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May 3, 2016

Rate of property crime dropped since CLP came to power

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House break-ins in Alice down 34% but no change in assaults. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Graphic from the police website.

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Writing the stories of trouble

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“There was more to these stories than could be rendered only for some kind of foregone conclusion. They had their own life, their own terrible attraction, while within and around them could be glimpsed the larger, painfully changing, occasionally impressive, deeply interconnected life of the town and the region.” KIERAN FINNANE reflects on the writing of TROUBLE: on trial in Central Australia, to be launched this Friday. FULL STORY »

2600 make it a big day for Steiner School

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Steiner Fair, a great event staged by a creative community. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

2.5km of the MacDonnell Ranges to be lit up

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“It will be the first authentic Indigenous light festival of its kind in the world,” says Chief Minister Adam Giles. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

UPDATE: Cost revealed. FULL STORY »

Ghan longest passenger train in more than 10 years

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Tour options in Alice Springs and Katherine boost demand, writes Steve Kernaghan, Great Southern Rail.

  FULL STORY »

Nanny Council should consult on closing sports grounds

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The Town Council’s closure of multiple sports grounds after heavy rain the weekend before last has launched a virtual political manifesto from Councillor Steve Brown. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Earth Sanctuary inspired by long time Territorians

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Long-time settlers celebrate at the inspiring venue of new ones. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO by Rebecca Punton Photography.

  FULL STORY »

Generous Giles? Not.

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Chief Minister has sunk to a new low with vouchers for student linked to fracking, writes Bruce Francais. PHOTO: Anti-fracking rally in Alice Springs this morning. FULL STORY »

A re-visioned landscape

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“He starts with painted sketches made en plein air. Back in the studio they become bigger and with the scale things change, he plays.” KIERAN FINNANE previews Henry Smith’s New Works exhibition. FULL STORY »

Massive increase in crime

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Sexual assault up 44%. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

UPDATE May 16: Statement from the NT Government.

  FULL STORY »

Volunteering: a two way street

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Federal Budget cuts in the volunteering sector could not dampen the mood at a breakfast to celebrate local volunteers, held on the Council Lawns on Saturday. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Mostly hilarious, sometimes poignant, never downbeat

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The recognition factor for Totem Theatre’s latest production – the musical comedy, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change – was huge. KIERAN FINNANE reviews. FULL STORY »

Hard and soft lessons of remote community school teacher

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Linda Wells’ “authentic, warm, humorous style keep the pages turning” in this newly-released memoir, writes ANN DAVIS. FULL STORY »

Education held to ransom in Giles fracking bid

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Royalties likely to be small, damage to infrastructure big, writes Naomi Hogan, of the Lock the Gate Alliance.

  FULL STORY »

Basketball shelter noise, ugliness still not resolved

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Money for moving it now seems to have gone to the running track, writes nearby resident Ron Kern.

  FULL STORY »

Alice Festival of Light coming out of the dark

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Custodian not amused by the light on the hill, and row brews about a Warlpiri woman getting the job of liaising with the Arrernte people. But she says the festival will give the town a huge boost, financial and social. EXCLUSIVE by ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Sydney Opera House transformed by the lighting artist to stage the fest. FULL STORY »

More hide and seek with de Castella’s marathon funding

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Former Alice Springs sporting identity John Bell in front of his family home in Melbourne. He fears he may lose it in a court battle over a claimed debt, and a quest for information about a program costing taxpayers millions while its benefits remain unclear. ERWIN CHANDA reports.

See update May 15: Statement by Senator Nigel Scullion.

  FULL STORY »

2001 Yeperenye Federation Festival remains the benchmark

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… when Alice was truly the centre of Aboriginal Australia. COMMENT by ERWIN CHLANDA.

  FULL STORY »

1Territory president to contest Lingiari

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Federal tenders, air travel, schools and roads are on his agenda. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Why taxpayers’ millions are spent: Don’t ask.

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Housing, oval, business centre, bakery: “Community leaders in Mutitjulu identified the need” for them. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Google Earth photo of the community and part of Uluru.

  FULL STORY »

Ayers Rock Resort loan not from the public purse

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And Nigel Scullion says government is fine-tuning jobs-for-the-dole in bid to lower anti-social behaviour. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

CLP Senate candidate away for half the campaign

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Jenni Lillis not on the campaign trail for “family reasons”.

  FULL STORY »

Community Bank conference here

The bank has injected $500,000 into Territory communities. FULL STORY »

Footy plus a job is a formula for life

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Kenny Morton (pictured) takes the message from The Centre to the Top End. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

This show does contain adult references

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… and it’s a big laugh. PICTURED (from left) Cicily Svikart, Ben Poona, Crystal Pollitt, Maali Kidd, Neil Compton and Kirryn Wilkinson.

  FULL STORY »

Asylum seekers head line-up of human rights films

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Never‐before-seen scenes in detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island.

  FULL STORY »

Pine Gap: Snowden and Snowdon

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Oscar winning documentary about whistle blower Edward Snowden (pictured) at Alice’s Something Somewhere film festival raises questions – for some. COMMENT by ERWIN CHLANDA.

  FULL STORY »

Melky for Braitling? It’s a maybe.

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“I am not part of a plot,” says Cr Melky (pictured). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Greens candidate calls for intelligence, listening

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Dalton Dupuy (pictured) joins opponents to Adam Giles in Braitling. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Elections wish list: The town has spoken

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In this wish list, politicians are told by our major lobbies what they are expecting from them. An Alice Springs News Online special feature.

  FULL STORY »

Big rains coming

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Mostly south-west of The Alice but the Todd is likely to flow. Map: The cloud pattern predicted for Sunday.

  FULL STORY »

‘Show me another way to live’

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“Now we were being called to go with Persephone on another journey, into the realm of death and back again, to life.” KIERAN FINNANE in words and FIONA WALSH in images respond to a second encounter with the ancient Greek story revisioned for our place and times by Craig San Roque. 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.

  FULL STORY »

On the prowl for the fabled Night Parrot

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Oh lucky Alice Springs: you get the world premier of Night Parrot Stories, opening film for the Something Somewhere Festival. BOB DURNAN previews. FULL STORY »

Kangaroo Dundee diversifying in new BBC series

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Now it’s not just roos for “Brolga”.

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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.

  FULL STORY »

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.

  FULL STORY »

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.

  FULL STORY »

Show A37: Any vegetables, fruit, eggs, hay, dairy products.

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Let your creativity run wild at the Show, says Geoff Miers (pictured). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

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.

  FULL STORY »

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.

  FULL STORY »

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.

  FULL STORY »

Chinese supermodels knee-deep in buffel grass

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Nature Territory? Report by ERWIN CHLANDA.

  FULL STORY »

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.

  FULL STORY »

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.

  FULL STORY »

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.

  FULL STORY »

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.

  FULL STORY »

‘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.

  FULL STORY »

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.

  FULL STORY »

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.

  FULL STORY »

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.

  FULL STORY »

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.

  FULL STORY »

Crime in Alice ‘trending down’ police tell council

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But isn’t the downward trend from month to month usual for this time of year whereas in reality the figures are still significantly higher “year to date”, asked Councillor Jade Kudrenko? KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

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”.

  FULL STORY »

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.

  FULL STORY »

Contractors invited for $100m gas, diesel power stations

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November deadline for expression of interest. A RePower Alice Springs member says that time frame may allow the inclusion of renewable energy elements. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

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 »

Plan for jobs, income and cultural understanding

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A fee for service enterprise promoting Arrernte culture, run by Arrernte people, just across the road from the Royal Flying Doctor Base and a few doors up from the Reptile Centre. By KIERAN FINNANE. FULL STORY »

Fracking amendment lacks independent well inspection

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Minister, department and industry given sole control over mining operations, although this is against the government’s own professed policy, writes Lauren Mellor, of the Frack Free Territory Alliance. PHOTO: Demonstrators in the public gallery of the town council in July 2014.

  FULL STORY »

Sex aids and fracking: Up the wrong tree

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Nigel did mean condoms and not condiments. And a circular fracking survey.

  FULL STORY »

We are in deep trouble and 2017 will be worse: Gerritsen

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Budget: The family jewels – TIO, Darwin Port, and so on – have been sold but pitifully little has been saved, says Prof Rolf Gerritsen (pictured). Report by ERWIN CHLANDA.

  FULL STORY »

‘TROUBLE mirrors our ugly parts: we can learn from this.’

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When a mob beat Kumunjayi Pollard to death, when Ed Hargrave was fatally stabbed, when Kwementyaye Ryder died at the hands of five men, and Liam Jurrah attacked women, two “dark and dangerous fluids” were running through our town: one was blood, the other grog. They also run through Kieran Finnane’s book. FULL STORY »

Skywalk Budget item could be game changer for Alice

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A $10m Budget line could be a game changer for Alice Springs. ERWIN CHLANDA comments. PHOTO: View to the west from Mt Gillen. FULL STORY »

NT Greens announce Federal candidates

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A community artists, Rob Hoad (at right in the photo), and a doctor, Michael Connard, stand for development of renewables and against fracking.

  FULL STORY »

The rollercoaster Budgets

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See the graph that tells the story. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Interpreter lives the Redtails way

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Three languages, three years in the job, and dedicated to the group that links footy with personal development. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Seeing his name in the credits drives Josh

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Still in his teens Josh Tranter has no doubt his future is in the movies. He spoke with ERIN CHLANDA.

  FULL STORY »

Budget good for home buyers, kids at risk, roads

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Chamber of Commerce, Mayor give thumbs up. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: The Youth Centre undergoing an upgrade. There is $2.8m for it in today’s budget.

  FULL STORY »

Big capital works spend in Centre pledged

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$50m for the controversial expansion of the the Owen Springs Power Station, and an upgrade of the Tennant Creek Power Station, are the biggest expenditures in Central Australia. FULL STORY »

Federal funds for domestic violence legal service

It will operate from Flynn Drive Health Centre and the hospital, writes Senator Michaelia Cash. FULL STORY »

‘Street kids of a kind we haven’t seen before’

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“This is a ticking time bomb. I’m very worried about the long-term future of this town if we don’t get some good policy in place”, but bail measures aren’t it. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

When things got tighter, ALEC got tougher

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RePower Alice, water allocations, environmental regulations, battling buffel, making money: Busy year for ALEC. PHOTO: Staffers Carmel Vandermolen (left) and Nicole “Peachy” Pietsch flank director Jimmy Cocking at Friday’s first birthday celebration of the new offices in Gap Road.

  FULL STORY »

Natural gas, pipeline are likely losers, says report

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Pipeline builder Jemena is Chinese and Singapore owned and paid no tax in Australia for the past four years, says researcher. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Where people have the power, not the pollies

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RePower Alice Springs is looking at how communities around Oz are taking charge of renewable electricity generation, such as the initiative in Port Augusta (pictured). Report by ERWIN CHLANDA. UPDATED, Federal poll pledges.

  FULL STORY »

Idea for street kids gets ‘no’ from Giles

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Night-time accommodation for youths in empty police station knocked back; mandatory health checks for people spitting at police coming in. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Hiring government funded staff and boards: New broom?

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The Special Administration of the Central Australian Aboriginal Alcohol Program Unit may have created a template for blocking family and clan empire building in taxpayer funded organisations. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: CAAAPU client getting woodworking training.

  FULL STORY »

CCTV black spot in Todd Mall?

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A man was attacked last Wednesday night in front of a well-lit restaurant in Todd Mall by several youths yet there was no CCTV footage of the incident, says Councillor Eli Melky. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

UPDATE, 18 May 2016: See inside.

See further update on FULL STORY page, May 19. FULL STORY »

Doubt cast on bail changes for juvenile offenders

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Proposed law changes would be “handcuffing” judges over mandatory tracking devices, says president of Criminal Lawyers Association. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: Chief Minister Adam Giles at doorstop this morning.

  FULL STORY »

Caravan park row: Goose and gander?

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Travelers should have a choice, says Chamber of Commerce boss Kay Eade (pictured). Report by ERWIN CHLANDA.

  FULL STORY »

Inadequate mining bonds

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With fracking the problem may balloon, writes Bruce Francais. Picture: McArthur River Mining site.

  FULL STORY »

The story of a bag snatch in the CBD

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… and the wheels of justice are turning slowly, if at all, reports MEAGAN MERRITT.

  FULL STORY »