“I’m sick and tired of Mr Jurrah!” said an irate Magistrate Daynor Trigg before sending the name of the famous footballer to the bottom of the list of matters he’d deal with this morning. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
Night markets turn 10 with a very jovial crowd. KIERAN FINNANE reports. Pictures by ERWIN CHLANDA.
The Central Desert Regional Council is continuing its attempts to press the Federal Government into paying it more money for child care, and is now getting support from Congress. However the council and its president Adrian Dixon (pictured) are not answering questions. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
A $2m investment in a new showroom is a good indication of what the Kittle car trading family thinks of the future of Alice Springs. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Andrew Kittle with a twin-cab HiLux 4WD – the type of vehicle which seems to have replaced the fast ute as the conveyance of choice for the young blokes.
After years of being mostly a “look, but don’t touch” object, the Residency has been taken out of mothballs, and a stream of visitors and users counters assertions that the CBD is dead. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: Heritage Alice Springs Coordinator, Tara Leckey, and volunteer Peter Kay in the living room.
The most isolated heavy metal band in the world, Southeast Desert Metal, are set to launch their debut film clip in Alice Springs tomorrow.
Police are investigating an unlawful entry and stealing incident in Alice Springs earlier this week.
Eminent Aboriginal men and women from across Central Australia are preparing to launch Every Hill got a Story, the Centre’s first comprehensive oral history collection, writes the Central Land Council. PHOTO: Contribuor Frankie Holmes.
Four men were injured, one seriously, when they were attacked last night by five or six men in their 20s who are described as being of Aboriginal appearance. PHOTO: One of the victims, Alex Harris. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
A railway to Queensland and a broader workers’ migration agreement are in the Chief Minister’s sights.
The NT Government will establish a “Northern Territory dedicated zone” in an eco-safari park in China, writes Peter Styles (pictured), Minister for Asian Engagement and Trade.
The Redback provided four days and six stages of some of the most inspiring mountain biking Australia has to offer, racing along the jaw-dropping trails around Alice Springs.
The Minister for Social Services Scott Morrison has urged the Central Desert Regional Council to “act in good faith” over the closure of child care centres. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Queensland academic Dr Sally Driml provides background information about the Great Barrier Reef and its demise predicted by Tim Flannery. FULL STORY »
The Great Barrier Reef, because of irreversible climate change impact, “as an extensive ecosystem … must be counted among the living dead”. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
The possibility of UNESCO putting the Great Barrier Reef on the endangered list is causing profound distress in Queensland’s tourism administration and industry. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Police operation in Bougainvillea Avenue. UPDATE. FULL STORY »
Australia Institute pours cold water on claims by Adam Giles and others about the benefit of gas production and the planned pipeline.
Is the fracking cat out of the bag? Yes, but it could be put back in, without exposing the NT Government to litigation. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
The Centre is still in the economic wilderness: Not much is happening aside from throwing public money at police stations and a courthouse (pictured) that may sadly be necessary but are producing nothing. ERWIN CHLANDA comments.
A letter of intent has been signed by the Blatherskite Park Land Trust for “potential collaboration” in developing a massive technology, sport and education hub. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Engineers and tradesmen are constructing four duplex houses which will help reduce overcrowding, writes Army Major Chris Sampson.
Testing the waters for showing and selling work by independent artists is the idea behind a pop up gallery in Todd Mall, one of now five pop ups planned for the coming weeks, with Tjanpi Desert Weavers also throwing their hat into the ring. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
As bureaucracy and political correctness are turning outback larrikins into an endangered species, the 100 local Rotary members staging Henley on Todd are thumbing their noses at those scourges, keeping alive the town’s brand of being unique. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Watch the video of the Viking boat catch fire.
Temporary Beat Locations at bottle shops have been very effective in reducing alcohol sales levels and alcohol-related offending. When they don’t work is when there are not enough police, writes (pictured), of the People’s Alcohol Action Coalition (PAAC).
The NT Government must use the information from its water drilling program to build a knowledge bank that allows for the sustainable development, but venturing down this path without a moratorium on fracking in the NT will see the tragic abuse of the groundwater that nurtures all life out here, writes Jimmy Cocking (pictured), Director, Arid Lands Environment Centre (ALEC).
Meredith Campbell has been appointed to the prestigious role of the Alice Springs Town Crier writes Rex Mooney, Council CEO (pictured).
An allocation of $2.4m over four years in the 2014 Territory Budget for exploration of water resources is being spread over nine regions, an effort an Alice Springs Councillor calls meagre but at least a start. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Aboriginal corporation manager seeks Personal Violence Order against activist Rosalie Kunoth-Monks (pictured). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
The ‘paperless arrest’ law impacts disproportionately on Indigenous Territorians, is therefore unfair and should be repealed, Coroner Greg Cavanagh said today in his findings on the death in custody of Kumunjayi Langdon of Yuendumu. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
UPDATED with additional reporting, 17 August 2015.
Four of Todd Mall’s vacant premises will be brought back to life by pop up ventures during the Alice Desert Festival and Desert Mob. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »
A 71-year-old woman was hit by a rock on August 6 when she was a passenger in a car traveling behind Yirara College. FULL STORY »
The gloves are clearly off for the new political party being formed in the NT, 1Territory, with a swipe from president Braedon Earley (pictured) at Chief Minister Adam Giles over where he lives. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
What’s happening with Melanka? ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Residential real estate investors may be banking on the proposed salt mine 120 kms south of town, but it clearly is in the ‘so close and yet so far’ category. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Close to 200 mountain bikers will descend on Alice Springs for The Redback, presented by Ingkerreke Commercial, Australia’s most legendary mountain bike stage race, writes Erica Naughtin.
A bid to cross Australia from east to west on solar powered quad bikes (pictured) had to be scrapped or at least postponed by a year, reports ERWIN CHLANDA.
Two police officers were allegedly attacked with a broomstick and a frying pan last night when they were called out to investigate an alleged assault.
The notion that money can fix shortcomings in education is put under stress by NAPLAN data made public this week. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
It’s that day of the year again, when the town turns out to show its support of Old Timers … and to stock up on its homemade cakes and preserves.
Desert artists have triumphed in the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, announced in Darwin last night. FULL STORY »
Aurora, the South Australian hotel and land development group which has a long association with Alice Springs, is expanding its latest project just outside The Gap. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
The Harts Range Races is where townies mix with bushies, once a year, as they’ve done for 68 years: In fact today’s Picnic Day holiday has its roots in an impromptu horse race there. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Three new remote-community child care centres, built at a cost of more than $4 million, will close due to a lack of funding, leaving little kids out in the cold, writes Cathryn Hutton, Central Desert Regional Council CEO. FULL STORY »
The government is continuing the planning and design for the Sadadeen Connector Road which will also provide better flood access to the Mt Johns Valley area. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
The NT Government will provide $360,000 over four years to install 22 “mobile hotspots” in Central Australia’s outback.
A twelve-year gap in life expectancy still exists between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, according to a recent study comparing surgical deaths in the Northern Territory, writes Dr John Treacy, Northern Territory Medical School of Flinders University. FULL STORY »
Spectacular cakes, and an array of home made chutneys and preserves at Old Timers tomorrow – and books, despite Kindles.
The by-election on October 10 to fill the seat of Cr Kylie Bonanni (pictured) will cost the Town Council $70,000 although it will take over some of the work from the NT Electoral Commission.
The Territory leads the nation in statistics of children who are in “out of home care” and Central Australia is significantly ahead within the Territory. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
A pastoralist says he has shot or baited about 1000 feral dogs in the past five years on his family’s cattle station Mount Riddock, north-east of Alice Springs. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Forty-four years ago to this day in Yuendumu, some 300 kms north-west of Alice, the doors opened on an extraordinary event. Recognising it changes the story of the beginnings of the contemporary Western Desert art movement. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
Will pop-up shops save Todd Mall? Maybe, says Ann de Marco, but she warns against expecting an easy remedy to the decline of business in our Main Drag. She spoke with ERWIN CHLANDA.
Financial information that Tangentyere Council has been concealing from the public for decades will soon be on the internet. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: CEO Walter Shaw.
… or will we be up for a second by-election costing $90,000? DAVID MORTIMER writes. FULL STORY »
What do James Bond and Henley on Todd have in common? Lots. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Aston Martin sports car.
Mayor Damien Ryan has met with business owners in Todd Mall to explore the possibility of pop up shops, and meanwhile business interests have popped in on him. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
UPDATED: See further comments from the Mayor in FULL STORY »
A depleted town council tonight elected Councillor Steve Brown as Deputy Mayor, to hold the post until next March. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
More than 50 drags Desert Nationals competitors and crews from interstate delivered a shot in the arm of the local economy. DANIELLE de BRENNI reports.
Whenever things go pear shaped the government comes up with something that nobody really understands but that gives everyone a warm feeling in the tummy. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Santos has a disastrous environmental track record at its other fracking operations around Australia, the artists claim.
Town Council elected member and Deputy Mayor, Kylie Bonanni (at left), who resigned today, says caring for her ill mother needs to be her priority at the moment. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Crossing the outback with little left to chance. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Part of the convoy in Todd Mall yesterday.
Police charge man with sexual intercourse without consent, aggravated assault and stealing near Flynn Church (pictured).
As in the 1967 referendum, the question on which we will vote in 2017 will have both a symbolic and a technical/legal meaning. We had better be clear about them, writes TIM ROWSE.
The Desert Nationals at Alice Springs Inland Dragway on the weekend kicked off the national series with some records being broken, and local competitor Brian Moore (pictured) among the winners.
The first round of the 2015/2016 Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series fired up yesterday with qualifying for the Desert Nationals at Alice Springs Inland Dragway.
Lhere Artepe not the prospective owner of the store. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: The centre’s bland facade may get a make-over.
A commercial rent war is heating up as the Alice Plaza is attracting businesses from other shopping centres and is likely to be adding an IGA supermarket to its tenants. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Empty shops in the Alice Plaza where the IGA is proposed to be located.
Live cattle could be shipped to China within months, writes Primary Industry Minister Willem Westra van Holthe.
Should Michael Gunner be subservient to the Federal Labor Party on fracking, this would place Labor supporters throughout the Territory in a difficult position, writes Bruce Francais, of Katherine.
When the Mall comes to life, Maureen’s stall offers kindness.
There are two strands to the Yapa Styles event: one showcases excellence in Indigenous design, especially in fabrics and accessories; the other fosters self-confidence and “the beauty within” in local Aboriginal people, boys and girls, women and men. KIERAN FNNANE reports.
Drinking in public is escalating again, says grog abuse action group. PHOTO: Drinking wine in the park across the road from Todd Tavern last week.
It is time to write the last two years off as a bad experiment go back to the drawing board on government water planning, writes David Morris (pictured) of the Environmental Defenders Office.
A new announcement possible to follow month of fasting, suggests Cattlemen’s Association. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: The recent Alice Springs cattle sale.
$1m barramundi much more likely to be caught by locals than tourists. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Artist Faye Alexander is perennially on the lookout for materials as she goes about her daily life and travels, then meditates on what she has found until its expressive potential is revealed, writes Kieran Finnane. FULL STORY »
Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion (pictured) could easily answer questions about Centrecorp because its largest shareholder, the Central Land Council, is a Commonwealth statutory authority under his control. But he won’t. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
The Alice Desert Festival program strikes a good balance between creativity with deep roots in the community and some stimulating imports, writes Kieran Finnane. FULL STORY »
Bradley Connor races in NT Dirt-Kart Titles in Alice Springs after surgery to remove a tumor late last year. DANIELLE DeBRENNI reports.
“The land’s there for everyone,” the artist Mervyn Rubuntja told the audience gathered for the opening of a new exhibition at Watch This Space. Kieran Finnane reports.
UPDATED photo of artists and show extended, see FULL STORY.
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