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Started 07/03/16

Too much sun power in Alice?

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Alice Springs cannot take any more sun power without battery storage, says Tim Duignan, CEO of Territory Generation. So what are we waiting for, let’s put some of the $75m into getting ready for batteries, says Glenn Marshall of RePower Alice. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Fracking: More details from Labor on policy

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Independent checks of what is best practice of this “frontier industry,” mines department not the regulator, funding for community organisations and a stronger EPA, says Gerry McCarthy. EXCLUSIVE by ERWIN CHLANDA.

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Fracking to be independently monitored: Minister

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Internationally renowned expert in energy law, Dr Tina Hunter, first engaged as an advisor by Labor, has found the NT’s petroleum regulations to be a major step forward, but detailed guidelines still need to be out in place, writes David Tollner (pictured), Minister for Mines and Energy.

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Time server Conlan gets government junket to Germany

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Why? Because Giles needs his vote so his government doesn’t come crashing down? ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Town camp review to have broad scope

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Leases, infrastructure, service delivery, housing and legislation to come under the microscope, says Housing Minister Bess Price, pictured at Little Sisters’ camp with Baden Williams this morning. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Advocate editor joins Giles staff

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The next move in the relationship of the American-owned newspaper with the NT Government. PHOTO: Mr Giles (centre, with candidate Steve Brown) on the front page after tipping off the Advocate ahead of other media about the power station project. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Alice chairs for Venice unveiled at Bondi

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The Anerle-aneme chair – a collaboration by Alice Springs based designer Elliat Rich and the Aboriginal owned Centre for Appropriate Technology – was launched at the preview of Australia’s 2016 Venice Architectural Biennale exhibition, held recently at Icebergs, Bondi Beach. FULL STORY »

Alice Prize unpackers pick a winner

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Agreement between unpackers, judges and the public is rare in art prizes: will it be any different at this year’s Alice Prize, opening Friday? FULL STORY »

Alice tourism: slow recovery while Rock booms

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In 2014/15 all Alice Springs accommodation houses combined had 506,000 “guest nights occupied,” earning $36m. Ayers Rock Resort (pictured), just one operator, had 454,000, earning $51m. What’s Alice Springs doing wrong? Should taxpayers pay for the promotion of the interstate-owned resort? ERWIN CHLANDA speaks with Stephen Schwer, the new CEO of Tourism Central Australia.

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Can you successfully sue a politician? Maybe.

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If a volunteer director of a community bank is liable for its conduct, so ought to be public officials for what they do, writes DALTON DUPUY. Photo: The NT Cabinet in June last year.

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1Territory preselects for Stuart past ICPA president

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Andi Bracey (pictured), cattle station mum of five, to run in huge Central Australian electorate.

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Todd River: Trees in, buffel out

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Green army is mobilised to fight “aggressive colonising” buffel. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Desert writing to educate the ‘coast-huggers’

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Remote is a relative term. Remote from where? For many living in so-called remote communities or lands, their place is the centre. KIERAN FINNANE reviews Desert Writing: Stories from country. FULL STORY »

Town Council advisory committees, in name only?

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From the $75m powerstation to replace the Ron Goodin facility (pictured), to efficient use of sporting fields, local government is often behind the eightball or out of the loop. By ERWIN CHLANDA.

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New lobby demands more solar, less gas

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Modify $75m power station project by reducing the number of engines, group says. Currently 10 are planned, write LOUISE STANLEY and GLENN MARSHALL.

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Mereenie loop ‘targeted’ for completion this year

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Major boost for tourism: Do the West Macs in a conventional vehicle without backtracking. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Jumping the gun on radioactive waste facility?

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Nothing should be read into a meeting to progress the next phase of finding a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility, held with the Alice Springs Town Council on 9 March, two days before the initial 120-day consultation period closed. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Another one woman campaign for Alice tourism

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Tracie Hall’s motto is not stay another day, but “with so much to do, stay a week or two!” ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Did Giles mislead COAG?

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Discredited procurement policies under review claimed by Giles to be a success in the Territory. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Alice draws short straw in Melbourne promotion

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While alcohol-fueled crime has harmed tourism, boozing at the pub is the focus of the Federation Square gig, reports ERWIN CHLANDA.

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Fuel for $75m powerstation: When was public told?

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Territory Generation suggests the controversial fossil fuel vs solar power issues were raised during the land planning process for the Brewer Estate industrial area (photo). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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‘Fresh blood’ for Development Consent Authority

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The look-alike mould – white, male, middle-aged, in business, likely conservative – for the Alice Springs division of the Development Consent Authority will be broken when its membership turns over in the new financial year. KIERAN FINNANE reports.  FULL STORY »

One-woman activism to get more visitors to Alice

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It’s a novel way to save your letter of complaint and your ideas for solutions from being buried: use public question time at the Town Council meeting to read it onto the record and, who knows, capture broader attention. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Worksafe probe into asbestos work at Yuendumu

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Children were allowed to use asbestos pieces like frisbees, alleges observer. But the contractor says all requirements had been followed, and this is backed up by NT Worksafe after an investigation. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. IMAGE: Bush communities where asbestos removal is under way.

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Jobs the answer to plight in the bush

Whites get the jobs that should go to Aborigines, writes Dennis Braun. FULL STORY »

Record number of prisoners graduate

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A record number of prisoners graduated from certificate courses delivered by Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education at Northern Territory correctional centres, writes JOHN ELFERINK, Minister for Correctional Services (pictured).

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In your face music

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The crowd was dressed in black but their mood was everything but at the weekend’s Heavy Metal festival. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. See video. PHOTO: Southeast Desert Metal.

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Youth offending: law and order or welfare issue?

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“Making sure we are following the appropriate processes of sentencing and the justice system” is Chief Minister Adam Giles’s answer to youth offending. At a recent press conference he made no mention of glaring welfare issues in the lives of young people coming before the courts. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

New booze plan: POSI may be on the way out

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Plan B looks a lot like the Banned Drinkers Register that the CLP knocked on the head just after the last election. PHOTO: Launch of the new Alice Alcohol Management Plan today. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Crime through the roof – or is it?

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Cops at bottleshops create crime statistics turmoil. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Four court netball stadium worth $6.25m for Ross Park

Funded by NT Government, town council and a businessman. FULL STORY »

Rock art

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What do you think? Photo by Mark Pickthall.

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Fracking panel for cattlemen: debate or monologues?

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As much of their land is under claim from petroleum companies, cattlemen are getting poor answers to their questions, with water security uppermost on their mind. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Cattle, grazing land in big demand from overseas

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Demand from overseas buyers creates a bonanza for cattle and pastoral land, says investment banker David Williams (pictured). He spoke with ERWIN CHLANDA at the Cattlemen’s Association conference on Friday.

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Whittling away at sacred sites protection

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A tree to be sacrificed and more weakly defined protection provisions are the hallmarks of the AAPA authority certificate for works to put in a boardwalk skirting Tharrarltneme (Annie Meyer Hill). Report by KIERAN FINNANE. FULL STORY »

Unfinished business for the cattle industry

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Unfinished business with the oil and gas industry, ongoing impact of the live export ban, land valuation red tape, and return of young Aboriginal men to stock work, were among the issues addressed by Tom Stockwell (left), new president of the NT Cattlemen’s Association, at its conference in Alice Springs this morning. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.  FULL STORY »

Tiny desert town makes us proud

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Mount Liebig comes second in Australia’s Tidy Towns Awards.

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Gap townhouses rise in value as units fall

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Townhouses converted from a motel, half of them government subsidised, rise in value as units around town slump. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Black security guards hired to mask racism?

Aboriginal owners of supermarket told to move on by African security guards. FULL STORY »

Phil, in a Braitling field getting crowded, never gives up

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Phil Walcott is preparing the groundwork for preference deals. He is pictured in a friendly chat with Labor candidate Dale Wakefield during his policy launch last night. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Iron ore may tank but here comes Heavy Metal

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The fourth fest over Easter will be the next step to put Alice on the must do list for global rock devotees, says Pirate (pictured). Report by ERWIN CHLANDA.

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Tasty take on work for the dole

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From roo tails to olive oil based Mediterranean food: the table is set at Finke. Story by SUZANNE VISSER.

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Giles puts Aboriginal job schemes on hold

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“The Chief Minister has listened and has done what we asked him to do,” says Steve Brown, a vocal opponent of the schemes. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Cartoon by ROD MOSS.

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Custodians’ faith in sacred sites authority destroyed

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These days in consultations by AAPA, the ‘right person’ is the one who ticks the box, say the Stuart family, custodians for Tharrarltneme (Annie Meyer Hill) where the Chief Minister wants to build a boardwalk. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Diversity loses in ballot for Deputy Mayor

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The opportunity for diversity was lost in last night’s secret ballot for Deputy Mayor. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Cops at bottlos: how it works, and how it doesn’t

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What makes a belief “reasonable” that grog will be taken to a prohibited area? Flaws that can be fixed are compromising a successful scheme. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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CLP candidate rejects ‘racist’ employment policies

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Araluen candidate Steve Brown (pictured) wants the words Aboriginal and Indigenous replaced with Local, and is urging the Giles Government to implement changes. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Rocky Hill: More water, no charge

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UPDATE:

Department discloses after a week’s silence: No charge for Rocky Hill water after big increase for agricultural venture. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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No body, no parole election stunt: Senior barrister

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The proposed “no body, no parole” law, targeting convicted Falconio murderer Bradley Murdoch (pictured), is a publicity stunt as the electoral season opens and “the government party is firing off their shotguns at the electoral ducks as they wing their way overhead,” says Russell Goldflam. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Job scheme: industry ‘disappointed’, CLP ‘views expressed’.

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“The Provisional Sum program needs to make clear how it will be determined whether someone is or is not an Aboriginal,” says CLP boss Ben Kittle (at right). “We want to know whether the government is listening. There needs to be further consultation to review and improve this policy,” says Neilia Ginnane (at left), from the HIA. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Apprentices may be included in controversial scheme

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Proposal takes the sting out of big crowd angry over program to increase Indigenous employment. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Giles unyielding on Aboriginal construction jobs

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A CLP government without Adam Giles? Not a bad idea, say some in the party. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PICTURED: Titjikala builder Kenneth Gilligan in September 2007.

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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 »

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.

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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.

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Happy women’s day, Mr Stuart!

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The message of the gun-toting statue of explorer John McDouall Stuart was softened for today by a pink parasol and skirt in acknowledgment  of International Women’s Day. FULL STORY »

Doing battle against loneliness, domestic violence

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

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Chinese port owners, now US nuke bombers?

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“The deal slipped through the cracks and everything ASIO has done since has been designed the mask the fact,” writes BRUCE FRANCAIS, quoting a Darwin Port deal critic.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Alice Springs native title body in turmoil again

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A plan commissioned by the group wants a slice of town council rates, control the proposed Indigenous cultural centre, charge the Power Water Corporation 5% of the value for works in Alice Springs and have ownership of public housing transferred to its tenants. EXCLUSIVE report by ERWIN CHLANDA. Photo: Ken Lechleitner, the author of the plan.

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Alice film festival joins global movement

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There’s a strong film-loving audience in Alice Springs, making it an attractive destination for travelling film festivals. Now it’s going to get its own. KIERAN FINNANE reports. 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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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What The Center wants from its NT, Federal pollies

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Arid Lands Environment Centre has its say: As the Territory and Federal elections are getting closer we’re compiling a wish list from lobbies and representative bodies in The Centre. We’re adding to it as they are providing us details.

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