Thorny News Update


There's often regular reminders in life to really reassess the things that matter most to us, particularly when someone gets sick, we lose people or when mother nature shows us her full power like the recent cyclone that has ravaged Fiji.

For many of us what matters most is our health, our families, the people we love, being able to have the necessities of life - food, shelter, clothing - and our connection to nature.

These are the things we need to prioritise amongst the often confronting juggle of making ends meet, negotiating political and economic systems, technology, relentless media exposure and consumerism, complex social engagements, and an increasing focus on distressing global issues and climate change.

Unfortunately yesterday another good friend of many in this town was lost to the complexities of living in 2016. It is a big world we live in with it's many injustices, trauma's and hard realities - and for some of us it is just too much to endure. At the moment each week there seems to be news of a friend, or a friend of a friend, who is deciding it is too hard to continue on. It makes me, and all those who have loved them, incredibly sad and forces us to reflect on the reality of our lives in this modern age. 

To be honest I have felt incredibly overwhelmed in the last few weeks too - and it is a state of being that most of us have to negotiate at different times in our lives, often in an ongoing fashion.

Essentially we have to collectively try harder to create a fairer, more equitable, sustainable and loving world! Protecting our environment, campaigning for social justice, helping those who are disadvantaged, healing the sick - there's so many ways and fronts to work on…and so many fronts we ARE working on! But we have to keep going! If not for ourselves, then for the next generations following us who also have to find their way through it. I honestly believe that at this time each and every positive and heartfelt action helps to right the imbalance.

Let's find new ways to communicate and support each other in this journey. It IS a worthy journey. I was reminded of this again last night after I went to the memorial gathering, when I climbed Spencer Hill with my kids and saw the world turn golden as the sun set and the full moon rose. Such a beautiful moment to be part of. There IS so much beauty and joy we can find in this world, we just have to be able to see it….and believe in it.

Much love to those who are hurting at this time….here in Alice Springs, in Fiji, and all across this beautiful, intense, full-power planet.

Today I hold my loved ones close x

ALEC Communications and Campaigns Manager


NT Nuclear Waste Dump Proposal

ANSTO Community Consultations

Last week the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) ran a community consultation process with regard to the the NT Hale (Arigold Date Farm) nuclear waste dump site selection process.

There was strong community opposition at Titjikala, with 50 community members attending the meeting. Unfortunately an interpreter wasn't properly organised and there was a high level of scientific information presented to local community members, for many whom English is a second language. However the message was loud and clear. Titjikala says no!

A packed room of more than 150 people participated in the community consultation at the Andy McNeil Room in Alice Springs. There was resounding opposition to the proposal, with questions around the blatant misinformation about nuclear medicine in the fact sheets that have been sent to all homes in the region, why an interpreter wasn't provided for the community consultation in Titjikala, the safety of our underground water aquifers, and a distinct distrust in government processes was evident. Alice Springs says no nuclear waste dump in the Northern Territory!

ALEC encourages community members to make a public submission. Submissions are open until 11th March. Go to or to the ALEC website to download a pro-form submission template.

Central Australian Frack Free Alliance


In early March the Central Australian Frack Free Alliance (CAFFA) will start our 'Gasfield-Free' community survey of Alice Springs. Our goal is to self-declare Alice Springs, Gasfield Free one suburb at a time! The Gasfield Free Community surveying approach is a powerful democratic grassroots process, which has occurred in over 60 communities around Australia, is a way of building a strong community by connecting people so we can better withstand the pressures of mining companies and choose the future we want. More information on the process can be accessed on the Lock the Gate website;  
If you are interested in finding out more and being involved in your neighbourhood come to our upcoming Community Surveying Training Session!
When: Saturday 27th February 2016 1:00-4:00pm
Where: Arid Lands Environment Centre CNR Kraegen St & Gap Rd
What to bring: Pen and paper and other friends who might want to help!
Afternoon tea provided!
NOTE:  It is important that you are able to make it to the whole training as this is when we'll allocate streets, and run through how the process works. Please try and make it for entire time. In order for us to be able to plan for the logistics of area allocation and training we would really appreciate you RSVP to: By: Thursday 25th Feb

This is going to be a really fun way to get to know our neighbours, extending social groups as we go. It is really exciting to think we can be part of this social movement; that will no doubt have a huge impact on our shared community. Please encourage your friends, family, neighbours and colleagues to get involved too - it will be more fun & many hands make light work!
The Knitting Nanna’s will once again brave the heat of the day to stand strong against unsafe fracking in the Territory. They will be knitting this Friday 26 Feb from 12-pm -2pm on the Uniting church lawns in the Todd Mall - opposite the NT Government Regional Development Office.
Pop by on your lunch break to show your support & get informed!! To find out more or get involved contact Gerda Hawke: 0423 662 709 


Our next campaign meeting will be held Monday 7 March at 5:30pm at the ALEC Office – 90 Gap Rd (cnr of Kraegen St & Gap Rd – Opposite Pigglys Grocery). Hope to see you there!

Community Notices


Alice Springs community members are needed to help organise an Earth Hour event on Saturday 19th March. Please email

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