Spot the difference. None? You're almost right – only the page folio is different: July 2, 2009 (the one on the left) and the other, today, August 9, 2013. Yet the ad’s main text says: “Who's reading what in The Centre?” That suggest it refers to the present. In fact it is quoting a Roy Morgan survey of 2008. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
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.
Posters in Alice Springs offering $40,000 for disclosure of the "whereabouts" of Peter Falconio were the subject of a curiously cautious debate during the town council committee meetings last night.
Mr Falconio disappeared near Barrow Creek in 2001 and Bradley John Murdoch is serving a 28 year sentence for his murder.
Keith Allan Noble in his book "Find! Falconio – dead or alive" claims Mr Murdoch may be innocent. Cr Eli Melky started the discussion by referring to a "recent attempt to capitalise on an unfortunate incident regarding a victim in or around Central Australia, I prefer not to mention the name" and asking council do something "if there is misleading and false advertising offering rewards" which may be in conflict of "stringent legislation". ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
UPDATE May 17, 2012 07:30am: Meanwhile the author of the poster, and a book about the case, Keith Noble, has described remarks by Mayor Damien Ryan as "rubbish".
Dr Noble, who gives his address at a location in inner city Vienna, Austria, says in a letter to the Mayor: "No doubt you are critical of those residents for posting the posters in Alice Springs.
"Your ill-conceived remarks surfaced on an English newspaper website" quoting Mr Ryan as saying that Dr Noble's reward offer was a "cheap stunt".
He says: "Yes, it is only A$40,000 (£25,000) but people have spoken to me about contributing more so the reward can be increased.
"But I think that your remark really relates to your inaccurate belief that the poster is part of a book promotion effort."
The Desert Knowledge Q&A-style forum yesterday unearthed some gems.
One was the profoundly convincing and moving support for alcohol restrictions by Brad Bellette, whose father was a "very violent alcoholic".
For someone who owns an advertising agency in a town dominated by the alcohol industry and culture, this was a brave statement.
And the other was Year 10 student Kemy Ogendi who with astonishing clarity and precision defined the problems between young and old in Alice Springs. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
The site of the former Melanka hostel in Todd Street is on the market again, for an asking price of $7.5m plus GST, this time complete with an exceptional development permit for a five storey "tourist and residential complex".
The land was bought in 2006 for $6.12m. The hostel was still in place but has been demolished since.
The land's unimproved capital value in July, 2009 was $4.5m.
The raising of the height limit from three storeys to five was opposed by some sections of the community.
L J Hooker's Doug Fraser says the fresh advertising of the property has only just started, and although there have been a couple of enquiries, it's likely to take some time for a sale to be achieved.
Mr Fraser said in June that the developer, Christian Ainsworth, a member of the poker machines dynasty, had commissioned Deloittes to assist in the development and that "the building costs will need to come down".
The total area is 1.3 hectares and "architectural plans will be passing with the sale," says the promotion.
The agency says this is a "prime corner allotment with three street frontages and adjoining parcel at rear ... and numerous fully established trees on site".