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Dreamtime stories in the palm of your hand

2482 Emily APP SM

 

 

A tour guide from the horse's mouth: Custodians produce App to tell the stories of their sacred site, its animals and plants. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. 

 

Alice, working its power

On
a crisp and beautifully serene late Febuary morning in 1988 a young
couple ventured up a rocky climb on the outskirts of town. While both
were fit, healthy and familiar with the land, theirs was a particular
challenge, given that one was 36 weeks pregnant.

She was my mother on her way to the very top of the MacDonnell
Ranges, on the eastern side of Emily Gap. Knowing that I was not far
away, both she and my father wanted to fasten an image to my birth. That
they certainly did! Within a few hours of reaching the peak my mother
went into labour with your honest author.  MOZZIE BITES reflects on
the ties that bind her to this place, even though for now she is taking
up residence in Melbourne.

Pictured: That's me not long after, getting a
big cuddle from Denis Neil. His family's friendship with my family is
part of what will always keep me connected to Alice.

Not too late to reduce fire fuel loads & trusties can help

Senior
Station Fire Officer in Alice Springs, John Kleeman, says he would
welcome the assistance of prisoners in reducing the fire fuel load south
of the Gap, as is being pushed for by the Town Council.

Aldermen passed a motion last night to write to the Department of
Lands and Planning  "regarding engagement of Correctional Services"
to help with this task "south of Heavitree Gap to the Municipal
Boundary, incorporating the river and parklands".

Mr Kleeman says the fire service has been doing control burns in the
area – including around Amoonguna "where a lot of people have been
throwing matches" – and are continuing to do so today, as well as north
of Emily Gap.

He says government contractors have also done a major slashing job
along the river from John Blakeman Bridge to Colonel Rose Drive. The
"trusties" (prisoners) could help to do more slashing, especially in
areas where it's hard to get front-end loaders in to clear firebreaks.

While with slashing the fuel remains on the ground, having the
grasses lie flat reduces the intensity of a fire that may go through.

Mr Kleeman says the town has been lucky so far to not lose property
or life, but the situation could go "pear-shaped" at any time. He
encourages the public to prepare their properties and report to police
anyone acting suspiciously with fire. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

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