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Media manipulation by Adam Giles over blackout

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Did Adam Giles (pictured with CLP candidate for Araluen Steve Brown) suppress information about the new power station to get his photo in the paper? ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Power Water split hindered blackout remedy: Union

Fully investigate the CLP’s role in the power generation service issues, writes Paul Kirby, NT organiser of the Electrical Trades Union. FULL STORY »

9 kids, 4 adults in 5-seater car, no brakes, driver drunk

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Charges laid after arrest near Barrow Creek (pictured, file photo). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Darwin port lease: flawed foreign investment rules

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There are calls from Senate committee for more federal controls as “the US and China are jockeying for influence in the region,” reports global medium Bloomberg Business. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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A new ‘Made in Prison’ row?

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Robyn Lambley (pictured) says many prison products may hurt local businesses, calls for debate. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Alice to Venice: a tale of two workshops

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Joining forces, two Alice Springs workshops have achieved an outstanding result – producing a set of stylish chairs that will feature in the Australian exhibit at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Cops called in on overseas trip by Chandler: details

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Police have been asked to examine the costs for an overseas trip by NT Minister Peter Chandler (at right) in September 2013. EXCLUSIVE by ERWIN CHLANDA reports about where he went, why, and how much it cost, but the Minister won’t say what the public got for its money.

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$75m power upgrade for Alice to reduce electricity costs

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Ron Goodin Power Station in town will close at the end of 2017, says Chief Minister.

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Alleged would-be sexual assailant pursues victim

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Attempted sexual assault, contraband booze and rifle theft keep cops busy.

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Blackout: When will we get new generators?

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Blackout: In the old power station (pictured) is where the problem started but the fix seems stalled. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

SEE UPDATE.

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CAAAPU to get skilled board

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Administrator sets new rules after $233,000 loss but organisation will keep going.

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Big camels join little ‘roos to help Alice boom

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As Kangaroo Dundee III is almost ready to hit TV screens world-wide, the family of stars has had a major addition. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Last gasp for Todd fish

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It’s a race against time for these fish of the desert, reports Kieran Finnane.

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Voting change CLP’s bid to stay in power: Independents

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Independent candidate Phil Walcott (pictured), who will be standing against Chief Minister Adam Giles in Braitling, says the planned introduction of optional preferential voting is a cynical bid by the government to cling to power. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Designed and made in Alice, showcased in Venice

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Local design and fabrication skills will be on show at the most prestigious international event on the architectural calendar, the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. FULL STORY »

End-of-life generators cause blackout

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No refrigeration, airconditioning on a steamy day. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

UPDATE 2:40pm: Territory Generation says it has been “working on a strategy to renew the generation in Alice Springs and we will continue to work closely with the Northern Territory Government on those plans”.

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Heavitree Gap supermarket, servo bought for $1.85m

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Fuel discounter buys into scenic site near major residential development. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Planning decision decimates land value

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The owners of a rural residential block say its value has dropped $65,000 as a result of their neighbours getting permission to run an industrial operation. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: The huge shed used by the plumbers on the formerly rural residential land, as pictured in the valuer’s report.

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Empties raise cash to help with school fees

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Apex makes it easier to support its drive for cash assisting underprivileged children with their school fees. PICTURED are club members (from left) Ms Hore, Neil Egan, Peter Shupleworth, Troy Wilson and president Amanda Kuhn.

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A way to reduce cost of sealing NT’s Outback Way?

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A project management board could contract the work at an hourly rate, instead of going through the NT Government’s tendering process, says Cr Jamie De Brenni. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

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Kerbside recycling could reduce waste by 70+%

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The Town Council will again be looking at the feasibility of kerbside recycling, following receipt of a consultant’s report which finds that the general waste stream could be reduced by more than 70%. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Town pool water down the gurgler

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Almost one and half million litres of water will likely go down the drain from the town’s indoor pools in a warranty job to repair tiling. Kieran Finnane reports Town Council news in brief. FULL STORY »

Broadcaster is the Centralian of the Year

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CAAMA Radio manager Gerry Lyons (pictured), better known as the G-Man, has been chosen as the Centralian Citizen of the Year. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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At your Oz Day barbie, chew over statehood: Adam Giles

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Statehood would not cause significant Government policy changes, including Indigenous land rights, writes Chief Minister ADAM GILES.

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Why not a little old lady as Australian of Year?

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Mostly sports people and Aborigines get the title, writes runner JOHN BELL (at right in the picture).

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Government land use regulators fragment community

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Disputes erupt as rules are either not clear or fail to be enforced by the lands department, residents claim. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Rubbish on rural residential block has tempers flaring.

See UPDATE January 26.

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Man charged after police seize meth, firearms

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Suspected dealer alleged to have been in possession of stolen firearms.

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Cultural drawcards – lessons for Alice from MONA?

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The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Hobart has become the second-most visited attraction in Tasmania, with its MOFO festival adding to the draw. In the eclectic line-up this year was Alice author CRAIG SAN ROQUE. He gives his impressions.

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Safe house for men not so safe

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Publicly funded, it has stood empty and trashed since it was vandalised three years ago in Pmara Junta, near Ti Tree, north of Alice Springs, it is claimed. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Giant sport and education project for Showgrounds?

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… or just a bit of blather? ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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NT Govt: We were mum on port lease to China

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The government today confirmed, in response to questions from the Alice Springs News Online, that no public announcement had been made about the $500m 99 year lease of the Port of Darwin to a Chinese company before Mr Giles announced the completed deal on October 13 last year. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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The spin on crime statistics

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The police controls what facts are used in government statistics about the fight against crime on which the Giles Government stakes its future. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Image from a local Facebook thread.

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CAAAPU under special administration

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In 2014/15 the alcohol treatment facility got government grants of $4.5m, made a loss of $233,000.

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Our unemployment rate still the lowest

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There is the potential for more jobs in tourism, energy, mining and the maritime service sector, writes Chief Minister Adam Giles.

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Defence knew about Landbridge in May – spokesperson

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“There is no proposal to revoke the lease” over the Port of Darwin given by the NT Government for 99 years to the Chinese company, Landbridge, says a Department of Defence spokesperson in reply to questions we put to Defence Minister Marise Payne (pictured). Report by ERWIN CHLANDA.

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Hands-on in the rebirth of a community

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Redfern was a place notorious for crime and racial conflict. Ring a bell? But much of that is in the past, says the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence. In just five years it has enlisted fun and work, old ways and new skills, private and public money, and a ton of good-will to come a long way towards turning things around. And by the way, The Alice may pick up a few hints there, useful in its drawn-out quest for a national indigenous cultural centre. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

The green, green grass of the Stuart Highway

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Alice police nab 12.5 kg of cannabis. Man “assisting with enquiries”.

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LETTER: Why do some cockies like fracking?

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Do they get benefits we don’t know about, asks BRUCE FRANCAIS from Katherine.

 

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The Aboriginal art world, an insider’s view

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One day Aboriginal art will be judged as one of Australia’s great gifts to the world, like jazz and Afro-American music, writes RUSSELL GUY. PHOTO of works by Central Australian painters in the Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney. FULL STORY »

Feds can kill Darwin port deal, says academic

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The Federal Government has the power to knock on the head the 99 year lease the Territory Government issued over the Port of Darwin to a Chinese firm, Landbridge, which has links with the Chinese military, according to Prof Rolf Gerritsen (pictured), reports ERWIN CHLANDA.

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The price of politicians, and what we get from them

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We’re paying dearly for our pollies whilst they’re giving us the mushroom treatment, about Port Darwin and Landbridge, for example.

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Territory’s $1.2b charity sector

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Northern Territory charities have incomes of more than $1b, according to a new report. The stand-out in Alice Springs is the Finke Desert Race run by 400 volunteers and just one single paid employee.

 

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Cultural centre – think big!

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There’s more space in the Desert Knowledge precinct than in the CBD, comments HAL DUELL.

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Darwin port: Captain’s call by Giles rocks boat

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While Canberra remains utterly confused over the foray by Adam Giles into global politics, and he gets feted by Chinese billionaire Ye Cheng to celebrate the 99 year lease of the Port of Darwin, its owners, the people of the Northern Territory, are getting the mushroom treatment. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Part of the coverage by the Fairfax Media.

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2016 the year of fun, Made in Alice

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Make 2016 your year to get involved in your local arts scene, go to shows, watch plays, listen to community radio, support your friends and your neighbours and just get amongst it, writes LAURIE MAY (pictured).

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Election year: you’ll be promised one of these

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2016: All dressed up but where to go, asks HAL DUELL.

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Indigenous marathon – the chosen few

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Five years and $2.3m of taxpayers’ money later, and the Federal Government will give no details of the benefits of the Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP). ERWIN CHLANDA reports. IMAGE from the New York marathon last month.

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Call to eat local beef, camel penises for China

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Why our best cattle are going south and how bolstering the use of a local abattoir could prime local beef on our table. Veteran pastoralist Garry Dann (pictured) says it’s time to take the bull by the horns in 2016. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Rally racer puts CLP pedal to the metal

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CLP boss at age 24 has focus on party’s mass appeal and fast cars. ERWIN CHLANDA speaks with Ben Kittle (pictured).

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Call to show respect for the flag

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Flags flown at night without illumination are a sign of disrespect, writes Ray Rowe. The ones on Anzac Hill (pictured) are illuminated.

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Six men charged with drug and other offences

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After a four-month operation local detectives have dismantled an elaborate criminal network involved in trafficking ecstasy, ice, steroids and testosterone from South Australia to Alice Springs, according to a police media release today.

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Who’s going to untangle the town’s many issues?

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The Mbantua Festival, its financial fiasco notwithstanding, did much to inspire the drive for an indigenous cultural centre in Alice Springs. But someone has to unravel the bickering surrounding the project, as well as other issues in the too hard basket, including the Uniting Church residential development and town square concept in the Mall. ERWIN CHLANDA comments.

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Culture centre: Where is Aboriginal leadership?

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There will be no Indigenous cultural centre in Alice Springs unless the people whose culture it celebrates come to an agreement about it. So say Alice Springs News Online commentators and Deputy Mayor Steve Brown. Meanwhile the Art Gallery of South Australia (pictured) is making the most from Central Australian art. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Cultural museum for Alice: That’s how it could be done

p22103-Abor-Art-SA-16-SMWhile talk about an Aboriginal cultural centre in Alice Springs remains just that – talk, unless we are all being kept in the dark – and the Town Council is moving to instead plonk a multi-storey car park on the choicest piece of land in the town’s centre, Aboriginal artists from The Centre are the talk of the Australian art world. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Car park or culture centre: new funding bid

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The Town Council will re-submit an application for Federal funding for a “meeting place” and a multi-storey car park in Hartley Street and Gregory Terrace although Mayor Damien Ryan concedes there is no detailed knowledge about who needs a car park. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Public housing: seven years, eight months wait

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There are 113 vacant public homes and Alice Springs while 612 applicants are waiting up to 93 months – that’s seven years and eight months – to move in. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Boarded-up public housing in Alice Springs.

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Bush bakeries and the dough

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The Alice Springs company Remote Food Solutions received nearly a million dollars from the Federal Government for the installation of bakery shops in the remote communities of Hermannsburg, Papunya and Yuendumu. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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What’s in this edition?

POLITICS and SOCIETY

 

Media manipulation by Adam Giles over blackout.

LETTER: Power Water split hindered blackout remedy – union.

Darwin port lease points to flawed foreign investment rules.

$75m power upgrade for Alice to reduce electricity costs.

Cops called in on overseas trip by Chandler: details.

Lambley tackles new ‘Made in Prison’ issues.

Voting change CLP’s bid to stay in power: Independents.

Planning decision decimates land value.

A way to reduce cost of sealing NT’s Outback Way?

Government land use regulators fragment community.

The port and price of politicians: What we get from them?

Govt: We were mum on port lease to China.

The spin on crime statistics.

Darwin port: Defence knew about Landbridge in May 2015.

Feds can kill Darwin port deal – academic.

Darwin port: Captain’s call of Giles rocks boat.

Election year: you’ll be promised one of these. By HAL DUELL.

 

CULTURE and PEOPLE

 

9 kids, 4 adults in 5-seater car, no brakes, driver drunk.

Alice to Venice: a tale of two workshops.

Kangaroo Dundee: Big camels join little ‘roos to help Alice boom.

Last gasp for Todd fish.

Designed and made in Alice, showcased in Venice.

CAAAPU to get skilled board.

Blackout: When will we get new generators?

End-of-life generators cause blackout.

Empties raise cash to help with school fees.

Heavitree Gap supermarket, servo bought for $1.85m.

Town pool water down the gurgler.

Broadcaster G-man is the Centralian of the Year.

Kerbside recycling could reduce waste by 70+%.

Man charged after police seize meth, firearms.

Man charged after police seize meth, firearms.

Safe house for men not so safe.

Cultural drawcards – lessons for Alice from MONA & MOFO?

Giant sport and education project for Showgrounds?

CAAAPU under special administration.

The green, green grass of the Stuart Highway.

Cultural centre – think big! HAL DUELL

The Aboriginal art world, an insider’s view.

Hands-on in the rebirth of a community.

Thirsty thief, rifles stolen, rocks thrown at ambulance.

2016 the year of fun, Made in Alice. By LAURIE MAY

 

LETTERS

 

At your Oz Day barbie, chew over statehood: ADAM MILES.

Why not a little old lady as Australian of Year, asks JOHN BELL.

Our unemployment rate still the lowest, writes ADAM GILES.

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