The Federal Government is not yet clear about how the Mbantua Festival in Alice Springs spent public grants totaling $1.3m. But festival director Neville Perkins (pictured) said the funds had been acquitted and had been spent in compliance with grant conditions. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. See UPDATE 7:10am Tuesday.
The worth of investing in the artistic development of the fifth generation of Namatjira descendants, most of them still school children, is clear. Of the fourth generation only Elton Wirri, born in 1990, has really made a name for himself as an artist. And how did he do it? By starting young, painting alongside his father Kevin and with application, over and over. This is what the young people are once again doing now, thanks to the commitment of artists of the third generation with the support of Big hART and Ntaria School. KIERAN FINNANE reports. Pictured:Mount Wedge, 2010 by Martha Namatjira.
I wish to raise my concern about the diminishing history of Alice Springs’ historic residences in the CBD. 86 Hartley Street is one of few residences that should remain intact and cared for by the National Trust, writes Faye Alexander, a Member of Heritage Alice Springs, but not writing on behalf of that group.
With all the talk and questions regarding NGOs recently, shouldn’t we be asking why we have NGOs at all? Why the proliferation of them? Why do Governments automatically turn to them? What can NGOs achieve that Government and private enterprise can’t?
What's most annoying (and indeed deeply offensive) about John Pilger and various academic commentators is their readiness to associate the plight of Aboriginal people with that of victims of genocide from other places around the world. But have we ever had it as tough in Australia as in other countries, asks Alex Nelson.
Frank used a length of 12mm diameter wooden dowel as a stethoscope. Placing one end of the stick against his ear, he would probe a running engine with the other end. With this procedure he could determine the health of various mechanical innards – valves, tappets, gudgeons, bearings and so on. DES NELSON OAM recalls his life as a jackeroo in the mid-1950s.
The National Health and Medical Research Council has funded three research projects into Foetal Alcohol Syndrome and Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (photo). These include behaviour support training, building capacity for screening and diagnosis through a prevalence study, ALCOHOL WATCH #12 by Russell Guy.
A meeting of some 60 non-government organisations (NGOs) yesterday heard about successful ways for services to cooperate, but also laid bare absurd failures of the current system. Congress CEO Donna Ah Chee (pictured) was there and spoke to the Alice Springs News Onlineabout it. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
It came as a surprise to the town council that the government has started work on a new town plan. A swing (pictured) for disabled children will be installed in a park, the Freemasons are mum on the John McDouall Stuart statue but it will be installed anyway, and Cr Kudrenko fired a broadside at last night's meeting at the government over passing the buck on youth services. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
It is possible to feel a bit of sympathy for Mark Egan. He was asked to create a statue of John McDouall Stuart for the Freemasons, who in turn gifted his work to the Alice Springs Town Council. Then Mark became involved in a tawdry political affair.
Work has started on a new town plan for Alice Springs and there are several "substantial" private projects in the pipeline which he is looking forward to usher through the administrative process, says Chief Minister Adam Giles. He would not give details nor an estimate of their total value but added: "I look forward to be able to jointly announce with [Tourism Minister] Matt Conlan the redevelopment of the Melanka site in the near future." He remains adamant that crime in Alice is down, and calls for a 130 km/h speed limit south of the border. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Mr Giles at a media conference this morning.