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Batchelor Institute dodges performance comparisons

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The data exist but the VET provider is blocking their release. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Batchelor staff at the recent presentation of certificates in Alice Springs.


Gap Centre is the centre of The Gap

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Thousands of kids have gone through the Gap Youth and Community Centre in its four decades. It still has its work cut out. ERWIN CHLANDA went to the party on Saturday. PHOTO: Di Sandford with Lanai Thackeray as she cuts the cake for Chelsea, Lakarsha Connie, Zara, Ollie,  Angus and others.


Long term: Houses flat, units down, but current vacancies low




The vacancy rate has dropped to 2% and the Housing for Real Growth Scheme was a winner, says prominent real estate figure Doug Fraser (pictured). But more government funds are needed to satisfy the increased demand for subsidised rentals.   ERWIN CHLANDA reports. 


Rock climb mostly closed




If you see someone in a T-schirt emblazoned with “I climbed the Rock” it’s probably a fib. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


‘More red tape after dual occupancy move’

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Now we have 300 square metre blocks of residential land but the government is making it hard to build a second home on a 1000 square metre block, says housing industry. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Google Earth image of the Old Eastside, ideally suited for dual occupancy because its blocks are generally big.


Tourism, cattle, mining, oil, gas: The world’s your oyster, Stuart.

2482 Aboriginal stockman SM2483 Scott McConnell SM“It is an asset that Indigenous people, predominantly men, still aspire to work in the pastoral industry,” says Scott McConnell (at right). He decidedly takes a glass-half-full view of economic developments in his sprawling electorate of Stuart during a conversation with editor ERWIN CHLANDA. FULL STORY »

The APY saga: Evidence suggests dysfunction

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Records from a special general meeting and an executive meeting note motions to terminate the appointment of the general manager but he’s still there. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: Watarru community about 200 km south west of Uluru (Ayers Rock) in the APY Lands of South Australia.


NT cost of living $1700 a week




Gas development is a must, writes Gary Higgins (pictured), Leader of the Opposition.


NATS benefit to economy open to question

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As NT debt snowballs the government continues to spend millions on “bread and circuses” events: Claims that they are a shot in the arm for the town’s economy are based on attendance figures provided by Major Events chief Andrew Hopper (pictured) which are open to question. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


Police clash with protestors

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Protesters allege police kicked a photographer to the ground during a demonstration in Alice Springs today. See video. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


UPDATE 5:13pm