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.
Yesterday's crime statistics prove what Territorians already know – violent crime is on the rise in the Territory. 2013 was the highest year in crime against the person in the history of the Territory, writes Michael Gunner, Shadow Attorney General and Shadow Minister for Justice (pictured).
The Alice Plaza (pictured) is struggling for customers and tenants. It's just not working: That pretty well sums up the views of traders in the northern Todd Mall following its refurbishment at the cost of $5m provided by the NT Government. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
There wasn't great deal of money for the Alice Springs Cinema in the Sydney Travelling Film Festival, but a fortune in good experiences, says owner Paul Darvodelsky. Through hosting the festival the cinema has become much more widely known to have a fare beyond "crashes and explosions" – and he's determined to build on that new reputation. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: A debrief in the Mall after one of the films.
Immediately upon being elected Leader of the then Opposition, the underestimation of Tony Abbott began. He was dismissed as an unelectable Mad Monk, a misogynist and, in all likelihood, a closet racist. Have look at his record now.
Massive costs for traffic control during parades organised by community clubs, and the refusal by both the Town Council and the government to provide substantial relief, were key issues at a small meeting of service club members today. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.