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Our bushfire fighting: Up in the air?

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Water bombers, the big ones carrying more than 15 tonnes of fire fighting fluid, were used in the Tasmanian bushfires but were not available to the fire fighters battling in the West Macs under horrendous conditions in January. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Missing man found safe and well after 17 days

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Big ground and air search had failed to find Harold Morton (pictured).

 

UPDATE 5.40pm FULL STORY »

Finke film: Race, pilgrimage, danger, skill, fun

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Alice Springs film makers put the desert race on the big screen with amazing results. ERWIN CHLANDA reviews. FULL STORY »

House break-ins more than double

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However, offences against the person were down by half. FULL STORY »

Scott McConnell now to vote as an Independent

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I have sought to represent the constituents of Stuart for the remainder of the term in the only way that is clearly in line with basic democratic principles and that is as an independent in Parliament, while remaining a member of the NT Labor Party, writes SCOTT McCONNELL, MLA for Stuart. FULL STORY »

Crime statistics horrendous, says Lambley

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The town needs a circuit breaker to stop this crime wave, an emergency youth curfew or the police tactical response unit coming, writes  ROBYN LAMBLEY, Independent Member for Araluen. FULL STORY »

Ryan to run in Braitling for the CLP?

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The Mayor (at right) is not confirming nor denying it, and we’ve now asked fellow town council member and CLP vice-president Jamie deBrenni (at left) for a response. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Centre of attention: Glory days of Anzac Oval in the 1950s

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1952 was a year of consolidation for the newly grassed oval but its reputation began to spread far and wide. The recreation reserve became a venue of many firsts during the 1950s, reports ALEX NELSON in Part Two of this series, backgrounding the now embattled former Alice Springs sporting and social venue. FULL STORY »

I never found my mother

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Race horses are given a universal birthday of August 1 in the Southern Hemisphere. Stolen children were getting the same treatment in Australia: “At Mulgoa, because no-one knew our real birth dates, the girls were all given the birth date of December 1 and the boys January 1,” recalls Millicent “Millie” Glenn (at right in the photo). She tells her story to JOHN P McD SMITH.  FULL STORY »

Incentives for teachers is only one small step: COGSO

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Incentives need to be provided in all regional and remote communities across the Northern Territory, such as the removal of HELP debts for substantial work periods in these roles, writes TABBY FUDGE (pictured), president of the Northern Territory Council of Government School Organisations. FULL STORY »

The evasive closing gap: Focus must be on kids, says Morrison

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More than half of the targets were not met – yet they had been set by the bureaucracy, top to bottom, says the Prime Minister (pictured). ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

After The Apology

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“I wrote this last year, at the time of the 10th anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations. Another anniversary (13 February)  has just passed and it’s as relevant as it ever was,” writes Ann Davis. FULL STORY »

Iconic restaurant closes after 40 years

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It was bad luck rather than bad management, says its co-owner with her husband Mark, Jennifer Schrader. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Park fire protection: new management plan doesn’t spell it out

New plan SM“Prescribed burning plays an important role and is used to keep ecosystems healthy, aid traditional hunting and protect the country from damaging hot wildfire,” says the new West MacDonnell management plan. But it doesn’t say how. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Boundless possible welcome to Alice for Gunner?

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A Facebook outburst suggests Michael Gunner may tomorrow get an angry reception in Alice Springs similar to the one given to Clare Martin in 2007. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

If NT goes broke, Canberra has to bail us out: Higgins

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As a non-state the Territory has a rich uncle with deep pocket standing behind it, who can’t say “no” to lenders if the NT defaults on loans: The Australian Government. Meanwhile the non-ALP members of the Legislative Assembly have signed a letter demanding a whole-of-parliament solution to the current fiscal mayhem. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Future in law, international development: Alex walks the talk

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A stint helping an East Timor women’s centre made it crystal clear for Alexandra Rosewarne (pictured): “This is what I want to do.” She is this year’s winner of the Paul Harris Scholarship awarded by the Rotary Club of Alice Springs. FULL STORY »

Heatwaves need to be treated as emergencies: Cr Cocking

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In the NT they are not, unlike for floods and fires. Councillor Jimmy Cocking argues the case for the NT Government to the develop Emergency Management Plans for heatwaves “to reduce the risk to life and livelihoods in both regional and urban areas”. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

From mud, dust to grass: The beginning of Anzac Oval

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A mammoth volunteer effort decades ago made Anzac Oval into the major playground for the town’s sports and social occasions. During World  War II it was a staging ground for the transport of military materiel, which had arrived by rail, on to Darwin by road. No wonder the oval occupies a special place in the hearts and minds of many long-term residents. Now the NT Government controversially wants to acquire it for the National Aboriginal Art Gallery, in limbo after opposition from traditional owners. Part One by ALEX NELSON. FULL STORY »

Alice councillors join new political party

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Councillors Marli Banks, Catherine Satour and Eli Melky are now members of the Australian Country Party, according to a media release from it. Former Deputy Chief Minister, Peter Chandler (pictured), has also signed up. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

West MacDonnells blaze: sorrow and questions

2602 West Macs fire staircase 15 before SM2602 West Macs fire staircase 4 after SM“An inch of rain and we’ll be right again,” said a man in Ormiston Gorge on Sunday where people had been evacuated and assets saved at the last moment from the firestorm last month. But Dr Fiona Walsh, who’s lived and worked in The Centre as a desert ecologist for 25 years, has a more concerned take on the disaster. Meanwhile the government is continuing to withhold information about the fire management plan for the park, and the funding for work that could have contained the blaze. PHOTOS: The Staircase to Heaven, before and after the blaze. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Fire management inadequate to non-existent: ALEC

 

 

“It is a management issue where resources have not been made available for Parks to do the buffel management that is necessary,” says ALEC CEO Jimmy Cocking about the devastating fire in the iconic West MacDonnell National Park last month. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

West Macs fire mitigation critically inadequate: Scientist

 

 

Fire mapping in 2018 indicates only one or two areas of prescribed burning during the cool months last year, insufficient to prevent the catastrophic bushfire which has swept through most of the West MacDonnell National Park last month, says the CDU’s Andrew Edwards. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: Fire in Ormiston Gorge. FULL STORY »

Adelaide’s Indigenous gallery out of the starting blocks

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A $60m project that “will be the first of its kind in Australia and will … attract both national and international attention” reports the independent online newspaper In Daily today. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Mines near Alice moving to join major Oz exporters

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Hopeful producers of tungsten and rare earths pleased with exploration results and are finding high demand as resources make up 72% of the nation’s exports in 2018. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo shows tungsten outcrop. FULL STORY »

The stolen child who went to university

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After an odyssey in homes for taken-away children, Joe Croft excelled at school and became Australia’s first Aboriginal to enter university. He is pictured with Charlie Perkins, right, the first Indigenous person to graduate from an Australian university. By JOHN P McD SMITHPart Two of a series. FULL STORY »

Home owner bonus: New build sector bleak, says CLP

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Home Owner Bonus: What savings has the government identified for this financial year and the outer years? How is the government reining in their spending, Opposition Leader Gary Higgins asks. FULL STORY »

The GST cake: How horizontal fiscal equalisation works

The Commonwealth Grants Commission, when asked to comment on Bob Beadman’s opinion piece arguing for a needs-based – not race-based – GST distribution, said it is not a policymaking body. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Government fails to protect major tourism asset

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The West MacDonnell Ranges have now been ravaged by fire for the third time in two decades: Fire scientist Peter Latz (pictured) says the NT Government isn’t spending enough money on precautionary burns during the winter, leaving a catastrophic fuel load for the hot months. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Indecent assault, home invasions

A bicycle rider intervened as a 15-year-old girl is alleged to have been indecently assaulted by a man of Aboriginal appearance at about 3pm yesterday afternoon, say police. FULL STORY »

Pine Gap to buy electricity from NT Government

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Power line construction to employ 30 for 12 months, writes Tim Duignan, Territory Generation Chief Executive Officer (pictured). FULL STORY »

Don’t mess with our treasures, says Alice

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The Pioneer Walk-In Picture Theatre is the last of its kind in the Territory. ALEX NELSON recalls battles – some won, some lost – to save places imbued with stories and memories. Now the true believers are gathering again to protect one of the few that are left. Photo: Dark clouds – true to form in The Centre made from red dust, not water – gather when hapless pollies or greedy developers are trying to get their hands on one of the town’s treasures. FULL STORY »

Labor government increased NT deficit by a factor of 18

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Opposition Leader Gary Higgins (pictured) says the NT Government “should own up to having a problem”. He says the CLP left Labor a $78m deficit. At the reported current deficit of $1.4 billion, that is 18 times as much. FULL STORY »

Make September 8 Australia Day, anthem in Pitjantjatjara

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Bring the remains of Matthew Flinders (at right) to Australia as a hero in Australian history, and rename Australia Day Foundation Day, suggests singer and historian TED EGAN (at left). FULL STORY »

Planning another plan

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The entrée served this week is dodging the hard questions. Alice can only hope the main course will not give us indigestion. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

UPDATE 2.30pm. FULL STORY »

Kids from The Alice: When Malcolm met Menzies

2602 St Francis (Cooper 1) SMOur new series about high achievers from The Centre begins with the story of Malcolm Cooper who headed up a group of activists instrumental in the historic 1967 Referendum. He is pictured third from right, with a delegation of Aboriginal representatives who met with Prime Minister Robert Menzies in 1963. The author of this series, MARK J SMITH, is the grandson of Father Percy Smith who was the first resident Anglican priest in Alice Springs from 1933 and founder, with his wife Isabel, of St Francis’ House, home for Aboriginal children. FULL STORY »

Council listens to traditional owners on Anzac Oval

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The Town Council unanimously affirms community ownership of Anzac Oval, refusing the NT Government’s offer to buy, after considering a resolute letter from traditional owners who want the town to get a National Aboriginal Art Gallery – but not in the Anzac precinct. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

NT and SA amalgamation: Would they have us?

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Centralia? Santasia? Whatever you call it, is it ever going to happen? ALEX NELSON looks at a long and inconclusive debate as the debt-ridden Territory becomes less attractive by the minute to its southern neighbour. PHOTO: A good indicator of South Australia’s lack of interest is the disgraceful state of the rest areas along its section of the Stuart Highway, the major road link between the two. FULL STORY »

Horses to be culled, dead ones left for sun to ‘do its work’

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Management plans will be drawn up seeking to prevent “horses and other feral animals … dying of thirst and hunger because water sources are depleted and overpopulation has led to erosion and vegetation loss,” says the Central Land Council. FULL STORY »

Voices from the deep Centre loud and clear in the big cities

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The originality of metal music from the desert breaks through on an east coast tour. It’s more than sound, it’s history, it’s pain, and a challenge thrown down for the present. KIERAN FINNANE reports. Video by ERWIN CHLANDA. FULL STORY »

Make Oz Day a celebration of the future, not the past

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We have other holidays for the past, Anzac Day being the main one, writes Hal Duell (pictured). FULL STORY »

Firm ‘no’ from PM, Scullion to bailing out ‘bankrupt’ Territory

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“I mean, there comes a time when these guys have got to do their own heavy lifting,” says Scott Morrison. “I don’t think it’s the Commonwealth’s job – and Commonwealth taxpayers’ – to pay for the mismanagement of state or territory governments.” ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Our big achievers give Oz Day its special meaning

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Their acknowledgement makes January 26 a day to remember. Pictured: Sydney (Syd) George Kinsman. FULL STORY »

GST billions yet we’re still the basket case

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Huge GST bonuses for big Indigenous population and remoteness aren’t saving the Territory from record deficit, and haven’t stopped its government from ruinous borrowing. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Australia Day: Alice’s role in it

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While our country endures another round of self-flagellation over the suitability of January 26 as Australia’s national day, it will probably surprise many to learn that Alice Springs and the Northern Territory played prominent roles in the history of this public holiday. ALEX NELSON reports. Photo: Dominant Folk Society performers (Evans, Barford, Balfour and Foran) founded their band “Bloodwood” (pictured) and were part of the local Oz Day debate. FULL STORY »

Custodians decline meeting with council on gallery

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They say their position has already been made clear, reiterating in a letter today that the family group “fully support” the National Aboriginal Art gallery being built in Alice Springs, but “at a culturally appropriate site” that does not include Anzac Oval. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Central Arrernte formalise alliance

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Central Arrernte Alliance Aboriginal Corporation aims to “assist in the relief of poverty, sickness, destitution, helplessness, distress, suffering, and misfortune, among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, through the process of supporting social and economic development”. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

Updated, 25 January 2019, 11.36 am. FULL STORY »

Mayor Ryan, CM Gunner mum on art gallery

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Mayor Damien Ryan (at left) won’t say whether he is supporting 10 traditional owners on the national art gallery issue, and CM Michael Gunner (at right) won’t say what – if anything – has resulted from his “consideration” of the project. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Tassie’s flash MONA embraces Metal from The Centre

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Listening to metal music from the desert was a well-received contrast for the mostly affluent-looking patrons at Hobart’s MONA gallery, reports RAINER CHLANDA. Photo of Southeast lead guitarist Gavin Hayes by Duncan Giblin. FULL STORY »

Air race re-enactment government’s latest financial folly

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The NT Government, reeling under the Territory’s gravest ever financial crisis, is putting $400,000 into a venture managed in a way World Solar challenge founder Hans Tholstrup says makes no sense whatsoever: The Great Air Race. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: The Vickers Vimy which was the first aircraft to be flown from London to Darwin, 100 years ago.

 

UPDATE 5:15pm FULL STORY »