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LETTER: Chief Minister summarises initiatives

Chief Minister Adam Giles writes about a string of initiatives by his government.

LETTER: The Banned Drinkers Register did NOT work

 

The Banned Drinkers Register did not reduce drunken violence on our streets and did not stop drunks accessing alcohol.
A huge haul of alcohol (picture courtesy police) obtained by Alice Springs Police today illustrates why the BDR simply did not work, writes Chief Minister Adam Giles.

LETTER: Inauguration of ICTV Channel 601 at Yuendumu

At 5pm CST on April 18 2013, Indigenous Community Television (ICTV) will officially commence full-time broadcasts on its own dedicated channel (601 on VAST). The occasion marks over 30 years of broadcasting in remote Indigenous communities.
Yuendumu, 300 km NW of Alice Springs, is the home of Warlpiri Media (now PAW Media & Communications), who shares with Ernabella (home of EVTV), the historic foundation of Indigenous television in Australia, writes Rita Cattoni, Manager, Indigenous Community Television Limited.

The work of healing hands

"This book is about our hands and our faces, that's our work, our hands," explained Pantjiti McKenzie, one of the nine ngangkari present on Monday at the Desert Knowledge precinct to launch a new book about Anangu healing traditions – the use of healing hands, healing breath, insight and lifelong experience to renew the health and happiness of sick people.  KIERAN FINNANE reports.

At left: The book cover featuring the hands of Andy Tjilari.

LETTER: Remote areas NAPLAN results a disgrace

The 2012 NAPLAN results show close the gap indicators for education are going backwards under the Gillard Government and the results in remote and very remote areas are a disgrace, writes Senator Nigel Scullion, Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory.

Trip to the dump as an election is looming

 

You always know when an election is around the corner: Member for Lingiari Warren Snowdon is doing what he does best, namely spending public money.

Or in TV news footage he is standing close to someone else doing it.

Sources say that he will dole out $8m to the regions west of Alice Springs in the next few days, for more dialysis facilities and infrastructure support such as hostels.

And a media doorstop at the dump on Monday has attendees scratching their heads. ERWIN CHLANDA comments.

PHOTO: Smile! (From left) Cr Liz Martin, Mayor Damien Ryan, MLA Alison Anderson, MHR Warren Snowdon, Cr Brendan Heenan, Cr Geoff Booth and Cr Steve Brown.

A star on British TV, ignored by Tourism NT

Alice Springs' own Chris "Brolga" Barns of Kangaroo Dundee fame is delighting an overseas TV audience of 15 million.

The first show, having taken Britain by storm, will soon be running in the USA, and the shooting of a six part sequel is about to start.
It's free publicity for Central Australia upon which promoters, one might have thought, could build a dream campaign.
But it seems the massively funded yet chronically underachieving Tourism NT doesn't want to know Brolga. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.        FULL STORY        

 

See earlier readers' comments.

 

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Little Sisters attackers sentenced

Cycle of revenge not 'traditional' and cannot be tolerated, says Chief Justice

 

Two men were sentenced yesterday for their part in the violence at Little Sisters town camp on March 7 last year. Their names are familiar now to anyone who attended the trial of Liam Jurrah, cleared by a jury last week of having caused serious harm to Basil Jurrah, his cousin. Christopher Walker pleaded guilty to causing that harm, and by way of "common intention", the assault on two residents of Little Sisters, carried out by Josiah Fry. An unidentified co-offender also took part in the assault on Basil Jurrah, according to the sentencing remarks of Chief Justice Trevor Riley. The Chief Justice also took the opportunity to repeat his call  for "worthwhile efforts to curb the flow of alcohol" and to refute the notion that the ongoing cycle of violence between Warlpiri families is "in any way a traditional response".  KIERAN FINNANE reports.

 

Pictured: Police moving in to calm an angry crowd outside the Alice Springs courthouse during the committal hearing of Jurrah, Walker and Fry last year. The cause of a seemingly similar eruption during Liam Jurrah's recent trial was more complicated, at least in part involving another case.

 

Anderson on juvenile misery, delinquency: We'll make a change

In November 2007 we reported that Debbie King, a ward clerk at the Alice Hospital, drove her car on Wills Terrace past Anzac Hill (in the background of the photo) when a rock thrown from the hill crashed into her windscreen. Five and a half years later, pelting cars with stones is a rampant as ever. Last week a tourist bus was attacked twice in the space of one hour, the second time when it was ferrying visitors from a restaurant to their hotel. ERWIN CHLANDA spoke with the new Minister for Children and Families, Alison Anderson (at left).

Mall works: a lesson not in engineering, but public relations?

"They should be working 24/7. They could have finished the job in a third of the time."
It's an understandable reaction by Todd Mall traders who are doing it tough – some of them very much so.
But the manager of yet another refurbishment of the town's main drag says even if it had been decided to incur extra costs for labour, little would have been gained in terms of an earlier finish from working around the clock: constraints of keeping down construction noise at night in the vicinity of three tourist accommodation houses, preferred trading times of certain shops, the weather and trouble with documentation of existing underground services left little slack. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTOS: Above – Where the Sails used to be. At left – Lynn Treis in her shop mostly empty of customers.

LETTER: Labor’s $150m Alice town camps disaster

 

 

Sir - Minister Jenny Macklin has not only wasted $150m meant to improve living standards in the Alice Springs town camps she has badly let down the camp’s indigenous residents, writes Senator Nigel Scullion (pictured), Shadow Indigenous Affairs Minister.

LETTER: Looking for Ray and Brenda

I am trying to locate dear friends of mine from the past, Ray and Brenda Bensley, writes Bruce Long.

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