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When you have cattle in your blood

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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.

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Council by-election would have cost $100,000

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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.

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Shock numbers for kids in ‘out of home’ care

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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.

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Feral dogs kill cattle, roos

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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.

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Yuendumu writes new chapter on the beginnings of contemporary Western Desert art

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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.

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Trading in the Mall: What to do, and what not.

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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.

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Tangentyere show & tell

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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.

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Councillors aspiring to become MLAs should quit now

… or will we be up for a second by-election costing $90,000? DAVID MORTIMER writes. FULL STORY »

James Bond has role in Henley on Todd

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What do James Bond and Henley on Todd have in common? Lots. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Aston Martin sports car.

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Pop up and pop in

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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 »

Cr Brown is the new Deputy Mayor

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A depleted town council tonight elected Councillor Steve Brown as Deputy Mayor, to hold the post until next March. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

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Drags a family event, fast but safe

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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.

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In trouble? Time to dust off Statehood.

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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.

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Artists want Darwin Fest to reject Santos sponsorship

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Santos has a disastrous environmental track record at its other fracking operations around Australia, the artists claim.

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Bonanni quits: Mum’s illness needs my full time care.

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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.

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Having fun and doing good – in style

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Crossing the outback with little left to chance. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Part of the convoy in Todd Mall yesterday.

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Man charged with rape in CBD

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Police charge man with sexual intercourse without consent, aggravated assault and stealing near Flynn Church (pictured).

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Will we better understand the ‘Recognise’ referendum than we did the 1967 one?

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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.

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Alice nationals delivers on the national drags stage

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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.

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Records set to fall at drags nationals in Alice

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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.

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Plaza IGA: No liquor license application

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Lhere Artepe not the prospective owner of the store. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: The centre’s bland facade may get a make-over.

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Time for action to forestall juvenile crime spree

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As our warmer months return so will the crime and anti-social behaviour. The Chief Minister needs to sign off on the funding that he promised to get at least some youth services restored in Alice Springs, writes Chansey Paech (pictured), Alice Springs Town Councillor.

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Empty Mall shops price war, new IGA likely

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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.

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Live cattle to China: market breakthrough

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Live cattle could be shipped to China within months, writes Primary Industry Minister Willem Westra van Holthe.

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Is Labor Gunner have a fracking problem?

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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.

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Market stalwart a one woman disaster relief organisation

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When the Mall comes to life, Maureen’s stall offers kindness.

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Styling up, Yapa way

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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.

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Temporary Beat Locations – are they on or not?

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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.

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Back to the drawing board on water planning

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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.

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Braitling unit damaged in fire

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A fire caused major damage to a unit in Ludgate Street at 5.30pm yesterday afternoon but police say no-one was hurt. Story and photo by DANIELLE DeBRENNI.

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Indonesian cattle import drop no big worry for Centre

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A new announcement possible to follow month of fasting, suggests Cattlemen’s Association. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: The recent Alice Springs cattle sale.

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Electoral Commission must review draft redistribution – Giles

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The Northern Territory Electoral Commission should retain all three Alice Springs seats and rethink how it deals with population growth in Palmerston, writes Chief Minister Adam Giles.

 

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Snagging tourists or voters?

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$1m barramundi much more likely to be caught by locals than tourists. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Waste not: the art of reinvention

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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 »

Centrecorp not on Minister Scullion’s radar

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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.

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Men’s vital role in protecting children

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An impassioned plea for the protection of children was the message of prominent Aboriginal spokesman William Tilmouth at the NAIDOC march and gathering this morning. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Festival thinks deep and wide

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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 »

Kart racer full throttle again after illness

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Bradley Connor races in NT Dirt-Kart Titles in Alice Springs after surgery to remove a tumor late last year. DANIELLE DeBRENNI reports.

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Victorian interloper wins – again!

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Alice Springs is in the heart of camel country but today’s winner of the Camel Cup, Roman Rumma Rumma, came all the way from Melbourne and Shepparton, Victoria. Again! ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: The tumultuous start of the Cup race. WATCH VIDEO.

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Getting loaded

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NT launch of $4b White Paper in Alice, not in Darwin, and Barnaby Joyce cuts the ribbon to open the new Bohning yards cattle loading ramp. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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New blood will add to camel racing spectacle

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A few young and frisky camels which haven’t been raced before will add to the excitement of the Camel Cup on Saturday.
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We have what it takes, now let’s start strutting it.

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Alice needs something fresh to draw a steady stream of new visitors, writes HAL DUELL. The annual Desert Mob exhibition gives a glimpse of the region’s potential.

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NTG recruiters told to always prefer Aboriginal applicants

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NT Health, the biggest employer in Alice Springs, is giving preference in recruitment to Aboriginal applicants whenever they are “suitable to perform the duties at a level appropriate for the position”. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

See UPDATE 4:10pm

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The black and white of accommodation for travelers

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A temporary home for “the Territory’s most vulnerable” or a very cheap place for the show weekend. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Now that’s better!

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With the road signs repositioned, Atyunpe stands proud!

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Mandatory alcohol treatment may be illegal: academics

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The Alcohol Mandatory Treatment Act, may discriminate against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, say academics. PHOTO: The Central Australian Aboriginal Alcohol Programs Unit in Alice Springs is part of the system. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Bull run in the cattle yards, gong for sunny trade display

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Bull prices rise 25% and local solar stalwarts get gong for home, car use of sun power.

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After a great sale, cattle steal the Show

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While on one end of the grounds the sideshow alley drew a young crowd, at the other cattle judging was in full swing for much of the day, culminating with the selection of the Grand Champion bull.

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Record prices as cattle sale comes back

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Records tumbled at the cattle sale in Alice Springs today when $2.6m worth of stock was sold to buyers from five states. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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It’s a Territory of variety

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Yesterday’s Territory Day festivities reflected the rich fabric of the Alice Springs community. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Members of the Dusty Feet Dance Collective performing in the Mall.

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Giles silent on travel allowance

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Chief Minister Adam Giles (pictured), who receives an annual salary of $288,564.80, is evading questions about how much he has been paid by his government in travel allowances in the past 12 months. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Building lots of things is a surgical strike in the NT

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A disease rears its ugly head again: A keen observer of the local condition calls it the Edifice Complex. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. IMAGE: The proposed transport hub.

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Friendly town with great opportunities gets 58 new Aussies

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Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi: They come from 16 countries.

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In Banda Aceh, hijabs are colourful

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Sharia Law a worry? Not in one of Australia’s island neighbours, reports Alice Springs writer HAL DUELL.

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Man sought in relation to alleged aggravated assaults

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Police are seeking public assistance in locating a 30-year-old man, Matthew Edwards (pictured).

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‘We share the land’

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“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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What’s in this edition?

POLITICS and SOCIETY

Council by-election to fill Bonanni seat would have cost $100,000.

Cr Steve Brown is the new Deputy Mayor.

Other councillors may follow Bonanni.

Will we better understand the ‘Recognise’ referendum than we did the 1967 one? TIM ROWSE comments.

LETTER: Live cattle to China – market breakthrough

LETTER: Is Labor Gunner have a fracking problem?

LETTER: Temporary Beat Locations – are they on or not?

LETTER: Electoral Commission must review draft redistribution – Giles.

Indonesian cattle import drop no big worry for Centre.

Snagging tourists or voters?

Centrecorp not on Minister Scullion’s radar.

$4b rural initiative: Getting loaded.

The black and white of accommodation for travelers.

NTG recruiters told to always prefer Aboriginal applicants.

 

CULTURE and PEOPLE

Feral dogs kill cattle, kangaroos.

Shock numbers for kids in ‘out of home’ care.

Harts Range: When you have cattle in your blood.

Yuendumu writes new chapter on the beginnings of contemporary Western Desert art. By KIERAN FINNANE.

Trading in the Mall: What to do, and what not.

Tangentyere show & tell.

James Bond has role in Henley on Todd.

Drags a family event, fast but safe.

Outback Odyssey: Having fun and doing good – in style.

Alice nationals delivers on the national drags stage.

Records set to fall at drags nationals in Alice.

Man charged with rape near Flynn Church.

Plaza IGA: No liquor license application.

Styling up, Yapa way: High heels like you’ve never seen them before.

LETTER: Time for action to forestall juvenile crime spree.

Empty Mall shops price war, new IGA likely.

Waste not: the art of reinvention.

Todd Mall crime scene after alleged sexual assault.

Kart racer full throttle again after illness.

Festival thinks deep and wide, writes Kieran Finnane.

NAIDOC: Men’s vital role in protecting children.

 

LETTERS

LETTER: Councillors aspiring to become MLAs should quit now, writes David Mortimer.

Katherine Council seeks armed forces support in war against franking.

“Paperless” death in custody shows lack of police accountability.

 

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