“China will definitely be a key tourism destination for Australia and The Northern Territory for many years to come," says Michael Bridge, named by Chief Minister Terry Mills as the chairman of the yet to be formed NT tourist commission. "Tourism NT will be ensuring that every effort is made to entice those tourists to the NT."
Central Australia is on the outer in the quest for more tourists from China, according to Alice Springs businessman Steve Strike, who's been running a promotional office in Guangzhou for nearly three years.
He says there is clearly a confidential agreement, which is reciprocal, between Australia and China to ensure visitors return and are not given asylum if applied for. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: Mr Strike as the guest on a TV program about photography in Qinghai, North-Western China. Mr Strike was showing photographs of Central Australia.
Licensing Commission cites Briscoe Inquest findings on excessive alcohol consumption in Alice Springs
Gapview Hotel has been knocked back for a second time on a request to vary its take-away trading hours during the Masters Games. The reasons for decision cite the Coroner's findings in the Briscoe Inquest that “a long term solution to excessive alcohol consumption in Alice Springs requires greater cooperation amongst stakeholders (including outlets that sell alcohol)”.
In another recent decision the Commission dismissed the objection of a Department of Health officer to an application to vary the licence of the Wuduluk Progress Aboriginal Corporation to sell alcohol at the Beswick Community Store. This decision has relevance to the issues of take-away versus on-premise drinking and to the idea of 'wet canteens' on Aboriginal communities. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
The 223km long Larapinta Trail was worth fighting for and the moment the week began we all knew we were on top of the world, writes Kim Burdett , Student Experience Coordinator, Faculty of the Professions , University of Adelaide.
The new book, entitled Alice Springs, does not include the very wonderful things that make Alice Springs so special, such as the stunning landscape, its multicultural population nor its many excellent amenities. The book focuses only on the situation of our Aboriginal people without including anything about the people and the opportunities that are available, writes Janice Heaslip.
My first reaction to The Little Prick was: why don't we do political satire in Alice Springs? It's a show of mock-up magazine covers, created in reaction to "lifestyle magazines" – ResideNT and the like (apparently there have been a number). It's funny and provocative, quite crass at times, and what seems significant – in thinking about the difference between Darwin and Alice – is that it targets 'big ticket items'. These include our political leaders. KIERAN FINNANE reviews.
At left: Chayni Henry takes on a Territory Labor sacred cow with INPEX: We will all benefit. (The exhibition went on show in Darwin in July, before the Territory election.)
The new government's alcohol strategies will be a home-brewed solution, driven by locals and not by Darwin.
While Minister for Central Australia Robyn Lambley (pictured), after today's first "stakeholders" meeting on the issues, was surprisingly flexible about most issues, she's adamant that any solutions will come from locals. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
The People's Alcohol Action Coalition (PAAC) presented this graph to today's meeting about alcohol in Alice Springs. It shows that as the wholesale price of alcohol increased (the solid red line)between July 2000 and December 2010, the volume of alcohol consumed per capita by individuals in Central Australia over 15 years of age decreased (the dotted red line). The vertical black lines are the points in time when various alcohol initiatives were introduced.
Source: The graph is from a longitudinal study of the influences on alcohol by the National Drug Research Institute (Curtin University), June 2012.
The new government's grappling with alcohol problems is off to a chaotic start.
Deputy Chief Minister Robyn Lambley called a meeting of "stakeholders" – excluding the media and the public. But uninvited guests – family and friends of Kwementyaye Briscoe who died in the Alice Springs watchhouse in January – turned the gathering into noisy chaos, with his aunt, Patricia Morton Thomas (pictured), noisily demanding that police be charged.