It’s that time of year again, when Alice audiences are treated to the product of many hours of careful craft and myriad moments of imaginative inspiration, when a piece of wood takes flight as a mythical bird, when an old blanket transforms into an elegant suit. KIERAN FINNANE previews.
This has no material effect but speaks to difficulties on reaching consensus within this council after the exhaustive (and no doubt exhausting) budget process. KIERAN FINNANE reports. PHOTO: Kerbside recycling is postponed because of fluctuations in the international recycling market.
A container deposit depot has opened in Alice Springs, doing 28 "separations" after its predecessor shut down when he was required to do 24. Local manager Andrew Lee says the number of separations required is "labour intensive" but the high turnover makes it worth-while. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Depot worker Shaun Thomas lobs a stubby into one of the 28 separation bins as fellow worker Jason Birch sorts a delivery from Tom Buzzacott (at right).
Negotiations about a new container deposit system between the Territory Recycling Depot in Smith Street, Alice Springs, and drink manufacturers have broken down. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
UPDATE FRIDAY 8am
A mock invoice for $6m will this morning be presented to Terry Davis, Group Managing Director of Coca Cola Amatil by the Boomerang Alliance, Greenpeace Australia Pacific and Clean Up Australia.
UPDATE SATURDAY, Aug 24, 8:30am
Coca Cola Amatil has provided the following statement: CCA understands that an operator will be establishing a depot in Alice Springs in the near future and we have arrangements in place to deal with them. We agree with the depot operators that the legislation is flawed and that the Government should consult publicly with all parties on its plans to fix it. If it does not consult it may just make the situation worse.
The local environmental lobby's draft "road map to a desert smart town" can be seen a wish list for the Federal elections, it but goes well beyond that focus – and could do with a robust reality check. In 2033 Alice Springs runs on 100% renewable energy? A local horticultural industry which supplies 50% of local fresh produce needs? And all that whilst not increasing water use beyond the current level? The Arid Lands Environment Centre's Jimmy Cocking (pictured at right with environmentalist and science journalist Tanya Ha at Friday's CoolMob gala dinner) and Mr McClean spoke with Alice Springs News Online editor ERWIN CHLANDA.