …

Sir – I note the advertisement for the upcoming 5th Indigenous Economic Development Forum to be held in Darwin in October (Centralian Advocate, August 26).

In the dim dark recesses of my mind, a memory is stirred – this seems vaguely familiar.

Checking the website revealed this Forum is the fifth one – of the current series.

I’m sure the delegates that attend this year’s forum hosted by the NT
Government will leave all fired up to do something about the plight of
Aboriginal people and hugely inspired by all that untapped economic
potential out there, with lovely warm fuzzy inner feelings.

Sharp rises in parks fees, mining policy in doubt

Fees for camping in the most popular locations of the West MacDonnell
Ranges, one of several parks in Central Australia being transferred
from public to Aboriginal ownership by the NT Government, have been
increased sharply at very short notice.

Meanwhile today (Wednesday) Shadow Environment Minister Kezia Purick
says Minister for Central Australia, Karl Hampton, is refusing to
confirm Territory Labor’s policy on the co-existence of mines in
Territory national parks.

 

Pictured: Ormiston Gorge. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Hardware giant Bunnings confirms it's heading for Alice

Bunnings has now confirmed the Alice Springs Online exclusive report last Thursday that the hardware giant is coming to town.

The firm is moving to buy a two hectare block at 218 North Stuart Highway (Lot 9186 - see map above).

In a media release today (Monday) Bunnings says the new warehouse, if approved, will create more than 110 jobs for local residents.

"Bunnings plans to invest more than $23 million in the new warehouse
which will have a total store size of more than 12,000 square metres
consisting of a main warehouse, kid’s playground, nursery, café, and
parking for over 200 cars," says Chief Operating Officer, Peter
Davis. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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