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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Dispute over who should provide services to Mutitjulu (a community at Uluru) continues. A little while ago the Macdonnell Shire (the 'local' council, covering approx. 268,887 square kilometres) realised that the weren't responsible for providing services to Mititjulu, as the Federal Government through Parks Australia, holds the 99 year lease for the National Park within which Mititjulu sits. They immediately pulled their services and maintain that service delivery is up to the Federal Government. The Mutitjulu Community Aboriginal Corporation told the ABC that they had warned the Shire of this situation in the beginning, but they chose to ignore it until now. The community would like to control their own services. Hopefully a resolution will be reached soon - read more here

Traditional owners of Muckaty Station are launching a legal fight to stop construction of a nuclear wast dump on their land - more details here

An escaped prisoner has been updating his facebook status while on the run. He escaped last week while in the custody of the Townsville police and since then police have been following his exploits through facebook. They have yet to track down where he's updating from and he remains at large, with many new facbook friends - read more plus his mates' 'txt speak' here

Picture of Uluru taken by me on film in 2004

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