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The Centralian advocate Tue 24 Jan 2012



The Centralian advocate Tue 24 Jan 2012


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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs


v. 65 no. 69

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Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, January 24, 2012 5 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 2 4 -J A N -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 5 C O L O R : C M Y K Alice Springs to Adelaide Adelaide to Alice Springs 8256 1299 for a quote 4 6 3 0 0 2 /1 2 NEWS NAIDOC date NAIDOC week will be from July 1 to 8 this year and nominations for awards and the poster competition are now open. The annual poster competition includes a $5000 prize for the winning design which will become the 2012 National NAIDOC Poster. Poster entries close on March 30, and award nominations on April 27. For entry forms and further information on NAIDOC Week, visit www.naidoc.org.au 4G smartphone here THE next generation of mobile phone has arrived in Alice Springs with Telstra and HTC launching Australias first 4G smartphone. The phone is available only with the Telstra network. The 4G coverage offers mobile download speeds ranging from 2Mbps to 40Mbps and upload speeds from 1Mbps to 10Mbps. Telstra Country Wide NT general manager Brian OKeefe said: 4G opens the door to an exciting r a n g e o f e m e r g i n g smartphone applications such as cloud-hosted gaming and streaming music and video collections over the internet. Hybrid showpiece to hit some home runs Murray Stewart promotes his new hybrid game, combining cricket and baseball, with Desert Sports Foundation administrator Susie Thompson Picture: BARRY SKIPSEY Sally Brooks THE idea for a new event on the Alice Springs sporting calendar called the Alliance Cup is being floated by the Desert Sports Foundation. DSF chairman Murray Stewart has suggested a hybrid baseball-cricket game become an annual event to celebrate the alliance between the United States and Australia. He said: Well start it on a local level but then expand out from there. If you think about many of our local events, thats how they started and now theyve become major tourist icons. Weve got the same thoughts and visions in mind. The DSF has held preliminary discussions with the cricket and baseball associations and Mr Stewart, who is also an Alice Springs alderman, said further talks would be held soon to work out the logistics. Local cricket development officer Phil Lovell said: From our point of view it engages a new group of people who have never played cricket before. Anything is worth a try to get more people playing the game. Mr Stewart plans to involve the Joint Defence Facility at Pine Gap. He said: We will be talking to Pine Gap about the game itself and about supplying players and inviting special guests, perhaps the US ambassador and other dignitaries. Mr Stewart says the Alliance Cup would also seek to raise funds to support young people with sporting endeavours. Some junior cricket teams in Alice Springs already play a hybrid baseball-cricket game, but Mr Stewart said some modifications would need to be made to the sport if played at a senior level. He said: We would need to make sure it caters for the power hitting of senior cricketers and senior baseball players. The proposed time for the Alliance Cup is November. Homes work starts held up Sally Brooks YUENDUMU is refusing to sign a lease with the Federal and Territory Governments that would allow construction to begin on a housing program. Central Land Council director David Ross said yesterday the community is demanding that Aboriginal people be employed to help build the houses, which are part of the Strategic Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Program. Mr Ross said the CLC is yet to receive a response to the demand. The second demand from the community is for more houses. Currently the government has allocated 20 new houses for Yuendumu at a cost of $13 million. Mr Ross said: The community also want more houses than the Government says are planned. Yuendumu receives the largest share of the funding out of the three communities receiving SIHIP houses, but inexplicably it ends up receiving fewer houses than Lajamanu or Hermannsburg. The Government has not responded adequately to this concern. SIHIP is jointly funded by the Australian and Northern Territory Governments which have pledged $672 million over five years, from 2008 to 2013, in 73 indigenous communities across the Territory. Andrew Kirkman, executive director of Remote Housing NT, said work on 17 houses at Lajamanu had started and work on 26 h o u s e s i n Hermannsburg will begin this year. Mr Kirkman said: New houses have been earmarked for delivery in Yuendumu but require long-term land tenure. The Northern Territory Government has been working with the Australian Government, the Central Land Council, Yuendumu traditional owners and the broader community to settle land tenure arrangements similar to those recently agreed to at Ntaria and Lajamanu. Bowls tournament in memory of Mr Shaun A LAWN bowls tournament to commemorate Mister Shauns association with the Desert Sports Foundation will be held on March 9. Mister Shaun tragically died in April last year. DSF chairman Murray Stewart said: Mister Shaun was not only a terrific community member but also a big supporter of the Desert Sports Foundation and we want to celebrate his community involvement with both the town and the foundation. The event will be reflective of Mister Shaun. It will be community minded, it will be a lot of fun, it will be about getting families together and also about getting sports clubs together to compete in a friendly environment. The tournament will be held at the Memo Club.

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