Two big questions remain about the police response on the night when the manager of the tennis centre, Matt Roberts, was under siege by an armed mob threatening to kill him: How long did it take 000 to get through to the police, and how long did it take for the police to despatch a unit to the scene? New police Commander in Alice Springs, Kate Vanderlaan, who has served in Alice Springs for several years previously, says she will get answers. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Mr Roberts in the tennis club room where he was under siege and phoned 000.
On the one hand we have Labor which has removed any doubt about its disdain for Alice Springs by promising to spend as much on footy TV lights – to be used maybe once or twice a year – as it would on the town centre's facelift.
And the Country Liberals are proposing to spend a corresponding amount – $2.5m – on the Youth Centre although locals say that's nowhere near enough and doesn't cover the facilities and services also badly needed. There is a lively debate about a facility costing 15 times as much.
Mayor Damien Ryan and Chamber of Commerce CEO Kay Eade have expressed their dissatisfaction with Labor's effort, with the town's third major lobby, Tourism Central Australia, notably absent from the debate.
Maybe we're asking the wrong questions: I there a bigger main game?
Bruce Walker, who chairs remoteFOCUS, a project facilitated by Desert Knowledge Australia, is raising some interesting questions.
OK, we are those who are living "in the forgotten backyards of the capital cities, and they are not part of a national narrative which makes sense of the decisions made elsewhere which affect their lives".
But the "we" here doesn't mean Territorians, but the people inhabiting desert Australia – those of us living in the vast remote parts of all the states except Victoria and Tasmania.
Would that be the framework that could get us excited? COMMENT by ERWIN CHLANDA.
Congress CEO Stephanie Bell (left) resigned yesterday as claims were being made that Indigenous Health Minister Warren Snowdon (right), the Member for Lingiari, declined to fund another indigenous health service unless it operated under the control of Congress. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Alice Springs native title holders determined to reform their organisation, Lhere Artepe Aboriginal Corporation (LAAC), say they may have lost a battle at last week's annual general meeting but they are starting to win the war.
Brian Stirling was re-elected chairman – by just one vote – but the seven hour meeting set in motion a string of measures to get clarity about the multi-million dollar investments, in supermarkets and real estate, by entities linked to Lhere Artepe.
The 2010/11 financial report tabled revealed LAAC assets totaling $678,000 in the form of loans to related commercial entities, including $282,000 to LAE Discretionary Trust, understood to be associated with the Mt Johns real estate development, and Lhere Artepe Enterprises ($390,000).
LAAC itself had a loss of $317,000, up from $74,000 last year.
LAAC has now complied the majority of the 20 requirements of a compliance notice issued by ORIC earlier this year and "the outstanding matters should be finalised before the end of November or early December 2011," the meeting was told.
It became clear that the power of "contract" CEO Darryl Pearce will be curtailed and that he will need to corroborate his responses to queries from members with "paperwork". This information comes from a key member of the reform group, Janice Harris (pictured), now a director of Lhere Artepe. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.Pictured at top: Today's Lhere Artepe website – its redevelopment is "due for completion in early 2011 [sic]".