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Territory bombs out in key Asian tourist markets

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Tasmania had three times the increase of visitors from key markets, figures released today by Federal  Tourism Minister Steven Ciobo show. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. IMAGE: A social media comment from a grey nomad.

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Hamburger with the lot

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Multi million dollar commission listens to Queensland consultant Keith Hamburger (pictured) for two days, is told his model for NT prison Aboriginal-controlled reform is based on scant local feedback. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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The art of collecting

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A long-term loan and a generous donation have brought two key works into the Araluen collections, from which three new shows grace the galleries for the summer. A surprise performance marked their opening.  KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Local palliative care lobby gets its way after long campaign

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Specialist facility for the dying gets green light after arm-twisting by local volunteers: It’s the pollies who are doing the clapping. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Murder accused being treated for ‘severe schizophrenia’

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The information came from lawyer Maker Mayek (pictured), appearing by telephone in the Alice Springs Local Court this morning, on instructions from Pande Veleski’s family. Mr Veleski had been due to appear, but was taken to hospital.

 

UPDATE, 7 December 2016. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Gunner’s 100 days message is focussed on Darwin

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“We need clear linkages between the Waterfront and Cullen Bay; a CBD museum, and progression on a third entry to the CBD,” writes MICHAEL GUNNER (pictured). Alice Springs doesn’t rate a mention. FULL STORY »

French tourist stabbed to death: Man charged

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Police release image of victim’s car (pictured), appeal for dash cam footage. ERWIN CHLANDA reports – plus UPDATES December 2 at 7.30am, 1:40pm and 5:50pm, and December 3 at 6pm. 

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Town throws a party in the spirit of Christmas

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Organised by the Town Council, it wanted for nothing when it came to atmosphere, diversity, fun and community feeling. Words & pictures by Kieran Finnane. FULL STORY »

No comment from Catholic Care, general response from govt

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No details on the work of the specific NGO, no comment on independent evaluation of programs in Santa Teresa and Finke (pictured on Google Earth). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Cool reception for the non-Local Government Minister

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Missing portfolio: No, the new government hasn’t overlooked local government. They chopped the department on purpose. PHOTO: Mr McCarthy and Mayor Ryan addressing the LGANT meeting this morning. ERWIN CLANDA reports.

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Court gives breathing space to Amoonguna

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A halt to the legal battle over a lease during the holidays. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Amoonguna was the location for an Aboriginal-produced TV series recently.

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Royal Commission to hear damning Hamburger Report author

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Though to some extent his findings and recommendations have been overtaken by events, such as this week’s banning of restraint chairs for youths. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Trees on Melanka block no longer sacred?

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Sacred trees, which complicated design of $100m Melanka complex, now neglected and at risk from car parking traffic. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Recognition in, racism out: it’s time for constitutional change 

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Northern Territory local government has special role to help get this resolved, says Mark Yettica-Paulson of RECOGNISE! Alice Springs Town Council yet to sign on. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

‘Maverick artist and change-agent’ wins major fellowship

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Worth $160,000, the Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship will buy Alex Kelly time to develop a major project, likely to focus on climate change. She is pictured with Canadian author and climate change activist Naomi Klein. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Council snubbed by Tourism Central Australia

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Council, once a board member with full voting rights, is now welcome only as an observer, despite being a significant player in the local tourism industry. KIERAN FINNANE reports. Also: the debate on speed reducing devices for Woods Terrace. FULL STORY »

Spike in domestic violence on White Ribbon weekend

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Examination of a long list of alcohol control issues is getting slowly up to speed under a new government, reports ERWIN CHLANDA. PHOTO (courtesy police): Friday morning’s White Ribbon parade moving down Todd Mall. FULL STORY »

CatholicCare jobs for dole falls in a heap: allegation

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Government funded program in turmoil, says former Finke resident. Claims are “malicious,” says the NGO. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Treasurer says small jobs package great for tradies

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… but Opposition says its scheme was better. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Domestic violence: where services go, reporting follows

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A big jump in outreach clients includes women from remote communities as well as as young women under 18 years, the youngest being just 13. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Custodian honoured for contribution to the arts

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Doris Kngwarraye Stuart has been awarded the annual Lofty “for deepening understanding, contributing to and extending the contemporary cultural conversation in Central Australia and beyond.” KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Running with musical adventurers

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When the four women came together – just four performances ago, the first in May this year – the deal was to each contribute two original songs. KIERAN FINNANE reviews. FULL STORY »

Flood risk sends premiums sky high

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A 250% increase in the cost of insurance although the house was never flooded in living memory, says resident. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Wakefield’s spending figures are rubbish: Lambley

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Budgets announced for Araluen and Braitling electorates out by $44m, writes Independent MLA.

 

See UPDATE Saturday 9:20am

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Government spending: The good news and the bad.

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The Alice Springs women’s shelter will be “the biggest and busiest accommodation service for women and children in Australia,” says Minister for Territory Families Dale Wakefield (at left), while Independent Member for Araluen Robyn Lambley (at right) says major infrastructure projects have been deferred and possibly axed. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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New look youth detention

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Territory Families will “get ahead of the game” with work starting on a new youth detention facility in or near Alice Springs. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

CLP: Back to the future

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Former Chief Minister and CLP president Shane Stone (pictured) regained the reins of the party at its annual meeting on the weekend, following its near extinction in the August election. Not everyone is happy, report ERWIN CHLANDA and ALEX NELSON.

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Position Doubtful: revealing excavation of our place & times

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Author Kim Mahood comes into the desert with history and relationships as well as hardiness and skills rooted in her childhood on a cattle station.  She renews her relationships with people and place in a context that is utterly changed.  KIERAN FINNANE reviews. FULL STORY »

Government scraps tourism infrastructure fund

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Fund was popular, writes ROBYN LAMBLEY (pictured). New government is “looking at new ways,” says Treasurer.

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Alice councillor tells nation’s media about Aboriginal brutality

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Crimes against women and children are perpetrated behind a cloak of silence, are excused on the grounds of traditional culture and have the tacit approval of politically correct whites, Jacinta Price (pictured) tells National Press Club. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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We investigate domestic violence to the enth degree: Top Cop

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New strategies to put the pressure on offenders, take it off victims, says Assistant Commissioner Danny Bacon. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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CLC members want forensic probe into their organisation

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As elected members of the Central Land Council (CLC) move to bypass their own senior staff to gain information about million dollar investments, the Minister responsible for the CLC, Nigel Scullion (pictured), is dodging questions. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Into Blue – from the front line of climate change

 

 

An exhibition by artist Suzi Lyon, drawing on several visits to the Arctic, is a call to action, JIMMY COCKING told the opening night audience. FULL STORY »

$10m for town highway, will dog eat dog, bush bands bloom

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Town Council: Feds kick in for Stuart Highway upgrade near Motor Vehicle Registry. Public gets say on dog park. Speed humps – do they work? Solar snags (photo) and push for Youth Patrol to continue. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Second region to turn its back on local government

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Like Amoonguna, the Utopia region wants to be independent from local government for a range of services it normally provides. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Youths in trouble, troubled youths

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With the Northern Territory’s child protection and youth justice systems under the spotlight KIERAN FINNANE spends some time in the Alice Springs Youth Justice Court, one link in the chain. FULL STORY »

Adult Indigenous imprisonment rate up 77% in 15 years

… but infant mortality rate improved between 1998 and 2014, reveals the just released Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage report. FULL STORY »

Housing mess as community fights land council over lease

p2370-amoonguna-damage-smAmoonguna forms company to regain control over repairs, maintenance, the local shop and to get a 99 year lease over its own land, but CLC wants to control the process, says community elder. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Resident despairing over neglect torched his home last year. FULL STORY »

Land council should have to answer FOI questions

What have spooks and Aboriginal Land Councils in common? They don’t have to answer questions under Freedom of Information. And Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion won’t do a thing about it, writes Bakamumu Marika, Chairman of the Rirratjingu Aboriginal Corporation. FULL STORY »

Fashion designs may create local industry

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Local creations delight big crowd at a fashion parade. Next year local production may take a further giant step. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Firebug suspected in scrap yard

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Police are looking for the driver of a white or light coloured vehicle seen near the suspected crime site.

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‘Trump win opportunity to re-assess defence policies’

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He has served notice of a US withdrawal from a “protective” military role in South East Asia and the Pacific, writes Nick Deane, Independent and Peaceful Australia Network, which organised a recent anti Pine Gap conference in Alice Springs.

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Grog: Stop TBL, bring back BDR, says CLC

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Central Land Council also calls for more government support for victims of “extreme rate of alcohol consumption”. PHOTO: Tipping out alcohol outside the Congress shop in 1990. Alice Springs News Online archive.

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Growing food up north? Small is clever.

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Our north the nation’s food bowl? Self-sufficiency may be a good start. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: David de Vries with a planting pot he designed for outback conditions.

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Election of Trump could impact Alice Springs: Mayor

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Pine Gap is significant to the economy, employment in Alice Springs, says Damien Ryan. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

UPDATE November 10, 10:30am: “Donald Trump Doesn’t Understand the Value of US Bases Overseas.”
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Call for more ‘investment’ for ‘largest land owning group’

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Northern Land Council CEO Joe Morrison (pictured) grapples with the notion that Aborigines are land rich but development poor. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

UPDATE 1am November 9.

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Woman’s face bashed during home invasion

And children steal 17 mobile phones and $1000 worth of grog, police allege. FULL STORY »

Demand for middle-range homes grows three-fold: agent.

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Stamp duty relief, renovation grant maKe “amazing difference,” says real estate Steffi Hart (pictured). Report by ERWIN CHLANDA.

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Old Melanka site for sale – again

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$100m dollar project dropped. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Judges and people on song for Wearable Art’s top prize

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“Queen Aero Naughtical” got the tick, a homage to pioneer women pilots. Words by KIERAN FINNANE, photos by ERWIN CHLANDA. FULL STORY »

‘China visit focus should be on renewables, not fossil fuels’

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China is the world’s biggest investor in non-fossil energy. Gunner should have talked about that, not gas, writes Jimmy Cocking.

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Traynor’s Alice Springs: more than tale of heroic white men

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This new book drives home just how heavily imprinted on the present town map is its colonial history, but author Stuart Traynor tells a more multifaceted story. KIERAN FINNANE reviews. FULL STORY »

Alice Turf Club silent on financial issues

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Taxpayer funding puts “issues” into the public interest domain. Club chairman Craig Lambley is in the centre of the photo. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Beef producers to be surveyed on fracking

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Results will go to the AGM of the Cattlemen’s Association in March and to the NT Government, says Tracey Hayes (pictured). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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‘Town council neglects its duty of care over Pine Gap’

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Alice has no civil defence measures in case of a nuclear attack on the base, writes Bevan Ramsden, of Lambton, NSW. PHOTO: Kristian Laemmle-Ruff.

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Tourism, parks under one hat: great opportunity

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An Indigenous cultural centre in Alice Springs, tourism from Asia, the revheads’ NATS, battling buffel and the Parrtjima festival (pictured) are all works in progress. ERWIN CHLANDA speaks with new Minister Lauren Moss.

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Intruder locks out home owners

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… and makes a mess of the ensuite, writes Heather Krikke.

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Yuendumu break-ins: culprits are small children

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A reliable source says they smashed windows, damaged cars and in one office, set light to files. Aged eight to 10, they will not be prosecuted, say police, who are working with the children’s families. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

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Industry, government working together sparked visitor boom

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Generous grants to operators for promotion and infrastructure improvements went a long way, says Rex Neindorf (pictured at left in the photo), of the iconic Reptile Centre. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Prisoner rehab missing or inadequate: Hamburger review

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Some prisoners “sentenced to a job” were declining parole so that they could keep their paid work, a “perverse consequence” of the over-emphasised scheme which came at a cost to other programs. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Drunken violence on NT women massively above Oz average

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… and only in the NT the rate for women exceeds the rate for men: Curtin University study. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Altercation in the CBD.

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Put detention millions to better use, Royal Commission told

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It’s money going “down the drain” if you want to rehabilitate. KIERAN FINNANE reports from the Royal Commission’s visit to Yuendumu. FULL STORY »

Tourism bonanza in final CLP year

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Town outperformed The Rock in 2015-16, says the research. Alice is being seen as a destination in its own right rather than a place on the way to somewhere else, says Chamber of Commerce CEO Kay Eade. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Volunteers are beating buffel

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The Old Eastside’s Spencer Valley has turned into a sea of yellow flowers. The grey clump is dead buffel. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

UPDATE October 28: St Philip’s students in war on buffel.

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