The Broadband for the Bush Alliance is calling for a greater focus on remote Australians – the very people who could benefit the most from digital communications and the NBN, overcoming distance and isolation, writes John Huigen (pictured), Chair of the alliance, and CEO of Desert Knowledge Australia, who facilitate the Alliance.
The Labor Federal Government’s latest $2.3 billion cuts to tertiary education are both cruel and foolish, and will have a particularly harsh impact on regional students and universities, writes Senator Fiona Nash, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Education.
Alice Springs will be consigned to stagnation at its present size and scope of commercial activity if the town's Water Allocation Plan is adopted in its current draft form.
That's the view of Steve Brown, the Town Council appointed member of the local group advising the Minister.
That group wants to continue for another five years the strategy formulated in 2007 of making currently known reserves last for 400 years, and keeps in place a cap of 10.7 gigalitres (GL) a year, which has been almost reached now. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Steve (right) and Jim Brown.
Mandatory confinement for alcohol rehabilitation will soon start for at least some problem drunks at the moment they are taken into protective custody for the third time in two months.
They will be under constant supervision while they are being assessed, and possibly spend three months locked up in a special facility.
If they abscond the police will be chasing them, and – a matter still under consideration – they may finish up in gaol.
Once they complete the rehab, 70% of their income from welfare payments is likely to be managed, for at least a year.
So much for the stick. On the carrot side, they will get after-care, helping them to find and adjust to work, and assistance to cope with temptations "outside" to get back on the booze.
It's a 'lite' version of the touted programs that got the CLP into power in August last year, which promised expensive prison farms where people would spend a great deal more time than just three months. Alice Springs News Online editor ERWIN CHLANDA spoke with Health Minister Robyn Lambley(pictured) who has carriage of mandatory alcohol rehabilitation. PHOTO at top: The grounds of the Central Australian Aboriginal Alcohol Programs Unit.
Its role in mandatory rehabilitation of drunks is still "very early in the discussion" with the NT Government, according to acting CEO of the Central Australian Aboriginal Alcohol Programmes Unit (CAAAPU, pictured), Cameron McGill.
"To be up front about it, we haven't even had those discussions as yet with the NT Government," he said this morning. "We're not even at that stage of consultation."
The NT Government has announced it will not be building its own mandatory rehabilitation facilities, which was a key promise ahead of the elections on August last year, but will shift the task mostly to non-government organisations.
A media release put out this afternoon by Alcohol Rehabilitation Minister Robyn Lambley quotes CAAAPU chief executive, Philip Allnutt, as saying an initial 25 bed pilot program should be conducted "with comprehensive evaluation before expanding to further beds.” ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
The Coalition will deliver NBN to the regions cheaper and residents and businesses in the Territory will be better off under the Coalition’s NBN policy.
Our plan will see real improvements in the broadband speeds of regional areas which have suffered under Labor’s neglect and we’ll do it in a way that’s more affordable for local families and businesses, writes Tina MacFarlane, Candidate for Lingiari.
Could this be an idea for Alice Springs? The Ngemba people of Brewarrina, known for their heritage listed fish traps in the Barwon River, endured a massacre at nearby Hospital Creek in 1887, but recent years have seen them “recovering their heritage and developing their cultural life [and] that led to the establishment of the Brewarrina Aboriginal Cultural Museum,” Russell Guy, of Alyuen, quoting a brochure for the museum.
Alice Springs nursing lecturer Robin Cross (pictured in a training laboratory at the Alice Springs CDU campus) has made the top 10 in a list of Australian university lecturers for the second year in a row.
Mrs Cross, who specialises in the online delivery of Bachelor of Nursing, came ninth among more than 4000 Australian lecturers, and was the top-ranked Charles Darwin University lecturer, writes Patrick Nelson, of CDU Public Relations.
A man with an arrest warrant outstanding for six months committed three aggravated assaults in the public places in the middle of Alice Springs, including the Araluen Park (pictured) where children play and locals picnic, seemingly making a mockery of our justice system. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Please note: This story deals with issues reported in a post on April 8 which was withdrawn to allow further research.
The Alice Springs native title body may seek the return of nearly $700,000 in cash, and of shares in the Yeperenye shopping centre worth $400,000 in annual interest, which were transferred to other entities apparently without proper agreement.
This is revealed in a document obtained by the Alice Springs News Online. It was prepared for a meeting between the native title body, Lhere Artepe Aboriginal Corporation (LAAC), and what has become known as the "Enterprise Group" earlier this year, in particular some directors and the Public Officer of Lhere Artepe Enterprises Pty Ltd (LAE).
A spokeswoman for the Enterprise Group, Sally McMartin, responding to our request for comment, says: "There appeared to be monies owing to LAAC – the LAE Directors were not however aware of the past arrangements nor for what purpose the monies were used nor any past arrangements around repayment.
"The LAE Board sought from LAAC some advice and documentation of the 'Loans' and the amounts of each loan because these numbers were also not firm."
Part of the disputed amounts were used for the purchase of the three IGA supermarkets in Alice Springs while Darryl Pearce (at left) was a key figure in Lhere Artepe affairs. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Pirates, buxom maidens and daunting Vikings gave passengers of a full Tiger Airways flight from Sydney a boisterous welcome to Alice Springs at 9.30am today.
A flight from Melbourne was next, also a few minutes early.
The new direct services are selling at just under $60 one way, and will provide an additional 2880 seats a week – a major shot in the arm for the local tourist industry.
Tourism NT chief Tony Mayell says the NT Government is providing no subsidy for the services, but is spending $30,000 on promotions this financial year.
Is there such a thing as a "pure" Mack? Yes. You're looking at it. It's a Mack Superliner Mark I, 1985 vintage. It will be the jewel in the crown of the Mack pavilion under construction at the National Road Transport Hall of Fame in Alice Springs. It was driven to Alice Springs from Perth by Dave Matthews (at right in the photo) and his son, James. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.