Meeting new people and catching up with old friends was what the Masters Games were all about for the Whyalla Steelers. The proudest statistic for the 2012 "Friendly Games" is the 700 volunteers who made the event possible, but numbers of competitors were down a little and there's competition from other games. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Pictured above: The Whyalla Steelers (from left) Steve Dunn, Darren Quinn, Michael Rees, Chris Hanarakis, Scott Leverington and Rob Muir. Below: Locals settling in for the closing ceremony last night.
Department of Justice figures released by NT Attorney-General John Elferink show that there was only a drop of 366 protective custodies (PCs) between 2010-2011 and 2011-2012, the period of roll-out for the Banned Drinker Register (BDR). Mr Elferink claims this is "further evidence that the previous Government’s approach to dealing with problem drinkers simply didn’t work".
The coming summer will be a busy time for tourism managers in Alice Springs, says Tourism Central Australia (TCA) chairman Jeff Huyben.
Visitor numbers – as usual at that time – will be small but the government's Tourism NT (TNT), the statutory body promoting the industry with a budget of more than $40m, will be setting up its headquarters here, moving from Darwin, and Tony Mayell will take over from CEO John Fitzgerald (at left). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Do statistical averages give a fair picture of rents paid for housing in remote areas? Recently a presentation by the Australian Bureau of Statistics to the Alice Springs Town Council showed that the median weekly rent in MacDonnell and Central Desert Shires was $25 and $20. Territory Housing suggested that "the amounts quoted by ABS reflect an individual’s payment of rent under the “poll tax” method rather than a cumulative total of household rent received in line with the Remote Rent Framework". KIERAN FINNANE seeks further information.
A photograph album close to 100 years old recording a journey from Oodnadatta into the mining country north-east of Alice has made its way into the hands of Alice Springs historian Dick Kimber. The photographer thus far is not identified but Mr Kimber believes he may be related to one of the men featuring in the photos. He says they appear to be an official party of some sort, certainly with an interest in minerals, and the clothing suggests that it was winter-time. Hand-writing on the front of the album says the year was 1918. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
Pictured: The caption identifies these men as Bromley, Williams and Stokes. Mr Kimber knows of no other photo of Stokes, a major prospector of the era.
Chief Justice Trevor Riley (at left) condemned the ongoing revenge attacks at Yuendumu as he sentenced yesterday a 25 year old man from the community for offences in July. He described the numerous incidents since 2010 as "tit for tat violence" without "any traditional aspect to it".
The offender, Elton Granites, had expressed no remorse nor any intention to change his ways. He had pleaded guilty to causing damage to a motor vehicle using fire and going armed in public with an axe and a steel bar in such a manner as to cause fear to people. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
"Community water rules" – does that sound like you're going to be told you can only water the garden twice a week or only use a bucket to wash your car? Not in Alice, not yet anyway. Alice Water Smart, a $15m project funded by the Australian Government, wants the town to formulate its own rules for using water more efficiently. But this won't force you to change your lifestyle and the rules will be voluntary, more a guide to maintain "what you've got" or get you "what you want to have", says project officer Liz Locksley. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
Pictured: Long-time locals Murray and Barbara Neck reduced their water bill by 40% after putting their garden on drippers, installing a pool cover, repairing leaks and buying a water-efficient washing machine. Photo courtesy Alice Water Smart.