Charles Darwin University appears to be substantially scaling back its commitment to regional centres such as Alice Springs, particularly through a reduction in staff and programs in the delivery of Vocational Education and Training. ANALYSIS by DON FULLER.
"CDU's international student numbers actually dropped significantly in 2017/2018 and there is nothing persuasive coming from CDU or the Labor government to suggest that the downturn will soon be followed by a massive increase,” says Territory Alliance party secretary and CDU lecturer Dr Danial Kelly (pictured). Report by MARK SMITH.
A fence and CCTV costing a quarter of a million dollars continue measures around town to restrict public access to sport and recreation grounds of schools because of vandalism and anti-social behaviour. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Henry Smith's Slow Burn opened at Araluen last night. Smith has lived in The Centre for 16 years, exhibiting regularly both sculpture and two-dimensional work – paintings and drawings. His venture into abstraction is a new direction for him, or perhaps the next step in a decade-long direction:
“There are so many realistic paintings out there already. I challenged myself to come up with something different, a fresh point of view. Each one would start as a landscape. Then I developed a composition of shapes, textures and patterns, using different palettes, depending on the seasons. Play and chance came into it quite a bit and in some cases I reworked a piece three or four times until I felt it was strong.”
Fellow artist and author ROD MOSS shared his thoughts about the work with the opening night audience:-
Let me introduce this exhibition of Henry’s by paraphrasing something I wrote about his first show at Araluen a decade ago:
Those of us who have sought inspiration from living close to nature in Alice Springs can no longer make art reflecting its landscape without awareness of the political and spiritual connections that its indigenous custodians express in their representations. The proliferation of these has helped shape ecological debates. The great desert artists need no further endorsement. But there are those, like Henry who have sought political and spiritual connections themselves in relocating to this remarkable place.
For this landscape artist, that general statement remains pertinent. Though Henry has sought to re-invent his ‘picturing forth’ he is still himself. His interests, his curiosities, his devotions and sensibility continue on track. What might seem initially a radical change regards his approach is in essence a deepening of those intrinsic interests as he channels them into freer, more fantastic realms.
And from our archive:February 6, 2002. Henry Smith: The land is a mirror of life's struggle. Review by KIERAN FINNANE.
Charles Darwin University music students Micah Rothwell and Elsie Lange (pictured) have been invited to perform at the BASSINTHEGRASS music festival following their success in the Battle of the School Bands final in Darwin on Friday.
Micah and Elsie, both studying Certificate III in Music at Alice Springs campus, combined their talents as “Elcah Rane” to win the category for soloists and duos.
Alice Springs campus Contemporary Music lecturer Cain Gilmour, who watched the duo perform at The Big Gig concert at the Darwin Museum Amphitheatre on Friday, said they were the first Alice Springs student musicians to have won a Battle of the School Bands final.
He said they performed two original songs “As a Rose” and “Bring You Down”.
The five mayoral candidates will no longer face one another in a single forum.
Charles Darwin University had advertised a debate, Vote 1 4 Alice, for March 20.
An invitation had been sent to Mayor Damien Ryan but his challengers didn't get an invite, according to one of them, Steve Brown
They meanwhile accepted the invitation of Mez Elliott who described herself as a part-time announcer and producer with Radio 8HA, to a meet-the-public occasion at the RSL on the same night.
Radio 8HA manager Roger Harris says Ms Elliott is not a producer with 8HA but "occasionally stands in on shifts when an announcer is away".
Hosted by Territory Today presenter Adrian Renzi, the RSL function will not be a debate but a question and answer session, also open to councillor candidates.
Mayor Ryan, however, will not be present, as once he became aware of the CDU cancellation, he accepted another invitation, addressing a visiting group.
A media release from CDU says: "The university accepts that no one’s interests are served in having two debates on the same night and that there is insufficient time to organise an alternative date.
"The university apologises to the mayoral candidates and to anyone else for any inconvenience."
UPDATE: Following the cancellation, Mayor Damien Ryan and Deputy Mayor Liz Martin will be hosting a " Meet the Candidates" night in Stuarts Bush Kitchen at the National Road Transport Hall of Fame on Thursday, March 22 from 6pm to 9pm.
Alderman Martin says this is not an Alice Springs Town Council initiative.
"We have invited all mayoral and councillor candidates to participate with equal opportunity and have had a good response to date. This is a casual evening that will allow members of the public, particularly those from various associations and industry groups who have already issued questionaires, to chat in an informal setting one on one with candidates to find out where they stand on issues that are important to them."
The evening will include a free sausage sizzle and transport can be arranged for those that dont have it by calling Ald Martin on 0429 201 549.