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Service club battles tyranny of distance

By ERWIN CHLANDA The Rotary Club of Alice Springs Education Fund pumps close to $22,000 a year into tertiary education of local young people studying...

How not to manage a pandemic

By ERWIN CHLANDA “No-one knew anything” is how Samantha Tran describes the mismanagement of people being forced into COVID quarantine this week. It began in Adelaide...

Predictable COVID rush across the border takes NT by surprise

By ERWIN CHLANDA Alice Springs is not coping well with the results of a COVID outbreak in South Australia, causing a not unexpected stream of...

Minister says ‘no’ to 51 blocks in Stegar Road

By ERWIN CHLANDA Planning Minister Eva Lawler has refused an Exceptional Development Permit (EDP) for 51 residential blocks in Stegar Road in the suburb of...

A touch of light: saluting the rain

By MIKE GILLAM Photo © Mike Gillam Crested pigeons, an overlooked beauty of Alice Springs backyards, revel in life’s basics –warm sun on a frosty winter’s...

The partner is not a cop

By JULIUS DENNIS In Logan, just south of Brisbane, an award winning model of youth policing has emerged where youth workers and police officers work...

NAIDOC: Thumbs down for Bungalow history, Wyatt’s billion dollar stash

Black politics is a mystery, Always Was, Always Will Be: In the parallel universe of Indigenous funding, Minister for Indigenous Australians Ken Wyatt is...

Brown's "blow-in Enviro-Nazi" blast draws formal complaint

A formal complaint has been lodged with the Town Council about the conduct of Councillor Steve Brown. The complaint comes from Jimmy Cocking, coordinator of the Arid Lands Environment Centre (ALEC) and it's about the letter to the editor in which Cr Brown accuses Alice Water Smart of having a "blow-in Enviro-Nazi mentality". Mr Cocking (pictured above during a protest against the nuclear waste dump) says the letter breaches clause 5.4 of council's Code of Conduct for Members which requires of them that they "treat members of the public fairly and equitably and with respect, courtesy, compassion and sensitivity". KIERAN FINNANE reports.

LETTER: Scales of justice tipped in favour of Native Title claimants

In a decision that turns the 16-year-old native title dispute resolution system on its head, landowners will soon be left high and dry – forced to fund their own representation in native title disputes, while claimants will continue to be funded by taxpayers, writes Warren Truss, of

The Nationals.

Police not waiting to be called to enforce DV orders

 

 

Alice Springs police are not waiting to be called before acting on domestic violence, Detective Superintendent Brent Warren told the Alice Springs Town Council last night. He said domestic violence assaults make up "a huge component of our violent assaults work" and that detectives are working on "a more proactive approach in dealing with victims and offenders": "We're monitoring people who've got domestic violence orders, going out and doing checks without being called. We're checking on a person: if they're a high risk victim we're making sure the offender is not around at the time or otherwise breaking the conditions of that order." KIERAN FINNANE reports. 

 

Pictured: Police make an arrest in a town camp. Photo from our archive.

Council takes step towards better management of the Todd and Charles Rivers

The Town Council has taken the first step towards getting stakeholders in the Todd and Charles Rivers around the table to consider the rivers' management issues. It recently appeared reluctant to respond to a call by Arid Lands Environment Centre coordinator Jimmy Cocking to take "leadership" in the management of the rivers. CEO Rex Mooney and Mayor Damien Ryan have since revisited the minutes of the Environment Advisory Committee, where Mr Cocking put his motion, and it was clear that the committee wanted council to consider a meeting of stakeholders, says Mr Mooney. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

 

Pictured: The normally dry bed of the Todd River cuts a green swathe through through the middle of Alice Springs, as seen clearly from the top the range at Heavitree Gap.

'What do you want to do with your life?'

 

 

A course offered by Batchelor Institute uses iPads, mobile phones, the Internet and Facebook for learning. But these are the tools. The critical thing is connecting with students' aspirations and lives that are often very challenging – like Lena Campbell's. She lost her oldest son to gang violence. She's making digital photo stories on the iPad with strong messages to young men to think about the choices they are making. And in the process she's getting over her grieving. KIERAN FINNANE reports. 

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