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How did they do it?

Apr 03, 2016 | Discuss

How did they do it?

Apart from marvelling at their apparent survival — there was no sign of blood inside — Braitling residents were intrigued by just how the driver of this ex-car had manouevred him or herself into a final resting spot on the perimeter of a rocky outcrop near Braitling School on Friday night. The next morning the remains of the car were facing Rhonda Diano Oval, while 30 metres or so north-east along Head Street were two Casuarinas knocked over and facing one direction and a speed adv...Read more

The best things in life are weeds (sometimes)

Feb 01, 2016 | Discuss

The best things in life are weeds (sometimes)

I’ve been watching the spread of tar vine in our back yard, hoping we would get a visit from some of the amazing caterpillars that have been gracing buffel-cleared rural blocks like Nicole’s and Jonno’s. No luck so far. Yeperenyes frequent some nearby suburban blocks that back on to the hills around Lackman Terrace, but I guess they are just too smart to try crossing the road. Nevertheless, there has still been enough rain-fed abundance to excite a suburbanite like me: lizards, frogs, hund...Read more

Very important caterpillars get a helping hand

Jan 14, 2016 | Discuss

Very important caterpillars get a helping hand

With video and pics by Nicole Lee When you consider the extent and speed of its spread through the Centre, going into battle against buffel grass may seem like an extreme form of tilting at windmills. It’s hot, hard, backbreaking work that requires eternal vigilance. If you’re not incredibly careful, the more of it you pull out, the more you will spread the seed. Meanwhile, all around your particular warzone, the enemy continues to multiply, unchecked. And yet, as many determin...Read more

A tale of two networks

Nov 27, 2015 | Discuss

A tale of two networks

National Broadband Network SA & NT Corporate Affairs manager Jill Bottrall writes: The ancient sacred stories of the Arrernte Aboriginal people of Central Australia are about to be interwoven with the new digital highway with the construction of the national broadband network. The work began this week  following a complex two-year  anthropological consultation to design the installation of the network in and across Alice Springs – one of the most densely covered areas for sacred s...Read more

Council amber light to junk food

Nov 17, 2015 | Discuss

Council amber light to junk food

Alice Springs Town Councillors are planning to phase out the sale of junk food at the town’s aquatic centre. Councillors attending the monthly corporate and community services meeting last night  (16th November) backed a motion by Mayor Damien Ryan to promote “healthy living” by re-evaluating food choices available at the centre. The mayor called for “red light foods” to be scaled back at the centre kiosk, with green light foods (containing less sugar and unhealthy fat...Read more

Cancelling out the healthy lifestyle

Nov 05, 2015 | Discuss

Cancelling out the healthy lifestyle

Not long ago, October was a time the lap swimmers of Alice Springs would come out of hibernation, gingerly dipping toes in chilled, chlorinated water. There weren’t many of us. As the summer advanced, there were more, but pool users of either the exercised or recreative kind were always a dedicated minority. This October, in contrast, Alice Springs Aquatic Centre was flooded with patrons of all ages. It was clear evidence that in just three years “the town pool” has been transformed into ...Read more

Small victories

Jul 12, 2015 | 2 Comments

Small victories

It’s true that from little things big things grow, but maybe it also needs to be said that with big things, little things often go under. A walk up the Todd River with friends the other day yielded an unexpected encounter with the small and beautiful that might not have been there had things gone differently. Friends and I wanted to look at how that section of the river was faring nearly 25 years after the bulldozers went in and almost changed it forever. Junction Waterhole was of course the s...Read more

Jun 01, 2015 | 5 Comments

Author Russell Guy will be guest speaker at Author Talk at the Alice Springs Library is next Thursday, 4th June at 5PM No armchair social critic or Facebook cut-and-paste philosopher, author Russell Guy has clearly had his perspectives hammered out on the anvil of experience. As revealed in his recently released novel, Dry Crossing, the poetic imagination and eye for life’s oddities that made Guy’s radio play What’s Grafton To You is Rangoon To Me a cult classic has been shaped by decades...Read more

Queen Bill

May 21, 2015 | Discuss

Queen Bill

    I googled “sacred kingfishers living in aquatic centres” and nothing came up. Could Alice Springs claim yet another world first? “Bill”, as she is known to some staff members, caused concern among lifeguards and regular pool users when she was first noticed, a few months ago. The bird was apparently trapped inside, perched day after day on the metal frames that straddle the ceiling of the Speed Street complex. Elaborate plans were made to guide the poor creature back to freedom,...Read more

On your bike, Patty

Apr 07, 2015 | Discuss

On your bike, Patty

Former Alice Springs resident Patty Meade would have been an Internet celebrity had she not died before the advent of the search engine. Not only did Patty attract media attention after, in 1998, she organised a ‘pre-wake’ before her imminent demise, posing for photographers in a cardboard coffin while friends gathered round toasting her with champagne. She was also a champion of the ‘right’ not to wear bicycle helmets, her long campaign resulting in the still-current ...Read more

The power of the rain: Alice Springs, January 2015

Jan 31, 2015 | Discuss

The power of the rain: Alice Springs, January 2015

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Frenzy of fruitfulness

Jan 29, 2015 | Discuss

Frenzy of fruitfulness

Foragers have good reason to take a walk  on these unusually cool mornings Alice is getting at the moment — and walkers have good reason to slow down and forage. Central Australian plants have taken on the rain’s imperative to be fruitful and multiply, and there are some great opportunities for wild harvesting around the town. Purslane is particularly rampant. This world-wide “weed” – served up in fashionable restaurants all around the globe – is loaded with vitamin C and A, and...Read more