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July 23, 2015

Big splash in a dry river

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Another highpoint of community initiative and a tourist magnet, the dry river regatta Henley on Todd, will engulf Alice Springs tomorrow. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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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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The Redback mountain bikers set to hit Alice

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Close to 200 mountain bikers will descend on Alice Springs for The Redback, presented by Ingkerreke Commercial, Australia’s most legendary mountain bike stage race, writes Erica Naughtin.

  FULL STORY »

Frying pan alleged offensive weapon

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Two police officers were allegedly attacked with a broomstick and a frying pan last night when they were called out to investigate an alleged assault.

  FULL STORY »

NAPLAN lesson on money and education

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The notion that money can fix shortcomings in education is put under stress by NAPLAN data made public this week. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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The town’s favourite fete

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It’s that day of the year again, when the town turns out to show its support of Old Timers … and to stock up on its homemade cakes and preserves.

  FULL STORY »

Desert artists triumph at ‘Telstras’

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Desert artists have triumphed in the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, announced in Darwin last night. FULL STORY »

New investment sign of faith in future of Alice

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Aurora, the South Australian hotel and land development group which has a long association with Alice Springs, is expanding its latest project just outside The Gap. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

When you have cattle in your blood

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The Harts Range Races is where townies mix with bushies, once a year, as they’ve done for 68 years: In fact today’s Picnic Day holiday has its roots in an impromptu horse race there. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Little kids big losers

Three new remote-community child care centres, built at a cost of more than $4 million, will close due to a lack of funding, leaving little kids out in the cold, writes Cathryn Hutton, Central Desert Regional Council CEO. FULL STORY »

Plans progress to link two eastern parts of town

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The government is continuing the planning and design for the Sadadeen Connector Road which will also provide better flood access to the Mt Johns Valley area. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

CAT’s outback mobile hotspot gets government funding

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The NT Government will provide $360,000 over four years to install 22 “mobile hotspots” in Central Australia’s outback.

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Surgical deaths: Life expectancy gap in NT still no closer

A twelve-year gap in life expectancy still exists between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, according to a recent study comparing surgical deaths in the Northern Territory, writes Dr John Treacy, Northern Territory Medical School of Flinders University. FULL STORY »

Cakes, chutney and preserves bonanza

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Spectacular cakes, and an array of home made chutneys and preserves at Old Timers tomorrow – and books, despite Kindles.

  FULL STORY »

Council by-election would have cost $100,000

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The by-election on October 10 to fill the seat of Cr Kylie Bonanni (pictured) will cost the Town Council $70,000 although it will take over some of the work from the NT Electoral Commission.

  FULL STORY »

Shock numbers for kids in ‘out of home’ care

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The Territory leads the nation in statistics of children who are in “out of home care” and Central Australia is significantly ahead within the Territory. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Feral dogs kill cattle, roos

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A pastoralist says he has shot or baited about 1000 feral dogs in the past five years on his family’s cattle station Mount Riddock, north-east of Alice Springs. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Yuendumu writes new chapter on the beginnings of contemporary Western Desert art

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Forty-four years ago to this day in Yuendumu, some 300 kms north-west of Alice, the doors opened on an extraordinary event. Recognising it changes the story of the beginnings of the contemporary Western Desert art movement. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

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Trading in the Mall: What to do, and what not.

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Will pop-up shops save Todd Mall? Maybe, says Ann de Marco, but she warns against expecting an easy remedy to the decline of business in our Main Drag. She spoke with ERWIN CHLANDA.

  FULL STORY »

Councillors aspiring to become MLAs should quit now

… or will we be up for a second by-election costing $90,000? DAVID MORTIMER writes. FULL STORY »

James Bond has role in Henley on Todd

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What do James Bond and Henley on Todd have in common? Lots. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Aston Martin sports car.

  FULL STORY »

Pop up and pop in

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Mayor Damien Ryan has met with business owners in Todd Mall to explore the possibility of pop up shops, and meanwhile business interests have popped in on him. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

 

UPDATED: See further comments from the Mayor in FULL STORY »

Cr Brown is the new Deputy Mayor

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A depleted town council tonight elected Councillor Steve Brown as Deputy Mayor, to hold the post until next March. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

  FULL STORY »

Drags a family event, fast but safe

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More than 50 drags Desert Nationals competitors and crews from interstate delivered a shot in the arm of the local economy. DANIELLE de BRENNI reports.

  FULL STORY »

In trouble? Time to dust off Statehood.

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Whenever things go pear shaped the government comes up with something that nobody really understands but that gives everyone a warm feeling in the tummy. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Artists want Darwin Fest to reject Santos sponsorship

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Santos has a disastrous environmental track record at its other fracking operations around Australia, the artists claim.

  FULL STORY »

Bonanni quits: Mum’s illness needs my full time care.

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Town Council elected member and Deputy Mayor, Kylie Bonanni (at left), who resigned today, says caring for her ill mother needs to be her priority at the moment. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Having fun and doing good – in style

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Crossing the outback with little left to chance. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Part of the convoy in Todd Mall yesterday.

  FULL STORY »

Man charged with rape in CBD

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Police charge man with sexual intercourse without consent, aggravated assault and stealing near Flynn Church (pictured).

  FULL STORY »

Will we better understand the ‘Recognise’ referendum than we did the 1967 one?

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As in the 1967 referendum, the question on which we will vote in 2017 will have both a symbolic and a technical/legal meaning. We had better be clear about them, writes TIM ROWSE.

  FULL STORY »

Alice nationals delivers on the national drags stage

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The Desert Nationals at Alice Springs Inland Dragway on the weekend kicked off the national series with some records being broken, and local competitor Brian Moore (pictured) among the winners.

  FULL STORY »

Records set to fall at drags nationals in Alice

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The first round of the 2015/2016 Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series fired up yesterday with qualifying for the Desert Nationals at Alice Springs Inland Dragway.

  FULL STORY »

Plaza IGA: No liquor license application

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Lhere Artepe not the prospective owner of the store. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: The centre’s bland facade may get a make-over.

  FULL STORY »

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.

  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.

  FULL STORY »

Live cattle to China: market breakthrough

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Live cattle could be shipped to China within months, writes Primary Industry Minister Willem Westra van Holthe.

  FULL STORY »

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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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.

  FULL STORY »

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.

  FULL STORY »

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.

  FULL STORY »

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.

  FULL STORY »

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.

  FULL STORY »

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.

  FULL STORY »

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.

  FULL STORY »

‘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.

  FULL STORY »

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.

  FULL STORY »

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!

  FULL STORY »

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 »

Developing what?

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The Centre is still in the economic wilderness: Not much is happening aside from throwing public money at police stations and a courthouse (pictured) that may sadly be necessary but are producing nothing. ERWIN CHLANDA comments.

  FULL STORY »

Massive makeover of showgrounds proposed

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A letter of intent has been signed by the Blatherskite Park Land Trust for “potential collaboration” in developing a massive technology, sport and education hub. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Taking pop up to the next level

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Testing the waters for showing and selling work by independent artists is the idea behind a pop up gallery in Todd Mall, one of now five pop ups planned for the coming weeks, with Tjanpi Desert Weavers also throwing their hat into the ring. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

  FULL STORY »

There was method in the madness

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As bureaucracy and political correctness are turning outback larrikins into an endangered species, the 100 local Rotary members staging Henley on Todd are thumbing their noses at those scourges, keeping alive the town’s brand of being unique. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Watch the video of the Viking boat catch fire.

  FULL STORY »

Temporary Beat Locations – stop the political games

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Temporary Beat Locations at bottle shops have been very effective in reducing alcohol sales levels and alcohol-related offending. When they don’t work is when there are not enough police, writes (pictured), of the People’s Alcohol Action Coalition (PAAC).

  FULL STORY »

No sense in water search without fracking moratorium

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The NT Government must use the information from its water drilling program to build a knowledge bank that allows for the sustainable development, but venturing down this path without a moratorium on fracking in the NT will see the tragic abuse of the groundwater that nurtures all life out here, writes Jimmy Cocking (pictured), Director, Arid Lands Environment Centre (ALEC).

  FULL STORY »

Town crier breaks through glass ceiling

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Meredith Campbell has been appointed to the prestigious role of the Alice Springs Town Crier writes Rex Mooney,  Council CEO (pictured).

  FULL STORY »

Government water research: a drop in the ocean?

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An allocation of $2.4m over four years in the 2014 Territory Budget for exploration of water resources is being spread over nine regions, an effort an Alice Springs Councillor calls meagre but at least a start. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Violence Order sought against Rosalie Kunoth-Monks

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Aboriginal corporation manager seeks Personal Violence Order against activist Rosalie Kunoth-Monks (pictured). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Repeal ‘paperless arrest’ law: Coroner

The ‘paperless arrest’ law impacts disproportionately on Indigenous Territorians, is therefore unfair and should be repealed, Coroner Greg Cavanagh said today in his findings on the death in custody of Kumunjayi Langdon of Yuendumu. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

UPDATED with additional reporting, 17 August 2015.

  FULL STORY »

Four ‘pop ups’ in line for the mall

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Four of Todd Mall’s vacant premises will be brought back to life by pop up ventures during the Alice Desert Festival and Desert Mob. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Aged woman injured by rock thrower

A 71-year-old woman was hit by a rock on August 6 when she was a passenger in a car traveling behind Yirara College. FULL STORY »

$100m CBD project still in limbo

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What’s happening with Melanka? ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Taking mine prospects with a pinch of salt

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Residential real estate investors may be banking on the proposed salt mine 120 kms south of town, but it clearly is in the ‘so close and yet so far’ category. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Bureaucracy kills or delays solar experiment

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A bid to cross Australia from east to west on solar powered quad bikes (pictured) had to be scrapped or at least postponed by a year, reports ERWIN CHLANDA.

  FULL STORY »