The efforts of several persistent individuals as well as the fire brigade contributed to saving the old river red gum at right ... but only just. Report by KIERAN FINNANE, photo series by FIONA WALSH who says now is the time to start work and planning for next summer's fire threat in the river.
UPDATED, 28 February 2018, 3.21pm: Fire service did cut the burning tree in an unprecedented move to save it.
Our photos were taken yesterday at midday as the call was being made to 000. Passers-by had stopped when they saw smoke coming out of the hollows of this river giant. This follows the an unprecedented loss of mature trees to apparent arson attacks over recent months.
UPDATE, Friday 22 September, 12.55pm: A prompt phone call to 000 and effective action by the fire brigade looks to have saved this tree.
On the minus side are long delays with flood mitigation measures (although the Alice Springs News Online now has new information on this critical issue, see FULL STORY). ERWIN CHLANDA spoke with Mayor Ryan who is pictured with Jenny Barr at Sunday's market. The how-to-vote cards on the table are Mayor Ryan's and those of candidate Joshua “Burgs” Burgoyne, his future son-in-law.
In a year and a half of the government-appointed flood mitigation committee (pictured), which has the two mayoral candidates as members, not a single practical measure has been put in place to protect Alice from partial devastation. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Learning to go with the flow will require all of our creativity. Such action is overdue, but the possibility of a flood can be just the motivation we need, writes MICHAEL LA FLAMME in our Rest & Reflection Series. Photo: PAMELA KEIL.
With the town's population stagnant for a decade, home prices in decline and commercial real estate empty, would that be public money well spent? Or is the "no dam" lobby hard at work? ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Threats from a changing climate, the collapse of the CLP, a council needing a rocket under it and meeting the needs of the people in the Ten Deserts, over an area that would be the world's 8th biggest country: There's work to do, writes environmentalist JIMMY COCKING (pictured with son Louka), in our Rest & Reflection series.