Posts Tagged ‘Todd River

Attack on film crew

Feb 09, 2012 | Discuss

Attack on film crew

A film crew was attacked and chased out of the Todd River by two drunken women into a nearby hotel where a hotel staff member was also attacked. Crew members, including Sydney-based journalist Joe Hilderbrand were getting footage at about 6.30pm (CST) on Wednesday for a documentary to be titled Dumb, Drunk and Racist, which had been commissioned by ABC2. Production company Cordell Jigsaw managing director Nick Murray told AAP there were five on-screen staff and five camera operators working when...Read more

The rude and the beautiful

Sep 29, 2010 | Discuss

The rude and the beautiful

The rain has brought many wonders to Central Oz, but not all of them need to be encouraged. Over the next month or two and possibly longer, visitors and residents won’t have to travel far to behold such delightful creatures as this Centralian tree frog above, spotted by Nigel Campbell in the West Macs, or this stunning ‘accidental’ floral arrangement Nigel snapped near Pimba in the north of South Australia a few days ago: At both the corporate and domestic levels, all who live ...Read more

Man swept off causeway

Feb 27, 2010 | Discuss

Man swept off causeway

Police are trying to locate a man who was washed off a flooded causeway across the Todd River in Alice Springs last night, ABC News has reported. The Todd has been flowing strongly during the week after torrential rains. More heavy rain is forecast for Alice Springs this weekend....Read more

More locals created

Feb 25, 2010 | Discuss

More locals created

The number of people expected to become permanent residents of Alice Springs (according to folklore) has risen sharply this week with big rainfalls in the town. The rainfalls, which included the highest daily fall for nine years, have brought the second flow of the Todd River in two months. This follows Alice’s driest year on record, when the Todd did not flow at all. According to legend, people who have seen the Todd flow twice are more likely to stay in town longer. More rain is forecast...Read more

The January Song

Jan 11, 2010 | 2 Comments

The January Song

“People in Alice Springs ought to get a life,” the service station man said to my friend Christopher the other day. He was commenting on the hundreds of people who create their own stream whenever the Todd River comes down, pouring out of their homes to watch, sometimes for hours, as the river does what rivers are supposed to. He said he’d been living in Alice Springs for a long time – “two years” – and had already seen the Todd flow a couple of times. W...Read more

Bankers, banker-bankers and beyond

Jan 03, 2010 | 4 Comments

Bankers, banker-bankers and beyond

Another dry year- Alice’s driest on record on fact -may make the possibiity of flooding seem remote, but dry conditions can actually contribute to quicker and more powerful flows of the river when the rain finally does come. That, say experts, is because there is no vegetation to hold run off from the rocky cliffs of the Todd’s catchment area north of Alice Springs. So just how serious can flooding get? in the first of a series, Alice Springs istorian Dick Kimber looks at the histori...Read more

Dampers On Todd

Oct 29, 2009 | Discuss

Dampers On Todd

What are the essential elements of a decent damper? The Todd River Tucker Damper competition was a seminal event for lovers of this great Aussie tradition, complete with heat, sand, flies and a bush band (the Old Rusty Nails) playing colonial ballads and classic Aussie pop songs. It also highlighted the evolution of the damper, as the traditional water-flour loaf went head to head with a plethora of gourmet variations. The event was jointly presented by Alice Springs Town Council, Lhere Artepe a...Read more

The Todd Runs A Banker

Jun 01, 2009 | Discuss

By ordinary standards, the Todd may usually be `empty’. But every time it flows it soaks up more memories, more history. Every bend of the river, every tree, every bridge and causeway has a story to go with it. Historian Dick Kimber was a young man when he came to Alice Springs to teach in 1970, and as do most new arrivals, was keenly looking forward to see the legendary river come down. It took its time, but when it finally arrived made up for its long absence with a riveting performance R...Read more