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Erwin Chlanda

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Alice Springs


v. 17 issue 18

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when welfare payments are made that the assistance goes to kids, to women, and the evidence from here in the Northern Territory is that this makes a difference to make sure that kids are fed, that bills are paid, that women feel safe. And in those circumstances the government is committed to the income management systems, which are consistent with the Racial Discrimination Act. Drunk driver in council vehicle wipes out drag car on a trailer. By KIERAN FINNANE and CHRISANNE WALSH. A Town Council employee was immediately dismissed for serious misconduct after he crashed into a trailer carrying a race vehicle on Sunday, May 9. He was driving a council vehicle without authorisation and when police attended, it is understood he was charged with drink driving. The Alice News understands that council has received a substantial insurance claim by the owner of the race vehicle. The council declined to comment but through their communications officer made the following statement: Council regrets the damage and inconvenience to those involved caused by the unauthorised misuse of a council vehicle. Tourism season start well overdue. By ERWIN CHLANDA. Being a reporter covering tourism in Alice Springs is a frustrating experience at the moment: Operators are talking, or grumbling, but mostly off the record. Dont mention my name, is a frequent answer. In what is normally the start of the high season, operators are offering up to 50% discounts. Thats what we do in summer, its an out of season strategy. We should not be discounting now, says Craig Cotterill, of tour operator Alice Wanderer. He says the international market has dried up the dollar is too high. Another operator, of 15 years standing and formerly employing half a dozen people, now works on her own and says when her old dog dies Ill be outa here. The start of the season usually around Easter is well overdue so far as the average tourist is concerned, the one who books tours, stays in hotels, patronises local knick-knack shops, wanders around town in the evening, has a meal, after forays into the magnificent MacDonnell Ranges, west and east. Industry sources say there are some bookings from this kind of visitor for later in the year but, who knows, they may be cancelled. A season getting under way in July would be a very short one, indeed. Convention Centre sales and marketing manager Karen Lock says 2010 is a very strong conference year. However, there were no conventions in January nor February, which are traditionally non conference months nationally. There were three events over three days each in March with 338, 250 and 331 delegates respectively. CONVENTIONS In April there were two four-day conventions (185 and 220); in May two events (four and three days, 320 and 250). There is one booking for June, three days for 200 people. There are three conventions booked for July, two for August, four for September, two for October and one for November. The total number of people attending conventions between July and November, on current bookings, will be 4220. Ms Lock says the average spend per convention guest is $410 a day, including about $160 for accommodation, and they stay an average of five nights. Thats up from $270 and three nights four years ago. There are quite a few backpackers, but they are spending very little, lured to the town by holiday jobs that are far more plentiful here than in the southern states. Many backpackers come to save, not to spend. The NT Governments Tourism NT (budget: $40m) and its Minister are making extravagant claims but ignore requests for substantiation (Malarndirri big on spin, Alice News, May 27).

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