Mayor Damien Ryan blocked an attempt by the Alice Springs News Online at last night's council meeting to cast light on reports – still undenied – that there are code of conduct disciplinary actions in progress against some councillors. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
Half a century ago the space base was put near Alice Springs because hostile powers could be prevented from putting receivers near it, and hack into the broad communication beams coming down from space. These signals are now finely targeted and can even travel from satellite to satellite. But now the facility has become a node in a global network of command centres, says defence expert John Blaxland (pictured), who was at the Developing Northern Australia conference in Alice Springs this week.
Defence and minerals will drive the economy of the nation’s top end, and the locals gear up to get a slice of the action. ERWIN CHLANDA reports from the Developing Northern Australia conference in Alice Springs.
Rather than go into competition with what is already operating – such as a brand new youth drop-in centre at Brown Street – the 24/7 THIS WAY youth centre initiative should work out where the gaps are and how best it can contribute to bridging them, argues youth worker RAINER CHLANDA.