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Magistrate fails Transport Hall of Fame: Liz Martin

The failure of a magistrate to order restitution following a burglary at the Road Transport Hall of Fame will spark a protest by her and supporters outside the Alice Springs courthouse, says the hall's CEO, Liz Martin.

She is also a town councillor.

The heist netted three burglars more than $23,000 in cash. Of that $8500 was given to a man who later spent it on a car.
The man, Michael Foster, appeared before Magistrate David Bamber on April 15 charged with receiving the amount  and with several other offences. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: Damage caused by the alleged burglars.

LETTER: Mandatory rehabilitation bill must be released for public consultation

The NT Government to release its mandatory rehabilitation legislation for public consultation prior to the next Parliamentary sittings in mid-May, writes Priscilla Collins, CEO of the Aboriginal Peak Organisations NT.

Alice locals join Citizens for Action

The empty seats don't tell the story: the handful of people who attended the Alice Springs launch of NT Citizens for Action (NTCA) have their town at heart, and show it in a variety of ways. NTCA was spawned in Darwin at a meeting of four people December 22 but now has a Facebook site with nearly 1400 members: is public engagement morphing from often drawn out meetings, attended mostly by the usual suspects, into a viral online phenomenon? ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Krissi Besic from Darwin and Phil Walcott addressing the new group.

No risk from uranium, thorium at mine near Alice: chairman

 

 

Radioactive uranium and thorium to be stored near the proposed Nolans Bore rare earth mine (pictured), 135 kms north of Alice Springs, will present no danger to the public, says Arafura Resources chairman, Ian Kowalick. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: The site of the proposed mine.

Water find may aid rare earth processing north of Alice

 

 

Arafura Resources is looking at relocating more of its processing for the Nolans Bore Rare Earths Project close to the mine site (pictured) near Aileron, 135 km north of Alice Springs. (Photo courtesy Arafura Resources.)

LETTER: Too much or not enough debt?

Are conservative politicians right when they blame economic woes on too much debt, asks Richard Bentley of Alice Springs.

Opposite poles: candidates for Lingiari

While pollies across the nation mostly look, talk and walk like one another, the candidates for the two major parties in Lingiari couldn't be more different. ERWIN CHLANDA spoke with the Country Liberals' Tina MacFarlane at drinks and nibbles when she (at left in the photo) received encouragement from Nationals Leader Warren Truss (at the microphone). So synonymous is the sitting Member with the sprawling seat after 25 years in Canberra, that branch president Daniel Davis (next to Mr Truss) wound up the evening by saying: "I'd like to thank Warren Snowdon very much for being here tonight." It brought the house down.

(Jenny Lillis is at the far right of the photo.)

Tourism Central Australia gears up to tackle slump

DISPUTE OVER ROCK TOUR GUIDES MAY HARM INDUSTRY

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A dispute over tour guiding at Ayers Rock may develop into a brawl impacting on the tourism industry nation-wide.

Federal Parks Australia, which runs the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, requires tour guides to be accredited: they have to show a badge at the gate proving that they are.
Some international companies bring their own guides who have obtained accreditation – it only takes a two day course to get it.
However, this requirement of the parks service has put the spotlight on the fact that while the overseas guides may be complying with park regulations, they may be in breach of immigration requirements, because they may not have work visas for Australia. Jaclyn Thorne (pictured), General Manager of Tourism Central Australia (TCA), says the issues were raised at a meeting at Yulara this week. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

LETTER: Bid for Outback Highway money

The Outback Highway Development Council Inc. completed its $14.9m funding application for Round 4 Regional Development Australia - Regional Development Infrastructure Fund, to upgrade and seal priority sections of the Outback Way, 2800km between Laverton WA and Winton in Qld, linking Perth to Qld as a trans-national link, writes Patrick Hill, chairman, of the Outback Highway Development Council.

$60m church, town council deal may make Alice buzz

The town centre is turned into a place where locals mingle and visitors are welcomed. Concerts are held for 3000 people. Beautiful spaces take the place of ugly car parks. The Mall no longer turns into a sinister ghost town when the sun sets, and where tourists are warned not to go.

Anti-social behaviour no longer flourishes in this void.
The place is buzzing with people living right there, in 60 or 70 apartments in the heart of The Alice, marketed through pre-sales and built to order, from one to three bedrooms. Pie in the sky? It's closer than you think. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Flynn Church during a night market and with "video architecture" projection during last year's Alice Desert Festival.

Santos sponsorship, unpaid fines, survey consternation

Oil and gas company Santos will be spending money on sponsorship of sports in town, if their new drilling program meets with success, the Town Council heard last night. • Police did a blitz on enforcing public places by-laws in January, but what were the rangers been doing? And when will council see the revenue from all those fines? • Community survey offers confusing guidance on what council should be doing. KIERAN FINNANE reports in brief on Town Council news.

Council wants more time to respond to water plan

Responding to a call from Councillor Steve Brown, the Town Council last night voted to write to the Minister for Land Resource Management and request an extension of time in order to respond to the draft Water Allocation Plan for the town. Deadline for comment is currently April 29. Cr Brown warned that the plan will have "an extremely limiting effect" on the town's growth, contrary to the council's strategic goals. He wanted council to call on the Minister to "set the plan aside", but his colleagues preferred to come to their own conclusions, once having read the plan. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

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