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Gallery: no deal yet on land swap

 

 

Its “many complexities and options” are taking time to explore, says council CEO. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Govt accused of unfair competition

 

 

The NT Government has rekindled a long running dispute about Blatherskite Park competing unfairly against privately owned caravan parks. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Council: Jacinta Price refuses to bury the hatchet


 
Crs Jimmy Cocking and Catherine Satour have asked for an apology for the variously frivolous, vexatious or misleading complaints made against them, but it’s clear they won’t be getting one. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Is Beetaloo worth fracking? Study raises doubts.

 

 

High-level review by EnergyQuest: “While many more wells will be needed before a development decision can be made, the Origin and Santos wells, in 2019, will go a long way to establishing whether the hype about the Beetaloo is justified.” ERWIN CHLANDA reports. MAP Australian Energy Council. FULL STORY »

Alice turns Queen tribute into giant karaoke

 

 

When star Freddie Mercury lost his voice the Alice Springs audience didn’t complain. It took over. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo EMMA TODD. FULL STORY »

Living on little for a week, to make a point for the world

 

Joel Pillay joined the Ration Challenge, living on a box of food such as it is given to refugees in the Middle East, “to spread awareness within our community of the less fortunate in Syria”. AT RIGHT: Mr Pillay and partner Victoria Mafambane. AT LEFT: Part of the rations. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Albrecht Oval lights: fight not over yet


 
The suggestion that dense vegetation around the oval would screen out the feared light and noise impacts of the project is “preposterous”, says one determined opponent. Council nonetheless voted to go ahead.  KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

‘Schools must not be hit in Budget repair’

 

 

We understand the Northern Territory is facing a challenging set of circumstances. However, actions taken by government to achieve savings must never be at the expense of our children’s education, writes Tabby Fudge (pictured), President, Northern Territory Council of Government School Organisations. FULL STORY »

Intervention still the main concern

 

 

The ongoing loss of community control, pressure to sign over land, humiliating and discriminatory income management, increased removal of children from families, excessive policing and over-incarceration mark 12 years of the Northern Territory Intervention, writes Georgina Gartland. Professor Jon Altman, of the School of Regulation and Global Governance at the Australian National University, is pictured. FULL STORY »

NT should be the sun, wind powerhouse

 

 

The Northern Territory can create more than $2bn in new annual revenue and over 8,000 new jobs by pursuing a target of 10 gigawatts of renewable energy by 2030, new research by Beyond Zero Emissions has found. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

The cost of booze

 

 

It’s a $60m a year hangover for NT Government. Add to that funding from the Commonwealth to GPs, Aboriginal medical services, counselling and other support. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Aboriginal leader joins Country Party

 

 

Aboriginal leader joins Country Party: Phil Alice is a campaigner for youth initiatives and 25 year veteran with the NT police. An initiative by him in November 2017 to collaborate with the Town Council fell on deaf ears. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

And now “cabinet in confidence”

 

 

What is the government hiding, asks Opposition Leader Gary Higgins (pictured). FULL STORY »

The heavy lifters are those who dropped the bundle

 

 

The Government snipes at the Opposition and Robyn Lambley over pay rises yet they keep them on the shortest of leashes when it comes to providing staff. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: Gunner with lots more staff. FULL STORY »

Tell me what you think about fracking – for $100

 

 

Government fracking consultation by invitation: still, a tremendous level of distrust of the government was obvious, writes Bruce Francais (pictured), from Katherine. FULL STORY »

Quietly lending an ear, or saving a life

 

 

It’s all in a days work for the chaplains in town. Canon BRIAN JEFFRIES writes about people in Alice Springs who perform great deeds without fanfare. PHOTO: Induction last year of Rev’d Rob Weekes as the new Police Fire and Emergency Services chaplain (Southern Command). L to R: Commander Brad Currie, Rev’d Rob Weekes, Assistant Commissioner Michael White. FULL STORY »

Drug charges as large amount of cash confiscated

 

 

A 39-year-old man was arrested and refused bail. FULL STORY »

Art gallery, cultural centre: ‘Another day, another backflip’

 

No cultural Centre, no time frame for the art gallery – bad news from the government in the Estimates Hearings, says MLA for Araluen Robyn Lambley.

 

UPDATE 5.10pm: Minister Moss responds. FULL STORY »

Country Party seeks to stand candidates in all seats

 

 

Policies still on the back burner, but the economy will be a top concern while the government’s pay freeze has its problems, say Ian Britza (pictured) and Eli Melky, the party’s coordinator for in the NT, in a conversation with ERWIN CHLANDA. FULL STORY »

US marines in Darwin could drag Australia into war

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR 

The marines remain within the US Marine Corps chain of command at all times which means that Australia would have no control over the situation, if it suited the interests of the USA to attack a country in our region, writes Kathryn Kelly for IPAN. FULL STORY »

More heat over Albrecht Oval lights, council digs in

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Town Councillors unanimously support going ahead with the light tower project for Albrecht Oval  in face of ongoing vocal opposition from some local residents. KIERAN FINNANE reports. Pictured: View to the west taken by a drone-mounted camera above the oval at the height of the proposed towers. Photo supplied.

  FULL STORY »

Mating odour to catch feral cats

 

 

Authorities are failing to use the obvious in controlling wild introduced species, writes Trevor Shiell, of Alice Springs. FULL STORY »

Say no to no go, urge anti-frackers

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Territorians should defend their water and reject the NT Government’s planned no-go zone fracking maps, which place communities, high-value farmland and important cultural and ecological sites at risk, writes Graeme Sawyer, Protect Country Alliance spokesperson. FULL STORY »

Three town councillors in Country Party push

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Eli Melky (at right), Marli Banks and Catherine Satour team up with former WA parliamentarian in new right-of-centre movement. FULL STORY »

Making new tools for living 

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Almost a whole generation of younger men in the Western Desert have not been ‘given’ cultural knowledge due to substance use and criminal incarceration. They want to learn and the elders want to teach.  The Men’s Tjilirra Movement supports this important answer to intergenerational trauma.  PAMELA NATHAN with JAMIE MILLIER TJUPURRULA  write about this unique cultural healing program. FULL STORY »

Larapinta section 7 being moved north of range

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New shelters for Ellery (at right), Ormiston and Redbank, writes Lauren Moss, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Culture (pictured). FULL STORY »

Stem tide of waste with craft and imagination

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It’s that time of year again, when Alice audiences are treated to the product of many hours of careful craft and myriad moments of imaginative inspiration, when a piece of wood takes flight as a mythical bird, when an old blanket transforms into an elegant suit. KIERAN FINNANE  previews. FULL STORY »

Alice to get first Aboriginal owned earth ground station

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It will be in the Heath Road complex of the Centre for Appropriate Technology. It will be built and owned by the Aboriginal not-for-profit science and technology company, according a media release this morning. FULL STORY »

Finke story: The front and the back of the field

2642 Finke Toby Price SM2642 Finke Jack Rhodes 1 SM“You’ve got the pros and the people with budget, the guys out there who want to win it. And then you’ve got the guys who want to just finish it.” ERWIN CHLANDA speaks with the TV reporters who were fighting their own battles with the nation’s biggest desert race. At left: Toby Price during his record run south on Sunday. His truck broke down yesterday. At right: Jack Rhodes and David Pullino airborne in their race to victory.   FULL STORY »

No use of real-time monitoring during shooting rampage

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The surveillance bracelet worn by the alleged shooter, Benjamin Glenn Hoffmann, who killed four people in Darwin on Tuesday, provides real-time monitoring of the wearer’s location, but no use was made of that capability during his hour-long rampage. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo Commissioner for Corrections, Scott McNairn.

 

UPDATE June 7, 4.08pm FULL STORY »

Grog stats: No independent review

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Claimed decreases in alcohol related assaults are based on government information: The massive size of the published drops suggests that they should be verified by independent reviews. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: PHOTO: In 1990, the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress purchased a food outlet and an attached takeaway liquor licence, and allowed the licence to lapse immediately, pouring out booze in Gap Road. FULL STORY »

Ted Egan: Forget splitting hairs, counting drops of blood.

2640 Ted Egan 2 SM2640 Jones book woman SMAny person who can establish genetic link to Australia in 1787 may be acknowledged, honoured and respected, by official recognition as a First Australian. I make some hopefully positive suggestions on semantic issues, as the nation looks for positive ways to “close the gap”. It is a chasm. We certainly need to be thinking big, to allow meaningful interpretation of our history, going back centuries in reflection. By TED EGAN (at left). Young Arrernte woman at Alice Springs Telegraph Station, ca. 1895. FULL STORY »

Liquor laws may force convenience stores to close

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A cap on sales of alcohol at 25% of store turnover proposed for next year could have no impact on the total alcohol sales in Alice Springs, but would channel more trade to Woolworths and Coles. By ERWIN CHLANDA. FULL STORY »

$10m upgrade instead of new youth detention centre

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Public opposition to the proposed siting of a new youth detention centre was a factor in the government decision not to build it, but $10m will be spent on expanding the current facility next to the adult prison, Families Minister Dale Wakefield announced today. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Cops at bottle shops: expensive bluff?

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How much does the Point of Sale Intervention – cops at bottleshops – rely on bluff? Is it working? Or is whatever gain it  produces offset by the harm done to our community by the racial profiling of which there is ample anecdotal evidence. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »