Tuesday, May 18, 2021

The freedom of the press still furnishes that check upon government which no constitution has ever been able to provide – Chicago Tribune.

Tags Accommodation

Tag: accommodation

$6m RFDS project for local firms

The Royal Flying Doctor Service will invite tenders from local firms to build 11 two-bedrooms units and two three-bedroom units for its staff.

Michael Toomey, the RFDS General Manager Tourism & Retail in Alice Springs says the complex will be built at the rear of its Flying Doctor Service museum, one of the town's major tourist attractions. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Urgent talks with NT government as organisation cannot pay its bills

By ERWIN CHLANDA

 

Hiccups in NT Government funding for ASYASS, an Alice Springs NGO providing emergency accommodation for young people, were given "urgent priority" in talks yesterday as the organisation was unable to pay some of its bills.

ASYASS director Brian Hayes said yesterday the problems had existed for five to six months but he was confident they would be fixed.

The News was unable to contact him today.

A spokesman for the government said: "Issues relating to payment of invoices were identified last week and are being resolved by the Regional Executive Director, Central Australia as an urgent priority."

Sister's government to turf out brother's council?

 

NT Health is planning a super clinic for Papunya and has told the MacDonnell Shire to move out of the the building the two organisations are currently sharing in the remote community.

The issue is delicate because the the shire President, Sid Anderson, is the brother of Alison Anderson, a front-bencher in the government that is turfing him out. (Both are pictured at right.) ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Price gouging could threaten future of Masters Games, says Cr Melky

Councillor Eli Melky has criticised the local commercial accommodation industry for raising its tariffs to double and triple the normal rates during the Masters Games. Speaking at last night's council meeting, he said such a practice threatens the sustainability of the games. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

Alice turning into a fly-in, fly-out mining camp?

A Darwin business has set up a fly-in, fly-out operation in Alice Springs, according to industry sources.

Quality Plumbing & Building Contractors has put dongas on an
industrial block corner Smith and Priest Streets apparently to
accommodate staff flying in from Darwin.

It appears the dwellings are in conflict with the zoning – General
Industry – of the 5000 square meter block, and no planning and building
applications have been made so far.

The owner of the business, Stavros Kantros, declined to comment.

Earlier this year the company won a $4.4m contract from the
Department of Housing, Local Government and Regional Services to carry
out repairs and maintenance of Territory Housing dwellings for 12
months.

The Alice Springs company previously doing that work has laid off staff.

Alice Springs based electrician Steve Brown, who had sub-contracted
to the previous operator, says he made an approach to the Darwin firm,
which was rejected, and Mr Kantros refused to take his calls.

Meanwhile Minister for Regional Australia, Simon Crean,
has announced the House of Representatives Standing Committee on
Regional Australia would inquire into and report on the use of "fly-in
fly-out" and "drive-in drive-out" workforce practices in regional
Australia. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photos above and below: Apparently unauthorized dongas on the industrial block.

- Advertisment -

Most Read

The welfare dependency disaster

COMMENT by ROGER STEELE and DON FULLER Photo: Queue outside Centrelink office in Alice Springs. The terrible state of Aboriginal community living standards, particularly in relatively...

The Centre is a paradise of trees

By GEOFF MIERS Ready for something bigger in your back yard? Central Australia has some fantastic trees suitable for the home garden. The iconic Ghost Gum...

A touch of light: La Nina, government inertia and a tsunami of weeds

By MIKE GILLAM All photos © Mike Gillam Alice Springs owes much of its uniqueness to the omnipresent power of nature, but too many of us...

Telstra troubles in Alice

By OSCAR PERRI Telstra is continuing its efforts to build a mobile phone tower to service areas south of The Gap with an NTCAT challenge...