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Go figure – Town Council wants to give away its art collection

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For almost 50 years the Alice Springs Art Foundation and the Central Australian Art Society have been building an art collection of national scope. They donated it to the Alice Springs Town Council, to be held on behalf of the community. Now the council wants to get rid of it.  KIERAN FINNANE reports.

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High risk drug lab in Alice suburb

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Police say they have uncovered in a suburb of Alice Springs the Territory’s biggest clandestine laboratory for the production illicit drugs.

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National indigenous culture centre: think big!

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A national indigenous cultural centre for Alice Springs? Something like the planned Guggenheim museum in Abu Dhabi (pictured) might be a little ambitious, but thinking small ain’t going to get us anywhere, comments STEVE BROWN.

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Volunteers help build $2m Streaky Bay sports club

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Streaky Bay’s $2m sports club, built by the district council and assisted by volunteer workers, was opened on Friday. RAE BREWSTER reports.

 

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$500m university, ‘techno’ plans for Desert Knowledge

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A member of the Alice Springs Hatzimihail family, Alex, says he is pulling together investors for an educational and technical complex worth more than $500m in the Desert Knowledge Precinct. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

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Whitegate: nation born under a tin shelter?

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Meeting under a tin shelter at 40 degrees, Whitegate residents decided to take their plight to the United Nations, the USA, UK, Russia and the European Union. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Keeping domestic violence offenders behind bars

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The NT Government will seek to amend the Bail Act to ensure that more repeat domestic violence offenders are kept behind bars and not granted bail, writes John Elferink, Attorney-General.

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Giles snubs Alice Springs on TIO and flood risk

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Chief Minister Adam Giles has announced the NT Government will commit $50 million to flood mitigation works in Rapid Creek, Katherine and Darwin’s Rural Area if a decision is made to change the ownership of TIO, but he has announced nothing about Alice Springs. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

UPDATE: Mr Giles released the following statement at 6pm on November 21: “The Territory Government has prepared TIO asset realisation investment strategies right across the Territory, including Alice Springs, which if TIO were to change hands, would be announced at a later date.” FULL STORY »

Virgin to fly Adelaide – Alice – Darwin

Virgin Australia begins flights between Alice Springs and Adelaide next year. Today’s announcement follows last month’s news that Virgin will commence flying the Darwin – Alice Springs sector. FULL STORY »

Housing boost, with help from the government

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Until recently anyone to get this one right went straight to the top of the class: Who’s going to live in the 100-plus or so flats, units and other dwellings under construction now in Alice Springs? The answer is getting easier, reports ERWIN CHLANDA.

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Culture: Alice sells itself short

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There’s not too much evidence around Alice Springs of its character as a place where two very different cultures meet and – in their better moments – aspire to get along.  What matches, for instance, the bicultural breadth of vision expressed in the 33-year-old Coles mural facing Railway Terrace? asks KIERAN FINNANE. FULL STORY »

Alice business set to turn global competitor

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Good-bye boneyard, hello aircraft storage facility. Our dry climate, where corrosion is minimal, is crucial and ideal for keeping old planes alive. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Desert council money push leaves questions open

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Go and get funded for getting on with one-another. That’s the objective. And the subtext: If the public purse doesn’t cough, up we’ll be costing it a great deal more. ERWIN CHLANDA reports on a campaign by the Central Desert Regional Council for funding the Yuendumu Mediation and Justice Program (members pictured).

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Leasing to Territory Housing can void home insurance

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Insurance for homes leased to the NT Government’s Territory Housing may become void because the government instrumentality does not pay bonds to landlords or their agents. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

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Your role in beating a global scourge

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Buying a steak sandwich from a Rotary Club in Alice Springs may put you in the loop of a charity which is spanning the world, stamping out of one its great scourges. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Feds announce road funding

The Australian Government’s Roads to Recovery and Financial Assistance Grants funding announced today will pay $7,399,740 to the Lingiari electorate. FULL STORY »

Locals made their point to G20 on climate

Residents of Alice Springs contributed to the global initiative that led to action on climate change being on the agenda of the G20, writes Dr Rosalie Schultz, of Alice Springs.

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Town council canes Chief Minister – twice

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The town council last night unanimously opposed the sale of the Territory Insurance Office (TIO), proposed by Chief Minister Adam Giles, and rejected several of his proposals for local government reform. TIO’s generous flood insurance is likely to be lost.ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: The Gap, looking north-east towards the town, in the 1988 floods. By Hans Boessem.

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Education union accepts four 3% wage increases

Members of the Australian Education Union NT today voted to accept the current EBA offer. FULL STORY »

10kg of cannabis & $100,000 seized, 2 arrested

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Police have arrested two men for drug offences following the search of a vehicle which had been transported from Adelaide to Alice Springs.

 

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TIO sale to disadvantage motor accident victims?

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TIO belongs to Territorians not the CLP Government. Adam Giles should take his TIO sale plans to a referendum, writes Natasha Fyles, Shadow Minister for Government Accountability. But the Labor Government in 2006 also proposed to sell TIO or portions of it.

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TIO: It’s all over

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The Territory Insurance Office has been sold, a price agreed and there’s nothing left to negotiate except perhaps a few minor details concerning the details of transfer.

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Zoning approval for White Gums subdivision

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The Brown family has been granted a change of zoning for their land at White Gums, in the south-western corner of the municipality, where they are planning a major subdivision. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Bye-bye TIO, hello massive flood insurance premiums?

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Chief Minister Adam Giles remains hell-bent on selling TIO and the deal is rumoured to be announced today. He would be doing so in the face of massive opposition, with the cost of flood insurance a major issue. COMMENT by ERWIN CHLANDA. PHOTO

by Hans Boessem, Todd Camera Store. 1988 floods.

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Alice tour firm wins awards in difficult times

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A tour company battling a 25% downturn of its business in the wake of the Tiger Airlines withdrawal wins a string of industry awards. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Papunya’s privilege – freedom and beauty

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What happens when you arrive fresh from a big international city of 40 million inhabitants to live in a small remote Aboriginal community, with just 350 – what kind of impressions do you get? And after four years, what do you leave behind, what do you take away? Tamara Burlando’s exhibition, Papunya Smiles, at The Residency, describes something of that experience. By KIERAN FINNANE.

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Stories told in jetty plaques

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The Streaky Bay Jetty Pool committee is focussed not just on creating a safe environment for swimmers, but has come up with a quirky attraction. By RAE BREWSTER, Correspondent in Streaky Bay, the closest beach to Alice Springs.

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Not just the height, but also the look

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The Planning Commission wants your views not just on how high you want buildings to be, but also what they should look like. ERWIN CHLANDA spoke with commission chairman Gary Nairn (pictured).

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Trucks, hot rods revving up

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The roar of engines is a favourite sound for many locals and they will have a field day next year – 14 of them, to be exact. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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CLC says ‘no’ to nuke dump

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The Central Land Council has all but ruled out a nuclear dump on Aboriginal land it controls – roughly half of the Territory’s southern half. A “comprehensive proposal” is missing, says CLC director David Ross. FULL STORY »

The art of business

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Running their own textile design business moved a step closer this year for print-makers Kathy Inkamala and Lavinia Richards. At Batchelor Institute’s visual art studio, while continuing to produce their outstanding screenprints, they have learned to develop their designs as digital prints, allowing them to move towards larger scale production. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Government by staged media event

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Government by information-poor, staged media events has become the trademark for the Chief Ministership of Adam Giles. COMMENT by ERWIN CHLANDA.

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China live export would boost cattle industry recovery

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A $1b live export deal with China could be the most significant benefit to the cattle industry in The Centre in more than a decade, after nine years of drought and two years when shipping “on the hoof” was banned by the Federal Government. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Alice student tops NT, SA in English

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Indian-born St Philip’s College Year 7 student, Abeer Srivastava, won a gold medal for the top result in English in the NT and SA.

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What’s in this issue?

POLITICS

LETTER: Keeping domestic violence offenders behind bars.

Giles snubs Alice Springs on TIO and flood risk.

Bidders sought for NT gas obtained by fracking.

Town council canes Chief Minister – twice.

Buildings: Not just the height, but also the look.

Giles: Government by staged media event.

Changes to mandatory alcohol treatment, a step forward?

Current council could get extra year in power.

 

LOCAL AFFAIRS

$500m university, ‘techno’ plans for Desert Knowledge.

Virgin to fly Adelaide – Alice – Darwin.

Housing boost, with help from the government.

Aircraft storage: Alice business set to turn global competitor.

Leasing to Territory Housing can void home insurance.

Desert council money push leaves questions open.

Education union accepts four 3% wage increases.

Alice tour firm wins awards in difficult times.

Streaky Bay stories told in jetty plaques.

 

COMMUNITY and CULTURE

Books and Arts page on our menu bar UPDATED with the latest news and reviews.

Volunteers help build $2m Streaky Bay sports club.

Culture: Alice sells itself short.

Polio: Your role in beating a global scourge.

Papunya’s privilege – freedom and beauty.

The art of business.

Melbourne Cup Day: Minister for Racing – just for the day.

Not just zombies swarm suburbs for Halloween.

Central Australian music to be showcased to the world.

The light work of many hands.

 

COMMENT

National indigenous culture centre: think big! STEVE BROWN comments.

TIO: It’s all over, writes HAL DUELL.

Bye-bye TIO, hello massive flood insurance premiums?

 

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Locals made their point to G20 on climate.

TIO sale to disadvantage motor accident victims?

Lawrie calls for support of petition against TIO sale.

TIO sale must be stopped: Opposition.

Police operation to target summer crime.

Gunner attacks Giles over ‘slush fund’.

The plan to undermine the Land Rights Act.

Lajamanu ‘Tip Top Tip’ winner 2014.

Palmer pushes for Federal probe of NT electoral donations.

 

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