Story Archive » Volume 22 » Issue 13 »

August 31, 2015

Not all is sweet in bush bakery

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Cakes in Yuendumu, too wicked for some. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

What life do we choose?

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Two former Central Australian residents, Cait Wait and Kerrie Nelson, have come back to show a collaborative art and poetry exhibition as a homage to their homeground of 20 years ago. CRAIG SAN ROQUE reflects on their achievement in A Chosen Life.

  FULL STORY »

Roads, hospitals, schools or fracked gas?

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How much of the NT Infrastructure Development Fund announced by Adam Giles will be used for the planned gas pipeline? ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Incarceration of the young: where to from here?

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Amnesty International visit to Alice Springs falls flat. ERWIN CLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

1 Territory party pledges to be a force

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New political player has more than 200 members and is seeking registration, writes president BRAEDON EARLEY (pictured).

  FULL STORY »

Council should take up slack of Greatorex axing

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As the Centre is losing 20% of its representation with the axing of Greatorex, the town council should take up the slack in the region’s diminished democratic system. That’s the view of Jason Quin (pictured), one of the seven candidates for Saturday’s council by-election. He spoke with ERWIN CHLANDA.
  FULL STORY »

Builders welcome infrastructure fund

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$200m to leverage $800m in projects works, writes David Malone (pictured).

  FULL STORY »

Outback media workers celebrate success

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Lajamanu hosts 180 remote media workers for the 17th National Remote Indigenous Media Festival.

  FULL STORY »

Paech, McConnell to stand for Labor

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Candidates for Stuart, Namatjira announced. Will Chansey Paech (pictured) cause another $100,000 council by-election? ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Do we need the footy carnival?

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What are the reasons of continuing to take the path of “the show must go on at all costs” with respect to the Easter footy carnival, asks MICHAEL LIDDLE.

  FULL STORY »

Yipirinya School evades statutory Education Dept controls

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Measures ordered by a special investigation seem to have fallen on deaf ears after the lock-out of former principal Ken Langford-Smith. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

SEE UPDATE 7:40pm.

  FULL STORY »

Price wants council to do better than basics

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If candidate Jacinta Price (pictured) gets her way the town council can look forward to a frantic 18 months – or more. She spoke with ERWIN CHLANDA.

  FULL STORY »

A picnic of promise

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Feasting with the ancients: food for body and mind. By KIERAN FINNANE. FULL STORY »

New Stuart statue plaques get it wrong

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Council should now pay for monument acknowledging Arrernte, writes DAN MURPHY.

  FULL STORY »

Empty shops turn-around

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The Alice Plaza in the northern Todd Mall is forging ahead with plans to fill some empty spaces in the shopping centre – and lure more people to that part of town. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Alice population to grow slowly, public sector fast

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It is not expected that new economic sectors will emerge, however health, mining and tourism are forecast to grow, says government draft. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Fracking with our water supply? By-election could make difference

Some candidates are against the controversial practice. FULL STORY »

Tourism hopes for huge region around Rock

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Area the size of Switzerland to be declared an Indigenous Protected Area tomorrow.

  FULL STORY »

Aiming for an events led tourism recovery

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Cranking up tourism by starting, developing and attracting major sporting and social events, and giving his kids a reason for staying in town, being part of its growth: That’s the aim of council candidate Jamie deBrenni (pictured). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Landholders facing the fracking onslaught

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Holders of about 95% of Territory land are approaching crucial stages in their dealings with shale oil fracking, while the NT Government is in an apparent headlong rush to build a gas pipeline. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Sign to a fracking operation on the Carpentaria Highway, near Daly Waters, three weeks ago.

  FULL STORY »

New battle over Muckaty

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Proposed nuke dump cattle station in new battle. PHOTO: Outback identity Ray Aylett. DANIELLE deBRENNI reports.

  FULL STORY »

We correct an error

Tangentyere published financial reports we were unaware of. FULL STORY »

Ignoring history costs us dearly

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Every bright new idea may not be new at all: Controversies over sporting facilities, hills, suburbs and roads are brawls we’ve already had. Essay by ALEX NELSON. Photo: Alice Springs in 1950.

  FULL STORY »

The council and the good side of graffiti

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The town council has its problems with graffiti but next month it was going to co-sponsor a workshop teaching it. Until it changed its mind, that is. DANIELLE deBRENNI reports.

  FULL STORY »

Scullion stays Minister for Indigenous Affairs

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Territory politician not among the many changes made by Malcolm Turnbull. UPDATE: Adam Giles welcomes the appointment of Josh Frydenburg.

  FULL STORY »

Greatorex gets the flick

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The Centre loses an Assembly seat, but it’s not Araluen. See the new boundaries at a glance.

  FULL STORY »

Domestic violence: Beyond a gender agenda

LETTER: Malcolm Turnbull should think of children who are manipulated into hating their dad or their mum, so that their other parent doesn’t have to endure shared parenting with an ex they now despise.

  FULL STORY »

Demise of Greatorex hastened by MLA’s departure

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Former Assembly Member’s heavy heart over the loss of a “great electorate”. Photo: Dr Lim is pictured last week at Brendan Heenan’s fabled pancake making – a Sunday morning ritual for guests at Mr Heenan’s MacDonnell Range caravan park.

  FULL STORY »

Parole procedures changed as murderer is arrested

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The arrest of fugitive convicted murderer Peter Michael Kamm (pictured) in Alice Springs has triggered a review of the process of revoking a person’s parole and that person being taken into custody.

  FULL STORY »

Scullion hopes to retain Aboriginal portfolio

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Senator Nigel Scullion (pictured) will make no comment on last night’s change of leader until the new Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has allocated the ministries. Adam Giles: “I am looking forward to Malcolm coming to the Northern Territory.”By ERWIN CHLANDA with additional reporting by DANIELLE deBRENNI.

  FULL STORY »

EXCLUSIVE: Melanka money in hand, start early next year

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This is a good time to build, says the owner of the site. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. IMAGE released late last year.

  FULL STORY »

Spot the difference

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Now that Melanka has been given its exceptional development permit, its tall trees seem to have gone. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Police search for convicted murderer

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Police are searching for Peter Michael Kamm (pictured) in the Alice Springs area. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment on January 31, 1991.

  FULL STORY »

25th Desert Mob: ‘We all grew up together’

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“Another year has passed and here we are again … we started off quite small … and we all grew up together, didn’t we?” with these words Nyurpaya Kaika-Burton launched the 25th Desert Mob. KIERAN FINNANE reviews the region’s flagship exhibition.

  FULL STORY »

Step into this song of praise

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An art space transforms long vacant office space on Todd Mall, with artist photographer Mike Gillam presenting Maximo of Mparntwe. A song of praise to the natural world and its creatures all around us. KIERAN FINNANE reviews.

  FULL STORY »

Grand final vs grand culture

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The Magpies had made it into the grand final, but Yuendumu had also planned for months the reopening of their Men’s Museum. Visitors from all over Australia were coming. The event would have to go ahead, come what may. KIERAN FINNANE reports.  FULL STORY »

NATS were great but figures don’t stack up

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Giles in apparent muddle over people and admission numbers.

  FULL STORY »

NT gas pipeline hits major snag, say anti-frackers

The Giles Government’s plans for a speedy NT gas pipeline to the Eastern states are stuck at the starting blocks, writes Tanya Hall of the Central Australian Frack Free Alliance. See UPDATE September 11.

  FULL STORY »

Women’s shelter CEO Telstra award finalist

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Dale Wakefield (pictured), executive officer of Alice Springs Women’s Shelter since 2007, has been named as one of 10 finalists for the 2015 Telstra Northern Territory Business Women’s Awards.

  FULL STORY »

Northern development is not answering questions

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What does the Central Development Office in Todd Mall have to hide? Lots. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. As a passer-by you cannot look inside unless you are prone on the footpath of exceptionally tall. See UPDATE September 9 about fitout cost.

  FULL STORY »

Govt pays Telstra half for new outback mobile services

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But no cost share in revenue. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Alice the petrol head capital? Yep.

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Alice Springs put beyond doubt that it is the capital of petrol heads when the Red CentreNATS got into top gear today. Text and pix by ERWIN CHLANDA.

  FULL STORY »

Jurrah gets nine months suspended after four

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Liam Jurrah was today sentenced to nine months in gaol, to be suspended after four with conditions. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

  FULL STORY »

Giles flags cultural center at Aboriginal Affairs rebirth

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Adam Giles “puts aside” $20m for a national centre celebrating the cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Central Australia, but where exactly is not clear. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Bess Price, Adam Giles and SA Premier Jay Weatherill this morning during the opening of the Office of Aboriginal Affairs in Alice Springs.

  FULL STORY »

Men sought for stealing with violence

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Police investigate attack on cyclist.

  FULL STORY »

Overpass: Monument to govt. waste nears completion

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What did Alice get out of it? “This is not a document for public distribution.” ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Councillor Liz Martin resigns

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October 10 by-election will now fill two vacancies.

  FULL STORY »

Art gallery a shining beacon in troubled Mall

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“You actually give the customers what they want, instead of relying on old models of the art market that have changed,” says Kate Podger (pictured). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Alice bursts at the seams with truckies

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Being a trucker isn’t just a religion. It’s also having a big family. ERWIN CHLANDA reports from the National Transport Hall of Fame reunion that filled the town to bursting point.

  FULL STORY »

George Crescent aggravated robbery: Two more charged

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Both remanded in custody to appear in court today. PHOTO: Scene of alleged crimes.

  FULL STORY »

Controversial high rise not affected by firm’s collapse

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The $100m eight storey Melanka project is “unaffected” by an Osborne company going into liquidation. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. See UPDATE posted 3:30pm.

  FULL STORY »

Jurrah guilty plea delayed

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Liam Jurrah’s guilty plea has been delayed till Friday.

  FULL STORY »

Story-tellers look back and look forwards

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Who better to launch their book than the story-tellers? Not all 127 of them, but many got up today at the Telegraph Station to help send their book, Every hill got a story, out into the hands of readers. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

  FULL STORY »

Festival lights and laughs

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Glowing caterpillars, lanterns and the signature sound of Drum Atweme drew a nice crowd to open the Alice Desert Festival, and the local comedy showcase drew laughs, writes KIERAN FINNANE.

  FULL STORY »

Ground breaking medical procedure: NT first

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Keep this under your hat.

  FULL STORY »

U3A turns 10 like good whiskey

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It’s good for the soul, the mind and the body. It adds to the enjoyment of life, writes Maya Cifali (pictured).

  FULL STORY »

Bike rider beaten, robbed

Police are investigating a stealing with violence and charge two for unlawful entry and stealing.

  FULL STORY »

A geography of ideas

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Ngurratjuta Many Hands Artists are getting ready for Tarnanthi, the Art Gallery of South Australia’s inaugural Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, celebrated “on a scale that has never been seen before in South Australia”. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

  FULL STORY »

Fracking: Do we or don’t we have adequate regulations?

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NT Government mining boss and Chief Minister appear at odds. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Dole plan for ice users fraught, says Alice NGO

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Scott Morrison, the Minister for Social Services, is considering taking ice users off welfare. DASA warns of problems.

  FULL STORY »

A City like Darwin, or a Town like Alice?

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Hurry to stop high rise, writes Eugene Blom.

  FULL STORY »

Fracking ‘guiding principles’ are no protection

Alliance calls for permanent exclusion zones. FULL STORY »

George Crescent robbery: ID released of two men

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Police have released the names and photographs of two men they want to speak about the aggravated robbery that occurred in George Crescent in the early hours of Tuesday. FULL STORY »

Magistrate ‘sick and tired’ of Liam Jurrah

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“I’m sick and tired of Mr Jurrah!” said an irate Magistrate Daynor Trigg before sending the name of the famous footballer to the bottom of the list of matters he’d deal with this morning. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

  FULL STORY »

‘Put it on and they will come’

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Night markets turn 10 with a very jovial crowd. KIERAN FINNANE reports. Pictures by ERWIN CHLANDA.

  FULL STORY »

Council clamours for more cash behind wall of silence

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The Central Desert Regional Council is continuing its attempts to press the Federal Government into paying it more money for child care, and is now getting support from Congress. However the council and its president Adrian Dixon (pictured) are not answering questions. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

$2m worth of faith in Alice

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A $2m investment in a new showroom is a good indication of what the Kittle car trading family thinks of the future of Alice Springs. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Andrew Kittle with a twin-cab HiLux 4WD – the type of vehicle which seems to have replaced the fast ute as the conveyance of choice for the young blokes.

  FULL STORY »

Never let a chance go by

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After years of being mostly a “look, but don’t touch” object, the Residency has been taken out of mothballs, and a stream of visitors and users counters assertions that the CBD is dead. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: Heritage Alice Springs Coordinator, Tara Leckey, and volunteer Peter Kay in the living room.

  FULL STORY »

Santa Teresa musos world’s ‘most isolated’ metal band

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The most isolated heavy metal band in the world, Southeast Desert Metal, are set to launch their debut film clip in Alice Springs tomorrow.

  FULL STORY »

Every hill got a story

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Eminent Aboriginal men and women from across Central Australia are preparing to launch Every Hill got a Story, the Centre’s first comprehensive oral history collection, writes the Central Land Council. PHOTO: Contribuor Frankie Holmes.

  FULL STORY »

Giles: Rail to Queensland study, more overseas workers

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A railway to Queensland and a broader workers’ migration agreement are in the Chief Minister’s sights.

  FULL STORY »

Have a Territory holiday – in China

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The NT Government will establish a “Northern Territory dedicated zone” in an eco-safari park in China, writes Peter Styles (pictured), Minister for Asian Engagement and Trade.

  FULL STORY »

200 mountain bikers loved The Redback

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The Redback provided four days and six stages of some of the most inspiring mountain biking Australia has to offer, racing along the jaw-dropping trails around Alice Springs.

  FULL STORY »

Minister urges Central Desert Council to act in good faith

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The Minister for Social Services Scott Morrison has urged the Central Desert Regional Council to “act in good faith” over the closure of child care centres. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Great Barrier Reef at risk, and so is Kakadu

Queensland academic Dr Sally Driml provides background information about the Great Barrier Reef and its demise predicted by Tim Flannery. FULL STORY »

Will NT fill nature tourism void when reef dies?

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The Great Barrier Reef, because of irreversible climate change impact, “as an extensive ecosystem … must be counted among the living dead”. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Reef may be declared endangered

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The possibility of UNESCO putting the Great Barrier Reef on the endangered list is causing profound distress in Queensland’s tourism administration and industry. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Police operation – all clear

Police operation in Bougainvillea Avenue. UPDATE. FULL STORY »

Passing gas: Challenging the pipeline myth

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Australia Institute pours cold water on claims by Adam Giles and others about the benefit of gas production and the planned pipeline.

  FULL STORY »

Gas, oil industry firmly in minister’s control

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Is the fracking cat out of the bag? Yes, but it could be put back in, without exposing the NT Government to litigation. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  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 »

Army engineers build houses in Titjikala

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Engineers and tradesmen are constructing four duplex houses which will help reduce overcrowding, writes Army Major Chris Sampson.

  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 »

Police seek information from public on unlawful entry

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Police are investigating an unlawful entry and stealing incident in Alice Springs earlier this week.

  FULL STORY »

Armed men bash George Crescent residents – UPDATE

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Four men were injured, one seriously, when they were attacked last night by five or six men in their 20s who are described as being of Aboriginal appearance. PHOTO: One of the victims, Alex Harris. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »