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Issue 7

Million dollar dispute between native title holders

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.

Riding the Tiger to a boisterous welcome in Alice

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.

 

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Iconic Mack to be top attraction

 

 

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.

Alleged safe crackers got big haul from Transport Hall of Fame

 

 

 

Police have arrested a man interstate after safe crackers made off with "a large amount of cash" from the National Road Transport Hall of Fame. Several other suspects are still at large, police say. The manager of the hall, Liz Martin, says the offices had also been heavily vandalised and it had taken her and volunteers many days to clean up.

LETTER: Don't frack up the great Central Australia!

Sir – Reading the Alice News every week, I am constantly disappointed in reading how the social fabric is far from improving.
Week after week, the main article is the good old alcohol abuse, followed by the known outcome of such abuse.

So, you have to ask yourself what next. Well, after reading the article by Bob Taylor dated March 21, I now Fracking know, writes Jim Cleary, from Colorado.

Disclose reports on Agent Orange at Kilgariff, oil in Alice water

 

 

 

The Alice Springs News Online is supporting calls on Facebook for full disclosure of all NT Government reports dealing with the apparent use in the past, on the land where the Kilgariff suburb is now being built, of a chemical best known as Agent Orange, notorious as the defoliant widely used in the Vietnam war. It caused widespread birth defects.

And we requested two days ago, from the Department of Mines, and the Mines Minister Willem Westra van Holthe, all reports about oil spills into the Alice Springs water supply, mostly compiled during the Labor administrations between 2001 and 2012, which kept them under wraps. We've not yet heard back from either. COMMENT by ERWIN CHLANDA.
Picture of man with massive birth defects as displayed in the Ho Chi Minh City war museum. Alice Springs News Online photo.

Questions about Mereenie oil polluting Alice water still linger

Corroded well pipes in the Mereenie oil field leaked oil below ground into the Amadeus aquifer which provides the water for Alice Springs, so did a leaking pipeline, and highly saline water was kept in an unlined evaporation pond. These were issues raised by an NT Government water expert, John Childs, from about 2001 and still lack credible answers. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Google earth picture of the Mereenie oil field.

Liam Jurrah abandons bail application

 

 

 

Former AFL football star Liam Jurrah today abandoned his bail application and has been remanded in custody to appear in the Alice Springs Local Court, by video link, on May 29. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Palm Valley gas flowing, but less of it

 

Natural gas production will continue in the Palm Valley field 145 kilometres west of Alice Springs under an agreement between Magellan and Santos.

Magellan has a contract with Santos for the supply of 22 Bcf (billion cubic feet) over 15 years.
This follows a swap last year which saw Santos becoming sole owner of the Mereenie oil and gas field west of Palm Valley, and Magellan of the Palm Valley field. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: The Palm Valley gas field. Hermannsburg is at top right of the picture, the Finke River at right and the Palm Valley at the bottom.

From Little Pricks Big Pricks Grow exhibition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It has been a hectic nine months since the inaugural LittlePricks exhibition – a change of government and some of the worst political infighting the Territory has ever seen. The CLP government is keen to move on and have us forget their antics.

But people won’t forget thanks to the keen, and perhaps cynical, eye caste over proceedings by Territory artists. While the pollies have been slugging it out our local artists have also let rip. DAVID HANCOCK reports.

LETTER: The politics of caterpillars

 

 

 

Reader Andrea Hewett sent in this photo of hairy procession caterpillars. She says they remind her of our current political situation: They are going around in circles for hours, very slowly, no-one knows who the real leader is, and if you get too close to them they cause a major reaction.

Bid to lighten load on local courts

 

 

 

A measure to lighten the load on the courts of summary jurisdiction will be proposed to the NT Cabinet by Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, John Elferink (pictured).

He says if the measure becomes law, in the event of a not guilty plea both parties will be obliged to have a pre-trial conference in a bid "to sort it out". ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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