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January 1, 2015

Give Alice a thought over the holiday season

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It’s that time of the year when the Alice Springs News Online, over Christmas and New Year, brings you opinion pieces from locals from all walks of life, reflections on all that’s good (and not so good) in our region.

 

UPDATE December 5. Statement from Chief Minister Adam Giles on fracking report. FULL STORY »

Keep MVR open, says Opposition

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The Government is closing the Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) in the last week of the year, from Monday 29 to Wednesday 31 December, and as a result shutting down car sales for local traders, writes Natasha Fyles
Shadow Minister for Government Accountability.

  FULL STORY »

Reshuffle: Giles takes tourism, health to Elferink

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Robyn Lambley (at left) is switching from health to corrections and Adam Giles is taking over the crucial tourism portfolio from Matt Conlan in yesterday’s cabinet re-shuffle. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Another Kronan. How disgusting.

Suzanne Visser

 

 

There is another Kronan in town. It’s brand new, bright orange, and it belongs to a male. How disgusting.

  FULL STORY »

Titjikala: new rubbish service, booze sign

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Community scores another Tidy Towns win, offensive booze sign is replaced, write Chief Minister Adam Giles and Local Government Minister Bess Price.

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Single Female Bicycle Rider: I shall be released

Suzanne Visser

 
 

It was raining cats and dogs suddenly and I was on my bike in front of Brand A employment on Gregory Terrace. So I decided to have a look at their job board to get out of the rain. The rest is history. FULL STORY »

Being a cowboy: not all it’s made out to be

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Mount Riddock Station, 100 kilometres north-east of Alice Springs was one of the first cattle properties in Central Australia. In 1959 I was headed there for a job as a ringer. PETER LATZ, botanist, author, continues his recall of adventures in the bush and with traditional owners. Mr Latz, at left in the photo, is pictured with TV personality  Costa Georgiadis.

  FULL STORY »

Full steam ahead on gas while tourism languishes

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While Adam Giles is gambling our money on resource ventures, his government’s massively funded tourism promoter has little more to offer than poolside cocktails. COMMENT by ERWIN CHLANDA.

  FULL STORY »

Giles, Conlan reduce Alice Springs to a mere dot

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Tourism promotion: Giles, Conlan reduce Alice Springs to a dot on the map (we put in the arrow). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Sensible infrastructure for the NT?

With the fire sale of TIO having proceeded, local CLP supporters are agitating for Adam Giles’ government to invest in what they call “sensible infrastructure”. Haven’t we seen it all before? GUEST COMMENT by BOB DURNAN.

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Release fracking report before pipeline deals: ALEC

Chief Minister Adam Giles should immediately release the findings of the NT Hydraulic Fracturing Inquiry handed to him late last week, write Jimmy Cocking, Director Arid Lands Environment Centre, and Tanya Hall, Central Australian Frack-free Coordinator. FULL STORY »

A climate of local opportunity for 2015

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2014 was the hottest year on record and 2015 is likely to trump it. Despite this, the NT government remains committed to its economic agenda but is failing to recognise the signs of the times. COMMENT by JIMMY COCKING (pictured with TV personality Tanya Ha). FULL STORY »

Inspiration from the roads of a big country

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There’s one thing we’re doing exceptionally well: Having a great time with mates. Time to apply that fabulous gift to our tourism industry, in our country of sunsets and wide open spaces, recommends ERWIN CHLANDA, from a trip half way around Oz. PHOTO: Sunset on the Barkly Tableland, ahead of big storms. FULL STORY »

Learning from the hunter-gatherers

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Jim encouraged Jacob and his mates to make him a traditional kangaroo-skin waterbag. This was a unique object, one which I had never seen before and in fact before that time, didn’t even know existed. Botanist and author PETER LATZ continues his account of adventures in the bush with traditional owners. FULL STORY »

More bike, car places in the 40th Finke

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The Tatts Finke Desert Race 2015 will have 110 places in the car section and 600 places in the bike section, writes Antony Yoffa, President. PHOTO: Last year’s winners, Victorians Ian and Shannon Rentsch. FULL STORY »

Local firms short-changed by government: councillor

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An Alice Springs Town Councillor and CLP supporter has hit out at government-sanctioned practices which disadvantage local businesses tendering for public works. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Dining like kings with a bushman of high degree

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To get to the Wessels we managed to hitch a lift on the barge that carried supplies to settlements further to the east. As soon as we had finished transferring our gear from the barge to shore, on our two dinghies, Tiger patrolled the beach with his spear. Within ten minutes had had procured our lunch, spearing two nice big fish. PETER LATZ, botanist and author, continues his account of adventures in the bush with traditional owners.

  FULL STORY »

Alice’s Anna Miers tops the Territory

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The Territory’s top scoring NTCET student is Anna Miers, from the Centralian Senior College, and four students (pictured) from St Philip’s College made it into the NT’s Top 20.

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Crime again where it was when CLP came to power

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The NT Police Crime Statistics ending October 2014 reveal that it has taken no less than 797 days for the CLP Government to get violent crime down to around the same levels they inherited them in 2012, a far cry from their promise to reduce crime by 10 percent each year, writes Lynne Walker, Shadow Minister for Police.

  FULL STORY »

Awash in money, not success

p2171-West-MacDonnells-SMThe cost benefit Queensland is reaping from its government tourism promoter is more than five times greater than that of its Northern Territory counterpart. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: The West MacDonnells should be a much greater tourism drawcard. FULL STORY »

Melanka building would obscure unequalled backdrop

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The Committee of Heritage Alice Springs Inc. has deep concerns about the proposed development of an eight-storey building at the former Melanka Lodge site.

  FULL STORY »

Strong interest in north east gas pipeline

We have received 14 expressions of Interest from companies interested in building the proposed gas pipeline, writes Chief Minister Adam Giles. FULL STORY »

Close shaves in the Top End

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In 1962 I’d landed a government job and was transferred to Darwin. With the grand title of Stock Inspector Buffaloes, I was sent out to a small government reserve on Marraki Station, 70 kilometres south-east of Darwin. Botanist and author PETER LATZ continues his account of adventures in the bush with traditional owners. FULL STORY »

Alice: Little town with lots of brains

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Alice Springs is a significant base for science. For a town of our size there exists a cadre of scientists and scientific institutions of unusual number and influence – indeed, no other small, regional community in the nation possesses such a concentration of effort. By STEVE MORTON.

  FULL STORY »

Big projects: Done deals and wriggle room

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The aftermath of the TIO sale has put big money in play, and there’s nothing like the whiff of big money to get hands in the air. The call is for sensible, sustainable infrastructure to form the NT’s future, and what have we heard so far? FULL STORY »

What he said about the rape, murder of which he was convicted

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The Central Land Council says in an obituary about a former chairman, Kwementyaye Stuart (pictured), that “he always maintained he did not commit” the rape and murder of nine-year-old Mary Hattam near Ceduna in December 1958. This is incorrect. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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