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TUESDAY JUNE 17 2014 NEWS 03 V1 - CAVE01Z01MA Ten set to break in new boot camp program TEN juvenile offenders have been inducted into a new early intervention boot camp after being identified as at-risk of ongoing criminal behaviour. The boot camps a $2.2 million project instigated by the NT Government to prevent children from entering the criminal justice system comes off the back of a successful trial, held last year. Correctional Services Minister John Elferink said the aim of the program was to engage youth with learning, education and positive progression. The youths will spend 10 days in a remote wilderness environment around 300km south of Alice Springs and will be placed in both mentally and physically challenging situations, he said. These youths will be put in challenging situations where they will learn the benefits of positive decision-making and be accountable for their harmful and destructive behaviour. Participants will also be case managed for up to three months following the camp, with the program having a heavy focus on follow up support for the individual and their family. However, Shadow Minister for Corrections Michael Gunner suggested the boot camps were not a sustainable solution for tackling youth crime. 2013 was the most violent year in the history of Alice Springs, he said. The CLPs response has been to cut police funding and break their election promise on extra police. The ... bootcamps are just a renamed version of the youth camps they scrapped in 2012. But Minister Elferink previously suggested the new framework would actually deter youth from entering the criminal system. The CLP is implementing initiatives to reduce youth offending through the Youth Justice Framework, and will work with children who are at risk of entering or are already in the corrections system, he said. The Framework will outline an integrated approach to tackling the issues facing troubled youth. Tangentyere Council will operate the camps in the Central Australian region. Sarah Rohweder PUP doing it cheap as low-frills vehicle rolls in MINING billionaire Clive Palmer loves expensive cars. But you wouldnt know it if you saw the latest fourwheeled member of his partys Northern Territory wing. The official PUP promotional vehicle rolled into Alice Springs three weeks ago, adorned with the man Clive himself on one side and PUPs Territory head Alison Anderson on the other. But heres the clincher. Its a cheap Chinese Great Wall SUV a far cry from the 1972 Phantom VI Rolls Royce Mr Palmer chose as his ride into Canberras Parliament House a few weeks back. And its nothing like the Mercedes Benz he took to a lunch at Queenslands parliament more recently. But PUP recruit Eli Melky said he was glad Mr Palmer was being frugal. I never expected a Rolls Royce. If I got one Id be very disappointed, he said. At least we dont rely on taxpayer funding to promote our party. Ms Anderson was recently reported as saying no resources had yet been provided to the NTs Palmer United Party. Mr Melky clarified she was referring to serious resources like personnel and other assets to develop the partys membership and policy. We dont consider this (car) as a resource as such. Its promotional material, he said. Sasha Petrova Palmer United Party members Matty Day and Eli Melky with the Party's new 'resource' Picture: CHARLIE LOWSON Local photographer Steven Pearce with one of his artworks from Atmospheric Immersion, the final exhibition at the Muk Muk Fine Art gallery Picture: JUSTIN BRIERTY Duo seek new horizons AN artistic era in Alice Springs is about to end, with the news the Muk Muk Fine Art gallery will soon close. Owned by husband and wife Mike and Sharon Mitchell since 2010, the prominent Eastside business will host its final exhibition this week, opening on Thursday, June 19. The Mitchells are leaving to chase a business opportunity in Brisbane. Ms Mitchell said the build ing would no longer be used as a gallery space. The actual building is being sold weve got some buyers for that, she said. We will be here until August 8 and then the new owners will come in. Mr Mitchell said the Brisbane move would be an opportunity for Centralian artists to be seen on a more high-profile platform. He said the couple were contemplating having an annual exhibition for their stable of artists as long as they were able to find appropriate space to hang the works. The couple spent three years renovating before opening the gallery in 2010. Since arriving 10 years ago, the pair have been industrious members of the arts and business communities. The final exhibition, a solo show by local photographer Steven Pearce, opens at 6pm on Thursday at Muk Muk Fine Art, 14 Lindsay Ave. Pearce defines Atmospheric Immersion as observations and experiences above the horizon. By moving beyond the horizon and focusing on more than the physical terrain, he aims to capture the inspiring skylines that all Central Australians and visitors have been in awe of time and time again. Over the past four years, he has travelled extensively to many reaches of the Earth, chasing unique photographic opportunities. However, he has always thought of Alice Springs and the Central Deserts of Australia as being home. This year he has returned from his travels to dedicate his first solo photographic show to the skies above the desert. We have all been stopped dead in our tracks, quickly fallen silent or had our days brightened by the sky above us something fleeting yet so inspiring. Pearce will also discuss his practice and inspiration in the gallery on Saturday at 11am. Matt Gerrick Tourist is killed in fall at Canyon A WOMAN who fell from the edge of a walking track in Kings Canyon, Central Australia, has died. Early reports said she was believed to be a young English tourist. Witnesses reportedly saw the woman fall between 50 to 100m at the remote Territory tourist spot in Watarrka National Park. Park rangers, police and local health clinic staff were dispatched to the scene and a helicopter was arranged to airlift the womans body to Alice Springs hospital. Initial police reports suggested the woman had sur vived the fall and was conscious, but suffering several broken bones. However, health authorities later confirmed the woman died at the scene. A police spokesman said details around the fall, including whether the woman was alone or not, were under investigation. Robber on the run from police POLICE have been searching for a man alleged to have robbed and assaulted two women in Alice Springs on Friday night. Southern Investigations Division Detective Sergeant Joedy Kitchen said the incident occurred near the corner of Stuart Terrace and Simpson Street at around 11.00pm. The man assaulted two women and stole a quantity of cash before fleeing on foot towards Telegraph Terrace, Detective Sergeant Kitchen said. The victims sustained no serious injuries. The man has been described as 170cm-180cm tall, athletic build, light-skinned Aboriginal appearance with slight facial hair around his cheeks and on his chin. He was wearing a dark grey flat brimmed hat with the word OBEY on the front. Police are asking anyone who has seen a man matching this description to call 131 444.