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The Centralian advocate Tue 27 Aug 2013



The Centralian advocate Tue 27 Aug 2013


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Alice Springs

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Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, August 27, 2013 5 V S A & N T V o lu n te e r in g c o lu m n s 10 Aug Alice Desert Festival 7EDTH n 3UNDAY TH 3EPTEMBER n %XPERIENCE THE &UN !RT AND #ULTURE OF THE #ENTRE n PICK UP A PROGRAM BOOKLET AND CHOOSE YOUR EVENTS 0ARTNERING BY Contact: Dianne Logan at alice.springs@volunteeringsa-nt.org.au www.volunteeringsa-nt.org.au Development & Training: Volunteers Required: THE NOT-FOR-PROFIT BOARD STRENGTHENING GOVERNANCE FOR DIRECTORS OF NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANISATIONS When: Thursday 19 September 2013 Time: 8:30am 5:30pm Facilitated by Australian Institute of Company Directors Alice Desert Festival varied roles 11 -15 Sept - call Lisa Marie on 8952 2392 Facilitated by Australian Institute of Company Directors Mbantua Festival - varied positions 9 -13 October 2013 - call Aaron on 8953 4000 Willowra Learning Centre To look after and open the centre from 26 Aug to 7 Sept. Call Kerry on 8964 7104 Achievements & Celebrations The Drovers Ball... another success, with nearly 600 guests and raising more than $30,000. The highlight of the raffle was a set of pearl earrings donated by Paspaley. Henley-on-Todd 2013 sailed into success with 4,500 spectators and being fully supported by over 90 volunteers on the day and the week leading up to the event. The winning BYOB was won by the team Pigs can Fly VOLUNTEERS of the Month - Aug 2013 s!NGLICARE *EFF4URPIN WHOS BEEN VOLUNTEERING WITH -/7 FOR CLOSE ON YEARS SINCE 2ED #ROSS HAD THE (!## CONTRACT s2IDINGFORTHE$ASABLED 4YLER(ARRIS HAS VERY UNSELlSHLY GIVEN UP MOST OF HIS AFTERNOONS AND WEEKENDS IF ASKED WITH DUTIES THAT HE HAS CHOSEN TO UNDERTAKE (E IS A YOUNG VERY SENSIBLE AND COMPASSIONATE PERSON WHO HAS DEMONSTRATED OUTSTANDING RESOLVE MATURE JUDGMENT AND MORAL CHARACTER BEYOND HIS YEARS s$ROVERS ,IN$ANBYAND!NNIE-C,EOD WHO TOOK CHARGE OF SELLING "ALL TICKETS AND THE TIRELESS JOB OF ORGANISING TABLES FOR GUESTS s(ENLEY ON 4ODD 0ETER-OSTRAN &ROM BEFORE DAWN UNTIL AFTER DUSK IN THE WEEK LEADING UP TO THE EVENT 0ETER SPENT COUNTLESS HOURS ERECTING FENCES MARQUEES STALLS AND EVEN A LIGHTHOUSE TURNING THE DRY 4ODD 2IVER BED INTO THE FANTASTIC NAUTICAL EXPERIENCE WHICH IS THE (ENLEY ON 4ODD 2OGER3ELLECK n THE QUIET ACHIEVER ENSURED THAT ALL OF THE VOLUNTEERS WORKING IN THE WEEK LEADING UP TO AND INCLUDING (ENLEY ON 4ODD WERE ALL WELL FED AND WATERED 2OGER HAS UNDERTAKEN THIS ROLE FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS NOW AND HAS HIS SYSTEM hDOWN PATv Event of the Month Charities Are you an organisation that could benefit from bread donations on a regular basis? Is your group reliable? Can you pick up bread from 6.15pm on a given day? Call 0400 275 446 NEWS Musical mall strikes right note Musicians Warren H Williams and Leon Spurling believe musos should be used to entertain Todd Mall crowds Picture: JUSTIN BRIERTY Katie Weiss THE mall could become alive with the sound of music under a proposal to play tunes through a series of pipes. Alice Springs Town Council member Dave Douglas musical proposal struck a note with his fellow councillors. Councillor Steve Brown said playing music in the Todd Mall would add to its vibrancy and attract people into the space. I think its always nice to have music in the mall, he said. Mr Brown said ambient music and a bit of country music (to add a bit of atmosphere) would be suitable genres for the mall. You could hardly let it blare out on what young people would probably listen to. Youd probably want some ambient music, he said. Councillor Brendan Heenan said he would back the proposal but the costs for playing music would need to be approved first. Mr Heenan said the soothing and soft tunes of Mozart and other classical composers would be appropriate in the mall, along with a few country western tunes. We need to get people into the mall to make it a bit more lively, he said. Councillor Chansey Paech said he would consider supporting the proposal so long as the music was appropriate and no explicit language was used in songs. Mr Paech said he would support indigenous music (being that were in the heart land) being played, along with nature and chill-out tunes. He said music from local artists, such as Warren H Williams, Catherine Satour and Jacinta Price, would appeal to tourists. All three councillors, Brown, Heenan and Paech did not support playing music in the mall at night to deter anti-social behaviour and loitering. Charles Darwin University contemporary music lecturer and musician Cain Gilmour said music in the mall would need to be local. Theres a hell of a lot of good musicians out here, Mr Gilmour said. I would be embarrassed if music from other places was selec ted, the last thing I want to hear is Brown Eyed Girl while walking down the mall. Youve got to be proud of what youve got. The proposal was raised at the town councils Tourism, Events and Promotions Committee earlier this year. Helping those left behind by suicide Jessica Brown A new service to help people deal with their bereavement following a suicide will be launched in Alice Springs today. The StandBy Response Service was established by the Mental Health Association of Central Australia in partnership with United Synergies. It is one of Australias most successful suicide bereavement programs. Families and communities are often unprepared for the emotional and social impact that occurs following the suicide death of a loved one. The impact of suicide often causes distress and concern across the whole community. StandBy provides a 24-hour coordinated crisis response to help people bereaved by suicide regardless of when or where it occurred by utilising and expanding upon existing emergency and community support mechanisms. National StandBy Response co-ordinator Jill Fisher said the service will enable the team to respond sensitively and appropriately and provide the best possible support to those who need it. Experience with the StandBy program has demonstrated that the provision of support to the bereaved at a time convenient to them is more effective when available and delivered from within their local community, she said. Active participation and co-operation by a wide range of agencies such as ambulance, police, coronial services and community groups results in bereaved people accessing the right support at the right time and in the right place via a reliable, single point of contact. The Alice Springs StandBy Partnership launch is an opportunity for community groups, local agencies and interested individuals to attend and learn about the program. It will be at Elkira Court Motel, 65 Bath St, from 9pm. The service will be operational from October 15. Driver claims punch led to car accident A 35-year-old man has been charged with assaulting a 40-year-old woman in Alice Springs. Detective Superintendent Brent Warren said the offender allegedly punched the victim while she was driving, causing their vehicle to crash at around 1.30pm on Wednesday. Police located the alleged offender at 2.30pm the same day and charged him with aggravated assault and breaching a domestic violence order, Supt Warren said. He was remanded in custody and will appear before Alice Springs Magistrates Court on September 5. Boost for detainees THE Northern Territory Government is trying to introduce new legislation that will increase transparency in places of detention by allowing the United Nations to visit and inspect at any time. Attorney-General John Elferink said the Monitoring of Places of Detention Bill would provide the Commonwealth with the necessary support to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture if passed through Parliament. OPCAT aims to prevent torture and other cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment, Mr Elferink said. Locations used by the Northern Territory Government to hold detainees should have the appropriate standards of security, safety, good order and personal privacy. What do we want? MEMBERS of the community make some mall music mixtape suggestions: Leon Spurling (Alice Springs singer/songswriter) Keep it nice and mellow with some Leonard Cohen and a bit of local stuff then some Megadeth on Friday night would go alright. n Leonard Cohen n Megadeath n The Beatles n Sinead OConnor n Nokturnal Cain Gilmour (Charles Darwin University music lecturer) Youve got to be proud of what youve got, there are a hell of a lot of good musicians out here. n Leon Spurling n Colin Lillie n Sally Balfour n Tjupi Band n Jessica Mauboy Kay Eade (Chamber of Commerce Central Australia) Music that people from different generations listen to. n The Eagles n Fleetwood Mac n Hunters and Collectors n Men At Work n Rod Stewart