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Youth crime: compassion alone is no solution

 

If the already dangerously complex issues of youth offending can be fairly dealt by leaving out half the facts, then Alice Springs youth lawyer Sophie Trevitt (pictured at left at a public meeting on youth issues) has done a fine job with her opinion piece in yesterday’s The Guardian. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Stuart Highway trek maintains its allure after decades

 

I’ve been travelling the Stuart Highway between Alice and Adelaide for decades and I never tire of it, writes KIERAN FINNANE.

 

UPDATE August 21: Fuel price gouging by Erldunda Roadhouse. FULL STORY »

Bottle shop cops need to be brought into line: local chain

 

 

“People who are going about their lawful business are being interrogated and harassed when there is no evidence that an offence has been or is about to be committed. Some of the examples would astound you,” writes Peter Holden, Chair, Lhere Artepe Supermarkets. FULL STORY »

National gallery business case still not public

A year in the making it is still under wraps as the government is pushing the Town Council to agree to a land swap. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

New booze law: Nanny state, needs testing, it’s just great.

 

 

Life is getting even harder for the locally owned liquor stores in the brave new world of booze control, ushered in by last night’s Liquor Bill 2019, with the support of the Opposition. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Gunner Government ‘droving’ away investment

 

 

Opening up cattle station land to non-pastoral uses may be slowed down by a new veto right for Aboriginal native title holders, writes Ashley Manicaros, CEO, NT Cattlemen’s Association (pictured). FULL STORY »

‘Disgust’ at site choices for youth detention facilities

 

 

Both the Alice Springs and Darwin “juvies” are too far out of town, have no public transport and a very negative message by being next-door to the main gaols: “You can look forward to a future path into the adult prison system,” is the message for the the young offenders, according to the Aboriginal Peak Organisations. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Another great river tree goes up in flames

 

 

The third large old tree was damaged or destroyed by fire in the bed of the Todd River adjacent to the CBD that I’ve noticed this season, writes historian ALEX NELSON. FULL STORY »

Locally produced hemp could replace plastic

 

 

… but have we blown our chance – again – asks Trevor Shiell. FULL STORY »

The ups and downs of high rise in Alice Springs

 

 

As ALEX NELSON chronicles the quest for high rise buildings in Alice Springs – mostly unsuccessful – he discovers that the height of the structures were in indirect proportion to the national and even global economies. FULL STORY »

Lambley, CLP oppose youth justice Bill, major lobbies mum

 

Araluen Independent Robyn Lambley (at left) says the usual suspects commented on the Bill but the Social Policy Scrutiny Committee, of which she is a member, should have “actively sought feedback from a broader and more balanced range of Territorians”. However, the committees are open to anyone wishing to make submissions, are live-streamed and advertised in advance. At right: Lia Finocchiaro. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Cold morning, warm hearts at the Old Timers Fete

 

Knitted garments from far away Uniting Church parishioners sold briskly on a cool Old Timers Fete morning as goods donated by businesses were won at the chocolate wheel. FULL STORY »

Invasive buffel grass soon part of international focus

 

CDU ecologist Ellen Ryan-Colton, who has been researching the cultural and environmental effects of the introduced buffel grass in the APY Lands of northern South Australia,  will participate in a UN-sponsored global assessment on invasive alien species and control. FULL STORY »

Gunner goofs: No council ‘decisions’ on gallery site

 

 

“Who is the Chief Minister talking to,” asks Cr Marli Banks (pictured in the centre of the photo) who says, contrary to his assertion, there is no formal decision on the civic centre swap. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Massive illegal dumping will test the EPA

 

News reader discovers trash dumped illegally in large area and says it’s just the tip of the iceberg. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

UPDATE Aug 11. FULL STORY »

McConnell ‘highly likely’ to run for Braitling

 

Scott McConnell (pictured), the current Member for Stuart, blames his former Labor colleague Dale Wakefield for “derailing” the National Indigenous Art Gallery and the Chief Minister for selling short the regions and Alice Springs. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Lambley: Another government backflip?

 

 

Promised multi storey car par at the hospital seems in doubt, writes Robyn Lambley (pictured), Independent Member for Araluen. FULL STORY »

Policing is still just a numbers game

Stone throwing triggers new debate about law and order, but it’s a same-same debate, with parental responsibility still not getting much of a mention, nor is the view of serious commentators that not police but society much reduce crime. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. At left: NT Police Association president Paul McCue. FULL STORY »

Transport Hall co-founder lashes out at government take-over

 

“The hypocrisy of sacking board members because they weren’t NT residents and then appointing interstate managers is just breathtaking,” says Lindsay Johannsen (at right) whose family has had a major role in the Territory transport industry for more than 100 years. At left: The Johannsen’s Bertha, the crowning exhibit at the National Road Transport Hall of Fame, crossing the Georgina River near Urandangie. FULL STORY »

Australian pathway through Pine Gap to nuclear ban treaty 


 
‘A careful examination of precisely what Pine Gap does shows there is a viable pathway in the most important of its nuclear-related activities for Australia to become compliant with the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, without necessarily disrupting its alliance with the United States,’ writes RICHARD TANTER. The Alice Springs News publishes this piece on Hiroshima Day, remembering the catastrophe of the first atomic bomb dropped on that Japanese city on 6 August 1945. FULL STORY »

Nuke power way to zero emissions, or a solar shortcut?

With 30% of the world’s known uranium reserves – many of them in The Centre – and as the third largest uranium producer, Australia will be critical to helping the world meet its need for electricity while also reducing emissions, says Tania Constable (pictured), CEO, Minerals Council of Australia. At the same time, the company Sun Cable is gearing up for a $2bn solar farm project near Tennant Creek, transmitting to Singapore 15% of that country’s electricity demand, all created by what the NT has in abundance: Land and sunshine. FULL STORY »

Alice vs The Rock, at a glance

 

 

Tourist spend: The gap continues to widen. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Hall of Fame has to pay for manager the government appointed

 

 

The public servant doing the appointing is also the author of the soy sauce fiasco. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Call to exempt principals from pay freeze

 

 

Education organisations want school principals exempted from the public service pay freeze – a Gunner budget repair measure – because of ramifications recruitment, retention and morale, and the knock on effect this will have on schools and students, write Britany Roestenburg, Tabby Fudge (pictured) and Jarvis Ryan, representing NTPA NT, COGSO and AEU NT. FULL STORY »

Despite clear leads, no-one was punished for making this mess

 

 

It was an opportunity to make an example of the vandals, prosecute them in open court, name them and shame them. Nothing of that happened. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Soy sauce now only from a bottlo

 

The booze controllers have a new target. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

UPDATE 4.10pm Tuesday July 30 from the Department of the Attorney-General and Justice.

 

UPDATE 6.25am August 2: The Department of the Attorney-General and Justice has announced a backflip late yesterday. FULL STORY »

The Cattle King dies aged 88

 

 

Peter Sherwin is best remembered as Northern Australia’s renowned Cattle King. At one point he was the largest private landowner in the country, with 17 cattle stations accounting for more than one percent of Australia’s total land mass. Obituary by the Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association. FULL STORY »

‘Gunner the Betrayer’

 

 

Member for Katherine Sandra Nelson owns up to having voted for fracking, writes Bruce Francais (pictured), of Katherine. FULL STORY »

Chinese, Singaporian pipeline firm wants Aussie handout

 

 

Jemena is wholly owned by the Chinese and Singaporean Governments – it can absolutely afford to build its profit making gas pipelines without money from Australia, writes Naomi Hogan (pictured), from the Lock the Gate Alliance. FULL STORY »

Transport Hall of Fame reunion a goer: Manager

 

 

Lester Hamilton appointed as general manager, “overwhelming support from the Alice Springs community and members of the RTHS Australia wide,” writes Rosey Batt, statutory manager of the Road Transport Historical Society Inc. FULL STORY »

Why the NT Govt sacked the volunteers managing an icon

 

It’s the National Road Transport Hall of Fame, loved by trucking enthusiasts and managed by the industry’s moguls. It is in a sound financial position and not a burden on the taxpayer; on the contrary, spending millions of dollars in the town for their annual reunions. The government has turned its back on them for years. Now they pretetnd to be the saviours. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Telling the government what to do, nicely

 

If you think being a councillor is hard work, try riding a pushbike from Alice Springs to Melbourne. First-term local government member Matt Paterson did that to raise $20,000 for Starlight Foundation children in 2012. Now he has his work cut our balancing the Three Rs with holding the government accountable. He spoke with editor ERWIN CHLANDA. FULL STORY »

NT at the bottom of the barrel

 

 

New equipment investment in the Territory down 3.5% on a year ago, the trend of economic growth is down 5.4% annually and employment is down 6.6% for the year to end June 2019, writes Opposition Leader Gary Higgins. FULL STORY »

Remembering nuclear past, imagining nuclear-free future


 
Alice Springs locals determined not to forget the devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by American nuclear bombs in 1945 will come together on 6 August on the Flynn Church lawns in Todd Mall. FULL STORY »

Debt-ridden govt wrests control of debt-free Transport Hall

 

The National Transport Hall of Fame is financially sound and has major assets but the Acting Director-General of Licensing Sally Ozolins has appointed a statutory manager to the organisation because it “has not functioned in accordance with the Associations Act 2003 or its Constitution”. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Spying on park visitors: nothing to see here?

 

The NT Department of Tourism, Sport and Culture is in charge of the Kuyunba reserve adjacent to Pine Gap, but the department’s Media Manager says she is unaware visitors are being spied on with a permanently installed and concealed camera, as well as a drone, and tourists are approached by security staff, as several locals are claiming. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. IMAGE from a photographic equipment website. FULL STORY »

Breakthrough funding for Arrernte Living Culture Centre


 
Two and a half years after plans were first taken to Canberra, Akeyulerre Inc will get to build its Arrernte Living Culture Centre on Stuart Terrace, with the Territory Government providing $5 million dollars for the project. FULL STORY »

‘Big Council’ needed in times of trouble


 
Local government needs to be recognised in the Constitution, which would allow council “more opportunities for engaging directly with Federal Government, to make sure the needs of our community are heard in Canberra,” says Cr Jimmy Cocking (pictured, white shirt) in an interview with ERWIN CHLANDA  in his Big Council or Small Council series. FULL STORY »

US military base in Darwin: what risk to NT?


 
The Force Posture Agreement between the governments of the United States and Australia allowing up to 2500 US Marines to be based  in Darwin essentially relocates a major part of the US military forces to the Asia/Pacific area in order to confront and contain China, writes BEVAN RAMSDEN. Is that in Australia and the NT’s interest? FULL STORY »

AFP denies spy encounter, no comment from Defence

 

 

Tourists remain firm that they were questioned by security personnel in the Kuyunba Reserve. The Australian Federal Police says it wasn’t us, and stop asking. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Vital CDU community safety course on hold

 

 

Charles Darwin University says it must wait for the national regulator to issue new qualifications for its Community Night Patrol course, leaving first responders to trouble on communities out in the cold. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Online image by CAAMA. FULL STORY »

Minister Lawler determined to demolish Anzac High

 

Minister for Infrastructure Eva Lawler “did not want to hear what we were saying” about planned demolition of the school, writes Brenda Shields. PHOTO courtesy Alex Nelson.

 

UPDATE August 1: Demolition tender let. FULL STORY »

Federal Police uses drone to spy on tourists

 

AFP officers from Pine Gap demand that tourists tell them what they are doing in a Territory conservation reserve. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

UPDATE July 19, 7:05pm: Responses from the AFP. FULL STORY »

Town under pressure from visitor boom

 

Alice Springs is full, at least for people travelling with caravans and mobile homes, and the overflow is impacting on local beauty spots. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

IAD under external administration

 

 

IAD Press is a noted publishing house. The News is seeking information about how it may be impacted by the current insolvency. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO from the IAD website. FULL STORY »

How many Welcomes to Country is too many?

 

 

It’s no wonder that many citizens in Australia have developed a bad case of ceremonyitis, writes BRUCE FRANCAIS, of Katherine. FULL STORY »

Dumbing down Alice Springs


 
Charles Darwin University (CDU) is holding staff workshops this week to discuss its financial difficulties which are feared may lead to job losses, and possibly already have. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »