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Nov 25, 2015

Hands-on in the rebirth of a community

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Redfern was a place notorious for crime and racial conflict. Ring a bell? But much of that is in the past, says the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence. In just five years it has enlisted fun and work, old ways and new skills, private and public money, and a ton of good-will to come a long way towards turning things around. And by the way, The Alice may pick up a few hints there, useful in its drawn-out quest for a national indigenous cultural centre. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

The Aboriginal art world, an insider’s view

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One day Aboriginal art will be judged as one of Australia’s great gifts to the world, like jazz and Afro-American music, writes RUSSELL GUY. PHOTO of works by Central Australian painters in the Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney. FULL STORY »

Feds can kill Darwin port deal, says academic

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The Federal Government has the power to knock on the head the 99 year lease the Territory Government issued over the Port of Darwin to a Chinese firm, Landbridge, which has links with the Chinese military, according to Prof Rolf Gerritsen (pictured), reports ERWIN CHLANDA.

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Darwin port: Captain’s call by Giles rocks boat

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While Canberra remains utterly confused over the foray by Adam Giles into global politics, and he gets feted by Chinese billionaire Ye Cheng to celebrate the 99 year lease of the Port of Darwin, its owners, the people of the Northern Territory, are getting the mushroom treatment. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Part of the coverage by the Fairfax Media.

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Thirsty thief, rifles stolen, rocks thrown at ambulance

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A thief used a trolley in an alleged heist of beer kegs from a local resort. And police are investigating the theft of rifles in Braitling, as well as rock throwing at an ambulance.

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2016 the year of fun, Made in Alice

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Make 2016 your year to get involved in your local arts scene, go to shows, watch plays, listen to community radio, support your friends and your neighbours and just get amongst it, writes LAURIE MAY (pictured).

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Election year: you’ll be promised one of these

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2016: All dressed up but where to go, asks HAL DUELL.

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Indigenous marathon – the chosen few

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Five years and $2.3m of taxpayers’ money later, and the Federal Government will give no details of the benefits of the Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP). ERWIN CHLANDA reports. IMAGE from the New York marathon last month.

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Call to eat local beef, camel penises for China

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Why our best cattle are going south and how bolstering the use of a local abattoir could prime local beef on our table. Veteran pastoralist Garry Dann (pictured) says it’s time to take the bull by the horns in 2016. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Rally racer puts CLP pedal to the metal

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CLP boss at age 24 has focus on party’s mass appeal and fast cars. ERWIN CHLANDA speaks with Ben Kittle (pictured).

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Call to show respect for the flag

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Flags flown at night without illumination are a sign of disrespect, writes Ray Rowe. The ones on Anzac Hill (pictured) are illuminated.

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Six men charged with drug and other offences

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After a four-month operation local detectives have dismantled an elaborate criminal network involved in trafficking ecstasy, ice, steroids and testosterone from South Australia to Alice Springs, according to a police media release today.

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Who’s going to untangle the town’s many issues?

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The Mbantua Festival, its financial fiasco notwithstanding, did much to inspire the drive for an indigenous cultural centre in Alice Springs. But someone has to unravel the bickering surrounding the project, as well as other issues in the too hard basket, including the Uniting Church residential development and town square concept in the Mall. ERWIN CHLANDA comments.

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Culture centre: Where is Aboriginal leadership?

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There will be no Indigenous cultural centre in Alice Springs unless the people whose culture it celebrates come to an agreement about it. So say Alice Springs News Online commentators and Deputy Mayor Steve Brown. Meanwhile the Art Gallery of South Australia (pictured) is making the most from Central Australian art. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Cultural museum for Alice: That’s how it could be done

p22103-Abor-Art-SA-16-SMWhile talk about an Aboriginal cultural centre in Alice Springs remains just that – talk, unless we are all being kept in the dark – and the Town Council is moving to instead plonk a multi-storey car park on the choicest piece of land in the town’s centre, Aboriginal artists from The Centre are the talk of the Australian art world. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Car park or culture centre: new funding bid

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The Town Council will re-submit an application for Federal funding for a “meeting place” and a multi-storey car park in Hartley Street and Gregory Terrace although Mayor Damien Ryan concedes there is no detailed knowledge about who needs a car park. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Tourists washed off road by flood waters

Even in minor flooding, keep out of the creeks, say police. FULL STORY »

Public housing: seven years, eight months wait

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There are 113 vacant public homes and Alice Springs while 612 applicants are waiting up to 93 months – that’s seven years and eight months – to move in. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Boarded-up public housing in Alice Springs.

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Bush bakeries and the dough

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The Alice Springs company Remote Food Solutions received nearly a million dollars from the Federal Government for the installation of bakery shops in the remote communities of Hermannsburg, Papunya and Yuendumu. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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