It was a meeting of cultures, peoples and minds when the Institute of Aboriginal Development launched its diary and its calendar, Jukurrpa 2013, as a tribute to indigenous art, which features in all its splendor in the publications, and under the banner "50,000 years of stories from the heart of Australia". PHOTO by Oliver Eclipse, tel 0400 181 658.
For St Philip's College students the idea isn't all that far-fetched: "We're equal distance to any coast in Australia," they say.
In fact their school is the only one in Australia to offer a Year 12 boat building course.
One boat they built this year is a 5.5m John Dory and the other one a Gaot Island Skiff, seen being launched in the Glen Helen Gorge by students Joshua Blain and Paul Berriman, and Geoff Leedham, Head of Applied Technology.
All techniques of modern timber boat building were applied, using Australian made marine grade Hoop Pine and other associated timbers, including Fiji Mahogany and Huon Pine. With modern epoxy adhesives one boat used only six screws in its construction, while the other had none.
At a time when the massive government efforts are being made in Alice Springs and Central Australia towards the provision of housing, including temporary accommodation options, a number of non-government organisations (NGOs) this morning launched the Right to a Home coalition.
In their sights were, in particular, the Alice Springs Town Council and its public places by-laws, enacted last year. The coalition, through spokesperson David Havercroft of the advocacy body NT Shelter, called on the council to amend the by-laws where they are having "a negative impact" on the homeless, and to develop a "social inclusion" policy. KIERAN FINNANE reports.