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War and peace: Supporting soldiers and students

For nearly 25 years, 1941 to 1966, St John’s was a key community centre in Alice Springs supporting the war effort by providing comforts...

No deposit home loans appear unlikely

 

UPDATE September 18, 3:45pm:

"The My New Home scheme is an interesting proposal – my only concern is that there's often a difference between what governments, lending institutions and finance brokers say people can borrow and how much they should," says Duncan Poulson, NT Regional Commissioner of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

 

Posted September 17:

The new government appears unlikely to implement the no-deposit, low interest scheme, My New Home, promised by the defeated Labor government – certainly not in a hurry. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Will Alice become a fly-in, fly-out town? Only 71 new family type homes in 5 years

By ERWIN CHLANDA

 

Is Alice Springs becoming a fly-in, fly-out centre? Statistics say it looks like it.
A growing number of people working or spending time here do not call Alice home. 
Only 71 "family type" three bedroom homes were built between 2006 and 2011, whereas a much greater number of flats, units and apartments were constructed.

However the FIFO workers aren't engaged in the lucrative mining industry, but most likely in the public service, in government initiatives such as the NT Emergency Response and Closing The Gap, says Dr Andrew Taylor, Senior Research Fellow, Demography and Growth Planning, of the Northern Institute, commenting on the five year Australian census results just released.

Photo: On present trends, when kids pictured above in the 2010 Bangtail Muster reach their teens, their town won't be much bigger, the racial composition will be much the same, they will head interstate to do their tertiary education, the population will be older and a booming tourism industry in The Centre will be the fond memory recalled in a Skype chat with their grandparents.

$4m to expand services for seniors as Frontier turns 100

 

Care for old people in Alice Springs will get a boost with a $6.6m  expansion program at the  Old Timers Village, part of Frontier Services, which is now entering its second century of serving The Centre.
At the Old Timers Village on the South Stuart Highway, Flynn Lodge – at the northern end of the complex – will double in size with a 20 bed extension.
These will be for "high care" occupants.
An administration centre will be built south of the museum.
The Old Timers Home will also undergo extensive renovations to the Rosetta Flynn Wing at the front of the complex.
The Hetti Perkins Home in Percy Court, entirely for Aboriginal people and also run by Frontier Services, will double in size from 40 to 80 beds.
It has the full range of care.

PHOTOS: At top – Margaret Pickard in the showpiece front yard of her and her husband's cottage. Above right – Jocelyn Rose is tended by Vimbai Macheza.

The subtle transmissions of home

Coming
to this place has called up another for young artist and musician
Claire Wieland. It's not that she isn't seeing and listening to this one
– her Emu series and recording of local voices and songs are charming
testimony that she is.  But time spent in the western desert,
volunteering in the women's centre at Kintore, and then here in town
where she has rented a studio at Watch This Space and mounted an
exhibition in its gallery, have got her thinking about family and
home. The sense of those words for her stretches across the globe,
to the native Switzerland of her father. She was born in Australia but
the Swiss-German connection is strong, not so much through her direct
experience as she has only been there a few times, and only once in
young adulthood. It's more a matter of cultural osmosis, for instance,
through the kind of objects that were around her as she grew up. Pictured: Above – her 'family' of hand-made objects.  KIERAN FINNANE reviews. 

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