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Electricity union predicts more blackouts

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The ETU fears supply security will be at risk and half the local Territory Generation staff will lose their jobs when the controversial $75m Owen Springs power station comes on stream. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Cr Melky saves ratepayers $100,000+

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With dogged persistence Councillor Eli Melky has succeeded in getting the Town Council to agree to pay off its Civic Centre loan. However he was less sharply focussed when it came to discussing issues of youth crime and antisocial behaviour. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

‘Child One’ behind bars: Who could, should have helped?

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The overwhelming majority of comments from Alice Springs News Online readers support the actions of Judge Greg Borchers (pictured) while government authorities are either silent or passing the buck. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Highly distressing material is contained in a break-out piece published on a separate page.

  FULL STORY »

Birth of an art movement: the untold story

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The flame of the Western Desert art movement was lit well before school teacher Geoffrey Bardon arrived in Papunya in 1971, although he is rightly acknowledged for fanning that flame. This story-changing account of the movement’s origins emerges from a major exhibition, Tjungunutja, opening next weekend at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) in Darwin. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

How’s your Arrernte going? Mwerre?

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On Wednesday there’ll be a chance to test your progress and in the meantime there are plenty of fun learning aides, including a “No Shame” practice room, to help you get your tongue around the pronunciation. FULL STORY »

Judge Borchers’ position should be assessed: CAALAS

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Justice must always present a fair and compassionate face, even more so as the deep flaws in the judicial approach to young offenders in the NT are under such intense scrutiny, writes Eileen Van lersel (pictured), CEO of Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid.

  FULL STORY »

It’s a hug fest

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Amongst 6500 beanies there is one made from a beard – what next? Find out this weekend. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Jo Nixon with the beard beanie and Deb White, volunteer co-ordinator.

  FULL STORY »

Refashion rhymes with passion

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Apart from its ongoing commitment to recycling, the annual Sustainable Couture event celebrates the passing on of knowledge and tradition, mother to daughter. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Two police officers assaulted, suspects at large

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Officers injured during traffic apprehension in Dalgety Road. – Police report.

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13 year old denied bail after rampage

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Judge to offender: “You’re not going back into the community. The community can’t afford you. It’s quite clear that you and your family are not going to pick up the damages for what you’ve caused. And, presumably, and I infer this, you’ve got no understanding of that … you don’t know where money comes from other than the government gives it out.” ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Restaurant broken into.

EDITOR’S NOTE, 12:50pm June 21. FULL STORY »

Is fracking in NT a done deal, asks Lock the Gate

 

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Chief Minister Michael Gunner seems to be sidestepping his own enquiry with plans to facilitate onshore gas fracking in the Territory announced in his Economic Development Framework yesterday. Meanwhile an academic from the Australia Institute says industry and government claims of massive financial gains for the public must be regarded with caution. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Few prisoners in Sentenced to a Job scheme

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Just over 2% of inmates are in paid employment. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. The illustration is from Google Earth. Like with Pine Gap, the details are blurred, for security reasons presumably.

  FULL STORY »

Cr Brown: Keep the civic centre loan until surplus is known

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Town Councillor Steve Brown (pictured) writes about his health, his plans for his role in public life and the vexed question of paying off the council’s civic centre loan.

  FULL STORY »

Words that everyone who lives here should know!

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“Arriving at Apmere angkentye-kenhe hub, a bit apurrke (tired) as the arltele (daytime) was coming to an end, I was met by a familiar atmosphere,” writes RONJA HONEY MOSS, following last Friday’s launch of a unique challenge for Alice locals. FULL STORY »

Protective custody tailored for street kids an option?

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A spokesperson for Families Minister Dale Wakefield says there are talks with the newly renovated Youth Centre and the functions of the new Youth Outreach Centre are being developed. It will take NT and local governments as well as NGOs to deal with the problem. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Will Minister keep delinquent kids off the streets?

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Dale Wakefield (pictured) says a new facility in the CBD will provide “a safe, friendly environment for youth … aimed at diverting kids off our streets and on to a better path”. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Getting bogged spawned Alice transport invention

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Genius is putting your finger on the obvious: Trailers developed by Clarke Petrick (pictured) use air pressure from a system fitted on every prime mover, instead of hydraulics which need to be retro-fitted. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

NT falling behind in schools funding

 

 

Disadvantage in both the government and non-government sector is not being addressed, writes Warren Snowdon, Member for Lingiari.

  FULL STORY »

Night bus service for kids isn’t fixing the problem

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More kids roam streets despite cold weather – what will it be like in summer, asks Mayor Damien Ryan. But Cr Jacinta Price has the answer: An Alfred Traeger-style pedal powered mobile phone charger (pictured). Report by ERWIN CHLANDA. 

  FULL STORY »

Are you sitting down?

2454 deficitThis was released by NT Opposition Leader Gary Higgins this morning … FULL STORY »

Jacinta’s power plans moving forward

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From mains power to people power, how will street kids respond to the idea of Councillor Price? ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Prove I’m wrong and I’ll step down: Cr Melky

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Council, in a dramatic meeting last night, takes the next step towards paying out its $1.2m civic centre loan as proposed by Cr Eli Melky (pictured). Report by ERWIN CHLANDA.

  FULL STORY »

Diversity, your town needs you!

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After announcing that she will not stand in August’s local government elections, Councillor Jade Kudrenko is urging candidates to put themselves forward, particularly young mothers like herself. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Finke crowd (mostly) stay mates despite traffic jam

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The problem was south of Ilparpa Road, say police. ERWIN CHLANDA was in the crawl which most people seemed to accept as just one of those things after a brilliant weekend.

 

UPDATE 2:30pm June 15:

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Alice rider Daymon Stokie breaks 10 year Finke drought

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All Alice podium foiled as David Walsh’s bike breaks down. Daymon Stokie (left) is the 2017 King. Luke Hayes comes third (right). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

It’s just too hot for budding tradies

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Many chuck in their apprenticeships in outdoor trades, according to a study by Don Zoellner (pictured), writes Patrick Nelson, Regional Public Relations Officer, CDU.

  FULL STORY »

CLP wants Estimates compromise, attacks government spin

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Opposition and Independents propose 45 instead of 30 hours, and say there is nothing “unprecedented” about the Government’s offer, writes Opposition Leader Gary Higgins (pictured).

  FULL STORY »

5th Finke win for Shannon and Ian Rentsch

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Father and son make it their fifth Finke win. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Three locals lead huge national bike field into Finke

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Walsh (pictured), Stokie and Hayes shine on Day One of the 42nd Finke that rose from a fun ride more than four decades ago of a bunch of mates to a national and international event. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. See also video of a cold start this morning.

  FULL STORY »

New brawl looms over civic centre loan

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Councillor Eli Melky says debt repayment estimates at last month’s town council meeting were in error, but he still needs a seconder for his motion to be debated. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. AT LEFT: Google Earth image of the sprawling civic centre complex.

  FULL STORY »

And now, Finke the movie

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Hundred-plus media workers will report the story of the legendary desert race in a string of news media. And a local production company is turning it into a feature-length film, directed by Dylan River (pictured). At right: Buggies awaiting scrutineering this afternoon.

  FULL STORY »

War on booze abuse in jungle of jargon and acronyms

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Sackings, uncertainty and mismanagement as alcohol mayhem continues. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Woman’s room in defunded section of CAAAPU.

  FULL STORY »

Volunteer-run super race to bring $6m

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The 41st Finke Desert Race swells the population and gives Alice massive nation-wide exposure. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Loop Road heading towards jobs

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The kind of jobs Aborigines and inclined towards – working as rangers and interpreters – will mesh in well with the opportunities in the tourism industry enhanced by the new Mereenie Loop Road. ERWIN CHLANDA speaks with Stuart MLA Scott McConnell (at right)PHOTO: Palm Valley.

  FULL STORY »

The public can now grill pollies in Estimates

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Territorians, Territory businesses and community groups will now be able to do the job the Opposition and Independents are refusing to do, writes Natasha Fyles, Leader of Government Business (pictured).

  FULL STORY »

Will Loop Road take Alice back to tourism top?

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It will happen if the governments – NT and Commonwealth – get their act together. Meanwhile, Happy 140th to you, Hermannsburg Heritage Precinct. Pity the Government birthday presents are long overdue. Special report by ERWIN CHLANDA.

  FULL STORY »

Non Labor MLAs quit Estimates Committee

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The government has turned the process into a farce, denying the public meaningful access to information, writes Robyn Lambley, Independent Member for Araluen.

 

UPDATE 10am June 5 & 2:20pm June 6.

  FULL STORY »

Police seek man suspected of assault

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Police describe the suspect in an assault in Kekwick Avenue on April 26 as tall, slim and of Indigenous appearance.

  FULL STORY »

What bird is that? Artetyerretyerre!

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In Arrernte it “sings its own name”, in English it’s a willy wagtail. And it’s one of the birds featuring in Therese Ryder’s  Ayeye Thipe-Akerte: Arrernte stories about birds, launched at the recent NT Writers Festival. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Poetry of a personal and political journey

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It is a strength of this collection that poet Penny Drysdale does not separate the two. KIERAN FINNANE reviews Dew and Broken Glass, launched at the recent NT Writers Festival. FULL STORY »

Self-funded retirees may get concessions back

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Subsidies for electricity, water, rates and motor vehicle registration and licensing, as well as a travel subsidy every two years, may be restored following a review and public consultation. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Breathing new life into an Alice institution: The Show

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The challenge is on to take part in more than 30 competition categories, with “paddock to plate”  the motto for agricultural exhibits, emphasising the contribution from plant growers.  “Young people” are the most sought demographic, to maintain  “those memories of going to the Show handed down for generations”.  ERWIN CHLANDA speaks to the new Show Society president, Rosie Gibbins. FULL STORY »

It’s not just another inquiry: Royal Commissioners

p2448 Royal Commssion 2 SMMore stone throwing and rampaging kids as the commissioners of the $50m probe into the protection and detention of children vow they will make a difference. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: The small crowd at yesterday’s public forum.

  FULL STORY »

Fracking inquiry: is ‘probity advisor’ a secret?

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The NT Government’s procurement body, which is under fire over the Alice Springs town camps management firm Zodiac, chose for the fracking probe economic consultants who have close links to the petroleum industry. Members of the selection panel are not being disclosed. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Dancers slow time to shift perceptions

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The Perception Experiment asks us to slow down, stay still and quiet, to open ourselves to its invitation.  KIERAN FINNANE reviews. FULL STORY »

Council rates draft: up 1.5% despite surplus

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The likelihood of a budget surplus was Cr El Melky’s hard fought argument to keep the rate rise to “the lowest possible level, keeping us just in front of the CPI.” KIERAN FINNANE reports.

UPDATED 30 May 2017, 9.42am. FULL STORY »

Art Trail, Explorer’s Way: big words, so far no substance

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What are the details? Don’t ask. A local IT entrepreneur seems to have a better handle on the concept than the SA and NT Ministers. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

The unfinished business of Sorry Day

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Kevin Rudd’s apology was “a first step”.  Indigenous people are still waiting for the second step, said William Tilmouth, which is to have a say in the control of their own affairs. KIERAN FINNANE reports from Alice Springs’ Sorry Day commemoration. FULL STORY »

Fracking probe head rejects suggestion advisors may be compromised

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A company appointed to advise the hydraulic fracturing inquiry in the NT may be compromised by its stable of oil industry clients, says anti fracking campaigner Naomi Hogan (at left). This is being rejected by Justice Rachel Pepper (at right) who is heading the enquiry. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

First Nations want a ‘Voice’ enshrined in the constitution

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Following their three day meeting at Uluru, the Australian First Nations Constitutional Convention have called for their “ancient sovereignty” to be recognised meaningfully in the constitution “as a fuller expression of Australia’s nationhood”. FULL STORY »

CDU oval a public place no longer

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A fence and CCTV costing a quarter of a million dollars continue measures around town to restrict public access to sport and recreation grounds of schools because of vandalism and anti-social behaviour. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

‘Historic agreement to strengthen SA-NT bond’

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The two administrations will focus on transport infrastructure, international trade, tourism and disadvantaged children, say Chief Minister Michael Gunner (at right) and Premier Jay Weatherill (at left). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

NT-SA agreement hardly historic

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There have been several agreements and the links between the Northern Territory and South Australia are many and varied, including the railway developments. COMMENT by ALEX NELSON. 

  FULL STORY »

Government to pay $30m plus in rent for court

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It amounts to three times the initial government estimate, plus $3m for fit-out. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Call for help with roads disaster

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His bush council needs $50m to bring roads up to scratch following disastrous rains early this year, writes Adrian Dixon, President of the Central Desert Regional Council.

  FULL STORY »

The Book of Revelations  (on zines and strange careers)

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CRAIG SAN ROQUE welcomes “a cloud of black ink, crows feet trotting along the tarmac, swooping in from the south side of town” to be seen on the walls of Watch This Space. FULL STORY »

Greens on Pine Gap: Move towards non-aligned foreign policy

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Greens Leader Richard Di Natale (pictured), in The Centre for his party’s national conference, speaks with ERWIN CHLANDA about the US spy base in Alice Springs and what he regards as the shortcomings of public services for Indigenous people.

  FULL STORY »

NT Writers Festival salutes the ‘lifelines that join and cross’

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“This is what the world aspires to have,” said Abe Nouk,  Sudanese-born now Australian spoken word artist, one of the festival’s guests. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

The Centre should be a major player in the power game

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India is developing a massive thorium (contained in monazite, pictured) / nuclear waste / molten salt electricity facility capable of powering the whole of Australia from a single source and you are standing and living in the country which has the largest thorium resource in the world, with much of it just behind the Aileron roadhouse! But we are spending $75m upgrading obsolete technology, writes Trevor Shiell.

  FULL STORY »

How did Alice Springs respond to the 1967 referendum?

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An interesting small exhibition at The Residency in Parsons Street draws attention to the fact that we don’t really know. KIERAN FINNANE reviews. FULL STORY »

Advocate: Getting it wrong on their big day

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Cheap shot at the Alice Springs News Online editor.

  FULL STORY »

Slow gains on exploding youth crime

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Dealing with bail breaches is still a work in progress as ram raids are mounted and kids are playing chicken with cars on the highway. Minister Dale Wakefield speaks with ERWIN CHLANDA. 

  FULL STORY »

A long lunch for a good cause

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The sun shone and so did the Mall, as a great entertainment venue, when the Hamilton Downs Youth Camp, with help from a lot of friends, staged its annual fundraiser. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Cattle prices high again at today’s Alice auction

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Bullocks went for up to $1600 a head, says stock agent Jock McPherson. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Donations to Salvos stay in town – and then some

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The Red Shield appeal is the Salvation Army’s big fundraiser, says Captain McGifford pictured with salesperson Letetia Berends in the Thrift Shop this morning. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

PM’s Alice office ‘downsizes’ to Supreme Court building

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As a downsizing, the relocation will save the taxpayer, says a spokesperson. Meanwhile a little sandwich board has made its appearance out front of the brand new building, to show people where to go in. ERWIN CHLANDA and KIERAN FINNANE report. FULL STORY »

‘Inheritors of our ancestors’ voices’: writers festival opens

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Writers take their inspiration from the theme of “crossings” – two roads meeting that “neither block nor erase one another but travel together”. KIERAN FINNANE  reports. FULL STORY »

Council: one third of budget still unspent

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Council’s financial performance came under close scrutiny during last night’s meeting, principally by Councillor Eli Melky. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Councillor fumes over power station job losses

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UPDATE 7pm May 16: FULL STORY »

The gaolers and the gaoled: new exhibition

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What’s it like to be in gaol? What’s it like to be the gaoler?  How is it that, in a town that has destroyed much of its built heritage, we saved a gaol ? A new exhibition explores answers to these questions and more. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Mum to represent Alice at world triathlon meet

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Kate McIntyre (pictured) needs $8000 but having overcome depression and being hopeless at sport, it ain’t going to be a problem, she reckons. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Labor’s mixed messages on fracking

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Katherine’s Labor MLA Sandra Nelson (pictured) scored a narrow win on anti-fracking preferences. Now she has to toe Michael Gunner’s apparent pro-fracking line, writes Bruce Francais, of Katherine.

  FULL STORY »

Minister Vowles ‘sucks up’ to fracking bosses

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We don’t want to lose the best of our Territory lifestyle, tourism and outback industries because we peg false hopes on risky fracking, writes Naomi Hogan (pictured), Lock the Gate NT coordinator.

  FULL STORY »

Making the most of The Rock challenge

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The Ayers Rock Resort has flipped the tourism card but Alice can make it work, says industry leader Dale McIver (pictured at Uluru).

  FULL STORY »

Dick Kimber: premier scholar of Central Australia

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His contributions in the fields of ethnography, history, the deep past, linguistics, rock art, and contemporary Aboriginal art were recently acknowledged and celebrated by scholars in all these fields and others who have known Mr Kimber professionally and personally. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Supreme Court – the inside story

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How should the community interpret the attention to its needs in the interior spaces of the new Supreme Court building? asks KIERAN FINNANE.

  FULL STORY »

Court placing itself above the community?

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“Any such impression would be entirely mistaken,” said Chief Justice Michael Grant, presiding over the ceremonial sitting of the Supreme Court that inaugurated its new Alice Springs facilities today. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »