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Erwin Chlanda

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Alice Springs


v. 10 issue 44

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Here's your chance to take the plunge, and have a say in shaping policies on issues that are in your face every day. The Charles Darwin University's final free symposium for 2003 moves to Alice Springs on Monday and Tuesday, December 8 and 9. Putting the spotlight on race relations, high calibre presenters tackle issues such as violent and suicidal youth, cultural politics, racism and health care, child sexual abuse, the limits of the legal system, the tensions between tourism access and community expectations and the media's imaging of fear and division. The NT Tourist Commission's Anthony Ellis will speak on "character and experiences" visitors are expecting to encounter. "For that to be properly developed a community itself has to understand what it is. "Over the years this town had different sorts of identities it traded on, such as A Town Like Alice. "A more contemporary one is Desert Knowledge, or indigenous art. "The way in which the people who live in the community identify themselves within that community is important for the visitor. "They are looking for that sort of experience when they come here. "What often happens is that tourism itself starts to drive the way in which towns think of themselves. "If you look at the way in which Alice Springs has been marketed and you see it on the CATIA shirts they have a picture of Uluru with 'the heart, the soul and the centre' as the brand line. "It's identifying Alice Springs as part of the Rock, rather than a community in own right with its own history and traditions." Are the School of the Air and Flying Doctors outdated? Yes, says Mr Ellis: "And you have developers now with different visions in mind, like 18 hole golf courses with lovely greens. "They are not reflective of a community living in a proper and sensible relationship with its environment, because it's heavily demanding on water, which is in limited supply, it takes up a lot of space, and despite there being a lot of country around Alice Springs there is not a lot of developable land. "You drive through the subdivisions and you'll see some very inappropriate architecture, which reflects confusion about where they are in the mind of some of the community. "A Tuscan style villa isn't really an appropriate development concept for Alice Springs. "People building these houses don't really have an understanding of what Alice Springs is and means." Hosted by ex 60 minutes journalist, Jeff McMullen, the symposium's keynote address is provided by Professor Michael Keith, Head of the University of London's Centre for Urban and Community Research who will chart the anxiety and unity that arises from the relationship between urban design, race and racism and policing. Additional presenters include Janet Holmes a Court, Ted Wilkes, William Tilmouth, Ian Tuxworth, Olga Havnen, Barbara Flick and Kate Finlayson.The symposium also features the film "Lonely Boy Richard" an intimate account of one man's journey to jail. Beginning at 8 am on Monday at the Araluen Centre, Larapinta Drive, Alice Springs, everyone is invited to attend. For a detailed program and to register log onto www.cdu.edu.au/cdss2003 or contact the events officer on 8946 6554. A PLACE FOR POETRY. Review by RUSSELL GOLDFLAM. Living Room Poems from the Centre Edited by Jan Owen Ptilotus Press, 115 pp Nowhere in the world is the potency of poetry more palpable than in Central Australia, where for millennia Arrernte sorcerers have sung their sacred sagas, fertilising the earth, conjuring love and poisoning foe, their chanted, enchanted words imbued with supernatural power. Since then Australian poets from Ted Strehlow to Barry Hill have tried, with varying degrees of success, to write in or out of this intimidating Arandic tradition. By contrast, the 10 more modest local poets, whose work is anthologised by Jan Owen in Living Room Poems from the Centre, shy away from the classic, epic track. Their concerns are initially domestic, as Louise Lowson's evocative cover scene of a kitchen cuppa and a rollie