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Staff shortage has tourism ‘working on the edge’

By JULIUS DENNIS A lack of workers has reduced opportunities for two Alice Springs businesses to profit from the recent surge of tourists. Some doubt...

Alice tour firm wins awards in difficult times

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A tour company battling a 25% downturn of its business in the wake of the Tiger Airlines withdrawal wins a string of industry awards. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

Desert Knowledge offshoot turns 10: The Clever One – really?

There is one thing Ninti One – translated as Clever One – has practised persistently in its first decade of operation: spin: The camel cull, telemetric cattle management, Aboriginal tourism and enterprises are flops, pie in the sky or nice ideas – and now the world's most researched ethnic group is going to research itself (photo). And all that behind a wall of silence. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Work snags: Rock star expectations instead of proving themselves

With 65 employees, nearly 70% of them Aboriginal, Ingkerreke Commercial is on the leading edge of Indigenous business.

"Aborigines are an integral part of our community and that means they are an integral part of our workforce,"  says manager Scott McConnell (below) . Aborigines want work but are looking for respect: "They don't need wash-down stations" on the approach roads to Alice Springs – a swipe at Councillor Steve Brown's proposal for “Welcome to Town” centres. On the other hand, young job seekers have expectations like Rock stars, says Mr McConnell. ERWIN CHLANDA reports from the launch by Regional Development Minister Alison Anderson of the draft Indigenous Economic Development Strategy 2013-2020. Ms Anderson (at right, centre) is pictured with Kym Nolan, Director, Indigenous Economic Development, and Bridgette Bellenger, Executive Director, Regional Development.

Backpackers: beauty of country trumps fear for safety

Backpackers Zoé Mulliez and Maxime (Max for short)  Delattre, political science students from Rennes in France, ignored poor advance publicity about Alice Springs and decided to make it part of their Central Australian visit earlier this month. Introduced to them by a mutual friend, the Alice Springs News Online asked them to write a frank account of their experience, why they had come, what they had found, and what they thought about it on reflection. It's not all pretty but the good news is that they still want to come back.

 

After a one-week journey that had taken us from Sydney to Adelaide, we were getting ready to our next step: Alice Springs. As European backpackers and through our different connections in Australia, we had received several feedbacks about the city which were, to say the least, fairly derogatory. Were we only content with the impressions we had heard, we would have expected to come across a ghost city inhabited by an Aboriginal community believed to be hostile to white people. However, Alice Springs, well known by travelers to be a stop-by city to access the Red Centre, sounded anyway attractive to us. We really wanted to get an understanding of the life-style of the inhabitants of the Outback as well as the Aboriginal culture and this way, be able to form our own opinion. Zoé Mulliez and Maxime Delattre comment.

 

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