Erwin Chlanda

Mbantua Fest: statement from Perkins, no news on debt payment



The saga about the unpaid debts of the Mbantua Festival is continuing with a statement from Neville Perkins (pictured) issued last week. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


Whitegate row headed for national attention?

 p2148-Whitegate-womenSMComments at a protest rally this morning by residents of the Whitegate camp and their supporters made it clear they are set to seek national attention for the NT government’s plans to close the settlement on the town’s fringe. PHOTO (seated, from left) – Felicity Hayes, Theresa Ryder, Leonie Palmer and MK Turner. Behind Ms Ryder is Ursula Nicholoff-Johnson. Jack Hayes (with hat). At right in the photo are Natalie Wasley, Rod Moss and Kat Hope (with baby). ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

No more public money for Rock promotion




Replace the sterile, overpriced Uluru experience with the kind of family adventure that made a trip to The Centre what tourists used to love.


Dance till you drop



The countdown in the Alice Desert Festival marathon dancing has begun. At hour four of twenty-four, the dance floor is packed and the energy high. KIERAN FINNANE reports.


Water for Whitegate, protest rally to target Bess Price



Water for the embattled Whitegate camp, courtesy Lhere Artepe, and on Monday a rally outside the office of MLA Bess Price against the eviction of the camp’s residents who’ve been there for decades. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Felicity Hayes and Whitegate’s water tank. FULL STORY »

Land Council meeting: sparks to fly again



The Central Land Council meeting next week seems set for more turbulence, with this question high on the agenda: Who is running the show, the 90 elected delegates, or the staff and the executive? Maurie Japarta Ryan and Russell Bray (pictured) will be heading back into the fray. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


Traditional owners criticise nuclear dump process



Sixty traditional owners from the Tanami Desert and neighbouring land owners have expressed their frustration with the Federal government’s nomination process for a proposed radioactive waste management facility and with the lack of information from the government, writes David Ross, Central Land Council Director.


Conlan’s statistics vs reality


This is the bottom line of Alice Springs tourism – declining since 2005, nosediving in 2011, flat as a pancake since then, but Tourism Minister Matt Conlan thinks he’s doing a fine job. COMMENT by ERWIN CHLANDA. 


For Francis, all Christmases are coming at once


A day after Chief Minister Adam Giles denied any deals with Francis Xavier Kurrupuwu to get him back into the CLP fold, his Arafura electorate was showered with presents – by no other than Mr Giles. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO (courtesy Mr Giles): “Chief Minister and local member at the barge landing site on Bathurst Island today.” FULL STORY »

Batchelor: Little interest in vital courses




The was much pomp and ceremony at the Batchelor graduation last week but the institute is facing serious challenges. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.