If you're inclined to scream "Why Me" every time you hear the word alcohol restrictions, take some comfort from how Australia's most famous beach and former venue for wild New Year's Eve boogies is dealing with the issues. Not only is alcohol completely banned from Bondi Beach at all times, but so is smoking. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. ABOVE: Signs prohibiting smoking and drinking alcohol on world famous Bondi Beach, bans brought in by local government after "riots".
Until the beginning of February we'll be in Summer Mode, publishing mostly the comments from you and our invited panel in our Rest and Reflection series, as well as major breaking news. We'll draw your attention to these through our email alert (if you are not already a subscriber, please click on the NEWS ALERT line above – it's free).
It was a pleasure serving you in 2012, our 19th year of publication, with web traffic having increased threefold since we went online exclusively in March last year. And now we're looking forward to our 20th year: it will be a boomer, as we hope it will be for our region and all of you!
UPDATE DEC 19: The scheme as it is intended by Minister Elferink is "a good concept" for employers and Aboriginal employees, but many obstacles will need to be dealt with, says Chamber of Commerce Executive Officer Kay Eade.
"If you are sentenced in the NT you are sentenced to a job and a future."
This is the motto for ground breaking prison reform being introduced by NT Attorney General John Elferink (pictured above left) who is also responsible for correctional services.
It will give inmates the opportunity of taking on paid work "inside the prison system or beyond its boundary," says Mr Elferink. ERWIN CHLANDA reports and in a comment piece says that this is a visionary move that deserves public and bi-partisan support. PHOTO: Mainstream work paid at award rates to replace mindless tasks now performed by prisoners.
Councillor Steve Brown (pictured), who is an electrician, fell seven metres while working on a power pole on Saturday.
He suffered extensive bruising and a broken bone in his foot, but comprehensive tests in the Alice Springs hospital revealed no serious injuries.
Cr Brown also says he was last week exonerated by the council, meeting behind closed doors, over remarks he made about Alice Water Smart, a local group formulating rules about water use. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Here's an invitation to celebrate this time of rest and reflection with an exchange of ideas about how to solve the problems – intractable so far – of this beautiful place we live in. It seems inevitable that some uncomfortable views will be articulated. Let's have the courage to do it.
This invitation is directed to a panel of people whom we have found to have a keen commitment to Central Australia, as well as the ability to articulate ideas.
NT Health is planning a super clinic for Papunya and has told the MacDonnell Shire to move out of the the building the two organisations are currently sharing in the remote community.
The issue is delicate because the the shire President, Sid Anderson, is the brother of Alison Anderson, a front-bencher in the government that is turfing him out. (Both are pictured at right.)ERWIN CHLANDA reports.