Erwin Chlanda

Megafauna museum: Locals outnumber tourists

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Big Bird was visited by 5468 between October and March. Most of them were locals. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Rock, Alice: Widening the gap

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Tourism Research Australia figures show earnings increases Territory-wide for 2018 but in The Centre, the Ayers Rock and Kings Canyon resorts remain on the ascendancy while Alice Springs continues to slide. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Penalising responsible drinkers is not the answer

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With the Australian Bureau of Statistics reporting that 84% of Australians drink within recommended guidelines and, as a society, we are consuming less alcohol today than any point in the last 55 years, the knee-jerk desire to penalise people doing the right thing doesn’t stack up, writes Brett Heffernan, CEO Brewers Association of Australia. FULL STORY »

Budget repair: Check out the cost of this load of rubbish

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Nine weeks and six days after a report to the police of the illegal dumping of a trailer load of rubbish on the road into the West MacDonells National Park, the lifeblood of our tourism industry, it appears nothing constructive has been done by the NT bureaucracy. By ERWIN CHLANDA. FULL STORY »

First Aboriginal doctor: Gordon Briscoe AO, BA (Hist), MA, PhD

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Alice Springs born Dr Gordon Briscoe’s journey is remarkable: Since the 1950s he has been a prominent Indigenous activist, leader, researcher, writer, teacher and public commentator. Born in 1938 he was a talented soccer player and in 1997 became the first Indigenous person to gain a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) from an Australian University. By MARK J SMITH. FULL STORY »

Budget repairs: Charging for parks, paying less to homeless

Disproportionate hit for the homeless young to help Gunner repair his record deficit. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Budget repair: Where are the tough decisions?

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Is there more than a bailout from the Commonwealth, asks Opposition Leader Gary Higgins (pictured). FULL STORY »

Shining light on Parrtjima cost-benefit

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Are the festivals costing $2m each putting too many tourism eggs into one basket? Do we really need the lights on the hill or are the attractions “on the ground” developing as the heart of the event? ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: Baker Boy was a smash hit, especially for Aboriginal youngsters.


Watch Baker Boy video clip! FULL STORY »

Coalition wants to accelerate Beetaloo gas production

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Feds contribute $8.4m to “get on with the job. We want to get the gas up out of the ground and into people’s homes and businesses as quickly as we can,” writes Matt Canavan, Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Photo: Lingiari candidate Jacinta Price. FULL STORY »

Speed up road building, say cattlemen




Gas development will massively increase use of bush roads, writes Ashley Manicaros of the Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association. FULL STORY »