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02 NEWS FRIDAY JUNE 20 2014 CAVE01Z01MA - V1 Changes to Land Rights a huge risk NT Minister for Community Services Bess Price has taken aim at the Central Land Council as she calls for a shake-up to the Aboriginal Land Rights Act. She described the 1976 Act as outdated, and expressed her disappointment with the CLC for failing to achieve long-term goals to benefit Aboriginal self-determination. Im disappointed with (director) David Ross because CLC has been around since day one of the Land Rights Act and nothing has changed since then, Ms Price said. She said the time had come for traditional owners to sit down with land councils to try and work out what changes could be made. We traditional owners need to start making money and benefiting from our land. Its about creating employment opportunities for Aboriginal people who would like to see this happen. Mr Ross has urged Ms Price to think about the implications of altering the Land Rights Act. The Minister is playing a dangerous political game and putting at risk nearly 40 years of struggle to have land returned to its traditional landowners, without stating what the real problems are or offering any detailed alternatives. Member for Lingiari Warren Snowdon said comments by Ms Price, if acted upon, would undermine the rights of Aboriginal people to their land and to long-term social and economic benefits. Matt Garrick Volunteer Pau Martin Robbins rugs up in preparation for the annual St Vincent de Paul appeal Its a wrap to help out Sarah Rohweder COMMUNITY REPORTER THE St Vincent de Paul Society Alice Springs branch is preparing to assist less fortunate community members during this years chilly period with their annual Blanket Appeal. The yearly fundraiser aims to collect and distribute warm blankets to those in need during the winter season. The organisations Emergency Relief coordinator Bernie OGrady said the local branch hosted the event in partnership with the Catholic Church, each year. We ask for donations from those who attend the church and that is then donated to the organisation and put towards purchasing blankets and food parcels, she said. The purchases are usually used in the food van and are also given to those who come into the church looking for assistance during the winter period. All of the donations we collect go directly back into the Alice Springs community. We generally get a good response from community members, but that is very typical of Alice Springs residents who are always willing to give. St Vincent de Paul also hosted their inaugural CEO Sleepout earlier this week, where 26 individuals signed up to take part in the fundraiser. Ms OGrady confirmed the funds collected from this event would be used within the local community. It is channelled through the Emergency Relief fund at the shop and is then used to assist people with bonds and paying rent more readily, she said. This years Blanket Appeal is being held from May 5 to July 18. For more information or to donate, phone 8952 1074. Doors open at Memo THERE was movement in the town as word had got around that the Memo Club was open for business again. The club had a soft opening on Wednesday to coincide with the second State of Origin rugby league game in Sydney. Ted Henningham was a happy first customer to walk through the doors at the reopening of the club at noon. It always was a good family club and supported sport in the town, he said. The reopening is good for the town, families and the Masters Games. One of the features of the club is the dining with an extensive menu for lunch and dinner. Adult meals are priced from less than $12. 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