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.
Crime in Alice decreasing? Not at the serious end of the spectrum it would seem. Chief Justice Trevor Riley said today that criminal lodgements (formal accusations) in the Alice Springs registry of the Supreme Court are expected to be up by 40% in 2013/2014 compared to the previous reporting year.
MODIFIED 3.45pm, February 6, to include feedback from the festival on the reason for changing venue.
For many years a fixture of the Araluen Arts Centre calendar, the Sydney Travelling Film Festival this year will be staged at the Alice Springs Cinemas. Owner Paul Darvodelsky is delighted: he’s a fan of “this sort of film” – arthouse and independent – and has made an effort to program them. Hosting the festival will be a way of getting the message across that the cinemas have broadened their offerings.
Pictured: Aaron Pederson in Warwick Thornton's The Darkside, likely to be a special attraction for festival-goers in Alice.
Noted film maker Rachel Perkins (pictured) says she is not a director nor office holder of the company that ran the Mbantua Festival last year which still has substantial debts to artists and suppliers including her.
In “Pilger’s polemic fails Australia and Aborigines” Kieran Finnane enters into a polemic herself to discredit Pilger, but what exactly is it about Utopia that the writer disputes? The facts? Is she saying it is all too complex and nuanced for anyone to understand or analyse, let alone criticise, writes Sarah Thorne, of the Alice Springs Greens Working Group.
Police are seeking public assistance in relation to an alleged robbery by teenagers in Alice Springs early this morning as the Shadow Minister for Children and Families, Lynne Walker (pictured) expressed fears a further youth service may be shut down.
When at age 18 DES NELSON OAM(pictured) left his Cowra birthplace his boss warned, “I’ll give you six months, and you’ll be back”. To date, sixty years have passed, spent in the Territory. He's only ever been back to Cowra for brief holidays. Here herecalls his earliest experiences of the place to which he has devoted his life and his first real experiences with Aboriginal people, the local Alyawarra, living on Elkedra Station where he had a job as a something of a jack-of-all-trades.
Is there a solution to the stalemate between the Town Council and Alice Plaza about the Plaza installing a grease trap on council land? KIERAN FINNANE reports on the latest round of questions and answers. Pictured: Patrons enjoying al fresco tables at Piccolo's; the mostly closed doors of Alice Plaza's eastern frontage in the background.
Work – mainstream, private, lucrative and honourable – may achieve for Aborigines what four decades of social engineering and handouts have not. Nigel Scullion (pictured with a Top End elder), the first NT based Minister for Indigenous Affairs, clearly does not want to amend the Land Rights Act which would trigger a national outcry by lower-case 'l' liberals. Yet he must bring into play Aboriginal assets that have lain idle for too long: Half a million square kilometers of freehold land, and thousands of working-age people on the dole. ERWIN CHLANDA 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.