Erwin Chlanda

Three locals lead huge national bike field into Finke

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Walsh (pictured), Stokie and Hayes shine on Day One of the 42nd Finke that rose from a fun ride more than four decades ago of a bunch of mates to a national and international event. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. See also video of a cold start this morning.

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New brawl looms over civic centre loan

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Councillor Eli Melky says debt repayment estimates at last month’s town council meeting were in error, but he still needs a seconder for his motion to be debated. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. AT LEFT: Google Earth image of the sprawling civic centre complex.

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And now, Finke the movie

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Hundred-plus media workers will report the story of the legendary desert race in a string of news media. And a local production company is turning it into a feature-length film, directed by Dylan River (pictured). At right: Buggies awaiting scrutineering this afternoon.

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War on booze abuse in jungle of jargon and acronyms

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Sackings, uncertainty and mismanagement as alcohol mayhem continues. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Woman’s room in defunded section of CAAAPU.

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The public can now grill pollies in Estimates

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Territorians, Territory businesses and community groups will now be able to do the job the Opposition and Independents are refusing to do, writes Natasha Fyles, Leader of Government Business (pictured).

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Volunteer-run super race to bring $6m

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The 41st Finke Desert Race swells the population and gives Alice massive nation-wide exposure. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Loop Road heading towards jobs

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The kind of jobs Aborigines and inclined towards – working as rangers and interpreters – will mesh in well with the opportunities in the tourism industry enhanced by the new Mereenie Loop Road. ERWIN CHLANDA speaks with Stuart MLA Scott McConnell (at right)PHOTO: Palm Valley.

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Police seek man suspected of assault

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Police describe the suspect in an assault in Kekwick Avenue on April 26 as tall, slim and of Indigenous appearance.

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Non Labor MLAs quit Estimates Committee

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The government has turned the process into a farce, denying the public meaningful access to information, writes Robyn Lambley, Independent Member for Araluen.

 

UPDATE 10am June 5 & 2:20pm June 6.

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Will Loop Road take Alice back to tourism top?

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It will happen if the governments – NT and Commonwealth – get their act together. Meanwhile, Happy 140th to you, Hermannsburg Heritage Precinct. Pity the Government birthday presents are long overdue. Special report by ERWIN CHLANDA.

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