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Air traffic: Looking down on Alice

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Qantas flights: What’s good for The Rock is less than half as good for The Alice. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Park, lights: ideas for a brighter town centre  

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Council will talk to NT Major Events about leaving Parrtjima lights on in the mall, as they are a hit with business-owners. And Deputy Mayor Matt Paterson has proposed an outdoor community space on the banks of the Todd River.  KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Questions raised about Alice kids in Don Dale during riot

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10 Alice Springs children were in Don Dale during the riot. Had procedures been followed in their transfer from Alice Springs? ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: ABC TV News Darwin.


UPDATE 2:30pm November 13: Statement from Territory Families. FULL STORY »

Police investigate death of man

Police investigate death of a man during “unrest” in Ali Curung. FULL STORY »

Boomerang Fred’s long distance love affair with The Centre

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Austrian optometrist Alfred Pruckner has just made another holiday visit to The Centre, the most recent ones with his wife Erika after getting married a few years ago. Is he The Centre’s most experienced and passionate ambassador in Europe? ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Remembering war, working for peace

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What is it like to experience war? A locally developed phone app, launched at sunset atop Anzac Hill on Remembrance Day, offers some insights through personal stories from people who lived through World War 1. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Discussions are nice but actions are needed

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What we really need is to end emissions from fossil fuels, get to zero net emissions within 12 years and go 100% renewable, writes Hayley Michener, from Repower Alice Springs. Photo by Thomas Hafeneth on Unsplash. FULL STORY »

More government handouts for alcohol traders

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The Alcohol Secure Grants Program provide grants “to create a physical barrier to liquor supplies [including] security windows and doors, internal and external roller doors,” says Police Minister Nicole Manison. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Police Auxiliary Liquor Inspector Sam Joseph outside an Alice Springs bottle shop. FULL STORY »

Coles Mural: Government, Heritage Council fall silent

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Minster Lauren Moss has the legal power to overrule the Heritage Council (and she did), but does she have the moral right? This is one of the questions asked in a lively debate in the Alice Springs News Online that fell on deaf ears. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: Coop’s Shot Tower in Melbourne – an example of how other jurisdictions celebrate their heritage. FULL STORY »

Alice lesbian couple exercise their right to wed

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One year after the historic yes vote for same-sex marriage in Australia, and after 14 years of living together Maureen Hatton and Liz Archer will marry. For love, but also, by making it publicly known, to “make it count” after winning the hard-fought for right. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

Amended 3.47pm, 10 November 2018. Headline changed and story altered to remove reference to this wedding being a “first”. Not so, as readers have pointed out in the comments. Alice Springs News Online apologises for the error. 

Updated, 11 November 2018: Photos from the wedding. FULL STORY »

Police concerned about missing woman

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Police concerned about missing woman who suffers from dementia and diabetes.


UPDATE 9.10am Nov 12: Mrs Pitjara has been found alive and well. FULL STORY »

No youth detention facilities in residential areas: MLAs

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The Gunner Government needs to get their heads out of the clouds and take a fair and common sense approach to youth detention, write Robyn Lambley (Member for Araluen) and Terry Mills (Member for Blain).


UPDATE 2.30pm: The police union lashed out at the Department of Families over the Don Dale riot.


UPDATE 1.45pm Nov 9: Opposition Leader Gary Higgins accuses Families Minister Dale Wakefield of misleading the pubic over CCTV vision of the Don Dale riot and fire. FULL STORY »

Step closer for rare earth mine employing up to 370

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A rare earth mine and processing plant north of Alice Springs employing up to 370 gets closer to a “final investment decision,” says Arafura Resources Managing Director Gavin Lockyer (pictured). ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

It’s remote, desolate and worth billions

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With traditional sources of fertiliser dwindling, some of The Centre’s “salt lakes” hold the stuff that can make food grow the world over. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Alice dominates government holiday adverts

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Uluru is a side trip in government’s holiday adverts published in Sydney, Melbourne newspapers. FULL STORY »

Search for boy as three people are found dead

The deaths are not being treated as suspicious. Enquiries indicate it is possible the boy was a passenger in the vehicle, says a police media release.


UPDATE 5.30pm: Child found dead. FULL STORY »

Police looking for a man after a stabbing

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Police are seeking 25-year-old Nicholas Munnich (pictured) who they believe may be able to assist they with their enquiries into a alleged stabbing. FULL STORY »

A job program that actually works

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A dozen Aboriginal people are joining Coles supermarket as permanent part-time employees, and six as casuals, after a high-pressure, week-long training course under a scheme that assesses at the individual abilities of each applicant. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Graduates this morning: Raelene Williams (at left) and Marcus Casey-Kirkman Junior (at right). FULL STORY »

Backtrack Boys: lessons in hope and perseverance

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Everyone who wants to make a contribution to thinking about and working with troubled young people in our town should make the effort to see the film Backtrack Boys. One reason is that it will leave you hopeful. Another is that it will persuade you that ‘fixes’ are not quick. KIERAN FINNANE reviews. FULL STORY »

How much of our relationship with Aborigines is hypocrisy?

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Seeing settlements such as Finke or Hermannsburg, not to mention Alice Springs after dark, and then listening to the hymns of how Australia looks after its First Nation people, gives one some contradictory feelings, to say at least, writes tourist Jakub Baranski, from Warsaw, Poland. He is pictured with Renata Baranska at The Rock.

See extensive readers’ commentary since Mr Baranski’s letter was first published. FULL STORY »

Anzac Oval grab Minister rejects Coles Mural listing

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“It would be an unreasonable imposition on the owner of the building on which the ‘Coles Mural’ is painted to have it permanently protected by the Heritage Act,” says Lauren Moss (pictured). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


UPDATE Nov 4, 12:50pm: The Heritage Council recommended the listing. See statement from chairman Wayne “Krafty” Kraft in the comment box below the report. FULL STORY »

Bilby’s greater foe: Cat or fox?

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We found more evidence of bilbies in the areas where there were cats. Perhaps that means that foxes have a greater impact on bilby numbers than cats and that a single fox is one too many, writes Peter Donohoe, of the Central Land Council’s land management section. FULL STORY »

Leaving town: Centre, its creatures will miss Kaye Kessing

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Since the 70s she’s been making her point with brush and pen, in books, on canvas, walls and on the stage, to a local and national audience. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Rotary Melbourne Cup sweep draw

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The draw. FULL STORY »

Batten down the hatches

Thunderstorms may bring heavy rainfall, damaging wind gusts and hail as a trough moves through the southern districts, says the Met Bureau. FULL STORY »

Global traveller ran out of power only on the Stuart Highway

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Dutch adventurer Wiebe Wakker, who crossed three continents in his electric car, from powerpoint to powerpoint, is now on his way to Alice Springs. FULL STORY »

Development fund dumped to pay for mounting debt

The administration of the defunct fund cost more than a $1m a year, writes Robyn Lambley, Independent Member for Araluen (pictured). FULL STORY »

Independents now ineffective?

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Is Robyn Lambley (at left) in breach of the Electoral Act by touting a new party, asks her former opponent in Araluen, Steve Brown (at right). FULL STORY »

Indigenous Affairs Minister for fresh approach on gallery

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“I no longer feel comfortable in dealing with a confused Chief Minister and angry Ministers” on the gallery project, says Cr Eli Melky. His suggestion to involve Ken Vowles has been supported by Councillors Cocking, Satour and Banks. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Anzac Oval will be site for gallery: Gunner

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Blunt answer from the Chief Minister to the Member for Araluen. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


UPDATE 6:35pm According to the Draft Daily Hansard Mr Gunner’s answer was: “Madam Speaker, it will be built at the Anzac Precinct and it will be magnificent.” To date the location had been described by the government as its “preferred” location. Today’s statement is a significant change. FULL STORY »

The Dark State

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A clandestine process has plunged the Town Council into a state of near dysfunction, and the nine elected members, far from representing the town in an atmosphere of collaboration and openness, are in the shadows of distrust and fear of financially crippling litigation. Yet the Minister responsible for local government, Gerry McCarthy (pictured), is not available to give answers. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Mr McCarthy with a public housing tenant during a media event on September 12 when he neither ruled out nor confirmed that the NT Government would compulsorily acquire Anzac Oval. FULL STORY »

Super fund style measure to help cattlemen through droughts

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Self-help scheme for cattle industry similar to superannuation mooted at the drought summit in Canberra, says NT Cattlemen’s Association president Chris Nott (pictured). Report by ERWIN CHLANDA. FULL STORY »

NT fracking emissions will cost billions to offset

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To offset these emissions would require the equivalent of closing virtually all of Victoria’s coal power stations, writes Mark Ogge, Principal Adviser at The Australia Institute. FULL STORY »

Gay fest for Alice: Priscilla comes back

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Organisers hope to leverage off the high international visitation to the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, planning their festival to follow hot on its heels. More than half of these visitors extend their trip in Australia, at present mostly going to Queensland; Alice Springs could capture a slice of that market, they say. KIERAN FINNANE reports. Photo: Still from a promotional video for Broken Hill’s Queen of the Desert Festival. FULL STORY »

One-hour community consultation on Albrecht Oval lights

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Its conclusions amounted to a few sentences on a single page for a proposal that will put into the oval four light towers, 34.5 metres high, each at 750 Lux  – 250 Lux brighter than the lights at Anzac Oval.  Local residents are irate. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Kids behind razor wire, rural land misuse, gallery fiasco & more

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Kids who “should not be behind bars” are behind towers of razor wire. The battle against creeping industrialisation of rural residential land goes on. And are the Aboriginal art gallery, the Aboriginal cultural centre and the new Youth Detention Centre all going to be in the Desert Knowledge Precinct? It’s all in a days work for Namatjira MLA Chansey Paech (pictured). Report by ERWIN CHLANDA. FULL STORY »

Coles Aboriginal employment promotion hits the spot

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43 people attend information sessions during the week after a lively promotion of careers for Aborigines last Saturday. Clontarf’s Aloysius Hayes (pictured) gave a hand with the BBQ. Report by ERWIN CHLANDA. FULL STORY »

Wet spring for The Centre – but it’s hot!

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Wet spring for Centre – but it’s hot! IMAGE from Bureau of Metereology, cloud and rain at 4.45pm Monday. Alice Springs airport in the middle; Glen Helen in the west. FULL STORY »

Police attacked by 17-year-old

Youth being arrested grabs police officer’s gun belt, according to a Police media release. FULL STORY »

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Cr Eli Melky (at right) reject’s the Chief Minister’s attack on the Town Council over art gallery issues, and claims Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ken Vowles (at left) should be involved in that and other issues. FULL STORY »

Police looking for escaped prisoner

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Prisoner Abel Pareroultja (pictured) absconds from work program, police say. FULL STORY »

If you can climb Mt Everest and in Yosemite, why not Uluru?

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If deaths at Uluru are a logical reason for closing its climb, should the road toll lead to banning driving, asks Alex Nelson. FULL STORY »

Phone scammers get smarter

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Online third-party technologies are used to spoof their outbound Caller ID, says the Australian Taxation Office, whose staff are being impersonated by fraudsters. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Listen to audio at FULL STORY »

Aboriginal gallery is bound to have a stone wall

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Chief Minister Michael Gunner lambasts the Alice Springs Town Council instead of giving straight answers to questions in Parliament from Robyn Lambley on compulsory acquisition. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: The northern half of Anzac Oval. FULL STORY »

Anzac Oval compulsory acquisition would be a first

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“There are no known records of NT Government compulsory acquisition of land owned by a NT Local Government Authority,” MLA for Araluen Robyn Lambley (at left) is told. The government would need to provide “just terms compensation”, says Town Council CEO Rex Mooney (at right).  ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Boundless Arrogance, says Opposition

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Gary Higgins (at left) and Lia Finocchiaro (at right) thunder about Government failures ranging from juvenile delinquency to population decline and the alcohol floor price. FULL STORY »

Centre’s women top Senior Territorian portrait award

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Central Australian women, artist and subject, are the People’s Choice winner of the Portrait of a Senior Territorian. They are painter Julia Mayman, for a portrait of Daphne Puntjina, titled Proud Land. FULL STORY »

Snooping bureaucrats, clinics for Aborigines only

Local woman who fought for freedom in Europe and Africa asks why do we still have apartheid in Australia. FULL STORY »

Red Centre NATS crowd numbers spin exposed

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The NT Government says more than 15,000 people went “through the gates” during the Red Centre NATS in Alice Springs this year. But only 6100 tickets were sold. ERWIN CHLANDA investigates. FULL STORY »

Warm, candid telling of a long-lived life

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“While Margaret’s story shares an intensity of incident I’ve heard from others of her generation, never have I been gripped in literary form by such warmth and candour about what such events have meant to an individual,” writes ROD MOSS of the recently published autobiography of Margaret Heffernan. FULL STORY »

It’s the economy, stupid (NT style)

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1 Territory likes its chances as Michael Gunner’s ballooning deficit and hapless policies such as the alcohol floor price mirror the Adam Giles fiasco. ERWIN CHLANDA speaks with the party’s vice-president, Sue Fraser Adams (pictured). FULL STORY »

The spin-off could be greater than the actual Parrtjima

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Pick the best out of Parrtjima – four of its “spaces” – and instal them in the CBD, not for seven days a year, but 365. COMMENT by ERWIN CHLANDA. FULL STORY »

Street art: life cycle of the Yeperenye in giant mural

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A stunning mural, celebrating the life cycle of the Yeperenye caterpillar, one of the sacred totems of Mparntwe, is unfolding on the long blank wall of the Yeperenye Shopping Centre. FULL STORY »

Planning an Aboriginal art centre without Aboriginal people

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Doris Stuart and Harold Furber (pictured), two prominent Arrernte elders, let fly at the members of the Town Council last night, minutes before their sensational condemnation of the NT Government’s “preferred” Anzac Oval site for the Aboriginal art gallery. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

The stubby, the bottle and the floor price

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The latest alcohol initiative seems safe from being in conflict with the Australian Constitution’s requirement for trade between states to be “absolutely free”. However, beer sellers may gain an illegal advantage from the sharply increased cost of cheap wines from interstate under the floor price law which came into effect in the NT this month. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Find out here whether you’re in the Melbourne Cup

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Be in the sweep to win it, says the Rotary Club of Alice Springs, promoting its major charity for the education of young locals. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »