Maraku Inma performers and the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir all knew the words of Shane Howard’s "Solid Rock", spontaneously dancing during the sound check in heart lifting delight. The same thing happened with Garrett’s "Beds are Burning". "Person-to-person recognition and reconciliation has been going on underground for a long time. We don’t need long speeches," writes CRAIG SAN ROQUE.
There needs to be a cull, say government officers, but the responsible residents are not acting, and the Central Land Council, responsible for assisting owners of Aboriginal land, remains mum on the tragedy. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
"It is expected the new service will be very attractive to time-poor Asian and European travellers. Travelling to Uluru via Darwin improves their options, cutting their travel time up to five hours ... instead of travelling on flights via other cities," says the promotion of a direct Darwin to Ayers Rock Resort service by Qantas, starting today. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: Qantas promotional image, showing Kata Tjuta (the Olgas ).
Costs and details for year-long tourism promotion campaign "commercially confidential". Ten local operators on a mission in Europe to invite holiday makers to "do" Centre attractions – Uluru, Kings Canyon, West Macs, Alice Springs, in just four days, including road travel. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
An historic film of a senior traditional custodian on top of Ayers Rock (now renamed Uluru) is presented as an argument for allowing the continued climbing of the monolith. Book author Marc Hendrickx is also applying for additional heritage listing of several features, including the climb, which is due to be closed by the Aboriginal owners in October. The author says the closing may violate the 1987 listing of the park. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Tiny groups of private land owners control huge assets – our national parks, while the public purse is paying for them, comments ERWIN CHLANDA as the death knell has been sounded for climbing The Rock. PHOTO: Climbers ignore the sign at the base of The Rock.