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Community newspspers; Australia, Central; Alice Springs (N.T.); Newspapers

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Erwin Chlanda

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Alice Springs


v. 17 issue 18

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There is usually a slump in the second half of June when people stay home and attend to end of financial year chores says tourism pioneer Jim Cotterill, who owns Jims Place at Stuarts well. On the Stuart Highway 90 kms south of Alice Springs, he has a great vantage point to monitor sections of the industry. He has free camping for caravanners who pay for showers, beer, food and souvenirs, and give their cameras a big work-out with Dinky the Singing Dingo. He says grey nomads in caravans and mobile homes are plentiful. But they watch their pennies, compared to past years. The caravan parks are doing fairly well, but the road travellers are camping out bush whenever they can. Jim, together with his father Jack, opened up Kings Canyon in the 1960s. Jim and wife Mardi ran the bush resort Wallara Ranch for decades but were kicked off the land by the Liddle family in a dispute over the lease. Jim says the grey nomads have an infallible network of information about facilities, good and bad. News of rude staff, too high admission fees to parks, bad food and anti social behaviour does the rounds very smartly, in campfire chats, caravan park laundry gossip or on the CB radio network. But so does the good news, says Jim: a friendly face, a kind deed, a great meal are the stuff of word of mouth propaganda that works fast and best. Jim says its never one thing thats makes or breaks the industry at any given time: We may lose 10% to the volcano in Iceland, 5% to rude people in roadhouses and 15% to stupid restrictions at Ayers Rock and, bingo, were down 30%, he says. Jims son Craig, who owns Alice Wanderer offering local tours and Larapinta transfers, has been able to expand his business by opening a travel agency across from the Tourism CA office, expanding his online booking facility and promotion on the web, and taking on a sub-licence for Greyline Alice Springs. Diversify the core product is his motto, says Craig. Jim says big events such as the Masters Games and Finke are great but their downside is, there isnt room for anyone else at those times. And at a time when many beds have disappeared with the razing of Melanka, the North Edge subdivision taking the place of a resort, and conversions to long term accommodation for Intervention staff thats not a good thing. Ryder death: Spears appeals. By KIERAN FINNANE. The Alice News online edition broke this story on May 24. Chief Justice Brian Martin erred in the sentencing of Joshua Spears for the manslaughter of Kwementyaye Ryder by giving too much weight to deterrrence, punishment and the marked disapproval of the community, according to an affidavit by Mr Spears lawyer, Tony Whitelum. The affidavit, filed on May 25 in the NT Court of Criminal Appeal, outlines grounds for an appeal of Mr Spears sentence which Mr Whitelum asserts is manifestly excessive. The Alice News reported last week Mr Spears intention to seek leave to appeal. Mr Whitelum also asserts that the Chief Justice failed to give weight or sufficient weight to matters personal to the Applicant. These matters are that Mr Spears: was aged 18 at the time of the offence and was severely intoxicated; had no history of prior offending at all; did not give any thought to the consequences of his spontaneous actons and quoting the the Chief Justices Sentencing Remarks lacked the maturity to make decisions independent of the collective response (Para 87); was genuinely sorry for his actions; had done well in his life and had set himself up for a good future; was a person of very good character (Para 92); was an honest, hardworking and respectful young person who lived and worked with Aboriginal people and was welcome to resume employment with his employer (Para 92); had both the character and the capacity to re-establish your life when you are released and his conduct was totally out of character. Further, his prospects of rehabilitation are excellent and he is highly unlikely to reoffend against the criminal law (Para 95).

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