The town's three Rotary Clubs are calling on the public for ideas to snap Henley on Todd out of its midlife crisis. A budgie smuggler race – maybe with a doorstop thrown in – may be added to the program to return the madcap regatta – now more than 50 years old – to its former glory. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
While Chief Minister Adam Giles is touting government support to the tune of $2.5m for a youth facility at one end of Anzac Oval, Opposition Leader Delia Lawrie is deploring his shutting down of a youth facility at the other end.
Darwin Asylum Seeker Support and Advocacy Network (DASSAN) visitors are meeting asylum seeker mothers who do not know if they and their families may be deported by force in the middle of the night to Nauru or Manus Island. Mothers have heard of the reports of violence on Manus, the risk of malaria on Manus and substandard living conditions on Nauru – they are afraid for their children, writes network member EMMA MURPHY.
Aboriginal Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion has rejected a further request for a government grant for the Mbantua Festival held last year. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: Festival chairman Neville Perkins.
Businesses opening their doors onto the street is a make or break situation for Todd Street North, with the most critical premises being the tenancies on the eastern side of Alice Plaza. If one solution is grease traps, allowing a cafe to open up in the location, is everyone trying hard enough to make that happen? KIERAN FINNANE reports.
John Pilger's recently-released film Utopia cannot rightly be called 'documentary' or 'journalism' if those words are still to have any standards attached to them. It does not ask questions, other than ones Pilger thinks he knows the answers to and to which he can lead his interviewee. It does not seek out or fairly treat a single dissenting point of view. It does not recognise complexity. It has all the irksome smugness – and the sing-song voice to boot – of a man in a pulpit who is quite sure of being right, writes KIERAN FINNANE.
Whitefellas are not at some pinnacle of evolution that all other cultures seek to attain. When we meet Aboriginal people, it becomes uncomfortably evident exactly what have we given up for what we have gained, writes BLAIR McFARLAND in the final part of his series.
Three people and one event are front and centre today in Alice Springs, honoured with Australia Day awards. They were Peter Lowson (pictured with his group of little Aboriginal drummers), teenager Jacilyn Lindner who captured a commercial opportunity, emergency services volunteer Michelle Thomas and the Australian Dirt Kart Titles.
Will the Todd Street North side of the Alice Plaza open its doors onto the street following the revitalisation works recently completed there? This was one of the expressed hopes behind the works but it seems that the short answer is no. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
Horror stories about public housing: People from the bush are given a dwelling in town. Within days a horde of relatives descends upon it, the place is trashed, the neighbours are in uproar and the pollies running for cover.
Now Aherlkeme, a training facility south of the Gap, may have the answer. After a rocky start in July 2011 new managers are getting tough on rules. Passing life skills courses there are becoming a condition for getting public housing. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
UPDATE February 4:
Further details supplied by the Department of Housing, after enquiries from the Alice Springs News Online, are raising questions about the efficiency of the program.