UPDATE 11.50am November 8: Owners of Todd Tavern land, building not consulted by the government nor the lessees about any development.
Plans were apparently delayed or scrapped following the town council's rejection of Anzac Oval as a site for the national Aboriginal art gallery. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
UPDATE 6am November 8: The general manager of the Todd Tavern says its plans are confidential.
UPDATE 5.15pm November 8: The Master Plan for Alice Springs Plaza and Todd Tavern has been shared with the Northern Territory Government and was completed as per the funding grant agreement. The contents of the Master Plan are commercial in confidence and cannot be shared at this time. Department of the Chief Minister.
UPDATE 7.10 pm November 8: Statement by Councillor Eli Melky.
Evidence in this week's committal hearing of charges against Liam Jurrah, Christopher Walker and Josiah Fry, painted yet again a picture of Alice Springs town camps awash with alcohol, even though drinking is supposed to be banned there. When the grog wasn't being consumed in the camps, it was being drunk "down the creek", where drinking is also supposed to be banned.
There was no suggestion that this day – March 7, 2012 – was special. It was a Wednesday. Only one witness said it was his pension day.
For one man, drinking started before noon; for most of the others, it began mid-afternoon, after the take-aways opened. KIERAN FINNANE summarises the evidence of each witness in relation to alcohol consumed on the day.