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January 4, 2016

Alice office of CSIRO to close? UPDATE.

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CSIRO will neither confirm nor deny reports from a well informed source that the Alice Springs office of the national research organisation will be closed. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo from happier days in house magazine Ciroscope.

 

UPDATE March 3 FULL STORY »

New 10 year water plan for Alice: same old, same old.

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The plan is a monument to government neglect and a denial of the town’s right to grow as nothing of note has been done to improve our knowledge of water resources. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: The original “Alice Springs” at the Telegraph Station. SEE UPDATE 6pm

  FULL STORY »

‘Good riddance’ to Mal Brough

Charlie Carter writes he’s pleased the architect of the intervention has been “thrown out”. FULL STORY »

Builders mad: Spin slips cog, no ‘sorry’ from Adam Giles

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Angry builders and subbies had a win (maybe), but still wowed this morning to fight NT Government employment strategies. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

CEO of troubled CAAAPU resigns

… looks back on “period of enormous change and expansion”. FULL STORY »

Govt. shopping local? Do as I say, not as I do.

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Territory Generation, which is wholly owned by the NT Government, did not seek advice prior to committing to the $75m new power station from a prize-winning Alice-based firm which has renewable energy contracts throughout the Pacific region, and designed the Hilton hotel rooftop solar array (pictured), the largest in the southern hemisphere at the time. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

No takers for national nuke waste at public meeting

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A national nuclear waste facility will not be imposed on an unwilling community, a public meeting in Alice Springs last night was told, and certainly no willing voices were heard. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Council row over netball stadium that may shrink

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Government may renege on a four-court stadium and councillors trade verbal blows over political allegiances. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

See UPDATE 9am Wed Feb 17.

  FULL STORY »

Taxpayer funded NGO spends big on financial services

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CAAAPU, now in administration, forked out more than $300,000 to get its books done. COMMENT by ERWIN CHLANDA.

  FULL STORY »

Deaths on Tanami Highway: CLC chairman wants action

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Damage done by summer rains must be fixed, Fancis Kelly (pictured) tells Transport Minister Peter Chandler. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Pollies’ travel bucks to go to seniors: 1Territory Party

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And they will be encouraged to use their experience and energy to benefit the community, writes Braedon Earley (pictured).

  FULL STORY »

Labor on fracking: A part answer

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There will be a moratorium under a Labor government, a peer review presumably of the Hawke report, and public consultation, says Acting Opposition Leader, Lynne Walker (pictured). We’ve asked some follow-up questions. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Nuke dump would raise a third of state’s revenue

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Royal Commissioner Kevin Scarce (photo by InDaily) releases provisional findings, reports Adelaide based online newspaper, as Alice Springs is briefed about proposed site south of the town.

  FULL STORY »

Labor: Culture centre, power plant, dam, bottle shop cops

p2310-Dale-Wakefield-2-SMAs the two day Labor Party conference turns into three, a detailed decision on fracking remains a work in progress. But Dale Wakefield (pictured), who will be taking on Chief Minister Adam Giles in Braitling, speaks out on a cultural centre, says cops at bottleshops could operate in tandem with a reborn BDR, doesn’t rule out a Todd dam in response to increased flood insurance premiums, and says the $75m power station is shaping up as “another shameful legacy of the CLP government”. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Gaps in bottlo policing blamed for rise in assaults

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Meanwhile police are interested to speak with two men (pictured) about an alleged sexual assault.

  FULL STORY »

Giles accepts resignation of van Holthe from Cabinet

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New Deputy Chief Minster to be announced Monday to replace Willem Westra van Holthe (pictured, white shirt).

  FULL STORY »

Is the $75m a done deal?

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Adam Giles will not say. So, is the debate about the Owen Springs power station extension, and the use of solar and wind instead, just a waste of time? ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: The noisy Ron Goodin power station near the Golf Course Estate is overdue to be shut down.

  FULL STORY »

1Territory party: Absolutely ‘no’ to fracking

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The new party’s president Braedon Earley (pictured) takes swipe at Labor, Greens and Lock the Gate for failing to acknowledge the firm stance by the conservative political group on the controversial mining practice.

  FULL STORY »

Closing the Gap: Lofty words, inadequate deeds

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While the nation is awash in rhetoric about Indigenous advancement, especially in housing, in the real world of Alice Springs town camps residents are confronted by inadequate and expensive bureaucracies. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Rain brings glorious nature back, with a lot of help

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A paradise of superb native plants or an ocean of foreign buffel grass … the choice is ours. Kieran Finnane and Erwin Chlanda report.

  FULL STORY »

The Territory stops at Palmerston

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Adam Giles names nine private enterprise projects that are “keeping [the] Territory moving ahead”. Not a single one is in Alice Springs.

  FULL STORY »

Predatory pedophiles the only victims of ‘Daniel’s Law’?

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A website that outs predatory pedophiles in your neighbourhood, or does the Territory’s proposed Daniel’s Law cast the net wider?
And what are the implications, including for victims? KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

$75m power station: Alice locked into fossil fuel future

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Spend money on rooftop systems in partnership with residents, writes ALEC chief Jimmy Cocking.

  FULL STORY »

Power station: Doing the numbers on renewables

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Concentrated solar thermal, for when the sun is not shining, costs about the same as Owen Springs, except of course the power is free once you’ve built the plant, writes Paul Darvodelsky. And then there’s always wind power.

  FULL STORY »

Builders incensed over Indigenous rules for govt. jobs

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Bush work, the bread and butter for many local builders, will be further decimated by initiatives announced by Chief Minister Adam Giles today, according to builders. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Are cops at bottle shops just bluffing?

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… and should the liquor traders, not police, check IDs, and stop sales to people living in areas where drinking is prohibited? Police Association president Paul McCue is raising these questions. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Boom & bust strategies of the spangled grunter

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Spangled grunters – expiring in such great number in the presently drying Todd – can swim for kilometres in “the water of a wheel track”, seeking out new opportunities to feed and breed, explains Dr Steve Morton, with photos by Mike Gillam. FULL STORY »

Solar could have stopped beer getting warm at golf club

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$75m public spend on new gas fired generators will crowd out private renewable energy investment. COMMENT by RICHARD BENTLEY. Photo: The Uterne power station in Alice Springs.

  FULL STORY »

Media manipulation by Adam Giles over blackout

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Did Adam Giles (pictured with CLP candidate for Araluen Steve Brown) suppress information about the new power station to get his photo in the paper? ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Power Water split hindered blackout remedy: Union

Fully investigate the CLP’s role in the power generation service issues, writes Paul Kirby, NT organiser of the Electrical Trades Union. FULL STORY »

9 kids, 4 adults in 5-seater car, no brakes, driver drunk

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Charges laid after arrest near Barrow Creek (pictured, file photo). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Darwin port lease: flawed foreign investment rules

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There are calls from Senate committee for more federal controls as “the US and China are jockeying for influence in the region,” reports global medium Bloomberg Business. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

A new ‘Made in Prison’ row?

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Robyn Lambley (pictured) says many prison products may hurt local businesses, calls for debate. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Alice to Venice: a tale of two workshops

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Joining forces, two Alice Springs workshops have achieved an outstanding result – producing a set of stylish chairs that will feature in the Australian exhibit at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Cops called in on overseas trip by Chandler: details

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Police have been asked to examine the costs for an overseas trip by NT Minister Peter Chandler (at right) in September 2013. EXCLUSIVE by ERWIN CHLANDA reports about where he went, why, and how much it cost, but the Minister won’t say what the public got for its money.

  FULL STORY »

$75m power upgrade for Alice to reduce electricity costs

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Ron Goodin Power Station in town will close at the end of 2017, says Chief Minister.

  FULL STORY »

Alleged would-be sexual assailant pursues victim

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Attempted sexual assault, contraband booze and rifle theft keep cops busy.

  FULL STORY »

Blackout: When will we get new generators?

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Blackout: In the old power station (pictured) is where the problem started but the fix seems stalled. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

SEE UPDATE.

  FULL STORY »

CAAAPU to get skilled board

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Administrator sets new rules after $233,000 loss but organisation will keep going.

  FULL STORY »

Big camels join little ‘roos to help Alice boom

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As Kangaroo Dundee III is almost ready to hit TV screens world-wide, the family of stars has had a major addition. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Last gasp for Todd fish

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It’s a race against time for these fish of the desert, reports Kieran Finnane.

  FULL STORY »

Voting change CLP’s bid to stay in power: Independents

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Independent candidate Phil Walcott (pictured), who will be standing against Chief Minister Adam Giles in Braitling, says the planned introduction of optional preferential voting is a cynical bid by the government to cling to power. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Designed and made in Alice, showcased in Venice

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Local design and fabrication skills will be on show at the most prestigious international event on the architectural calendar, the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. FULL STORY »

End-of-life generators cause blackout

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No refrigeration, airconditioning on a steamy day. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

UPDATE 2:40pm: Territory Generation says it has been “working on a strategy to renew the generation in Alice Springs and we will continue to work closely with the Northern Territory Government on those plans”.

  FULL STORY »

Heavitree Gap supermarket, servo bought for $1.85m

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Fuel discounter buys into scenic site near major residential development. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Planning decision decimates land value

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The owners of a rural residential block say its value has dropped $65,000 as a result of their neighbours getting permission to run an industrial operation. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: The huge shed used by the plumbers on the formerly rural residential land, as pictured in the valuer’s report.

  FULL STORY »

Empties raise cash to help with school fees

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Apex makes it easier to support its drive for cash assisting underprivileged children with their school fees. PICTURED are club members (from left) Ms Hore, Neil Egan, Peter Shupleworth, Troy Wilson and president Amanda Kuhn.

  FULL STORY »

A way to reduce cost of sealing NT’s Outback Way?

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A project management board could contract the work at an hourly rate, instead of going through the NT Government’s tendering process, says Cr Jamie De Brenni. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

  FULL STORY »

Kerbside recycling could reduce waste by 70+%

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The Town Council will again be looking at the feasibility of kerbside recycling, following receipt of a consultant’s report which finds that the general waste stream could be reduced by more than 70%. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Town pool water down the gurgler

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Almost one and half million litres of water will likely go down the drain from the town’s indoor pools in a warranty job to repair tiling. Kieran Finnane reports Town Council news in brief. FULL STORY »

Broadcaster is the Centralian of the Year

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CAAMA Radio manager Gerry Lyons (pictured), better known as the G-Man, has been chosen as the Centralian Citizen of the Year. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

At your Oz Day barbie, chew over statehood: Adam Giles

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Statehood would not cause significant Government policy changes, including Indigenous land rights, writes Chief Minister ADAM GILES.

  FULL STORY »

Why not a little old lady as Australian of Year?

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Mostly sports people and Aborigines get the title, writes runner JOHN BELL (at right in the picture).

  FULL STORY »

Government land use regulators fragment community

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Disputes erupt as rules are either not clear or fail to be enforced by the lands department, residents claim. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Rubbish on rural residential block has tempers flaring.

See UPDATE January 26.

  FULL STORY »

Man charged after police seize meth, firearms

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Suspected dealer alleged to have been in possession of stolen firearms.

  FULL STORY »

Cultural drawcards – lessons for Alice from MONA?

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The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Hobart has become the second-most visited attraction in Tasmania, with its MOFO festival adding to the draw. In the eclectic line-up this year was Alice author CRAIG SAN ROQUE. He gives his impressions.

  FULL STORY »

Safe house for men not so safe

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Publicly funded, it has stood empty and trashed since it was vandalised three years ago in Pmara Junta, near Ti Tree, north of Alice Springs, it is claimed. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Giant sport and education project for Showgrounds?

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… or just a bit of blather? ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

NT Govt: We were mum on port lease to China

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The government today confirmed, in response to questions from the Alice Springs News Online, that no public announcement had been made about the $500m 99 year lease of the Port of Darwin to a Chinese company before Mr Giles announced the completed deal on October 13 last year. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

The spin on crime statistics

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The police controls what facts are used in government statistics about the fight against crime on which the Giles Government stakes its future. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Image from a local Facebook thread.

  FULL STORY »

CAAAPU under special administration

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In 2014/15 the alcohol treatment facility got government grants of $4.5m, made a loss of $233,000.

  FULL STORY »

Our unemployment rate still the lowest

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There is the potential for more jobs in tourism, energy, mining and the maritime service sector, writes Chief Minister Adam Giles.

  FULL STORY »

Defence knew about Landbridge in May – spokesperson

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“There is no proposal to revoke the lease” over the Port of Darwin given by the NT Government for 99 years to the Chinese company, Landbridge, says a Department of Defence spokesperson in reply to questions we put to Defence Minister Marise Payne (pictured). Report by ERWIN CHLANDA.

  FULL STORY »

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 green, green grass of the Stuart Highway

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Alice police nab 12.5 kg of cannabis. Man “assisting with enquiries”.

  FULL STORY »

LETTER: Why do some cockies like fracking?

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Do they get benefits we don’t know about, asks BRUCE FRANCAIS from Katherine.

 

  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.

  FULL STORY »

The price of politicians, and what we get from them

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We’re paying dearly for our pollies whilst they’re giving us the mushroom treatment, about Port Darwin and Landbridge, for example.

  FULL STORY »

Territory’s $1.2b charity sector

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Northern Territory charities have incomes of more than $1b, according to a new report. The stand-out in Alice Springs is the Finke Desert Race run by 400 volunteers and just one single paid employee.

 

  FULL STORY »

Cultural centre – think big!

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There’s more space in the Desert Knowledge precinct than in the CBD, comments HAL DUELL.

  FULL STORY »

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.

  FULL STORY »

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).

  FULL STORY »

Election year: you’ll be promised one of these

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

  FULL STORY »

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.

  FULL STORY »

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.

  FULL STORY »

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).

  FULL STORY »

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.

  FULL STORY »

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.

  FULL STORY »

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.

  FULL STORY »

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.

  FULL STORY »

Bashings, break-ins, robberies, car thefts: teen girls guilty

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On one side of the ledger, victims, women in the main and girls, punched, kicked, pulled by the hair, beaten with sticks, threatened, terrorised, robbed. On the other side, perpetrators, all girls, and in many ways victims too. In four out of five cases, neglect by their families substantially contributed to their offending. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

 
UPDATED, March 9, 2016, 9.05am.  FULL STORY »

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.

  FULL STORY »

The battle over our most vital resource

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The water allocated to the Hayes family on Undoolya and Rocky Hill is equivalent to 36% of the water used by the whole town of Alice Springs. The battle lines are drawn. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

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.

  FULL STORY »

As DD looms: Where Is Wazza?

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Warren Snowdon (at right) is nowhere to be seen as his tongue-tied Labor team faces two elections. COMMENT by ERWIN CHLANDA.

  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.

  FULL STORY »

Doing battle against loneliness, domestic violence

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Major Wright: Leading the army in the desert. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

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.

  FULL STORY »

Fast $100m stimulus where it’s needed most: Giles

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The package aims at providing immediate job opportunities for local small to medium businesses and independent subcontractors, writes Chief Minister Adam Giles.

  FULL STORY »

Industrial use of residential land ‘temporary’

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Residential land in the farm area is being used for storing car wrecks while sorting out a bottleneck with scrap metal sales. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Town Council in time warp on nuke waste

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The Town Council will reiterate an 11-year-old motion opposing a radioactive waste facility being built anywhere in the Northern Territory, while traditional owners take their protest about the Date Farm site to Canberra. KIERAN FINNANE  reports. FULL STORY »

Giles on fracking: Sovereign risk a red herring?

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Chief Minister raises spectre of large job losses in fracking based oil and gas production under Labor.

  FULL STORY »

Mandatory sentencing findings no surprise: Law Society

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It is “blunt, ineffective and expensive,” says Mark O’Reilly. No comment from Minister John Elferink (pictured).

  FULL STORY »

Restoring social order? Treaty with Alyawarr people first!

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Aboriginal elders should be playing a greater role in restoring social order but their authority must be associated with native title and a treaty, writes Richard Downs (pictured) from the Alyawarr region north of Alice Springs.

  FULL STORY »

Running out of water inspires global marathon

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From the Antarctica to the Simpson, Mina delivers a vital message on the run.

  FULL STORY »

We have four times the nation’s rate of road deaths

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12 day police traffic blitz is under way. PHOTO from police archive.

  FULL STORY »

Stand by for fresh Todd dam controversy

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Discussion about flood mitigation, including a controversial dam at the women’s sacred site, Junction Waterhole, is getting a new lease of life with the appointment today of a government advisory panel. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. WARNING: Some readers may find the image of the sacred site, accompanying our full story, confronting.

  FULL STORY »

Todd River dam: It’s all been said before.

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A 26 year old report makes it clear: only a dam can save the town. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Bottlo cops deter violence, mandatory sentencing doesn’t

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Police at bottle shops are having a deterrent effect on violent offending, while mandatory minimum sentencing is not, reveals a review carried out for the Department of the Attorney-General and Justice. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Why solar missed out on $75m electricity contract

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Territory Generation did not include “renewables” in the possible mix of energy sources to “generate 44 MW of electricity reliably while ensuring security of supply to the Alice Springs residents”. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Piston engines of the type to be used in the $75m project.

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Tampering with anklet sounds alarm

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Escapee still at large in Alice Springs. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

SEE UPDATE Friday, 8pm.

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Alice town camp gets center for work and play

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Cooking, cleaning, music, curtain making and arts will be offered. PHOTO: Elders cutting the ribbon.

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Housing industry rejects Cureton Review findings

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Recommendations would only result in increased administrative burden and cost to builders, and ultimately impact housing affordability, writes Neilia Ginnane (pictured) of the Housing Industry Association.

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