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Gallery at Anzac consult: council hurries to meet govt deadline

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If the Town Council wants to consult the community over the future of Anzac Oval it had better get a move on: this was essentially the message from Tourism and Culture Minister Lauren Moss after council met with her and Braitling MLA Dale Wakefield on 5 July. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Youth crisis: council wants to take lead

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The Town Council will look to setting up its own youth services division with an emphasis on community safety. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

The turning point: Marshall Perron’s rise to power

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Trouble in the ranks of the Country Liberal Party isn’t new, writes ALEX NELSON in part one of a series, on the 30th anniversary of Marshall Perron becoming Chief Minister, arguably the most significant leadership change in the political history of the NT. Mr Perron (at right in the photo) at the CLP Annual Conference “Galah Ball” at the Verdi Club in August 1988. From left: Unknown, Cherry Perron, Mike Reed, Federal National Party leader Ian Sinclair. FULL STORY »

She lived where life is what you make it

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Mining, nursing, delivering babies, shopkeeping and reading bureaucrats the riot’s act – it was all in a day’s work for Joan Johannsen (pictured). From information provided by husband Lindsay Johannsen. FULL STORY »

Two escape from youth detention centre

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It is believed Arnold Walker, 17 (left) and Tony Gibson, 13 (right) escaped the centre around 11pm, police say.

 

UPDATE 11.50am.

 

UPDATE 4.30pm. FULL STORY »

Turf Club mounts have humps

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Bigger crowds may mean the new venue may become the home for the Camel Cup, one the town most celebrated annual events, and run by volunteers. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Because of eight grandmothers we can

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Eight feisty grandmothers pulled no punches when they declared, at yesterday’s rally to end NAIDOC Week, that out of control kids and NGOs more interested in chasing public money than doing their jobs need to be on top of the town’s agenda. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Artist’s Woomera warning: live bombs

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“Like most Alice Springs residents, I suspect, I have travelled the south Stuart Highway for years without knowing that the Woomera Prohibited Area (WPA) is still a live weapons testing range, open for business.” KIERAN FINNANE reviews Kristian Laemmle-Ruff’s exhibition, Woomera. FULL STORY »

Torrent of toxic Facebook posts after Mall melee

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Upstairs – downstairs: While the high and mighty celebrate the Aboriginal flag flying on Anzac Hill, at its foot kids continued to riot, sparking a toxic social media outburst. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Tourism, pubs, history and today’s Alice Springs

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The world over, hotels and pubs can enhance a town – or destroy it. By RUSSELL GUY. The historic Lutetia Hotel in Paris is pictured. FULL STORY »

Visions from the Centre to light up the Sydney Opera House

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Western Arrernte watercolourist Mervyn Rubuntja (work at right) and Central Arrernte/ Mudburra painter Patricia Ansell Dodds are among six First Nations artists whose art work will be projected onto the Sydney Opera House every night for the coming year. FULL STORY »

Red Dirt Poetry Festival turns international

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It will include a heat for the Australian Poetry Slam, writes director Laurie May (pictured). FULL STORY »

Pitchi Ritchi: Nobody home

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  FULL STORY »

Cross promotion with a sister sanctuary in the Dandenongs would be a good idea, writes Lee Kidman.

National Aboriginal art gallery in the wide open spaces?

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As the government’s top-down attitude is causing uproar, is the solution to our town’s make or break project on our doorstep? ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Flag on the Hill: When No became Yes

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A snapped buckle couldn’t stop history from being made: Aboriginal flag flies from Anzac Hill. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Show Day Two: Quilts, snow peas and sausage tying

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Dr Anna Madabushi and son Adi scored in the agriculture section. ERWIN CHLANDA reports from the Show.

 

UPDATE July 17, 2018: New attendance record. FULL STORY »

Dream of home

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“Walking and travelling is a human habit and so is the making of shelters and dreaming of a safe place to call home.  A place from which creation might emanate.” CRAIG SAN ROQUE reflects on Dream of Home, an exhibition by by Jennifer Taylor. FULL STORY »

Some creatures in The Centre used to be big

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Remains from eight million years ago of the Alcoota megafauna give a glimpse into The Centre’s distant past in the museum opened in Todd Mall today. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

At Show time, cattle bring out sales, skills and stories

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Herd cattle to be auctioned tomorrow, bulls on Saturday and in between townies and bushies will test their skills and swap their yarns. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Will more consultants get tourism out of the mire?

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A gaggle of players – contracted consultants – will advise Tourism Minister Lauren Moss (pictured) about the “record $103m Turbocharging Tourism“. Will it be a matter of too many cooks spoiling the broth? ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

UPDATE 10.55am: Tender details.

 

UPDATE 1.40pm: Partial response from Minister Moss. FULL STORY »

Govt tourism spend: The figures may be a real shocker

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Questions to Minister Lauren Moss: For our apparently vast expenditure, how many bums in seats do we get? ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Prof Rolf Gerritsen who wonders whether the engagement of consultants is prevarication on the part of the government. FULL STORY »

Farm area needs better broadband: Paech

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NBN could fix it with a fixed wireless connection on top of the MacDonnell range. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Juvenile detention ‘incident’: Don’t mention assault.

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The softly, softly talk by the Territory Families Department media release notwithstanding, the juvenile detention facility is surrounded by razor wire. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

UPDATE 6.10pm: Three young people charged. Full response by Territory Families. FULL STORY »

Slow road to wealth for NT’s biggest land owners

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More than 40 years after land rights and a quarter century after native title, three pilot projects in The Centre over four years starting in 2019/20 will identify opportunities and provide “a roadmap for development”. Meanwhile 350 km north of Alice Springs, a plantation at Ali Curung, once touted as a landmark Indigenous project, turned into a dismal failure but now produces 10,000 tonnes of watermelons (pictured) a year for an interstate lessee, relying mostly on labour from backpackers. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Aboriginal-led ‘from the bottom up’: cultural centre

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“If it’s going to have credibility … it’s got to be led by Indigenous people” and “We’re going to do it the right way … not from the top, but coming from the bottom up.” Owen Cole and Harold Furber updated the Town Council on a National Indigenous Cultural Centre for Alice Springs, a project quite distinct from the government’s proposed art gallery, in focus and process. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Terrible child protection statistics: Finocchiaro

Estimates told 12 staff have more than 80 cases to manage each, writes LIA FINOCCHIARO, Deputy Leader of the Opposition. FULL STORY »

Council code of conduct questions not answered in public

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Mayor Damien Ryan blocked an attempt by the Alice Springs News Online at last night’s council meeting to cast light on reports – still undenied – that there are code of conduct disciplinary actions in progress against some councillors. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

FULL STORY »

Alice among nine cities on pilot academy shortlist

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Uncongested airspace, lots of clear weather days and infrastructure to support and accommodate up to 100 students in the first year of operation should put Alice well into the running. FULL STORY »

Northern development is getting cracking – slowly

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Defence and minerals will drive the economy of the nation’s top end, and the locals gear up to get a slice of the action. ERWIN CHLANDA reports from the Developing Northern Australia conference in Alice Springs. FULL STORY »

Pine Gap’s new role as a war fighting command centre

2551 John Blaxland SMHalf a century ago the space base was put near Alice Springs because hostile powers could be prevented from putting receivers near it, and hack into the broad communication beams coming down from space. These signals are now finely targeted and can even travel from satellite to satellite. But now the facility has become a node in a global network of command centres, says defence expert John Blaxland (pictured), who was at the Developing Northern Australia conference in Alice Springs this week.

 

UPDATE 12:15pm FULL STORY »

Department, council mum on code of conduct questions

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The department’s response seems to go against the spirit of transparency in the Local Government Act. EXCLUSIVE by ERWIN CHLANDA. FULL STORY »

Turn rock-throwing into backflips: how community can help

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Rather than go into competition with what is already operating – such as a brand new youth drop-in centre at Brown Street – the 24/7 THIS WAY  youth centre initiative should work out where the gaps are and how best it can contribute to bridging them, argues youth worker RAINER CHLANDA. FULL STORY »