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It’s a Territory of variety

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Yesterday’s Territory Day festivities reflected the rich fabric of the Alice Springs community. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Members of the Dusty Feet Dance Collective performing in the Mall.

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Building lots of things is a surgical strike in the NT

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A disease rears its ugly head again: A keen observer of the local condition calls it the Edifice Complex. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. IMAGE: The proposed transport hub.

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Friendly town with great opportunities gets 58 new Aussies

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Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi: They come from 16 countries.

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That once-a-year yarn you’ve been putting off

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All those people you’ve been trying to catch up with during the year, but just haven’t had time for it – don’t worry, they’ll all be there on Friday. It’s Show Day. PHOTO: There are 160 agricultural entries this year. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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NT concessions not keeping pace with price changes

A new report by the Northern Territory Council of Social Service (NTCOSS) shows that a number of concessions, designed to ease cost of living pressures, are simply not keeping pace with price increases, with their value being eroded over time, writes Jonathan Pilbrow, Policy Advisor for NTCOSS. FULL STORY »

In Banda Ache, hijabs are colourful

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Sharia Law a worry? Not in one of Australia’s island neighbours, reports Alice Springs writer HAL DUELL.

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Alice Show cattle sale is back

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Well bred lines of Hereford cattle from the Red Centre will be in an anticipated yarding of over 3000 head in the Bohning Yards on July 2 as the annual Show sale resumes, writes Jock McPherson.

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The evidence to deal with booze abuse

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PAAC’s Dr John Boffa (pictured) praises alcohol report and says to governments: Now get on with it.

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Rural shed: more friction likely

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The Development Consent Authority decision fails to deal clearly with several issues raised by objectors. PHOTO: The inside of the controversial shed, pictured in the DCA’s meeting agenda.

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Survey: How much do you like Adam Giles?

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An opinion survey is under way in Alice Springs, focusing on Chief Minister Adam Giles, pictured with erstwhile challenger, Willem Westra van Holthe.

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CLP talent hunt for MLAs who can be Ministers

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The defection of Robyn Lambley last week has put soul searching within the Country Liberal Party into overdrive. ERWIN CHLANDA speaks with party heavies Jenni Lillis and Daniel Davis (pictured).

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Alice Catholics damn fracking

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OLSH Parish Social Justice Awareness Group launches blistering attack on mining practice.

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When business gusto meets homelessness

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Sleeping in a cardboard box and raising $100,000 plus: Alice Springs CEOs chip in to help one in 17 Territorians. PHOTO: Jenni Lillis and Liz Davies getting settled in for a cold night. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Out of the shadows of showbiz

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Even high-powered USA showbiz could not steal the limelight at last night’s Sustainable Couture – the fashion parade dedicated to “the endless possibilities of recycling,” now in its seventh year.

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Private donations save Environmental Defenders Office

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Art auction and an emergency grant from the NT Law Society come to rescue.

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Injured pensioner cops parking ticket

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Fine of $135 blows out to $241 as council engages NT Government debt collection unit. Trevor Shiell (pictured) pays up as fighting it in court would be too costly. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Developing the North: Feds pick up Territory proposals

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Money for Tanami Road and Outback Way, Tennant to Mt Isa corridor, plus $130m for Aborigines to finalise all native title claims and negotiate with businesses, writes Chief Minister ADAM GILES (pictured).

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Beds wanted. Lots of them.

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10,000 people and 1200 trucks will be coming to Alice Springs in late August. Got any spare beds? PHOTO: An historic gem snagged by the National Transport Hall of Fame in Alice Springs, the first Australian-built truck, a vintage 1910 Caldwell Vale. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Govt. handouts to miners insult to the environment

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The NT Government makes $850,000 in grants available to mining companies for exploration as it is chopping grants to environmental groups, writes JIMMY COCKING (pictured).

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Aboriginals Benefit Account: $15m allocated in NT

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Indigenous communities in the NT will benefit from $15m worth of projects to be funded under the Aboriginals Benefit Account, including $1.2m for Akeyulerre Inc (pictured) in Alice Springs to hold cultural and healing activities.

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Government agencies, Genesee & Wyoming picked Sitzler

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Treasurer Dave Tollner reveals assessment panel and selection criteria for proposed transport hub. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Can public art policy deliver common sense?

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The Town Council has received $120,000 over three years to develop an arts and cultural policy and fund a program of works, but would policy have ensured visibility for this piece of public art, asks KIERAN FINNANE.

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‘Scrapping’ seat would sell out regions: Lambley

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MLA for Araluen Robyn Lambley (pictured) says losing a seat in Central Australia would be “failing Territorians” and be contrary to the CLP’s pledge at the last election to give a voice to the people in the bush. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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‘Revitalised’ mall gets big tick from NT Architecture Awards

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Alice Springs has dominated the NT Architecture Awards announced last Friday, with Susan Dugdale and Associates taking out the top award, plus awards for urban design, steel architecture and commercial architecture. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Doubts mount about proposed transport hub

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The transport hub and business centre in Whittaker Street – it just won’t happen, says florist Kate Ryan (pictured). SOPHIE THIRKELL reports.

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Holiday in the Snowy Mountains? Nope. This is Alice Springs.

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A 10 minute hailstorm dumped masses of ice on the western part of the Ilparpa suburb at about 3:45pm today. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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New commercial centre: which parts do we need?

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Transport hub with “wow factor” welcome, but 17% empty commercial premises in town raise questions, says chamber. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
See UPDATE June 12 at 6:37pm.

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Water, water everywhere. Not.

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The topic was the survival of Alice Springs. There was standing room only. Government representatives were in town to deal with the dropping level of ground water upon which the town depends. Exploration for new supplies had been stagnant for many years. The crowd spilled into the hallways.

Not.
ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Neighbour pitted against neighbour …

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The shed that’s got them all stirred up.

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Half a billion dollars waiting for an answer

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Deals don’t get much bigger than this in Alice Springs: A $500m investment in a string of ventures, including a university for 6000 students, all based in or operating from the Desert Knowledge Precinct. The only problem – it’s been on the government’s back burner for two years. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Receivership no obstacle to Melanka development

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We are not shareholders: Project manager. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Shot in the arm for construction industry

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The government’s 10 year rent guarantee scheme expands. Melanka (pictured) planners are in discussion but no pre-sales are offered pending development approval. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

4th Finke triumph for Rentsch, 40th for volunteers

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Top results go to Victoria, SA and WA. Locals earn the volunteer kudos. PHOTO: Fourth-time winners Shannon and Ian Rentsch from Warrnambool seconds from the finish this morning. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

UPDATE: Next year no Finke camping for the first 30km. Ghan Society on the warpath – see comment.

  FULL STORY »

Place caught in transmission

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How can you recognise place in a work of abstract art? Wayne Eager’s exhibition invites us to do so, writes Kieran Finnane.

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Queen’s Birthday Honours to ‘diverse range of Territorians’

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Elliot McAdam (pictured) is among the recipients of Queen’s Birthday Honours.

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Explorer spirit survives on two wheels

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Alice is always a milestone as the explorer spirit lives on. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Headn’ bush for the 40th Finke

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Alice is about half empty as the exodus has begun to camps along the track where the 40th Finke Desert Race will be run tomorrow and Monday. Police say they will be out in force and early this afternoon were breath-testing north-bound motorists near the Old Timers.

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Homelessness can be just a heartbeat away

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Being destitute, white and a woman can put you out in the cold in Alice Springs, unless you’re victim of violence. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Roo Roger’s latest trick makes world news

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Crushing a metal bucket is the latest party trick of world star, Roger the Kangaroo. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Sales of dwellings numbers nosedive, prices down slightly

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“This is the highest number of vacancies that we can recall,” says veteran real estate salesman in Alice Springs. But planning and construction of more accommodation is in full swing, including at Kilgariff (pictured). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Man on serious charges escaped

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Alice Springs Police are searching for 16-year-old Jason Patrick Reid (pictured) who escaped from the Alice Springs Detention Centre at about 5pm yesterday.

 

UPDATE: Reid has been arrested.
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Minister reneges on review timing: Government schools

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We are shocked and disappointed at the rushed consultation period for the new Education Act, writes Gerard Reid, of the NT Council of Government School Organisations.   FULL STORY »

Pine Gap shines in global snooping: report

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Partner, sniff, know, collect, process and exploit it all – that’s the motto of the new global “collection posture” for communications interception – military as well as civilian – of the group called Five Eyes, headed up by the USA. And Pine Gap, just outside Alice Springs, is a key installation in this world-wide spy network. By ERWIN CHLANDA. Photo: Close-up of Torus antenna.

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Bush jobs for dole: 26 weeks, 25 hours per week

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Remote employment services will change from 1 July to ensure job seekers are active and contributing to their communities to make them better places to live, writes Nigel Scullion, Minister for Indigenous Affairs.

  FULL STORY »

Indian heatwave may be a prelude to our next summer

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The terrible heatwave afflicting India is sounding an alarm for us: These conditions were presaged in much of northern Australia during last summer, especially in February and March. They typify the influence of an El Nino in the Pacific Ocean, and we might be in for a very hot and dry summer. ALEX NELSON comments.

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Town Council refunds $6080 “speculative” inspection fee

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The town council has refunded $6080 in inspection fees it had charged a developer of units (pictured). He calls it “speculative invoicing” and says he had to go to considerable lengths to get his money back. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Council seeks armed forces support in war against fracking

The Katherine Town Council has sought Defence Department assistance with its efforts to have the NT Government declare a moratorium on fracking covering the entire Tindal aquifer region, writes Bruce Francais, of Katherine. FULL STORY »

In the bush, the Age of Entitlement meets the Asset Test

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While your pension may get trimmed if your family home is over a certain value, the conversation about what impact Aboriginal assets should be having on welfare payments is only just beginning. Is there a case for asset testing millions of royalty dollars that are flowing to Aborigines? ERWIN CHLANDA comments. PHOTO: The processing plant at the Granites gold mine on Warlpiri land west of Alice Springs.

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Court does not challenge “broader water allocation policy”

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I will now need to reconsider and review the decisions of the Water Controller again, writes Willem Westra van Holthe (pictured), Minister for Land Resource Management.

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Council rates to rise 6% if budget draft is adopted

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Mayor Damien Ryan (pictured) this morning announced the town council is proposing a rate rise of 6% which would increase the minimum annual rate by $68. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Music from the old country celebrated in the new

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What brings the popular musical tradition of Yiddish-speaking peoples from Eastern Europe into a recording studio in Alice Springs? Quite a journey, it turns out, writes KIERAN FINNANE.

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Night patrols to converge on Alice for footy weekend

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There’s a flurry of activity to avoid a repetition around the weekend’s AFL game of the anti-social behaviour that followed the Easter Carnival. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Highrise in Alice: We don’t need it

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Melanka yes. High rise in Alice Springs no, writes guest commentator PAUL DARVODELKSY.

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Man sought in indecent assault investigation

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Detectives have released a comfit (pictured) of a man they would like to speak to in relation to an indecent assault in Alice Springs on May 25.

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Mayor sought to stifle debate: Councillor

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Mayor Damien Ryan (pictured) wanted to make an embargoed release earlier today of the town council budget although it is still open for debate by elected members tonight. By ERWIN CHLANDA.

 

UPDATE, May 26. 2015, 10am: Councillor Jade Kudrenko last night tried to get Cr Eli Melky that he was the anonymous “council source” for this story. FULL STORY »

Former St Philip’s student gets prestigious scholarship

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Alice Springs student Nina Miers (pictured) gets $60,000 C. A. S. Hawker Scholarship.

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‘Paperless’ death in custody shows lack of police accountability

The lack of proper custody records have left police vulnerable when things go wrong, writes Greg Barns, of the Australian Lawyers Alliance. FULL STORY »

Steve to strive for Finke flag in trophy truck

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Steve Sanderson has the Finke in his DNA. He is pictured mechanic Darren Boots (at right) with the massive front spring and shock absorber assembly of the trophy truck vying to take out the desert race next month.

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Council asked to take stand on rural area ‘industrialisation’

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Rural area resident Ross Copland took his campaign against “industrialisation” of the rural area to the Town Council last night. FULL STORY »

ALEC digging in, setting up community centre in the Gap

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The Arid Lands Environment Centre is relocating in response to the savage cuts to the environment sector in the 2014-15 Federal and Territory Government budgets which left the organisation with no operational funding and limited project opportunities, writes its director, Jimmy Cocking.

  FULL STORY »

Albrecht Oval not the best park for Larapinta

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Albrecht Oval (Google Earth image at left) may be the biggest open space in the Larapinta area but not necessarily the best to develop as a “destination park”, says Cr Chansey Paech. FULL STORY »

Uranium mining would help to save Alice: Businessmen

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Uranium mining near Alice Springs needs to be back on the table, says a group of about 40 business operators, wanting to drag the town out of its current slump. Tony Bandiera, Samih Habib-Bitar and Darren Burton (pictured from left) spoke with ERWIN CHLANDA on behalf of the group.

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Housing, urban drift, dole on Gunner’s Alice agenda

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Problems fueling anti-social behaviour, housing shortage, urban drift, work for the dole and grog, were on the agenda of new Opposition Leader, Michael Gunner (pictured), in town this week for his fortnightly visit. He spoke with editor ERWIN CHLANDA.

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Invitation to a dance

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The latest foray by Ngurratjtua artists is “still landscape painting”, but in being printed on circular skirts it is alluringly transformed, as sculpture and wearable art, writes Kieran Finnane.

  FULL STORY »

11-year-old girl missing since Monday

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Police are concerned for the welfare of an 11-year-old girl, Melanie Giles, who was last seen Monday visiting relatives in the Alice Springs Hospital.

UPDATE: Melanie Giles has been found alive and well, police have announced.

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World Rogaining championships for Ross River

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The world’s best cross-country navigators will descend on Central Australia next year ready, writes Sport and Recreation Minister Gary Higgins (pictured).
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Minister confirms defects in tender winner’s previous job

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Minister Peter Chandler has confirmed there were defects in the emergency department built by Sydney-based Lahey Constructions which has just been awarded a $30m tender for more work at the hospital. PHOTO: A dance by traditional healers (nangkaris) opened the $25m department in June 2013. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Australia through Bilby eyes …

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Kaye Kessing’s Bilby’s Ring trilogy takes readers on a delightful, if frightening journey, said TED EGAN speaking at the launch on Sunday. FULL STORY »

Police confiscate drugs, weapons in Sadadeen

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Police found drugs, weapons and fireworks at an Alice Springs address in Sadadeen yesterday afternoon.

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Ted Egan: Saluting heroes, not the war

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Ted Egan has chosen a place for young people, St Philip’s College, for the Alice Springs launch of his latest book, The Anzacs, 100 Years On. He salutes heroes, beginning with the Man With the Donkey. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Brrrr!

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There was ice on our bird bath this morning, in the Rangeview Estate farm area. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Chandler explains why outside company got $30m tender

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Minister for Infrastructure, Peter Chandler (pictured), has explained why a $29.6m Alice Springs hospital tender has been awarded by the NT Government to Sydney firm Lahey Constructions Pty Ltd instead of a local company. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Opposition outrage over tender going east

A well placed barb … but read on! FULL STORY »

Melanka: 8 storeys done deal, but still questions

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The topic most people at this morning’s Melanka hearing wanted to talk about wasn’t on the agenda of the Development Consent Authority: The eight storeys. But quite a few other points were raised by about 20 “submittors”. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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‘My brown skin baby’ composer passes away

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Both Territory Senators paid tribute to Bob “Uncle” Randall who died at Mutitjulu on Tuesday. PHOTO: Mr Randall performing his famous song in the Bungalow play at the Mbantua Festival in Alice Springs in 2013.

  FULL STORY »

Will the NT also stop funding outstations?

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Federal Government and the CLP will walk away from continuing to fund outstations and remote bush communities, writes Opposition Leader Michael Gunner (pictured).

  FULL STORY »

Certainty for remote homelands in the NT

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Claims that the Federal Government wants to close some communities in the NT are wrong and nothing more than deliberate scare-mongering, writes Nigel Scullion, Minister for Indigenous Affairs (pictured).

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Budget to encourage new businesses in Alice – Chamber

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Budget measures will be particularly well received in regional Northern Territory where unemployment is at its highest and job opportunities are limited, says Chamber of Commerce EO Kay Eade (pictured). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Budget boost for northern development: Giles

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The Territory Government has welcomed the down-payment in the Budget on the development of a sustainable Northern Australia with the creation of a multi-billion dollar concessional loan scheme for infrastructure, writes Chief Minister Adam Giles.

  FULL STORY »

Better ‘destination’ parks and none will be sold

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The Town Council will make a long term commitment to improving its network of parks without selling any. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

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Council parks – what opportunities?

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Reinvesting Alice parks as community hubs and shared spaces was one of the issues that originally motivated me to stand as a Councillor, writes Chansey Paech (pictured).

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Bonding on a tough trek in magnificent country

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Out there company hierarchy doesn’t count for anything. We were all equals. Some very junior staff were leading executives: Bonding, Larapinta Trail style. ERWIN CHLANDA talked to the trekkers.

  FULL STORY »

Time for a date?

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The potential of the date industry is huge, announced Primary Industries Minister. Provided you have a lot of time, he should have added – and water. PHOTO: Mr van Holthe (at right in the picture) with AZRI technician Glen Oliver. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Looking for love and meaning on the road

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The “poetry and song of the road” is the stuff of Russell Guy’s novel Dry Crossing for its first thirteen chapters. KIERAN FINNANE  reviews.

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Desert imprints: artists’ new ventures

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Desert artists are using a range of print-making techniques to reinterpret, more than simply reproduce, original art works. The results are showing in two new exhibitions, one in Alice Springs, the other in Sydney, writes KIERAN FINNANE.

  FULL STORY »

At last: paper recycling for Alice

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Alice Springs is set to get paper recycling, adding to the ‘green’ repertoire of the Town Council’s Regional Waste Management Facility.
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Rowley Hill’s family says thank you

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Rowley Hill’s family – Richard, Jane, Samual, Asta and Jasmine – would like to thank the wonderful community of Alice Springs and beyond, for your love, support and overwhelming generosity since we lost our Rowley in the Todd River the evening of 8 January, 2015. FULL STORY »

Hall dropped from community Facebook site

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The spokesman for a paramilitary group in Alice Springs, Gary Hall, seems to have suffered a blow to his public acceptance. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: One of the remaining references to Hall on a community FB site.

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Has paramilitary spokesman broken law?

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“That depends on how he said it and what steps he has taken to go down that path,” says Attorney-General and Minister for Justice John Elferink (pictured). Meanwhile police chief won’t answer questions. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Shot kneecaps, smashed legs: Threat to crims

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There is a paramilitary group in Alice Springs ready to shoot offenders in the knees or smash their legs with baseball bats, says its spokesman, Gary Hall (pictured)ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Blockies fight planning bid: Town could be next

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Rural residents have banded together to fight an application to turn a rural residential block into an industrial site, with serious implications for the amenity of the area. This could be your neighbour’s yard, they say in an advertisement. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Rosalie Kunoth-Monks ‘not welcome’ in her community

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Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, adored by national TV audiences, is apparently no longer welcome in her own community of Utopia. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Self help not part of the welfare mantra

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s “lifestyle choices” remark has focussed the debate about who should be doing what for Aboriginal people. Self-help is not on the agenda for some. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Last week’s rally in Alice Springs.

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Leaving their tribal lands to avoid more work for dole

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People in remote communities would rather leave their tribal homelands than working for the dole there, for longer than they would need to in an urban centre. So says Central Desert Regional Council president, Adrian Dixon (pictured). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Furore over hospital tender

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Builders in Alice Springs are incensed about the NT Government letting a tender worth $30m for work on the hospital to a company that has apparently no presence in the town. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

What’s in this edition?

POLITICS and SOCIETY

Building lots of things is a surgical strike in the NT.

Half a billion dollars waiting for an answer.

Survey: How much do you like Adam Giles?

LETTER: Alice Catholics damn fracking.

CLP talent hunt for MLAs who can be Ministers.

LETTER: Govt. handouts to miners insult to the environment.

LETTER: Developing North – Feds pick up Territory proposals, says Giles.

‘Scrapping’ seat would sell out regions: Lambley.

Water, water everywhere. Not.

 

CULTURE and PEOPLE

It’s a Territory of variety.

Friendly town with great opportunities gets 58 new Aussies.

Show Day: That once-a-year yarn you’ve been putting off.

LETTER: Alice Show cattle sale is back.

In Banda Ache, hijabs are colourful.

LETTER: The evidence to deal with booze abuse.

Rural shed: more friction likely.

Sustainable Couture: Out of the shadows of showbiz.

When business gusto meets homelessness.

Injured pensioner cops parking ticket.

Truckies are coming. Beds wanted. Lots of them.

Aboriginals Benefit Account: $1.2m to hold cultural and healing activities in Alice Springs.

Doubts mount about proposed transport hub.

Holiday in the Snowy Mountains? Nope. This is Alice Springs.

4th Finke triumph for Rentsch, 40th for volunteers.

Explorer spirit survives on two wheels.

Homelessness can be just a heartbeat away.

Roo Roger’s latest trick makes world news.

Indian heatwave may be a prelude to our next summer. ALEX NELSON comments.

Highrise in Alice: We don’t need it, PAUL DARVODELKSY comments.

Man sought in indecent assault investigation.

Night patrols to converge on Alice for footy weekend.

Former St Philip’s student, Nina Miers, gets prestigious scholarship.

LETTER: ALEC digging in, setting up community centre in the Gap.

Steve to strive for Finke flag in trophy truck.

 

BUSINESS & ECONOMY

Government agencies, Genesee & Wyoming picked Sitzler for transport hub.

New commercial centre: which parts do we need?

Receivership no obstacle to Melanka development.

Sales of dwellings numbers nosedive, prices down slightly.

Blockies fight planning bid: Town could be next.

Self help not part of the welfare mantra.

 

LETTERS

Katherine Council seeks armed forces support in war against franking.

“Paperless” death in custody shows lack of police accountability.

 

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