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Perception of Mayor’s conflict of interest becomes issue


Cracks are beginning to show between Mayor Damien Ryan, now also a CLP candidate, and Labor front bencher Dale Wakefield, when cooperation between local and Territory governments appear vital to get a handle on youth crime and the national Aboriginal art gallery. Ms Wakefield was facing media yesterday with Dan Falzon, from the Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre, announcing interstate schools can apply for $3,000 towards the cost of a trip to the NT as part of the government’s $2m Immediate Tourism Resilience Plan. FULL STORY »

Housing plunge to continue, says industry leader



A further fall is forecast for the current financial year, before the industry starts to recover by 17% in 2020/21, according to HIA. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Totem Theatre makes plans for its second half century



The vision is for the iconic stage to host “a dynamic Central Australian performing arts scene where local skills and creativity thrive”. JULIUS DENNIS reports. PHOTO: Pink Ladies. FULL STORY »

Gallery opponents, grandstand friends



The opening of the Albrecht Oval grandstand this morning was an unlikely occasion to gain some clarity of the process – or lack of it – to find a place for the national Aboriginal art gallery. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Camel Cup called off


Apex hopes it will be back next year. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Productivity Commission wants to axe concessions in bush

Zone Tax Offset as well as employer provided housing concessions should go, says the commission, potentially hitting people including emergency and medical personal permanently stationed in remote communities.. MICHAEL TRULL reports.


UPDATE February 27, 3.30pm: The Minerals Council of Australia welcomes the news the Morrison Government will not be acting on the recommendations. FULL STORY »

Gunner says fresh talks about gallery at Anzac Hill precinct


Anzac Hill precinct back in talks with the Town Council as the site for the national Aboriginal art gallery, but opposition from traditional owners doesn’t get a mention as the Chief Minister answers a question from MLA for Araluen, Robyn Lambley. PHOTO by Isaac Benz: Part of the site of the Anzac Hill high school, now demolished. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


UPDATE 11.10am: No evidence of consent from traditional owners.

UPDATED 25 February 2020, 9.26am FULL STORY »

Mayor’s perceived conflict of interest: new legal opinion


Taking into account the provisions of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) Act, the advice is for a conservative approach to both actual and perceived conflict of interest. KIERAN FINNANE reports. 


UPDATED 25 February 2020 11.02 am. FULL STORY »

Local passions run high from public morality to human rights


In the public gallery at last night’s Town Council meeting, some were concerned about the upcoming rainbow FABAlice Festival; others were focussed on the fate of Julian Assange. KIERAN FINNANE reports.  FULL STORY »

CLP candidates: Representing you or their party?



Contact details of preselected candidates such as personal email addresses and mobile phone numbers are are not on the website with CLP spin such as “ecstatic to be selected … excited for the challenge of winning the seat … well and truly aware of the issues facing the people … passionate about giving back to the community.” ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: Araluen candidate, current Mayor Damien Ryan. FULL STORY »

Country Liberals should not feed the rumour mill



The new Opposition Leader’s feverish outburst, calling for the alcohol floor price to be dropped because she had heard from alcohol outlets that people were buying more grog, was ill-advised, writes Dr John Boffa (pictured) of the People’s Alcohol Action Coalition. FULL STORY »

Feds may fund CAAMA even in administration



The National Indigenous Australians Agency “is working closely with CAAMA to ensure the requirements of the funding agreement, including reporting, are met and broadcasting services continue to be delivered,” according to a spokesman for the agency. ERWIN  CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Virtual power plant plans more advanced than council lets on



They are detailed in publicly available information on the Net, yet council is staying mum. Strange when it sounds like a good news story. KIERAN FINNANE reports.  FULL STORY »

Little progress with $64m management system for trouble kids

It will cost $14m more than the government has set aside for the planned national Aboriginal art gallery in Alice Springs. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

‘Selected’ crimes down

A police spokesman’s answer to a request for more details: We can apply for a form and put our questions on that. FULL STORY »

Dujuan’s moving story and its missing pieces


He is bright, thoughtful, rather charismatic, he has a loving Aboriginal family but he is getting into trouble. Does the film that tells his story really get down to why? KIERAN FINNANE reviews In my blood it runs.   FULL STORY »

Film short on answers for trouble in the streets


In My Blood It Runs is propaganda, not a documentary, but a it has a strong message nonetheless: Families must find the solutions because politicians, bureaucrats and NGOs surely won’t, says Elder and collaborator in the movie, William Tilmouth. COMMENT by ERWIN CHLANDA. FULL STORY »

Can Alice Springs crime statistics be trusted?



Contrary to current popular opinion, crime against the person in Alice Springs is not worse than ever before, if you take the NT crime statistics as your guide: But are the base data from the police, unchecked by anyone else, reliable? And why does the categorising of NT police statistics not match with that of the Australian Bureau of Statistics, which means we can’t compare apples with apples? ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Claypans focus on Clean Up Australia Day



No need to register! Just turn up! Bring along your friends, family, neighbours and workmates if you wish, write the Friends of the Ilparpa Claypans. FULL STORY »

Lambley seeks brake on government spending



Private Members Bill seeks special measures if current $7bn government debt is to be exceeded, writes Robyn Lambley Independent Member for Araluen. FULL STORY »

Government pays $800,000 a day in interest


This Labor Government’s fixation on spending money like a kid in a lolly shop is irresponsible, and their red tape preventing private sector investment is killing the economy, writes Opposition Leader Lia Finocchiaro (pictured). FULL STORY »

Council’s ambitious solar plan: 100% of what?




Does the 100% refer to all of the energy going to all council-owned infrastructure? Perhaps not, though the answer is far from clear. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Labor gets fracking, gambling, booze cash: Fraser-Adams



All Johnston candidates put Labor last on the how to vote cards, writes Sue Fraser-Adams, president, Ban Fracking Fix Crime Protect Water Party (at left). Labor pretends it is against fracking, she says. FULL STORY »

‘I saw the bombers’



On February 19, 1942, Father John McGrath, under strafing fire on Bathurst Island, radioed a warning about a large number of aircraft approaching. RAAF operations thought that the aircraft were probably American P-40s so no immediate action was taken. Japanese began bombing Darwin some 20 minutes later. By JOHN P McD SMITH. FULL STORY »

Train hoppers hurt

Rail services in the NT and SA were delayed for four hours as youths jump from moving train. FULL STORY »

Anger with out-of-control kids: council needs to step up


Cr Glen Auricht is “fearful that these children are going to be injured by angry people”, that “these kids would be killed”. Cooler heads on council want to act on a resolution of 2017, and meanwhile CCTV proliferates (photo) and the problems remain. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Locked in senior: Daughter speaks out



Lisa Wilson, the daughter of Alan Viegas, has sent to the Alice Springs News an image containing two photos of her father (at left). Mr Viegas as pictured by the News last week (at right). ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Cr Auricht: All the way with USA on fate of Assange



Debate on the matter is “in real conflict with our community” because we have “a very large American contingent in town”, argues Councillor Glen Auricht. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Lambley: Gunner Government gives away $5m youth camp



The Gunner Government has decided to give away to the Aboriginal owners of Loves Creek, near Ross River, east of Alice Springs, $5m worth of infrastructure and equipment from the only government owned boot camp in the NT, writes Robyn Lambley, Independent Member for Araluen. Photo: Management of the camp had its challenges. FULL STORY »

Yirara College: Just seven laptops for up to 30 students



Teacher resigns over inadequate IT equipment for Yirara College students. “While I lobbied in vain for the most basic classroom student computers, Yirara bought a high-tech plug-and-ray laser engraver (pictured) that reportedly cost close to $25,000,” writes teacher Ralph Folds. Principal Chris England responds. FULL STORY »

NT Greens say free Assange

The NT Greens condemn the continuing persecution of Wikileaks’ publisher Julian Assange by the US, British and Australian governments, a fundamental attack on all democratic rights, writes Jasmyn Sheppard, Convenor of the NT Greens. FULL STORY »

Uranium in water at three times the safe level: Claim



Drinking water containing uranium at the rate of up to three times the safe level is used in several Central Australian communities, according to the environmental group, Friends of the Earth Australia. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Transport Hall manager takes Liz Martin to court



The NT Government appointed manager of the National Transport Hall of Fame is taking to court Liz Martin, the co-founder of the iconic tourist attraction and for decades its driving force. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Volunteers are pictured on Liz Martin’s Facebook site. FULL STORY »