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November 22, 2014

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 »

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 »

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 »

Escapee recaptured

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Alice Springs police have recaptured 22-year-old escapee Andreas Bush. See story update.

 

  FULL STORY »

Education funding doesn’t add up: COGSO

Our schools are not better off under the global budget allocations, as promised by the Minister of Education Peter Chandler writes Gerard Reid, President NT COGSO. FULL STORY »

A new railway station, hotel in Whittaker Street?

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Chief Minister Adam Giles is looking for expressions of interest to build a commercial complex in Whittaker Street that may include a new railway station and a hotel.

 

  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 »

Tomcat and Turpentine Bush: adventures in the Tanami

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Where in the hell have those old men disappeared to? An important question, because there we were, hundreds of kilometres from anywhere, deep in the middle of the Tanami Desert, only to find that our three Aboriginal guides had just vanished into thin air! PETER LATZ, botanist, author, recalls adventures in the bush with traditional owners.

  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.

  FULL STORY »

The Big One that could end the gloom

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If it comes off it will be nothing like the town has seen since the hospital was built in the mid-1970s: a $100m project, eight storeys high, 170 dwellings, an 85 room hotel, professional office space, restaurants, cafes – even a 110 place child care centre – all that adjacent to the CBD, on the empty Melanka site, now a painful symbol of the town’s economic malaise. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. 

  FULL STORY »

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 »

Mining may trigger urban drift: national freedom meeting

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Urban drift of bush people, a new ATSIC emerged as a major issues in the national meeting of black activists in Alice Springs. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Release full fracking report, says Opposition

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The Giles Government needs to immediately release the full Hawke Report into Hydraulic Fracturing in the NT rather than hiding it from the public, writes Nicole Manison, Shadow Minister for the Environment.

  FULL STORY »

TIO sale: Hip pocket vote may loom

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Will the sale of TIO trigger a new hip pocket vote? COMMENT by ALEX NELSON.

  FULL STORY »

The fertile space between us

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Alice Springs is often seen as a town beset by racial division and conflict, but its creative culture, looking back over three decades, can tell a different story, writes KIERAN FINNANE.

Part 1    Part 2    Part 3    Part 4 

 

 

  FULL STORY »

Central Australia, police state?

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Recent NT Government spending on law enforcement suggests we’re heading towards becoming a police state. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Police ‘pre-emptive strike’ against trouble makers

New legislation has passed through the Territory Parliament giving police new powers to quickly remove trouble makers from our streets before problems escalate, write Chief Minister Adam Giles and Attorney General John Elferink.

  FULL STORY »

Firebrands United: Block gas, oil production, says Anderson

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The meet and greet of Aboriginal people this morning, in town for a two-day national convention on sovereignty, was star-studded and animated. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Perkins in trouble again?

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The Alice Springs company owing substantial amounts of money to suppliers of the Mbantua Festival in Alice Springs in August last year appear to be in deep water again, this time over the Australian Indigenous Fashion Week in April this year. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Ms Perkins (left) with fashion designer Sophie Nixon pictured in Deadly Vibe.

 

  FULL STORY »

Anna’s debut album

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Local musician Anna Hebblewhite is about to launch her first album. ANDREA JOHNSTON reports.

 

  FULL STORY »

Go figure – Town Council wants to give away its art collection

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For almost 50 years the Alice Springs Art Foundation and the Central Australian Art Society have been building an art collection of national scope. They donated it to the Alice Springs Town Council, to be held on behalf of the community. Now the council wants to get rid of it.  KIERAN FINNANE reports.

  FULL STORY »

High risk drug lab in Alice suburb

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Police say they have uncovered in a suburb of Alice Springs the Territory’s biggest clandestine laboratory for the production illicit drugs.

  FULL STORY »

National indigenous culture centre: think big!

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A national indigenous cultural centre for Alice Springs? Something like the planned Guggenheim museum in Abu Dhabi (pictured) might be a little ambitious, but thinking small ain’t going to get us anywhere, comments STEVE BROWN.

  FULL STORY »

Volunteers help build $2m Streaky Bay sports club

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Streaky Bay’s $2m sports club, built by the district council and assisted by volunteer workers, was opened on Friday. RAE BREWSTER reports.

 

  FULL STORY »

$500m university, ‘techno’ plans for Desert Knowledge

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A member of the Alice Springs Hatzimihail family, Alex, says he is pulling together investors for an educational and technical complex worth more than $500m in the Desert Knowledge Precinct. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

  FULL STORY »

Whitegate: nation born under a tin shelter?

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Meeting under a tin shelter at 40 degrees, Whitegate residents decided to take their plight to the United Nations, the USA, UK, Russia and the European Union. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Giles snubs Alice Springs on TIO and flood risk

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Chief Minister Adam Giles has announced the NT Government will commit $50 million to flood mitigation works in Rapid Creek, Katherine and Darwin’s Rural Area if a decision is made to change the ownership of TIO, but he has announced nothing about Alice Springs. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

UPDATE: Mr Giles released the following statement at 6pm on November 21: “The Territory Government has prepared TIO asset realisation investment strategies right across the Territory, including Alice Springs, which if TIO were to change hands, would be announced at a later date.” FULL STORY »

Virgin to fly Adelaide – Alice – Darwin

Virgin Australia begins flights between Alice Springs and Adelaide next year. Today’s announcement follows last month’s news that Virgin will commence flying the Darwin – Alice Springs sector. FULL STORY »

Housing boost, with help from the government

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Until recently anyone to get this one right went straight to the top of the class: Who’s going to live in the 100-plus or so flats, units and other dwellings under construction now in Alice Springs? The answer is getting easier, reports ERWIN CHLANDA.

  FULL STORY »

Culture: Alice sells itself short

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There’s not too much evidence around Alice Springs of its character as a place where two very different cultures meet and – in their better moments – aspire to get along.  What matches, for instance, the bicultural breadth of vision expressed in the 33-year-old Coles mural facing Railway Terrace? asks KIERAN FINNANE. FULL STORY »

Alice business set to turn global competitor

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Good-bye boneyard, hello aircraft storage facility. Our dry climate, where corrosion is minimal, is crucial and ideal for keeping old planes alive. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Desert council money push leaves questions open

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Go and get funded for getting on with one-another. That’s the objective. And the subtext: If the public purse doesn’t cough, up we’ll be costing it a great deal more. ERWIN CHLANDA reports on a campaign by the Central Desert Regional Council for funding the Yuendumu Mediation and Justice Program (members pictured).

  FULL STORY »

Your role in beating a global scourge

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Buying a steak sandwich from a Rotary Club in Alice Springs may put you in the loop of a charity which is spanning the world, stamping out of one its great scourges. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  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 »

Locals made their point to G20 on climate

Residents of Alice Springs contributed to the global initiative that led to action on climate change being on the agenda of the G20, writes Dr Rosalie Schultz, of Alice Springs.

  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 »

Town council canes Chief Minister – twice

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The town council last night unanimously opposed the sale of the Territory Insurance Office (TIO), proposed by Chief Minister Adam Giles, and rejected several of his proposals for local government reform. TIO’s generous flood insurance is likely to be lost.ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: The Gap, looking north-east towards the town, in the 1988 floods. By Hans Boessem.

  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.

  FULL STORY »

Education union accepts four 3% wage increases

Members of the Australian Education Union NT today voted to accept the current EBA offer. FULL STORY »

10kg of cannabis & $100,000 seized, 2 arrested

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Police have arrested two men for drug offences following the search of a vehicle which had been transported from Adelaide to Alice Springs.

 

  FULL STORY »

TIO sale to disadvantage motor accident victims?

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TIO belongs to Territorians not the CLP Government. Adam Giles should take his TIO sale plans to a referendum, writes Natasha Fyles, Shadow Minister for Government Accountability. But the Labor Government in 2006 also proposed to sell TIO or portions of it.

  FULL STORY »

TIO: It’s all over

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The Territory Insurance Office has been sold, a price agreed and there’s nothing left to negotiate except perhaps a few minor details concerning the details of transfer.

  FULL STORY »

Zoning approval for White Gums subdivision

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The Brown family has been granted a change of zoning for their land at White Gums, in the south-western corner of the municipality, where they are planning a major subdivision. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Bye-bye TIO, hello massive flood insurance premiums?

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Chief Minister Adam Giles remains hell-bent on selling TIO and the deal is rumoured to be announced today. He would be doing so in the face of massive opposition, with the cost of flood insurance a major issue. COMMENT by ERWIN CHLANDA. PHOTO

by Hans Boessem, Todd Camera Store. 1988 floods.

  FULL STORY »

Alice tour firm wins awards in difficult times

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A tour company battling a 25% downturn of its business in the wake of the Tiger Airlines withdrawal wins a string of industry awards. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Papunya’s privilege – freedom and beauty

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What happens when you arrive fresh from a big international city of 40 million inhabitants to live in a small remote Aboriginal community, with just 350 – what kind of impressions do you get? And after four years, what do you leave behind, what do you take away? Tamara Burlando’s exhibition, Papunya Smiles, at The Residency, describes something of that experience. By KIERAN FINNANE.

  FULL STORY »

Stories told in jetty plaques

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The Streaky Bay Jetty Pool committee is focussed not just on creating a safe environment for swimmers, but has come up with a quirky attraction. By RAE BREWSTER, Correspondent in Streaky Bay, the closest beach to Alice Springs.

  FULL STORY »

Not just the height, but also the look

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The Planning Commission wants your views not just on how high you want buildings to be, but also what they should look like. ERWIN CHLANDA spoke with commission chairman Gary Nairn (pictured).

  FULL STORY »

Trucks, hot rods revving up

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The roar of engines is a favourite sound for many locals and they will have a field day next year – 14 of them, to be exact. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

CLC says ‘no’ to nuke dump

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The Central Land Council has all but ruled out a nuclear dump on Aboriginal land it controls – roughly half of the Territory’s southern half. A “comprehensive proposal” is missing, says CLC director David Ross. FULL STORY »

The art of business

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Running their own textile design business moved a step closer this year for print-makers Kathy Inkamala and Lavinia Richards. At Batchelor Institute’s visual art studio, while continuing to produce their outstanding screenprints, they have learned to develop their designs as digital prints, allowing them to move towards larger scale production. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Government by staged media event

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Government by information-poor, staged media events has become the trademark for the Chief Ministership of Adam Giles. COMMENT by ERWIN CHLANDA.

  FULL STORY »

China live export would boost cattle industry recovery

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A $1b live export deal with China could be the most significant benefit to the cattle industry in The Centre in more than a decade, after nine years of drought and two years when shipping “on the hoof” was banned by the Federal Government. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Alice student tops NT, SA in English

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Indian-born St Philip’s College Year 7 student, Abeer Srivastava, won a gold medal for the top result in English in the NT and SA.

  FULL STORY »

Giles neglects sign-off for community grants, says Labor

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The chaos and dysfunction in the CLP Government is delaying sign off on important funding agreements, writes Natasha Fyles, Shadow Minister for Government Accountability.

  FULL STORY »

Alice airport takes top national honours

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Airport solar power wins gong.

  FULL STORY »

TIO sale is betrayal, says Lawrie

The CLP betrayed Territorians selling TIO without a mandate and against overwhelming public calls to keep our insurance safety net, writes Leader of the Opposition, Delia Lawrie. FULL STORY »

TIO sold

The Territory Insurance Office will have new ownership but will remain a stand-alone brand in a deal worth $424 million, writes Chief Minister Adam Giles. FULL STORY »

Keeping domestic violence offenders behind bars

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The NT Government will seek to amend the Bail Act to ensure that more repeat domestic violence offenders are kept behind bars and not granted bail, writes John Elferink, Attorney-General.

  FULL STORY »

Feds announce road funding

The Australian Government’s Roads to Recovery and Financial Assistance Grants funding announced today will pay $7,399,740 to the Lingiari electorate. FULL STORY »

Leasing to Territory Housing can void home insurance

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Insurance for homes leased to the NT Government’s Territory Housing may become void because the government instrumentality does not pay bonds to landlords or their agents. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

  FULL STORY »