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October 25, 2015

SA says Feds should intervene in pipeline decision

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South Australian Treasurer may raise the issue in next month’s COAG energy council. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

  FULL STORY »

Pintupi artists prepare to show earliest treasures to world

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Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory has the largest collection of early Papunya art in the world and they are getting ready to show it, heard opening night crowd of the annual Pintupi show at Papunya Tula Artists in Todd Mall. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Latz honoured as NT’s top landcarer

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Long before the term ‘landcare’ was coined in the 1990s, Peter Latz had dedicated himself to doing just that. FULL STORY »

Grog plan: No dissent, some scepticism

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The ‘right to drinkers’ stayed away in droves: at last night’s small public meeting on the draft Alice Springs Alcohol Management Plan no voice was raised in protest about ongoing restrictions on takeaway grog purchases, nor about what amounts to a targeting of Aboriginal drinkers with the so-called ‘POSIs’. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Not all is sweet in bush bakery

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

  FULL STORY »

Catholics fire new broadside at Giles over fracking

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The social licence to frack for gas promised by the NT government will not be earned by using more taxpayer’s money to overstate the short term benefits, minimise the risks of fracking and ignore renewable energy options, writes the Catholic Social Justice Awareness Group, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish.

  FULL STORY »

Mayor and Deputy at odds over dump

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Keep the transfer station but move the dump, says Cr Steve Brown. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: View into the Ilparpa Valley across the landfill (before the construction of the transfer station) and part the sewage ponds, from the eastern side of The Gap. FULL STORY »

Sharp drops in alcohol sales, booze related violence

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Dramatic reductions in alcohol consumption and alcohol related family violence assaults are likely to feature prominently in next week’s public meeting about control measures in the next two years. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Tipping out alcohol when the Congress Shop surrendered its liquor licence in 1990.

  FULL STORY »

Tiny, tidy desert town to fly flag for Territory

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Western Desert town set to shine in national awards.

  FULL STORY »

Mother, daughter, rise in mainstream politics

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NT Minister Bess Price conducts the swearing in of daughter Jacinta as an Alice Springs Town Council elected member. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Town’s treasures to see the light of day

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… and displayed in pop-up shops, will help town council efforts to re-vitalise the Mall. Painting by Billy Benn Perrurle, Arteyerre 2006.

  FULL STORY »

30 years owning Rock but running pool still a hurdle

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Today, 30 years after the hand-back of Uluru to Aboriginal people, they are still far from being a serious player in the economic activities surrounding Australia’s greatest natural tourist attraction. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

See UPDATE 1:30pm. FULL STORY »

Big donations from clubs for hospital equipment

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The three Alice Springs Rotary clubs have made a substantial donation for two pieces of medical equipment to enhance the delivery of care to children.

  FULL STORY »

Wonderland of wearable art

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The colours and shapes of the desert are an unending source of inspiration for Alice Springs artists and audiences alike. Judges of last night’s sell-out Wearable Arts Awards stamped their approval on creations drawing on this source. Story by KIERAN FINNANE, pictures and video by ERWIN CHLANDA.

UPDATED with more photos.

  FULL STORY »

Little new in the booze plan

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Apart from a name change, more of the same seems to be the tenor of the Alice Springs Draft Alcohol Management Plan released yesterday, a year and a half in the making. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Kessings want land comments re-opened

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Bob and Kaye Kessing (pictured) are asking that the subdivision proposal for land they previously owned should be put out afresh for public comment.

  FULL STORY »

Dept of Lands goofs in planning application

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Proposed block sizes set to spark new development row.

 

SEE UPDATE OCTOBER 24.

  FULL STORY »

$1m youth program to counter summer crisis

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NT Government to fund after-hours youth service and a 10 week trial of night recreational activity, writes ADAM GILES.

  FULL STORY »

Ayers Rock Resort struggles to get local staff

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The Ayers Rock Resort, owned by the Indigenous Land Corporation, is finding it exceedingly difficult to recruit staff from Central Australia, or retain for its workforce local young people trained at the resort. ERWIN CHLANDA talks with Michael Parkins (pictured), general manager of the National Indigenous Training Academy at the resort.

  FULL STORY »

Is Gunner running out of time on fracking?

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Opposition Leader (pictured) mum as announcement by Adam Giles on pipeline is imminent.

  FULL STORY »

Three youths assault guard, break out

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Police looking for Anton Wilson (left), Bennett Briscoe and Liam Ryan (right).

 

SEE UPDATE

  FULL STORY »

Flowers, art bring together Florence and outback town

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Florence, the capital of Italy’s Tuscany, and Ampilatwatja, in Central Australia’s outback, at opposite sides of the world and lifestyles, are coming together in the art of Colleen Ngwarraye Morton.

  FULL STORY »

Comfort, not just speed, is aim of solar cruisers

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Not just speed but practicality as a car is the hallmark of the Cruiser Class that set out from Alice Springs this morning in the World Solar Challenge. 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 »

Set to head from isolation to world fame

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Being the most isolated metal band in the world is a surefire handle to achieve lasting fame.

  FULL STORY »

Definitely starting to look like a car

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Solar racers due in Alice any time now.

  FULL STORY »

Feds intervene in brawl over child care centers

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Funding from Senator Simon Birmingham (pictured) to run three outback crèches now goes to the Alice Springs Group School Management Council, not to the Central Desert Regional Council. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Population growth from Asia: Giles

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Territory “always a net loser” in Australian migration.

  FULL STORY »

Town council parks: back to the drawing board

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The town council has again deferred a decision on a $1.2m upgrade of its 90 parks. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Grabbing opportunities with both hands

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Doing well at school, part time jobs, focus on careers: Forget the stereotype. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Trouble in CBD: Ranger or ambassador?

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The town council is proposing to deal with “anti-social and harassing activities” in Todd Mall by employing an Indigenous Liaison Officer attached to its ranger unit. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

UPDATED:  FULL STORY »

Price, de Brenni confirmed as new councillors

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… and top scorer has his first slip-up. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

AFLNT postpones 2016 Alice Springs Lightning Carnival

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Higher profile to appeal to a wider group of stakeholders and participants for 2017.

  FULL STORY »

Jacinta, Jamie into the deep end

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A five-storey, $20m car park, office and accommodation project in Hartley Street (pictured), extension of the landfill, keeping kids from causing mayhem over summer and turning pop-ups into real businesses will be in the diaries of the new blood in the town council, likely to be Jamie de Brenni and Jacinta Price. ERWIN CHLANDA speaks with Mayor Damien Ryan.

  FULL STORY »

He is their creation

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Frankenstein returns. Give the telly a night off and see the real thing.

  FULL STORY »

Price, deBrenni likely new councilors

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Official results to be announced on Friday next week. Jason Quin 3rd in primary count. PHOTO Jamie deBrenni. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

‘Pop’ Chapman was quite a character

LETTER: Did you know Charles Henry “Pop” Chapman? FULL STORY »

Council candidates wrap up campaign

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Fracking has emerged as a prominent issue in Saturday’s town council by-election, say candidates after checking the voters’ pulse on issues. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. CARTOON: Flash-back to the town council elections of 1980.

  FULL STORY »

Primary votes may signal winners tomorrow

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Council election: 20% of votes already cast. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

The mother of all red tape abolition

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A field day for bureaucracy on one side of the fence, anything goes on the other. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  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 »

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 »

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 »

Derailment halts trains between Adelaide and Darwin

A derailment 30 km north of Marla in South Australia’s Outback, may delay train services “slightly”.

  FULL STORY »