As the two day Labor Party conference turns into three, a detailed decision on fracking remains a work in progress. But Dale Wakefield (pictured), who will be taking on Chief Minister Adam Giles in Braitling, speaks out on a cultural centre, says cops at bottleshops could operate in tandem with a reborn BDR, doesn't rule out a Todd dam in response to increased flood insurance premiums, and says the $75m power station is shaping up as "another shameful legacy of the CLP government". ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Town council candidates Colin Furphy (at right in the photo) and Edan Baxter, who describe themselves as the underdogs in the poll, have teamed up to call for commitment to increasing investment in bike lanes and pathways. PHOTO (provided by the candidates): The candidates in an area of town they say could be part of bike lane improvements, with a long term view to joining all suburbs in town.
Council candidate Kylie Bonanni (pictured) is a member of the Tourism NT board and says as a councillor she would be in a good position to re-direct the focus of government promotion form Darwin to Alice Springs. ERWIN CHLANDA spoke with her.
While pollies across the nation mostly look, talk and walk like one another, the candidates for the two major parties in Lingiari couldn't be more different. ERWIN CHLANDA spoke with the Country Liberals' Tina MacFarlane at drinks and nibbles when she (at left in the photo) received encouragement from Nationals Leader Warren Truss (at the microphone). Sosynonymous is the sitting Member with the sprawling seat after 25 years in Canberra, that branch president Daniel Davis (next to Mr Truss) wound up the evening by saying: "I'd like to thank Warren Snowdon very much for being here tonight." It brought the house down.
The Country Liberals have picked their candidate to take on Warren Snowdon in the huge Federal seat of Lingiari – all of the Territory except Darwin.
Tina McFarlane describes herself as having a rural background, a small business owner, running a property in Mataranka.
The unsuccessful candidate was Lawson Broad, raised in Santa Teresa and educated in St Philip's College, now working for the Chief Minister. The party has a new president, Braedon Earley, from Darwin, raised at Roper River, a former hotel owner now working as a "consultant and adviser".
Alice CL branch president Daniel Davis is one of the party's two vice-presidents, with Ross Connolly from Darwin the other.
STORY and VIDEO by ERWIN CHLANDA: Lawson Broad; Ms McFarlane after the announcement and in an emotional encounter with fellow Tory politician Bess Price (Member for Stuart); Mr Lewis applauding Mr Abbott and the Federal Opposition Leader in full flight.
I'm going to borrow for this opinion piece from the comments – around 100 – which our readers posted on occasion of the town council election.
The Alice Springs News Online is proud to host an increasingly lively forum for readers' views, many of them also contributing a wealth of relevant facts. The forum provides an interesting window onto the community for the nine elected members of the 12th Alice Springs Town Council.
Among our most responded-to stories relating to the election was the interview with Port Augusta Mayor Joy Baluch, explaining her success in fixing problems in her town to which Alice Springs still doesn't have an answer.
Douglas Pearce wrote: "Please, please, please can we have her?"
The report prompted retired Alderman Jane Clark to comment that she didn't agree with Ms Baluch's public drinking ban, and saying: "I also wonder which of her initiatives has not been implemented here?"
And that leaves only this question: If they have all been implemented here as well, how come they work in Port Augusta but not here?
That was only just one of the disagreements of spirited election campaign ...
PHOTOS: Port Augusta Mayor Joy Baluch (above left) was a shining example – for some – of how to tackle problems. But she and retiring alderman Jane Clark (above right) were not on the same page.