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12/04/16

Fistful of government dollars

 

 

Local companies the winners in $500m infrastructure spend this financial year, writes Peter Chandler, Minister for Infrastructure.

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Vinnies add new service

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Lockers for homeless to store their sparse belongings. Photo by JOYCE VAN DIJK.

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Unchained at the Old Gaol

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‘A high point of each of the five pieces was the way in which the performance used the gaol – its physical space and its weighty ambiance.’ KIERAN FINNANE reviews this year’s Let Me See arts incubator program. FULL STORY »

Traumatic trip shows need for palliative care hospice

It was promised for Alice, and the government had allocated funds last year, write Kate Podger and Thijl Duvekot. FULL STORY »

Town library responds to data safety fears

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New global service provider will provide new services, says manager. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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‘Federal tribunal penalises small truckies’

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Territory owner operators hit out at the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal which may be abolished under legislation to be introduced into the Australian Parliament next week. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

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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Jobs the answer to plight in the bush

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

RV travellers urged to boycott Alice

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The loss of cheap camping at the show grounds unleashes a torrent of criticism in social media. Park owner responds. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Threat of rain on Bangtail parade could not keep them away

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Showers overnight and grey skies could not keep spectators away, nor the scores of community groups who took part in the annual Bangtail Muster. See the story in images.

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Alice Cup: Interstate winner, local fashions

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The Alice Springs Cup goes to Port Lincoln mount but Turf Club chairman owns the second place getter. Fashions, too, were hotly contested. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Native title bid for Alice Crown land

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Leak points to claim for land near Albrecht Drive and Stephens Road (pictured). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Vast groundwater discovery by Arafura Resources

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Water exploration by Arafura Resources has identified a number of “highly productive” groundwater basins stretching from Aileron on the Stuart Highway all the way to the West Australian border. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

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El Niño and flooding in The Alice

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2016 is markedly similar to 1986 when high temperatures continued into March and April, and a weather front saturated the Centre at the beginning of July. Special report by ALEX NELSON. Photo: The Todd River in flow seen from from Meyers Hill in May 1993.

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NBN for bush blasts off

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At long last, top-grade broadband for cattle stations, communities, writes NBN Corporate Affairs Manager, SA & NT, former Alice Springs journalist, JILL BOTTRALL.

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Chinese supermodels knee-deep in buffel grass

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Nature Territory? Report by ERWIN CHLANDA.

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Is there a need for a youth curfew?

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The buildings are there but no clear plans how to use them for dealing with out-of-control young people, writes PETER CAIN, Barkly Youth Services CEO. Facebook picture from CCTV footage of vandalising a Tennant Creek store.

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No arrests yet for Anzac Hill attack

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No arrests have yet been made over an incident that saw a security guard hospitalised in an attack by a 30-strong group in the early hours of Saturday atop Anzac Hill. KIERAN FINNANE reports. Facebook photo.

 

UPDATE, 27 April 2016, 12.15pm: Assailants were adults – police.  FULL STORY »

30 years as headmaster in private school boom

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Chris Tudor (pictured with students) came for three years and stayed for 30 to lead St Philip’s College. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Alice stages huge Anzac march

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Veterans from several wars were leading the parade this morning. About 1000 people, including children and teenagers marched, as well as Australian and US military personnel. They were watched by a large crowd in the mall and along the Todd as they made their way to the RSL. See our extensive photo coverage by ERWIN CHLANDA.

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Road ahead not clear for owner-operators

p2324-road-train-trip-6Would the return of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal be a blow to the outback can-do attitude so convincingly embodied by Grant Petrick? A 3000 km round trip as the co-driver of his 135 tonne cattle carrying rig gave me time to ponder that question, writes ERWIN CHLANDA. FULL STORY »

Hospital is approaching use-by date: Lambley

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It should be replaced by 2030 and private enterprise should be part of it – or all of it. The Google Earth shot is not recent enough to include the new emergency department. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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‘A free-for-all in illegal business activities’

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Minister must act on misuse of residential land in the farm area, says Robyn Lambley (pictured). Report by ERWIN CHLANDA.

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TV series: community life beyond the stereotypes

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It was standing room only at Witchetty’s for last Friday’s preview screening of Our Place, the flagship drama series for ICTV, set in Amoonguna with an all local cast. KIERAN FINNANE reviews. FULL STORY »

When desert parenting worked

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Child health and the pitfalls of progress. ERWIN CHLANDA speaks with John Boulton at the Caring for Country Kids conference underway in Alice Springs. Photo: Bradshaw School students took part in the conference yesterday. The student leadership group met Megan Mitchell, the Australian Children’s Commissioner.

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Bill to clarify restraints used on juvenile detainees

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A Bill authorizing the use of restraints on juvenile offenders in detention has been introduced by Minister for Correctional Services John Elferink in the NT Parliament. FULL STORY »

Developments today are the heritage of tomorrow

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With the title Rediscovering the Alice, I was expecting a film unearthing some forgotten corner of the town’s past. I was in for a surprise and I expect most of the Heritage Festival audience were too. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Stance of the patriarchs and matriarchs

 

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Munu Mike Williams’s works of protest against uranium mining and all that flows from it are part of a powerful new exhibition at RAFT. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Don’t frack Willemsland

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The Member for Katherine appears to be beginning to realise that shale gas mining may cause environmental contamination, writes BRUCE FRANCAIS in a letter to the editor. FULL STORY »

We’re in the dumps when it comes to recycling

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We’re the state with by far the poorest record, although Tony Satour is doing the right thing. Photo from our archive. What about electicity from garbage? ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Increase in summer crime, some by a lot

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Steep rise in summer crime, police figures show, especially car thefts and property offences. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Alice Prize winning work speaks of country, art history

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Naomi Hobson from Cape York in far north Queensland – “one of a new generation of contemporary Indigenous artists” – has been awarded the 2016 Alice Prize. KIERAN FINNANE reports on the judge’s choice of winning and commended works. FULL STORY »

New power station: The other side of the $75m coin.

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“Our great pressure is cost of generation, not greenhouse emissions,” says Treasurer Dave Tollner, supporting his stance with facts and numbers still short in supply on the other side of the debate. EXCLUSIVE by ERWIN CHLANDA. Photo: Austrian-built Jenbacher piston engines built for gas similar to the ones to be installed in the new power station.

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Buy local? Government, council not getting it right.

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The netball stadium construction schedule was too tight for local firms to get a major part of the contract. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: Chief Minister Adam Giles (centre) at the “photo opportunity”.

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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 »

What’s in this edition?

POLITICS and SOCIETY

 

LETTER: Fistful of government dollars – local firms the winners: Chandler.

New power station: The other side of the $75m coin. EXCLUSIVE by ERWIN CHLANDA.

Buy local? Government, council not getting it right. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Fracking: More details from Labor on policy. EXCLUSIVE by ERWIN CHLANDA.

Town camp review to have broad scope, says Bess Price. By ERWIN CHLANDA.

Advocate editor joins Giles staff. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

LETTER: Fracking to be independently monitored, says Minister.

Time server Conlan gets taxpayer funded junket to Germany. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

1Territory preselects for Stuart the past ICPA president.

LETTER: Can you successfully sue a politician? Maybe.

Did Giles mislead COAG?

Youth offending: law and order or welfare issue? KIERAN FINNANE reports.

New booze plan: POSI – cops at bottle shops – may be on the way out. By ERWIN CHLANDA.

Fracking panel for cattlemen: debate or monologues? ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Phil Walcott, in growing Braitling field, never gives up.

Giles puts Aboriginal job schemes on hold.

Rocky Hill: More water, no charge.

CLP candidate Steve Brown rejects ‘racist’ employment policies.

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

Apprentices may be included in controversial scheme.

Giles unyielding on Aboriginal construction jobs.

As DD looms: Where Is Wazza? COMMENT by ERWIN CHLANDA.

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

 

CULTURE and PEOPLE

 

Alice Prize winning work speaks of country and art history. KIERAN FINNANE reviews.

Vinnies add new service.

Town library responds to data safety fears. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Too much sun power in Alice? KIERAN FINNANE reports.

Alice Springs native title body in turmoil again. By ERWIN CHLANDA.

Alice film festival joins global movement.

Alice chairs for Venice unveiled at Bondi. By KIERAN FINNANE.

Desert writing to educate the ‘coast-huggers’. Book review by KIERAN FINNANE.

Alice Prize unpackers pick a winner.

Desert writing to educate the ‘coast-huggers’. Book review by KIERAN FINNANE.

Alice tourism: slow recovery while Rock booms. ERWIN CHLANDA speaks with TCA’s Stephen Schwer.

Todd River: Trees in, buffel out.

New lobby demands more solar, less gas.

Mereenie loop ‘targeted’ for completion this year. By ERWIN CHLANDA.

Jumping the gun on radioactive waste facility? By KIERAN FINNANE.

Another one woman campaign for Alice tourism. By ERWIN CHLANDA.

Town Council advisory committees, in name only? By ERWIN CHLANDA.

Fuel for $75m powerstation: When was public told? By ERWIN CHLANDA.

‘Fresh blood’ for Development Consent Authority. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

In your face music. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. See video.

Crime through the roof – or is it? ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Gap townhouses rise in value as units fall. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Whittling away at sacred sites protection. By KIERAN FINNANE.

Cattle, grazing land in big demand from overseas: Banker David Williams. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Unfinished business for the cattle industry.

Iron ore may tank but here comes Heavy Metal.

Tasty take on work for the dole. Story by SUZANNE VISSER.

Custodians’ faith in sacred sites authority destroyed. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

Diversity loses in ballot for Deputy. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

 

LETTERS

 

Bruce Francais writes: Chinese port owners, now US nuke bombers?

Restoring social order? Treaty with Alyawarr people first, writes Richard Downs

At your Oz Day barbie, chew over statehood: ADAM GILES.

Why not a little old lady as Australian of Year, asks JOHN BELL.

Our unemployment rate still the lowest, writes ADAM GILES.

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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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