Erwin Chlanda

Melanka: 8 storeys done deal, but still questions

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The topic most people at this morning’s Melanka hearing wanted to talk about wasn’t on the agenda of the Development Consent Authority: The eight storeys. But quite a few other points were raised by about 20 “submittors”. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Furore over hospital tender

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Builders in Alice Springs are incensed about the NT Government letting a tender worth $30m for work on the hospital to a company that has apparently no presence in the town. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Budget to encourage new businesses in Alice – Chamber

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Budget measures will be particularly well received in regional Northern Territory where unemployment is at its highest and job opportunities are limited, says Chamber of Commerce EO Kay Eade (pictured). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Budget boost for northern development: Giles

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The Territory Government has welcomed the down-payment in the Budget on the development of a sustainable Northern Australia with the creation of a multi-billion dollar concessional loan scheme for infrastructure, writes Chief Minister Adam Giles.

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Bonding on a tough trek in magnificent country

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Out there company hierarchy doesn’t count for anything. We were all equals. Some very junior staff were leading executives: Bonding, Larapinta Trail style. ERWIN CHLANDA talked to the trekkers.

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Time for a date?

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The potential of the date industry is huge, announced Primary Industries Minister. Provided you have a lot of time, he should have added – and water. PHOTO: Mr van Holthe (at right in the picture) with AZRI technician Glen Oliver. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Hall dropped from community Facebook site

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The spokesman for a paramilitary group in Alice Springs, Gary Hall, seems to have suffered a blow to his public acceptance. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: One of the remaining references to Hall on a community FB site.

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Has paramilitary spokesman broken law?

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“That depends on how he said it and what steps he has taken to go down that path,” says Attorney-General and Minister for Justice John Elferink (pictured). Meanwhile police chief won’t answer questions. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Leaving their tribal lands to avoid more work for dole

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People in remote communities would rather leave their tribal homelands than working for the dole there, for longer than they would need to in an urban centre. So says Central Desert Regional Council president, Adrian Dixon (pictured). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Shot kneecaps, smashed legs: Threat to crims

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There is a paramilitary group in Alice Springs ready to shoot offenders in the knees or smash their legs with baseball bats, says its spokesman, Gary Hall (pictured)ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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