An Indigenous cultural centre in Alice Springs, tourism from Asia, the revheads’ NATS, battling buffel and the Parrtjima festival (pictured) are all works in progress. ERWIN CHLANDA speaks with new Minister Lauren Moss.
Chamber of Commerce head Julie Ross and Mayor Damien Ryan had a low-key but positive reaction to the NT's $5.7 billion Budget handed down by Treasurer Dave Tollner (pictured) today. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
A return of public sector investment in tourism to at least 2008/09 levels, marketing better suited to new realities, more money for parks and roads, a resolute push for a second airline, coordination of special events, an industry task force to drive a "whole of government" approach to its issues and a minister "who can devote significant time and energy" to these tasks: It's all on a wish list presented to the new government by Tourism Central Australia. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Pictured are chairman Jeff Huyben with board member and acting general manager Laurelle Halford.
When the new government gets cracking on its promised work camps for prisoners it needs to look no further than the Larapinta Trail, much of which was built by inmate labour in the 1990s. The current dry spell and the escalating threat from weeds to our neglected national parks, add urgency for a cheap workforce that can be deployed at short notice. The need to halt the decay of our prime natural assets, which should be bringing home the bacon for our flagging tourism industry, makes a good argument for change for people now doing time in what some regard as holiday comfort. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Pictured: Botanist Peter Latz with wattle burnt in a bushfire.
The Town Council's Director of Technical Services, Greg Buxton, would appear to have been 'freelancing' (as Tony Abbott would put it) when he released earlier this month the 2004 draft report on council's parks. When the issue of public consultation was raised in last night's council meeting, Mayor Damien Ryan said it was Mr Buxton's decision to present the report, he didn't understand why he had done so and looked forward to finding out. Mr Buxton was not at the meeting to be asked. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
UPDATE, September 16, 2012, 2.20pm:With next to no discussion of the parks issue taking place in the open session of council meetings, it is not surprising that confusion has arisen. The draft report referred to in this article, identifying certain park assets for possible disposal and others for possible improvement, was included in the September committee meeting business papers but actually dates from 2004 ... Read more in FULL STORY.
An issue which has previously generated a lot of heated debate, is quietly making its way through council's Technical Services committee system, with a number of parks in the municipality now identified for possible disposal.
In an initiative driven by Cr Geoff Booth, council has for its consideration a draft list identifying six parks for disposal plus a further four for partial disposal, with an estimated return of $1.65m to council coffers. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
Pictured: Local residents rally to save Finlayson Park in June, 2001.
Country Liberals suggest Labor "stuff-up": Traeger Park TV lights are already there.
Alice Springs will get only half as much as its Town Council asked for, and much later than expected.
This is the response by Mayor Damien Ryan to the campaign promises made by Chief Minister Paul Henderson last Friday.
Mayor Ryan says the council asked for $5m in 2012/13 to continue the town centre re-development, but will only get $2.5m, deferred and over two years, 2014 to 2016.
"It's pretty disappointing that the CBD doesn't rate before 2014-15 which is a long way away," says Mayor Ryan.
"You wouldn't be able to start stage two with that small a commitment. We need to have the money in place." ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Market last Sunday in Todd Mall. Funding as announced by the Chief Minister would curtail further progress on the long planned town centre upgrade.