Posts Tagged ‘alice springs

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

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

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

Pilger “part of the Aboriginal industry”

Feb 04, 2014 | Discuss

Pilger "part of the Aboriginal industry"

Respected veteran Aboriginal community worker David Hewitt has challenged the vision of Aboriginal issues  in central Australia presented by John Pilger’s documentary film, Utopia. Speaking on ABC radio Alice Springs, Hewitt, who with his wife, nurse Margaret Hewitt, has been involved in community development for half a century, said Pilger had failed to recognise the work that had been done by individuals and organisations in central Australia during the past 20 or 30 years. Listen to th...Read more

‘Discrimination’ divisive, but it cuts violence by up to 50 percent. Is it sustainable?

Jan 26, 2014 | Discuss

'Discrimination' divisive, but it cuts violence by up to 50 percent. Is it sustainable?

Central Australian political figure Maurie Ryan has accused police of unfairly targetting Aboriginal people buying alcohol from bottle shops around Alice Springs, a practice which appears to radically reduce levels of domestic violence in the town. In an interview with the ABC’s Lauren Fizgerald , Dr John Boffa of the People’s Alcohol Action Coalition said the practice was causing tension between police and the community and was an inappropriate long-term strategy, but conceded ̶...Read more

ALEC tests the water on fracking

Oct 25, 2013 | Discuss

ALEC tests the water on fracking

Jimmy Cocking (Director Arid Lands Environment) In response to the growing exploration for unconventional gas and oil in the Northern Territory, the Arid Lands Environment Centre (ALEC) is holding a Community Meeting on Thursday the 31st of October at 6pm at ALEC, (corner Lindsay Ave and Warburton St) . The meeting aims to gain an understanding of people’s thoughts and concerns on unconventional gas production, particularly around the extraction process of hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking...Read more

The birds and the bee and the butterflies

Oct 04, 2013 | 11 Comments

The birds and the bee and the butterflies

I know it’s hot – hotter than usual – and a lot of people scoff at the idea of labelling a Centralian October or even September with such an imported concept, but personally I am noticing a very Spring-like explosion of life and colour around the place this year. Perhaps there was just enough rain in those midwinter showers to give the F and F a kick along. The grass is still green, and the roos (which are in great numbers) are still looking healthy, particularly out bush, where the sh...Read more

Education changes should ring alarm bells for parents and students

Jun 28, 2013 | 1 Comment

Education changes should ring alarm bells for parents and students

Jonathon Pilbrow Recently announced changes to funding for the education system should be ringing alarm bells for parents and students alike. While the NT Government’s commitment to further investment in the early years is highly significant and crucial to improving educational outcomes for many children in the NT, such investment should not be at the expense of older students. Proposed changes to the student-teacher ratios across middle and senior schools will lead to significant timetabling ...Read more

Beat the drums for Pete and Drum Atweme

Jun 11, 2013 | 1 Comment

Beat the drums for Pete and Drum Atweme

Beat a drum loudly for unassuming local hero Pete Lowson of Alice Springs, yesterday awarded the Order of Australia. Pete’s dedicated work reminds us of the power of music to transform young lives. Pete Lowson started up Drum Atweme eight years ago under the auspices of Tangenetyere Council – as he put it in an interview he gave me for Land Rights News last year , “to give a chance for kids in town camps to explore music”. In the process many have begun explore the world as well. “The ...Read more

The hills are hopping

May 29, 2013 | 4 Comments

The hills are hopping

Maybe my eyes are just getting better at picking them out, but there seem to be more rock wallabies (see Charlie’s reply below) in the hills on the north side of Alice Springs than ever these days. Much as I love ‘Rubbish Country’, I admit it’s not the most abundant place for watching birds and wildlife – apart from the wallabies, that is. In fact, the hillsides are positively hopping at the moment. Despite their excellent camouflage – some are the same colour as the...Read more

Youth justice dollars just a start

May 21, 2013 | Discuss

Youth justice dollars just a start

Antoinette Carroll, Central Australian Youth Justice (CAYJ) CAYJ welcomes the NT Government budget announcement that committed $1mil to establish a stand-alone Youth Justice Court in Darwin, and $5mil towards increasing the Alice Springs court capacity, but more is needed to stop young people offending in the first place. A separate youth justice court will ensure that key youth justice principles are adhered to when young people appear before a court and that their basic rights are met in custo...Read more

Tollner silent on Lightning Carnival restrictions

Mar 24, 2013 | Discuss

Tollner silent on Lightning Carnival restrictions

John Boffa, People’s Alcohol Action Coalition (PAAC) Alcohol supply restrictions for the Alice Springs Easter weekend Lightning Football Carnival must be settled and announced at once. This is a matter of urgency. PAAC wrote to the NT Licensing Commission on 13th March asking it to use its powers under the Liquor Act to implement restrictions if local licensees would not voluntarily put them in place. In the event that the Licensing Commission did not act, we asked the new Minister responsible...Read more