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New bid to wrest native title group assets worth millions

 

 

The fierce struggle for control of assets owned by Alice Springs native title owners seems set to be resolved, according to a reliable source, speaking on condition of not being named. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Northside IGA is among the assets.

Alice named as destination on the rise

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

Alice Springs is one of the top 10 destinations on the rise in the South Pacific named by leading travel review website, TripAdvisor, writes Matt Conlan, Minister for Tourism.

Questionmark over funding for Desert Knowledge

Desert Knowledge Australia (DKA) is in "in discussion" with the NT Government about its funding. Both the chairman, Fred Chaney, a former Coalition Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister, and CEO John Huigen are confirming this. Pictured: The Desert Knowledge precinct in Alice Springs. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

UPDATE Dec 5:

 

Mr Huigen announced today that the NT Government is undertaking its first review of DKA since it began operating under the Desert Knowledge Australia Act in 2003, saying: “This is a timely opportunity to actively demonstrate our practical achievements since we began 10 years ago as part of the Alice in 10 project."

Purple House wins Ethical Enterprise Award 2013

 

 

Alice’s Purple House, which spearheaded remote community renal dialysis in the Western Desert, has won the inaugural Ethical Enterprise Award 2013.

Left: The famed Western Desert artist Patrick Tjungurrayi having dialysis in the Purple Truck's mobile dialysis unit at his home community Kiwirrkurra in WA.

Review into IBA and ILC: Scullion

 

 

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

The Australian Government will commence an independent review into Indigenous Business Australia and the Indigenous Land Corporation, writes Senator Nigel Scullion, Minister for Indigenous Affairs.

Jobs not programs, growth not talk: Bonanni

Alice backed a council candidate who gives young people jobs, not programs; who stands up for the local construction industry and tradies staring into an abyss of no contracts, and who has runs on the board as a player in small business. ERWIN CHLANDA spoke with Kylie Bonanni. PHOTO: Cr elect Bonanni with husband Fabio and their children (from left) Jacob, Gemma and Tessa.

Review of the Aboriginal sacred sites authority?

 

UPDATED, November 29, 2013, 6.37am and again at 9.27am. See FULL STORY.

 

The Opposition describes government intentions for the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority (AAPA) as "a dangerous plan to scrap" it. However,  Bess Price, as Minister for Community Services, says the Opposition's statements are an "hysterical beat-up". The controversy follows recent conflicts between the AAPA and the Mbantua Festival about the use of the Old Telegraph Station in Alice Springs. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

Artist remembered in annual award night

 

An annual award, The LOFTY, named in honour of the late Pamela Lofts, accomplished artist and founder of Watch This Space (pictured), is the centerpiece of the local Artist Run Initiative’s end of year celebrations on December 6 from 6pm. Work by Lofts is also included in two exhibitions currently on show at Araluen, including a recent  acquisition, not previously shown in Alice Springs.

Costs savings for tracking crims

 

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

The NT Government will introduce electronic monitoring technology to locate and track an offender’s movements, writes John Elferink,

Minister for Correctional Services.

Another reason to love Alice

LETTER

 

Sir – On Saturday night I underwent emergency surgery to remove a seriously infected gall bladder at Alice Springs Base Hospital. I am now writing this letter from the comfort of my home four days later, writes Tim Rickards, of Alice Springs.

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