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.
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.
If the government limits Alice for a further five years to its present water consumption, will they be saying they're acting in line with the town's wishes? The task of the Water Advisory Committee includes giving advice on the Water Allocation Plan which, controversially, mandates a cap for Alice Springs of 10.7 gigalitres a year. But what advice, if any, was given? PHOTO: Community breakfast at which the controversial plan was made public. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
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.