At the Centre

The way we live, learn and celebrate life in the Centre of Australia.

The Todd in flow, 8/1/15

Jan 09, 2015 | Discuss

The Todd in flow, 8/1/15

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When worlds of the spirit crossed cultures

Dec 10, 2014 | Discuss

When worlds of the spirit crossed cultures

BLIND MOSES: ARANDA MAN OF HIGH DEGREE AND CHRISTIAN EVANGELIST By Peter Latz. Published 2014. Distributed by IAD Press, Alice Springs. Reviewed by Russell Guy. Part historical account of the Hermannsburg Lutheran Mission in Central Australia, part memoir, this book is a great yarn, and follows the long life of a central player, Blind Moses, an initiated Aranda (the author’s preferred spelling) who became a leading evangelist within the region and someone with cross-cultural influence. Latz br...Read more

Well, I’ll be budgerigared!

Aug 21, 2014 | Discuss

Well, I'll be budgerigared!

Alice Springs must give thanks to birdmen Mark Carter and Chris Watson for telling the world about the winged delights of Central Australia at the British Bird Fair. Night Parrot, Dragons and Budgie swarms – birding the desert frontier  was the subject of Mark’s talk, delivered at the fair last Friday. Somewhat synchronistically, just after Mark delivered his talk I got a call from Dave Price about a spot he’d recently discovered not too from Alice Springs. A few hundred litres o...Read more

“Be careful where you tread …”

Jul 21, 2014 | Discuss

"Be careful where you tread ..."

You can get a sign to mark your own personal wildlife corridor these days,  but if you think about it, the whole of Alice Springs is one … with critters of all kinds making their way wherever and however  they can, despite the encroachment of bricks and mortar, bitumen and colourbond fences. For some, however, it must be harder than for others, though. I’d like to know how Central Australia’s extraordinary caterpillars — famous for their role in Arrernte dreamings ̵...Read more

The God of Irony – the tale of Territory Day

Jul 16, 2014 | Discuss

The God of Irony – the tale of Territory Day

 Part One: The “bad old days of Commonwealth control” Alex Nelson Territory Day, once known as Northern Territory Self-Government Day, has come and gone for another year. The CLP government is seeking public feedback on its proposal to make July 1 an annual public holiday while the Labor Opposition questions what has happened for the push to statehood. But just what is Territory Day really all about? What does it commemorate, and how did it happen? Is it still relevant? Alex Nelson, a lifet...Read more

Touring the Tanami Desert

Jun 22, 2014 | Discuss

Touring the Tanami Desert

Courtesy of Tyresales Are you looking for a challenging drive through scenic desert landscapes? You might want to tackle the Tanami Desert, located northwest of Alice Springs in Australia’s Northern Territory. It’s the third largest desert in Australia, as well as the northernmost. Its northern position creates a warm, tropical climate in parts which can make for colourful vegetation that differs from other Australian deserts. Travellers can drive along the Tanami Track, which starts...Read more

The whistler is back

May 27, 2014 | Discuss

The whistler is back

It’s been a while since I’ve posted on Alice Online, as I succumb to  busyness as unusual in my life. Presumably Uncle Joe would be proud of me as I head into my seventh decade with more work on my plate than I can actually do. It’s all good for the economy, I surmise, but as the poet said: What is this world so full of care If we have no time to stop and stare? So in this ever-so mellow month of May, I celebrate the wildlife in our corridors that gives us pause to stop, look and listen a...Read more

Pushing boundaries, then and now

Mar 30, 2014 | 1 Comment

Pushing boundaries, then and now

Alex Nelson Very interesting to read Corey Sinclair’s story in the Centralian Advocate about speculation on the possible merger of two Alice Springs electorates at the next redistribution of electorate boundaries (“Electorate merger fears”, March 18, 2014), especially Professor Rolf Gerritsen’s opinion that the town seat boundaries are likely to be pushed out to include Hermannsburg or Santa Teresa. It’s almost a quarter century (1990) since the last occasion when Alice Springs lost an...Read more

Reminder calls from another world

Mar 07, 2014 | Discuss

Reminder calls from another world

Jason Shilton Then there is one other type of call I get. Again it’s from the desert. “HELLO” I say bright and fresh and into the day then “hello” I say softer this time, when i realise it is the caller who never speaks. I listen and wait, humbly reverent to a tenuous link over awesome distance for this caller only seems to want to hear my voice, to confirm that I’m here. I can never be irritated or impatient or hang-up I’ve got open desert on the line – the wind blows softly...Read more

A seasonal procession?

Feb 24, 2014 | Discuss

A seasonal procession?

I’m always suspicious of statements about the weather or the climate that are based on memory. When people say: “I can’t remember a winter as cold as this,” or “I don’t remember October ever being this hot,” the key word in the sentence is “remember.” Our memories of seasons gone by are, for the most part, notoriously unreliable. Not that the objective reality of temperature records guarantees much of a reality check. The fact is that “...Read more

Photography tips for the Outback

Feb 20, 2014 | 1 Comment

Photography tips for the Outback

Courtesy of NowLearning With its diverse landscape, wide range of natural subjects, and incredible lighting, it’s no wonder that the Australian Outback is a must-visit destination for many photographers. However, the very components that make it such a magical subject also can make the Outback a particularly challenging location to shoot. If you’re planning to try your hand behind the lens on your next Outback adventure, you’ll want to keep the following tips in mind. Be Prepar...Read more

Outback Survival Tips

Feb 17, 2014 | Discuss

Outback Survival Tips

Courtesy of Quicksales The Australian Outback is one of the world’s top spots for adventure, but its remote location and extreme temperatures can be a health hazard if you’re not careful. Temperatures can soar in the summer months and plummet rapidly in the evening, and you may find yourself a good 250 km away from any sign of civilization if your car breaks down in the middle of the desert with no mobile phone reception. Although this scenario might be frightening, it’s not a ...Read more