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Comment on Trees on Melanka block no longer sacred? by Erwin Chlanda.

No Russell, it ain’t. Our journalism is in the reports, and we stand by them.
Many readers’ comments are providing valuable facts.
What some say is not news nor fact, but an expressions – sometimes outburst – of opinion. But they have the freedom of speech as well.
Our readers know to tell the difference.
ERWIN CHLANDA, Editor

Erwin Chlanda Also Commented

Trees on Melanka block no longer sacred?
Thanks, Russell (Posted December 2, 2016 at 6:36 pm).
What you label as a generalisation is an assertion we make with complete confidence: Reader statistics for each report – which we have to the accuracy of one through Google Analytics – establish that stories attracting little or no comment (the majority) can have just as many readers as stories that attract a lot of comment.
This shows us that readers are coming on to our site primarily for the journalism it provides, while we welcome the many who also respond to the forum for discussion it creates.
ERWIN CHLANDA, Editor


Trees on Melanka block no longer sacred?
You seem to have a good point, Harold (posted December 3, 2016 at 8:13 am
Since November 30 we’ve made several requests to the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority for comment. Not a peep out of them.
Regards, ERWIN CHLANDA, Editor


Recent Comments by Erwin Chlanda

Code of conduct allegations ‘vexatious, frivolous’ – councillor
Hi Hal: Because of the absurd secrecy that surrounds this process we can only guess that it was triggered by a comment Cr Cocking made about a report headed “Let’s have an Australia Day when we are ready for it” which we published on January 31 this year.
Erwin Chlanda, Editor.


Discussions are nice but actions are needed
Hi Richard Bentley: Well, this letter from Hayley was published seven days ago. Fairly current?
Cheers, Erwin Chlanda, Editor.


Government deception clouds gallery debate
Hi Jeffrey, please identify the parts of my report that you consider biased, and give the reasons for your opinion.
Kind regards, Erwin Chlanda, Editor.


NATS: Petrol heads rule
Hi Alana: To give us the number of cars entered would have been a computer click for the organisers versus hours of searching for us to find the car with the highest number. Why the secrecy?
We still don’t know how many cars were from Alice and how many from outside.
We still don’t know how many tickets were sold. Again, why the secrecy?
That’s the kind of research a diligent journalist undertakes when $1.3m – best guess – of taxpayers’ money is spent on a weekend of entertainment.
If it brings money into the town then let’s have the facts to substantiate and quantify that.
Let it grow? Absolutely. Many of our 19,000 plus readers are spread across the nation and the world. We cover most of the great events in The Centre. We report on a myriad of economic opportunities. Many of our 18,000 plus comment writers (so far) contribute to that vital discussion.
But our readers want us to tell the whole story, and they know we will.
Erwin Chlanda, Editor.


Stagnant CBD; industrial land, rental shortage; houses hold
Hi Chansey, many thanks for your response about industrial land.
Please respond also to these follow-up questions:-
• When can we expect further industrial land to become available at Brewer Estate and elsewhere?
• How much?
• Will it be fully serviced?
• Are Brewer and Arumbera subject to native title, and if so, have negotiations started with the native title holders?
• Who makes the decision about what is “heavily” impacting or not?
• What is being done about stopping wide-spread “questionable business activities” already in progress in rural residential areas?
Kind regards,
Erwin Chlanda, Editor


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