Meanwhile the Police Association complains about "incredibly slow official response and lack of communication". Google Earth Photo:Yuendumu, a remote community 300 km north-west of Alice Springs. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
See FULL STORY: Minister Willem Westra van Holthe has provided a response.
Alice Springs based water planner Anne Pye says she was told to "remove the cap from the Alice water plan on the basis of comments from Darwin based political advisers and Darwin bureaucrats". Ms Pye, who has taken a job with the Central Land Council, stated this is a "final farewell" email to colleagues which was leaked to the Alice Springs News Online. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Sir – We will develop a new town-wide Alcohol Management Plan for Alice Springs, over-sighted by a newly created Alice Springs Alcohol Reference Group and involving community and stakeholder consultation, including licensees and Indigenous organisations ,write Health Minister Robyn Lambley and Chief Minister Adam Giles.
The Gillard Government doesn’t even have a management plan for a cattle property turned carbon farm, Henbury Station, south of Alice Springs, it ploughed more than $9 million of taxpayer funds into back in 2011, writes Fiona Nash, Nationals Deputy Senate Leader.
Above: Cr Steve Brown at the turnoff (in progress) into the new suburb of Kilgariff. He says council should make sure the development of affordable residential land there becomes a top priority for the NT Government.
Publicly funded institutions will be getting marks on a monthly basis for what they are doing – or not doing – for Alice Springs, if newly elected Councillor Steve Brown gets his way.
"We'll be marking them up or down," he says, "and the results will be made public."
This evaluation of "key performance indicators" will embrace Federal, state and local government instrumentalities and departments, as well as the myriad of local non-government agencies (NGOs) funded from the public purse, including Aboriginal organisations.
Performance will be judged from the perspective of the town council "because it is the town's principal elected body" and would be in charge of the initiative. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Tourism Minister, Malarndirri McCarthy says a new Tourism Strategic Plan is needed to guide the industry from 2013. Will Alice still have a tourism industry then, and what needs to happen to ensure we will? Deborah Rock (pictured) gives her views in our Food For Thought series. She has been in the tourism industry for 20 years, is currently running a Bed and Breakfast, and has a history in sales, marketing, car rentals, tours, inbound and promotion in Sydney and overseas.
She says the cost of visiting The Centre has changed patterns of investment and we need to revitalize our image: We should become Australia’s Adventure Capital, the Capital of Aboriginal Culture and Bush Foods.
Deb says: "We are an amazing and unique destination and it all starts with believing in ourselves."