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Stuart statue: should council give it back?

UPDATED February 12, 9.45am

 

It’s a gift that has come to haunt them and at least the executive seem to have had enough:  last night it recommended to town councillors that they give the John McDouall Stuart statue back to the Freemasons. KIERAN FINNANE reports on the latest in the four year long saga. Pictured: The statue being lowered into place for its temporary unveiling in 2010.

 

Where did we in The Alice all come from?

 

It's been said a few times that another history covering the complexity of Alice Springs and Central Australia would be well received. I've discovered two captivating books detailing the multi-layered history of two famous cities, San Francisco and New Orleans, which could well be an inspiration for a local writer.

A drunk costs the Territory 4.5 times the national average

Drunks costs the NT $642 million a year, or $4000 per person and four and a half times the national average. And wine growers in many regions are still paid pathetically low grape prices, and struggling corporate wineries keep posting ‘catastrophic’ earnings downgrades. ALCOHOL WATCH # 10 by Russell Guy. PHOTO: A graffiti with the Ku Klux Klan acronym at a drinking camp in Alice Springs.

Offices? Court house? Either way no say for public.

UPDATE Wednesday 2:10 pm by ERWIN CHLANDA

Attorney General John Elferink says 14 Parsons Street would be a suitable location for new Supreme Court rooms and he has discussed the possibility with Michael Sitzler, of Sitzler Brothers, who owns the building. However, Mr Elferink says he had made it clear that the firm would need to seek any deal through the normal tender process, "like anyone else".

ORIGINAL REPORT: Is there going to be an office building or a courthouse in 14 Parsons Street? Same thing, so far as the NT planning legislation is concerned. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Centre operators win gold tourism awards

 

 

Alice Springs tourism operator Laurelle Halford (pictured) has taken out a Gold Award at the prestigious Qantas Australian Tourism Awards for her innovative audio guides.

Land councils a tool of oppression, not advancement

 

Control of Aboriginal lands by land councils stops advancement and halts progress for both Aboriginal and non Aboriginal Australians alike. The councils stifle and stamp out individual achievement of any kind by the time-honoured method of creating division and infighting.

Minister has no plans for replacing youth service

 

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

The lack of plans by NT Children and Families Minister John Elferink following the decision to defund the YSOS is a major concern for all people living in Alice Springs, writes Donna Ah Chee, CEO, Central Australian Aboriginal Congress (pictured).

 

Family home an asset while half the NT's land is not?

A debate is raging over whether your family home should be regarded as an asset when the state decides if you get the pension or not. Writing in the Australian Financial Review, union boss Paul Howes (pictured) claimed this week it is no longer feasible or fair to ask taxpayers to pay pensions while the value of the recipient’s home is not taken into account. At the same time, the possession of more than half a million square kilometres is not taken into account in the allocation of welfare payments to thousands of people in Central Australia. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Indigenous education review: no more 'biliteracy'; boarding for secondary students

 

The draft review of Indigenous education in the Territory by consultant Bruce Wilson, released today, does not support “continued efforts to use biliteracy approaches”, and says secondary education for bush students should be delivered in the Territory’s major towns with appropriate residential support.

Pictured: Clontarf graduation barbecue in Alice Springs last year. The review recommends expanding the program and introducing one for girls.

Councillors to have greater role in town planning

The town council has formed a committee that will deal with planning issues before submissions are made to the Development Consent Authority (DCA).

National Trust to sell house in 86 Hartley Street

The National Trust will put on the market the house in 86 Hartley Street (pictured) but Les Hansen House will not be sold.

Disconnecting Alice

When people say there was no consultation on the revitalisation of the mall, when they miss the point of the Rainwater Reflection Pan (describing it as a “puddle”), there used to be a website where they could better inform themselves. I tried to log on recently, only to be told: “This website is offline indefinitely”. It was called www.connectingalice.com.au and I try to find out why it was pulled, writes KIERAN FINNANE.

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