Erwin Chlanda

Land council should have to answer FOI questions

What have spooks and Aboriginal Land Councils in common? They don’t have to answer questions under Freedom of Information. And Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion won’t do a thing about it, writes Bakamumu Marika, Chairman of the Rirratjingu Aboriginal Corporation. FULL STORY »

Adult Indigenous imprisonment rate up 77% in 15 years

… but infant mortality rate improved between 1998 and 2014, reveals the just released Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage report. FULL STORY »

Second region to turn its back on local government




Like Amoonguna, the Utopia region wants to be independent from local government for a range of services it normally provides. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


$10m for town highway, will dog eat dog, bush bands bloom



Town Council: Feds kick in for Stuart Highway upgrade near Motor Vehicle Registry. Public gets say on dog park. Speed humps – do they work? Solar snags (photo) and push for Youth Patrol to continue. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Housing mess as community fights land council over lease

p2370-amoonguna-damage-smAmoonguna forms company to regain control over repairs, maintenance, the local shop and to get a 99 year lease over its own land, but CLC wants to control the process, says community elder. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Resident despairing over neglect torched his home last year. FULL STORY »

Fashion designs may create local industry




Local creations delight big crowd at a fashion parade. Next year local production may take a further giant step. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


Firebug suspected in scrap yard



Police are looking for the driver of a white or light coloured vehicle seen near the suspected crime site.


‘Trump win opportunity to re-assess defence policies’




He has served notice of a US withdrawal from a “protective” military role in South East Asia and the Pacific, writes Nick Deane, Independent and Peaceful Australia Network, which organised a recent anti Pine Gap conference in Alice Springs.


Grog: Stop TBL, bring back BDR, says CLC




Central Land Council also calls for more government support for victims of “extreme rate of alcohol consumption”. PHOTO: Tipping out alcohol outside the Congress shop in 1990. Alice Springs News Online archive.


Growing food up north? Small is clever.



Our north the nation’s food bowl? Self-sufficiency may be a good start. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: David de Vries with a planting pot he designed for outback conditions.