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July 8, 2015

That once-a-year yarn you’ve been putting off

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All those people you’ve been trying to catch up with during the year, but just haven’t had time for it – don’t worry, they’ll all be there on Friday. It’s Show Day. PHOTO: There are 160 agricultural entries this year. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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NT concessions not keeping pace with price changes

A new report by the Northern Territory Council of Social Service (NTCOSS) shows that a number of concessions, designed to ease cost of living pressures, are simply not keeping pace with price increases, with their value being eroded over time, writes Jonathan Pilbrow, Policy Advisor for NTCOSS. FULL STORY »

Alice Show cattle sale is back

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Well bred lines of Hereford cattle from the Red Centre will be in an anticipated yarding of over 3000 head in the Bohning Yards on July 2 as the annual Show sale resumes, writes Jock McPherson.

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The evidence to deal with booze abuse

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PAAC’s Dr John Boffa (pictured) praises alcohol report and says to governments: Now get on with it.

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Rural shed: more friction likely

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The Development Consent Authority decision fails to deal clearly with several issues raised by objectors. PHOTO: The inside of the controversial shed, pictured in the DCA’s meeting agenda.

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Survey: How much do you like Adam Giles?

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An opinion survey is under way in Alice Springs, focusing on Chief Minister Adam Giles, pictured with erstwhile challenger, Willem Westra van Holthe.

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New party takes swipe at Giles, outlines policies

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The gloves are clearly off for the new political party being formed in the NT, 1Territory, with a swipe from president Braedon Earley (pictured) at Chief Minister Adam Giles over where he lives. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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CLP talent hunt for MLAs who can be Ministers

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The defection of Robyn Lambley last week has put soul searching within the Country Liberal Party into overdrive. ERWIN CHLANDA speaks with party heavies Jenni Lillis and Daniel Davis (pictured).

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Alice Catholics damn fracking

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OLSH Parish Social Justice Awareness Group launches blistering attack on mining practice.

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When business gusto meets homelessness

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Sleeping in a cardboard box and raising $100,000 plus: Alice Springs CEOs chip in to help one in 17 Territorians. PHOTO: Jenni Lillis and Liz Davies getting settled in for a cold night. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Out of the shadows of showbiz

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Even high-powered USA showbiz could not steal the limelight at last night’s Sustainable Couture – the fashion parade dedicated to “the endless possibilities of recycling,” now in its seventh year.

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Private donations save Environmental Defenders Office

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Art auction and an emergency grant from the NT Law Society come to rescue.

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Injured pensioner cops parking ticket

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Fine of $135 blows out to $241 as council engages NT Government debt collection unit. Trevor Shiell (pictured) pays up as fighting it in court would be too costly. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Developing the North: Feds pick up Territory proposals

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Money for Tanami Road and Outback Way, Tennant to Mt Isa corridor, plus $130m for Aborigines to finalise all native title claims and negotiate with businesses, writes Chief Minister ADAM GILES (pictured).

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Beds wanted. Lots of them.

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10,000 people and 1200 trucks will be coming to Alice Springs in late August. Got any spare beds? PHOTO: An historic gem snagged by the National Transport Hall of Fame in Alice Springs, the first Australian-built truck, a vintage 1910 Caldwell Vale. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Govt. handouts to miners insult to the environment

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The NT Government makes $850,000 in grants available to mining companies for exploration as it is chopping grants to environmental groups, writes JIMMY COCKING (pictured).

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Aboriginals Benefit Account: $15m allocated in NT

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Indigenous communities in the NT will benefit from $15m worth of projects to be funded under the Aboriginals Benefit Account, including $1.2m for Akeyulerre Inc (pictured) in Alice Springs to hold cultural and healing activities.

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Government agencies, Genesee & Wyoming picked Sitzler

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Treasurer Dave Tollner reveals assessment panel and selection criteria for proposed transport hub. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Can public art policy deliver common sense?

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The Town Council has received $120,000 over three years to develop an arts and cultural policy and fund a program of works, but would policy have ensured visibility for this piece of public art, asks KIERAN FINNANE.

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‘Scrapping’ seat would sell out regions: Lambley

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MLA for Araluen Robyn Lambley (pictured) says losing a seat in Central Australia would be “failing Territorians” and be contrary to the CLP’s pledge at the last election to give a voice to the people in the bush. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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‘Revitalised’ mall gets big tick from NT Architecture Awards

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Alice Springs has dominated the NT Architecture Awards announced last Friday, with Susan Dugdale and Associates taking out the top award, plus awards for urban design, steel architecture and commercial architecture. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Doubts mount about proposed transport hub

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The transport hub and business centre in Whittaker Street – it just won’t happen, says florist Kate Ryan (pictured). SOPHIE THIRKELL reports.

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Holiday in the Snowy Mountains? Nope. This is Alice Springs.

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A 10 minute hailstorm dumped masses of ice on the western part of the Ilparpa suburb at about 3:45pm today. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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New commercial centre: which parts do we need?

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Transport hub with “wow factor” welcome, but 17% empty commercial premises in town raise questions, says chamber. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
See UPDATE June 12 at 6:37pm.

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Water, water everywhere. Not.

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The topic was the survival of Alice Springs. There was standing room only. Government representatives were in town to deal with the dropping level of ground water upon which the town depends. Exploration for new supplies had been stagnant for many years. The crowd spilled into the hallways.

Not.
ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Neighbour pitted against neighbour …

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The shed that’s got them all stirred up.

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Half a billion dollars waiting for an answer

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Deals don’t get much bigger than this in Alice Springs: A $500m investment in a string of ventures, including a university for 6000 students, all based in or operating from the Desert Knowledge Precinct. The only problem – it’s been on the government’s back burner for two years. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Receivership no obstacle to Melanka development

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We are not shareholders: Project manager. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Shot in the arm for construction industry

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The government’s 10 year rent guarantee scheme expands. Melanka (pictured) planners are in discussion but no pre-sales are offered pending development approval. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

4th Finke triumph for Rentsch, 40th for volunteers

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Top results go to Victoria, SA and WA. Locals earn the volunteer kudos. PHOTO: Fourth-time winners Shannon and Ian Rentsch from Warrnambool seconds from the finish this morning. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

UPDATE: Next year no Finke camping for the first 30km. Ghan Society on the warpath – see comment.

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Place caught in transmission

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How can you recognise place in a work of abstract art? Wayne Eager’s exhibition invites us to do so, writes Kieran Finnane.

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Queen’s Birthday Honours to ‘diverse range of Territorians’

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Elliot McAdam (pictured) is among the recipients of Queen’s Birthday Honours.

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Explorer spirit survives on two wheels

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Alice is always a milestone as the explorer spirit lives on. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Headn’ bush for the 40th Finke

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Alice is about half empty as the exodus has begun to camps along the track where the 40th Finke Desert Race will be run tomorrow and Monday. Police say they will be out in force and early this afternoon were breath-testing north-bound motorists near the Old Timers.

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Homelessness can be just a heartbeat away

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Being destitute, white and a woman can put you out in the cold in Alice Springs, unless you’re victim of violence. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Roo Roger’s latest trick makes world news

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Crushing a metal bucket is the latest party trick of world star, Roger the Kangaroo. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Sales of dwellings numbers nosedive, prices down slightly

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“This is the highest number of vacancies that we can recall,” says veteran real estate salesman in Alice Springs. But planning and construction of more accommodation is in full swing, including at Kilgariff (pictured). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Man on serious charges escaped

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Alice Springs Police are searching for 16-year-old Jason Patrick Reid (pictured) who escaped from the Alice Springs Detention Centre at about 5pm yesterday.

 

UPDATE: Reid has been arrested.
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Minister reneges on review timing: Government schools

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We are shocked and disappointed at the rushed consultation period for the new Education Act, writes Gerard Reid, of the NT Council of Government School Organisations.   FULL STORY »

Pine Gap shines in global snooping: report

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Partner, sniff, know, collect, process and exploit it all – that’s the motto of the new global “collection posture” for communications interception – military as well as civilian – of the group called Five Eyes, headed up by the USA. And Pine Gap, just outside Alice Springs, is a key installation in this world-wide spy network. By ERWIN CHLANDA. Photo: Close-up of Torus antenna.

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Bush jobs for dole: 26 weeks, 25 hours per week

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Remote employment services will change from 1 July to ensure job seekers are active and contributing to their communities to make them better places to live, writes Nigel Scullion, Minister for Indigenous Affairs.

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Indian heatwave may be a prelude to our next summer

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The terrible heatwave afflicting India is sounding an alarm for us: These conditions were presaged in much of northern Australia during last summer, especially in February and March. They typify the influence of an El Nino in the Pacific Ocean, and we might be in for a very hot and dry summer. ALEX NELSON comments.

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Town Council refunds $6080 “speculative” inspection fee

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The town council has refunded $6080 in inspection fees it had charged a developer of units (pictured). He calls it “speculative invoicing” and says he had to go to considerable lengths to get his money back. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Council seeks armed forces support in war against fracking

The Katherine Town Council has sought Defence Department assistance with its efforts to have the NT Government declare a moratorium on fracking covering the entire Tindal aquifer region, writes Bruce Francais, of Katherine. FULL STORY »

In the bush, the Age of Entitlement meets the Asset Test

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While your pension may get trimmed if your family home is over a certain value, the conversation about what impact Aboriginal assets should be having on welfare payments is only just beginning. Is there a case for asset testing millions of royalty dollars that are flowing to Aborigines? ERWIN CHLANDA comments. PHOTO: The processing plant at the Granites gold mine on Warlpiri land west of Alice Springs.

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Court does not challenge “broader water allocation policy”

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I will now need to reconsider and review the decisions of the Water Controller again, writes Willem Westra van Holthe (pictured), Minister for Land Resource Management.

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Council rates to rise 6% if budget draft is adopted

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Mayor Damien Ryan (pictured) this morning announced the town council is proposing a rate rise of 6% which would increase the minimum annual rate by $68. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Music from the old country celebrated in the new

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What brings the popular musical tradition of Yiddish-speaking peoples from Eastern Europe into a recording studio in Alice Springs? Quite a journey, it turns out, writes KIERAN FINNANE.

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Highrise in Alice: We don’t need it

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Melanka yes. High rise in Alice Springs no, writes guest commentator PAUL DARVODELKSY.

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Man sought in indecent assault investigation

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Detectives have released a comfit (pictured) of a man they would like to speak to in relation to an indecent assault in Alice Springs on May 25.

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Time for action to forestall juvenile crime spree

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As our warmer months return so will the crime and anti-social behaviour. The Chief Minister needs to sign off on the funding that he promised to get at least some youth services restored in Alice Springs, writes Chansey Paech (pictured), Alice Springs Town Councillor.

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‘Paperless’ death in custody shows lack of police accountability

The lack of proper custody records have left police vulnerable when things go wrong, writes Greg Barns, of the Australian Lawyers Alliance. FULL STORY »

Empty Mall shops price war, new IGA likely

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A commercial rent war is heating up as the Alice Plaza is attracting businesses from other shopping centres and is likely to be adding an IGA supermarket to its tenants. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Empty shops in the Alice Plaza where the IGA is proposed to be located.

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Is Labor Gunner have a fracking problem?

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Should Michael Gunner be subservient to the Federal Labor Party on fracking, this would place Labor supporters throughout the Territory in a difficult position, writes Bruce Francais, of Katherine.

  FULL STORY »

Market stalwart a one woman disaster relief organisation

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When the Mall comes to life, Maureen’s stall offers kindness.

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Albrecht Oval not the best park for Larapinta

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Albrecht Oval (Google Earth image at left) may be the biggest open space in the Larapinta area but not necessarily the best to develop as a “destination park”, says Cr Chansey Paech. FULL STORY »

Styling up, Yapa way

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There are two strands to the Yapa Styles event: one showcases excellence in Indigenous design, especially in fabrics and accessories; the other fosters self-confidence and “the beauty within” in local Aboriginal people, boys and girls, women and men. KIERAN FNNANE reports.

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Temporary Beat Locations – are they on or not?

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Drinking in public is escalating again, says grog abuse action group. PHOTO: Drinking wine in the park across the road from Todd Tavern last week.

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Back to the drawing board on water planning

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It is time to write the last two years off as a bad experiment go back to the drawing board on government water planning, writes David Morris (pictured) of the Environmental Defenders Office.

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Braitling unit damaged in fire

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A fire caused major damage to a unit in Ludgate Street at 5.30pm yesterday afternoon but police say no-one was hurt. Story and photo by DANIELLE DeBRENNI.

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Indonesian cattle import drop no big worry for Centre

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A new announcement possible to follow month of fasting, suggests Cattlemen’s Association. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: The recent Alice Springs cattle sale.

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Electoral Commission must review draft redistribution – Giles

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The Northern Territory Electoral Commission should retain all three Alice Springs seats and rethink how it deals with population growth in Palmerston, writes Chief Minister Adam Giles.

 

FULL STORY »

Snagging tourists or voters?

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$1m barramundi much more likely to be caught by locals than tourists. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Waste not: the art of reinvention

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Artist Faye Alexander is perennially on the lookout for materials as she goes about her daily life and travels, then meditates on what she has found until its expressive potential is revealed, writes Kieran Finnane. FULL STORY »

Centrecorp not on Minister Scullion’s radar

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Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion (pictured) could easily answer questions about Centrecorp because its largest shareholder, the Central Land Council, is a Commonwealth statutory authority under his control. But he won’t. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Men’s vital role in protecting children

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An impassioned plea for the protection of children was the message of prominent Aboriginal spokesman William Tilmouth at the NAIDOC march and gathering this morning. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Festival thinks deep and wide

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The Alice Desert Festival program strikes a good balance between creativity with deep roots in the community and some stimulating imports, writes Kieran Finnane. FULL STORY »

Kart racer full throttle again after illness

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Bradley Connor races in NT Dirt-Kart Titles in Alice Springs after surgery to remove a tumor late last year. DANIELLE DeBRENNI reports.

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‘We share the land’

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“The land’s there for everyone,” the artist Mervyn Rubuntja told the audience gathered for the opening of a new exhibition at Watch This Space. Kieran Finnane reports.

 UPDATED photo of artists and show extended, see FULL STORY.

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Victorian interloper wins – again!

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Alice Springs is in the heart of camel country but today’s winner of the Camel Cup, Roman Rumma Rumma, came all the way from Melbourne and Shepparton, Victoria. Again! ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: The tumultuous start of the Cup race. WATCH VIDEO.

  FULL STORY »

Getting loaded

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NT launch of $4b White Paper in Alice, not in Darwin, and Barnaby Joyce cuts the ribbon to open the new Bohning yards cattle loading ramp. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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New blood will add to camel racing spectacle

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A few young and frisky camels which haven’t been raced before will add to the excitement of the Camel Cup on Saturday.
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We have what it takes, now let’s start strutting it.

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Alice needs something fresh to draw a steady stream of new visitors, writes HAL DUELL. The annual Desert Mob exhibition gives a glimpse of the region’s potential.

  FULL STORY »

NTG recruiters told to always prefer Aboriginal applicants

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NT Health, the biggest employer in Alice Springs, is giving preference in recruitment to Aboriginal applicants whenever they are “suitable to perform the duties at a level appropriate for the position”. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

See UPDATE 4:10pm

  FULL STORY »

The black and white of accommodation for travelers

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A temporary home for “the Territory’s most vulnerable” or a very cheap place for the show weekend. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Now that’s better!

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With the road signs repositioned, Atyunpe stands proud!

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Mandatory alcohol treatment may be illegal: academics

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The Alcohol Mandatory Treatment Act, may discriminate against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, say academics. PHOTO: The Central Australian Aboriginal Alcohol Programs Unit in Alice Springs is part of the system. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Bull run in the cattle yards, gong for sunny trade display

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Bull prices rise 25% and local solar stalwarts get gong for home, car use of sun power.

  FULL STORY »

After a great sale, cattle steal the Show

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While on one end of the grounds the sideshow alley drew a young crowd, at the other cattle judging was in full swing for much of the day, culminating with the selection of the Grand Champion bull.

  FULL STORY »

Record prices as cattle sale comes back

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Records tumbled at the cattle sale in Alice Springs today when $2.6m worth of stock was sold to buyers from five states. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

It’s a Territory of variety

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Yesterday’s Territory Day festivities reflected the rich fabric of the Alice Springs community. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Members of the Dusty Feet Dance Collective performing in the Mall.

  FULL STORY »

Giles silent on travel allowance

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Chief Minister Adam Giles (pictured), who receives an annual salary of $288,564.80, is evading questions about how much he has been paid by his government in travel allowances in the past 12 months. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Building lots of things is a surgical strike in the NT

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A disease rears its ugly head again: A keen observer of the local condition calls it the Edifice Complex. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. IMAGE: The proposed transport hub.

  FULL STORY »

Friendly town with great opportunities gets 58 new Aussies

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Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi: They come from 16 countries.

  FULL STORY »

In Banda Aceh, hijabs are colourful

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Sharia Law a worry? Not in one of Australia’s island neighbours, reports Alice Springs writer HAL DUELL.

  FULL STORY »

Man sought in relation to alleged aggravated assaults

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Police are seeking public assistance in locating a 30-year-old man, Matthew Edwards (pictured).

  FULL STORY »

Todd Mall crime scene after alleged sexual assault

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A woman is alleged to have been sexually assaulted in Todd Mall. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

See UPDATE 12:50pm FULL STORY »