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The late and great Australian novelist Xavier Herbert described Central Australia as “the stage on which the great themes of Australian life are played out”.

Recycling: learn from the experts

Jan 26, 2017 | Discuss

Recycling: learn from the experts

  It will be interesting to see what the Town Council comes up with in the way of an official waste recycling scheme for Alice Springs – especially when the old familiar question comes up: How much will it cost? I discussed the Council proposal with the town’s most dedicated long-term professional recyclers, Liz and Russ Driver, when we dropped a Rocky-load of cans and various other bits and pieces off to them yesterday. The Drivers’ Sargent Street site, which also accommodates Outbac...Read more

Government’s town camp housing model “diabolical”

Apr 13, 2016 | Discuss

Government's town camp housing model "diabolical"

Media release from the Central Australian Affordable Housing Company The Central Australian Affordable Housing Company outlined a new way forward for remote Indigenous and Town Camp housing in the Territory at yesterday’s Public Accounts Committee hearing. CAAHC CEO Sally Langton described the Northern Territory’s public housing model as “systemically broken” and said it was failing to provide adequate housing services to Alice Springs Town Camps. “We believe there are les...Read more

ALEC links turbine decision to coral bleaching

Apr 06, 2016 | Discuss

ALEC links turbine decision to coral bleaching

 Contributed by Nicole Pietsch, Arid Lands Environment Centre: The RePower Alice Springs community campaign has been launched this week, as a direct response to the recent NT Government announcement  to invest $75 million into ten new gas-fired turbines at Owen Springs Power Station with no community consultation. Whilst investment in reliable energy supply is welcomed, investment in fossil fuels is not and as the world starts to rapidly transition to renewable energy, the NT Government is t...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

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

Holiday plan shows scant regard for Alice

Jul 31, 2014 | Discuss

Holiday plan shows scant regard for Alice

Alex Nelson Should Territory Day become a public holiday? The NT Government is all for it, notwithstanding its own online poll currently underway seeking public feedback on its proposal. The Alice Springs Town Council has voted unanimously against the idea, and there’s little or no enthusiasm for it from business and other organisations affected by it. Alex Nelson considers some of the difficulties of this concept and the history of how NT Self-Government Day was commemorated in its earliest y...Read more

Early morning erection awakes sleeping giant

Jul 23, 2014 | 1 Comment

Early morning erection awakes sleeping giant

After nearly four years in mothballs, or whatever you keep dormant statues in, Mark Egan’s representation of explorer John McDouall Stuart finally stood (very) tall on his pedestal this morning. In contrast to the controversy that has dogged the process of placing the giant monument since it was first brought to public attention, the only sparks that flew at today’s event came from a blowtorch, as a welder attached the feet of the statue to the pedestal. Photographers and cameramen a...Read more

Shane mounts up for men’s health, but he’s not the lone ranger

Jul 07, 2014 | Discuss

Shane mounts up for men's health, but he's not the lone ranger

Australian men’s attitudes to their health are notoriously slack — so when a bloke does the right thing you would hope the health system backed him up. wCentral Australian cancer patient Shane Muldoon broke the male health mould by getting a check-up, but after his GP diagnosed an enlarged prostate had to wait nine months for the NT Health Department to arrange him an appointment with a visiting specialist. Now Shane has made male attitudes to health and better communication within pu...Read more

Radioactive recycling – how a phantom dump haunts the Centre

Jun 02, 2014 | Discuss

Radioactive recycling – how a phantom dump haunts the Centre

Alex Nelson The recent revelation by former Labor Prime Minister Bob Hawke that he supports the establishment of a radioactive waste dump in the Northern Territory, and that Chief Minister Adam Giles also supports this project (since confirmed by Giles), is hugely ironic in light of what occurred over this matter in the late 1980s – a time when Hawke presided as the PM of the nation and the CLP, never out of office, ruled the Northern Territory. A low-level radioactive waste dump to be located...Read more

The past shows troubled times ahead for the CLP

Apr 27, 2014 | 1 Comment

The past shows troubled times ahead for the CLP

Alex Nelson The CLP gained breathing space with the recent Blain by-election victory but Chief Minister Adam Giles will need to do a good deal more than “get on with business as usual” after a 16 per cent swing of primary votes against his party, leaving it with a one-seat majority of 13 members. The CLP has been here before. In August 1989 the CLP also suffered a 16 per cent swing against it in the first Wanguri by-election. However, on that occasion the CLP lost the seat (formerly held by ...Read more

Bottle shops are the battle sites – but what of the collateral damage?

Apr 01, 2014 | 2 Comments

Bottle shops are the battle sites – but what of the collateral damage?

Policing bottle shops in Alice Springs was considered so effective in preventing violent crimes that even detectives were being expected to contribute shifts, the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs was told yesterday. But the committee was also warned that practice, targeted in a protest rally outside the town’s courthouse last week, was causing racial disharmony in Alice Springs. And Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid chairman Noel Hayes described the humil...Read more

Mar 23, 2014 | 1 Comment

Thanks to Blair McFarlane  for sharing this power-point presentation with Alice Online readers....Read more