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Young man charged with attempted murder, girl with robbery

Alleged crimes in a remote community, and in the suburb of Sadadeen. FULL STORY »

Police: Boy hurt on pedestrian crossing, robocalls warning

Don’t pay money to someone you have not met in person. This includes people you have met online through dating websites or investment forums, say police. FULL STORY »

Lambley says Gunner won’t discuss rising crime

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House break-ins up by 41.5% and motor vehicle thefts up by 31.5% in Alice Springs, writes Robyn Lambley, Independent Member for Araluen. FULL STORY »

Three girls 13 and younger in police pursuit

They got the car keys by unlawfully entering a house, police allege. FULL STORY »

Chopper crash: One dead

Second person critically injured. FULL STORY »

Black money

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Race will determine where the money will go following three NT Government decisions announced this week. COMMENT by ERWIN CHLANDA. Pictured are Ministers Dale Wakefield (at left) and Ken Vowles (at right). FULL STORY »

Anzac Oval flood damage fixed

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Anzac Oval opening again after flooding damage. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Local memoir Living in Hope wins national award

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Living in Hope, a memoir by Stolen Generations survivor, the late Frank Byrne, with Frances Coughlan and Gerard Waterford, has won the 2018 Most Underrated Book Award, it was announced in Melbourne tonight. The co-authors are pictured with Mr Byrne’s sons, Trevor Byrne and Frank Kenny. FULL STORY »

Fire alarm saves adult and five children

Destroyed home declared a crime scene. FULL STORY »

Gallery reference group co-chairpersons announced

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Franchesca Cubillo (at right), senior curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the National Gallery of Australia, and Dr Gerard Vaughan AM (at left), former director of the National Gallery of Australia, have been announced as co-chairpersons for the reference group of the National Aboriginal Art Gallery. FULL STORY »

Saturday, November 17: Royal anniversary for Alice

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Today is the anniversary date of when this splendid photo was taken at ANZAC Oval exactly 62 years ago (photographer unknown). ALEX NELSON tells the tale. FULL STORY »

Park, lights: ideas for a brighter town centre  

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Council will talk to NT Major Events about leaving Parrtjima lights on in the mall, as they are a hit with business-owners. And Deputy Mayor Matt Paterson has proposed an outdoor community space on the banks of the Todd River.  KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Police investigate death of man

Police investigate death of a man during “unrest” in Ali Curung. FULL STORY »

Remembering war, working for peace

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What is it like to experience war? A locally developed phone app, launched at sunset atop Anzac Hill on Remembrance Day, offers some insights through personal stories from people who lived through World War 1. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Alice lesbian couple exercise their right to wed

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One year after the historic yes vote for same-sex marriage in Australia, and after 14 years of living together Maureen Hatton and Liz Archer will marry. For love, but also, by making it publicly known, to “make it count” after winning the hard-fought for right. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

Amended 3.47pm, 10 November 2018. Headline changed and story altered to remove reference to this wedding being a “first”. Not so, as readers have pointed out in the comments. Alice Springs News Online apologises for the error. 

Updated, 11 November 2018: Photos from the wedding. FULL STORY »

Police concerned about missing woman

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Police concerned about missing woman who suffers from dementia and diabetes.

 

UPDATE 9.10am Nov 12: Mrs Pitjara has been found alive and well. FULL STORY »

No youth detention facilities in residential areas: MLAs

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The Gunner Government needs to get their heads out of the clouds and take a fair and common sense approach to youth detention, write Robyn Lambley (Member for Araluen) and Terry Mills (Member for Blain).

 

UPDATE 2.30pm: The police union lashed out at the Department of Families over the Don Dale riot.

 

UPDATE 1.45pm Nov 9: Opposition Leader Gary Higgins accuses Families Minister Dale Wakefield of misleading the pubic over CCTV vision of the Don Dale riot and fire. FULL STORY »

Step closer for rare earth mine employing up to 370

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A rare earth mine and processing plant north of Alice Springs employing up to 370 gets closer to a “final investment decision,” says Arafura Resources Managing Director Gavin Lockyer (pictured). ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

It’s remote, desolate and worth billions

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With traditional sources of fertiliser dwindling, some of The Centre’s “salt lakes” hold the stuff that can make food grow the world over. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Alice dominates government holiday adverts

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Uluru is a side trip in government’s holiday adverts published in Sydney, Melbourne newspapers. FULL STORY »

Search for boy as three people are found dead

The deaths are not being treated as suspicious. Enquiries indicate it is possible the boy was a passenger in the vehicle, says a police media release.

 

UPDATE 5.30pm: Child found dead. FULL STORY »

Police looking for a man after a stabbing

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Police are seeking 25-year-old Nicholas Munnich (pictured) who they believe may be able to assist they with their enquiries into a alleged stabbing. FULL STORY »

A job program that actually works

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A dozen Aboriginal people are joining Coles supermarket as permanent part-time employees, and six as casuals, after a high-pressure, week-long training course under a scheme that assesses at the individual abilities of each applicant. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Graduates this morning: Raelene Williams (at left) and Marcus Casey-Kirkman Junior (at right). FULL STORY »

Backtrack Boys: lessons in hope and perseverance

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Everyone who wants to make a contribution to thinking about and working with troubled young people in our town should make the effort to see the film Backtrack Boys. One reason is that it will leave you hopeful. Another is that it will persuade you that ‘fixes’ are not quick. KIERAN FINNANE reviews. FULL STORY »

How much of our relationship with Aborigines is hypocrisy?

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Seeing settlements such as Finke or Hermannsburg, not to mention Alice Springs after dark, and then listening to the hymns of how Australia looks after its First Nation people, gives one some contradictory feelings, to say at least, writes tourist Jakub Baranski, from Warsaw, Poland. He is pictured with Renata Baranska at The Rock.

See extensive readers’ commentary since Mr Baranski’s letter was first published. FULL STORY »

Anzac Oval grab Minister rejects Coles Mural listing

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“It would be an unreasonable imposition on the owner of the building on which the ‘Coles Mural’ is painted to have it permanently protected by the Heritage Act,” says Lauren Moss (pictured). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

UPDATE Nov 4, 12:50pm: The Heritage Council recommended the listing. See statement from chairman Wayne “Krafty” Kraft in the comment box below the report. FULL STORY »

Bilby’s greater foe: Cat or fox?

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We found more evidence of bilbies in the areas where there were cats. Perhaps that means that foxes have a greater impact on bilby numbers than cats and that a single fox is one too many, writes Peter Donohoe, of the Central Land Council’s land management section. FULL STORY »

Leaving town: Centre, its creatures will miss Kaye Kessing

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Since the 70s she’s been making her point with brush and pen, in books, on canvas, walls and on the stage, to a local and national audience. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Rotary Melbourne Cup sweep draw

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The draw. FULL STORY »

Batten down the hatches

Thunderstorms may bring heavy rainfall, damaging wind gusts and hail as a trough moves through the southern districts, says the Met Bureau. FULL STORY »

Global traveller ran out of power only on the Stuart Highway

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Dutch adventurer Wiebe Wakker, who crossed three continents in his electric car, from powerpoint to powerpoint, is now on his way to Alice Springs. FULL STORY »

Development fund dumped to pay for mounting debt

The administration of the defunct fund cost more than a $1m a year, writes Robyn Lambley, Independent Member for Araluen (pictured). FULL STORY »

Independents now ineffective?

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Is Robyn Lambley (at left) in breach of the Electoral Act by touting a new party, asks her former opponent in Araluen, Steve Brown (at right). FULL STORY »

Indigenous Affairs Minister for fresh approach on gallery

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“I no longer feel comfortable in dealing with a confused Chief Minister and angry Ministers” on the gallery project, says Cr Eli Melky. His suggestion to involve Ken Vowles has been supported by Councillors Cocking, Satour and Banks. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Anzac Oval will be site for gallery: Gunner

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Blunt answer from the Chief Minister to the Member for Araluen. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

UPDATE 6:35pm According to the Draft Daily Hansard Mr Gunner’s answer was: “Madam Speaker, it will be built at the Anzac Precinct and it will be magnificent.” To date the location had been described by the government as its “preferred” location. Today’s statement is a significant change. FULL STORY »

The Dark State

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A clandestine process has plunged the Town Council into a state of near dysfunction, and the nine elected members, far from representing the town in an atmosphere of collaboration and openness, are in the shadows of distrust and fear of financially crippling litigation. Yet the Minister responsible for local government, Gerry McCarthy (pictured), is not available to give answers. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Mr McCarthy with a public housing tenant during a media event on September 12 when he neither ruled out nor confirmed that the NT Government would compulsorily acquire Anzac Oval. FULL STORY »

Super fund style measure to help cattlemen through droughts

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Self-help scheme for cattle industry similar to superannuation mooted at the drought summit in Canberra, says NT Cattlemen’s Association president Chris Nott (pictured). Report by ERWIN CHLANDA. FULL STORY »

NT fracking emissions will cost billions to offset

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To offset these emissions would require the equivalent of closing virtually all of Victoria’s coal power stations, writes Mark Ogge, Principal Adviser at The Australia Institute. FULL STORY »

Gay fest for Alice: Priscilla comes back

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Organisers hope to leverage off the high international visitation to the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, planning their festival to follow hot on its heels. More than half of these visitors extend their trip in Australia, at present mostly going to Queensland; Alice Springs could capture a slice of that market, they say. KIERAN FINNANE reports. Photo: Still from a promotional video for Broken Hill’s Queen of the Desert Festival. FULL STORY »

One-hour community consultation on Albrecht Oval lights

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Its conclusions amounted to a few sentences on a single page for a proposal that will put into the oval four light towers, 34.5 metres high, each at 750 Lux  – 250 Lux brighter than the lights at Anzac Oval.  Local residents are irate. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Kids behind razor wire, rural land misuse, gallery fiasco & more

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Kids who “should not be behind bars” are behind towers of razor wire. The battle against creeping industrialisation of rural residential land goes on. And are the Aboriginal art gallery, the Aboriginal cultural centre and the new Youth Detention Centre all going to be in the Desert Knowledge Precinct? It’s all in a days work for Namatjira MLA Chansey Paech (pictured). Report by ERWIN CHLANDA. FULL STORY »

Coles Aboriginal employment promotion hits the spot

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43 people attend information sessions during the week after a lively promotion of careers for Aborigines last Saturday. Clontarf’s Aloysius Hayes (pictured) gave a hand with the BBQ. Report by ERWIN CHLANDA. FULL STORY »

Wet spring for The Centre – but it’s hot!

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Wet spring for Centre – but it’s hot! IMAGE from Bureau of Metereology, cloud and rain at 4.45pm Monday. Alice Springs airport in the middle; Glen Helen in the west. FULL STORY »

Rest and Reflection

Welcome to the Rest and Reflection period of the year in the Alice Springs News Online. We’ll keep up with the major news but our focus, till the end of January, will be on comment pieces from thoughtful locals, celebrating our town’s strengths and proposing remedies for its weaknesses.

Keep your readers’ comments coming. We moderate them several times a day. FULL STORY »

Police attacked by 17-year-old

Youth being arrested grabs police officer’s gun belt, according to a Police media release. FULL STORY »

Vowles should lead govt. on ‘all important matters’ – Melky

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Cr Eli Melky (at right) reject’s the Chief Minister’s attack on the Town Council over art gallery issues, and claims Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ken Vowles (at left) should be involved in that and other issues. FULL STORY »

Police looking for escaped prisoner

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Prisoner Abel Pareroultja (pictured) absconds from work program, police say. FULL STORY »

If you can climb Mt Everest and in Yosemite, why not Uluru?

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If deaths at Uluru are a logical reason for closing its climb, should the road toll lead to banning driving, asks Alex Nelson. FULL STORY »

Phone scammers get smarter

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Online third-party technologies are used to spoof their outbound Caller ID, says the Australian Taxation Office, whose staff are being impersonated by fraudsters. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Listen to audio at FULL STORY »

Aboriginal gallery is bound to have a stone wall

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Chief Minister Michael Gunner lambasts the Alice Springs Town Council instead of giving straight answers to questions in Parliament from Robyn Lambley on compulsory acquisition. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: The northern half of Anzac Oval. FULL STORY »

Former gallery advisor scathing about its planners

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“I just don’t feel the people on this project know what they are doing,” says Michael Lynch (pictured) a veteran arts administrator and CEO of major cultural institutions in Australia, the UK and Hong Kong. EXCLUSIVE by ERWIN CHLANDA. FULL STORY »

Alice children’s project gets $5m+ from Feds

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The unique, long-term project, called Children’s Ground, works to surround children with safe, loving and trauma-free environments, based on a strong cultural foundation. FULL STORY »

Anzac Oval compulsory acquisition would be a first

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“There are no known records of NT Government compulsory acquisition of land owned by a NT Local Government Authority,” MLA for Araluen Robyn Lambley (at left) is told. The government would need to provide “just terms compensation”, says Town Council CEO Rex Mooney (at right).  ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Boundless Arrogance, says Opposition

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Gary Higgins (at left) and Lia Finocchiaro (at right) thunder about Government failures ranging from juvenile delinquency to population decline and the alcohol floor price. FULL STORY »

Aboriginal gallery: rushed business case yet immediate start?

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Some Open Questions to Tourism Central Australia, whose chairperson Dale McIver (pictured) is clamouring for an immediate start to the National Aboriginal Art Gallery. It will cost the taxpayer at least $50m and some estimate up to $500m, not including operational costs. A national accountancy firm was given just five weeks to draw up a  “Comprehensive” Business Case.  ERWIN CHLANDA puts questions to Ms McIver and the government and gets no answers.

 

UPDATE 10.08am December 4: Statement from Dr Crees; editor’s note about deadlines in the tender documents. FULL STORY »

Centre’s women top Senior Territorian portrait award

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Central Australian women, artist and subject, are the People’s Choice winner of the Portrait of a Senior Territorian. They are painter Julia Mayman, for a portrait of Daphne Puntjina, titled Proud Land. FULL STORY »

Cattlemen get their day in court over live export ban

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“It was not just the farmers that endured losses – it was contractors, employees and local communities that were devastated by the Government’s ban,” says NT Cattlemen’s Association former CEO and facilitator of the class action, Tracey Hayes (pictured), in a media statement. FULL STORY »

Snooping bureaucrats, clinics for Aborigines only

Local woman who fought for freedom in Europe and Africa asks why do we still have apartheid in Australia. FULL STORY »

Remove religious exemption, says COGSO

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There is no good faith in exempting religious schools and allowing them to refuse enrolment, expel students or sack school staff based on their sexuality, writes Tabby Fudge, (pictured) President of the Northern Territory Council of Government School Organisations. FULL STORY »

Red Centre NATS crowd numbers spin exposed

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The NT Government says more than 15,000 people went “through the gates” during the Red Centre NATS in Alice Springs this year. But only 6100 tickets were sold. ERWIN CHLANDA investigates. FULL STORY »

Change at the helm of the Central Land Council

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A senior Federal public servant, Joe Martin-Jard (pictured) will become the chief executive officer of the Central Land Council. FULL STORY »

Warm, candid telling of a long-lived life

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“While Margaret’s story shares an intensity of incident I’ve heard from others of her generation, never have I been gripped in literary form by such warmth and candour about what such events have meant to an individual,” writes ROD MOSS of the recently published autobiography of Margaret Heffernan. FULL STORY »

Happy Birthday, Auntie, and good luck for the next 70.

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The lady helping to bring Alice to its people and the world has turned 70. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Local ABC Chief of Staff Rick Hind with the birthday cake. At left, taking a photo, is Ren Kelly, who has a long-time connection with Radio 8HA / SUN FM. Stewart Brash is in the centre, broadcasting live. Dave Crowe provided music for the birthday party. FULL STORY »

It’s the economy, stupid (NT style)

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1 Territory likes its chances as Michael Gunner’s ballooning deficit and hapless policies such as the alcohol floor price mirror the Adam Giles fiasco. ERWIN CHLANDA speaks with the party’s vice-president, Sue Fraser Adams (pictured). FULL STORY »

1 Territory too fixed on opposition to fracking: Lambley

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They want to form a new political party to “make the Territory great again” says Independent MLA Robyn Lambley (at left). She has teamed up with Terry Mills (at right). ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

The spin-off could be greater than the actual Parrtjima

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Pick the best out of Parrtjima – four of its “spaces” – and instal them in the CBD, not for seven days a year, but 365. COMMENT by ERWIN CHLANDA. FULL STORY »

80% of seniors want “return to legalised assisted dying”

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Ms Shearer says 82% of seniors feel very safe or relatively safe in their communities, survey finds. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: COTA CEO Sue Shearer. FULL STORY »

Street art: life cycle of the Yeperenye in giant mural

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A stunning mural, celebrating the life cycle of the Yeperenye caterpillar, one of the sacred totems of Mparntwe, is unfolding on the long blank wall of the Yeperenye Shopping Centre. FULL STORY »

Parliamentary committee endorses a First Nations Voice

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In its final report to the Australian Parliament, the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples has endorsed the central proposal made in the Uluru Statement from the Heart. FULL STORY »

Planning an Aboriginal art centre without Aboriginal people

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Doris Stuart and Harold Furber (pictured), two prominent Arrernte elders, let fly at the members of the Town Council last night, minutes before their sensational condemnation of the NT Government’s “preferred” Anzac Oval site for the Aboriginal art gallery. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

No cops, no clinics

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The withdrawal of police from bush communities is leading to the closure of health clinics because they cannot comply with occupational health and safety laws, says AMSANT. Remote Haasts Bluff is one of the areas affected (Google Earth photo). FULL STORY »

The stubby, the bottle and the floor price

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The latest alcohol initiative seems safe from being in conflict with the Australian Constitution’s requirement for trade between states to be “absolutely free”. However, beer sellers may gain an illegal advantage from the sharply increased cost of cheap wines from interstate under the floor price law which came into effect in the NT this month. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Safeguarding the Space for ground-up cultural expression

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And why we should push back at top-down approaches of successive NT governments and their agencies, responding to economic drivers. KIERAN FINNANE reflects on the year not quite passed. FULL STORY »

Find out here whether you’re in the Melbourne Cup

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Be in the sweep to win it, says the Rotary Club of Alice Springs, promoting its major charity for the education of young locals. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Distant government, frustrated council and community

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Government plans “exclusive of any meaningful consultation with the community affected by the proposal.” As the year draws to a close these words summed up the local political picture: a distant government holding the purse strings, calling the shots and seemingly incapable of either listening to or communicating frankly with the people and their local representatives. KIERAN FINNANE reports from last night’s council meeting.

Updated 11.42 am, 28 November 2018, Minister’s reply. FULL STORY »

Mayoral temper flares over accountability

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Should councillors’ assets remain secret? The council thinks so. Yet the assets of Federal Parliamentarians are online for all to see. Damien Ryan (pictured) claims his income has been misrepresented. He speaks with ERWIN CHLANDA also about flood mitigation, the gallery, and the council’s apparently limited aspirations to be heard by the NT Government. FULL STORY »

Business index shows NT to be least confident

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Small and medium business confidence second lowest for all times. Worst was the NT in March, writes Opposition Leader Gary Higgins. FULL STORY »

Birth registrations Bill: How many genders are there?

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“Changing any information on a birth certificate means it is not a true and accurate record of a birth, and by literal definition is not a birth certificate,” writes Robyn Lambley, Independent Member for Araluen. FULL STORY »

Reverse discrimination: Views differ in the NT and the US

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Affirmative action in the US remains hotly debated while over here the one-sided allocation of public money is done without hesitation. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: Protesters at a demonstration against Harvard University’s admissions process. Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg/Getty Images. FULL STORY »

Voice to Parliament: Scandinavia can do it, why not Australia?

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As Australia waits for the release of the latest report on constitutional recognition for First Australians, we hear from NIKLAS LABBA on the development of Sámi parliaments in Norway, Sweden, and Finland, a history that is already six decades old. The Sámi people are the Indigenous people of Sápmi in northern Scandinavia. Mr Labba grew up in a Sámi reindeer herding family and is now Academic Director of the Centre for Sámi Studies at the University of Tromsø – Artic University of Norway. FULL STORY »

November rain double the average already

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And more to come. The good news is that many of the waterholes are full, including this one in the Todd, just upstream from the Telegraph Station. FULL STORY »

Proposal to end the code of conduct charade

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Complaints must first be made to the relevant council: Proposed changes to the Local Government Act. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: The 13th Council during its inauguration in 2017: The smiles faded this year over code of conduct allegations. FULL STORY »

Now $90m earmarked for Aboriginal gallery

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UPDATE: Minister Moss provided a statement at 5.17pm, explaining the role of the two galleries. FULL STORY »

Code of conduct allegations ‘vexatious, frivolous’ – councillor

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Councillor Jimmy Cocking (pictured) is speaking out about a code of conduct process on which there are finally some findings. It dates back to an event in January this year, has been conducted in secrecy, into allegations not publicly disclosed, made by a person still unknown and investigated by a government appointed committee whose membership has been kept secret. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

UPDATE 5.28pm: Department answers questions from the Alice Springs News Online – well, some of them. FULL STORY »

Scholarships of up to $60,000 for Aboriginal students

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$15,000 a year for “Aboriginal Territorians who want to pursue a career in education” announced by Minister for Education Selena Uibo (pictured) this morning. FULL STORY »

Government to spend $67m on youth database

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The NT Government is spending nearly $67m on a “Client Management System Alignment program … providing a 360 degree view of a child”. That is $33,333 per child, using number of children, 2007, whose families received family support casework services in 2026-17. Meanwhile social media posts reflect public frustration. Report by ERWIN CHLANDA. FULL STORY »

Top committee grapples with tourism development in the North

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More than 17 million tourists visiting Northern Australia in 2014/15 and spending 10 billion dollars is a fact that could be expected to send the pulse rate up a notch or two. But despite its stirring title, “Northern Horizons – Unleashing Our Tourism Potential”, the Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Northern Australia report, at least judging by its chapter six, is short on excitement, specific initiatives and detail that could further crank up the industry. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Go north, young man

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Just 5% of Australia’s population living in the top half the nation’s land mass are producing 60% of its exports. ERWIN CHLANDA reports from a Northern Australia Development and Trade presentation this morning. FULL STORY »

Questions raised about Alice kids in Don Dale during riot

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10 Alice Springs children were in Don Dale during the riot. Had procedures been followed in their transfer from Alice Springs? ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: ABC TV News Darwin.

UPDATE 2:30pm November 13: Statement from Territory Families.

UPDATE November 17: Comment from youth worker. FULL STORY »

Deputy Mayor Paterson: Don’t stop now!

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Gullies, creekbed and scrub – the Alice Springs Town Council should be strutting its stuff. COMMENT by ERWIN CHLANDA FULL STORY »

Air traffic: Looking down on Alice

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Qantas flights: What’s good for The Rock is less than half as good for The Alice. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

UPDATE Nov 15 Member for Lingiari Warren Snowdon says changes to the Qantas and Jetstar network are at the expense of Territorians in Central Australia.

  FULL STORY »

Syphilis outbreak: More resources needed

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The current combined action of governments and the community controlled sector must be supported by sufficient resources to end this longstanding and damaging outbreak, says the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance. Image: Lesions of secondary syphilis on tongue. FULL STORY »

Boomerang Fred’s long distance love affair with The Centre

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Austrian optometrist Alfred Pruckner has just made another holiday visit to The Centre, the most recent ones with his wife Erika after getting married a few years ago. Is he The Centre’s most experienced and passionate ambassador in Europe? ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Discussions are nice but actions are needed

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What we really need is to end emissions from fossil fuels, get to zero net emissions within 12 years and go 100% renewable, writes Hayley Michener, from Repower Alice Springs. Photo by Thomas Hafeneth on Unsplash. FULL STORY »

More government handouts for alcohol traders

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The Alcohol Secure Grants Program provide grants “to create a physical barrier to liquor supplies [including] security windows and doors, internal and external roller doors,” says Police Minister Nicole Manison. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Police Auxiliary Liquor Inspector Sam Joseph outside an Alice Springs bottle shop. FULL STORY »

Coles Mural: Government, Heritage Council fall silent

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Minster Lauren Moss has the legal power to overrule the Heritage Council (and she did), but does she have the moral right? This is one of the questions asked in a lively debate in the Alice Springs News Online that fell on deaf ears. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: Coop’s Shot Tower in Melbourne – an example of how other jurisdictions celebrate their heritage. FULL STORY »