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“Dr Ongo”: Thank you! I know at least five of them. I will speak with them, and I will report the results. I will also seek your advice.
ERWIN CHLANDA, Editor

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A bridge too far? A tunnel may be the answer.
Hi Domenico: No confusion here. As you seem to be pointing out, community leaders proposing “viable options, each backed up with factual data” are pretty thin on the ground. To wait for them to spring into action is silly, and complaining if they don’t is a waste of time.
The initiatives need to come from the people, whom the politicians are meant to be serving, by doing as they are told.
The Alice Springs News Online is far from presenting a “solution”. We are presenting facts from authoritative sources and background from our story archive.
As you can see, a discussion has started, with further contributions of fact, as a result of which consultation can occur – from the people to the pollies, not the other way round.
The government imposed “preferred solution” elsewhere has just taken a big hiding, as we all have seen.
By the way, if you can name an Aboriginal spokesperson with unchallenged authority on the subject, please let us know.
ERWIN CHLANDA, Editor


A bridge too far? A tunnel may be the answer.
Hi Domenico: “Serious community consultation?” You are taking part in it right now, right here.
The Alice Springs News Online is now in its 26th year. We’ve published 17,242 readers’ comments since July 29, 2011, each of them moderated to ensure decorum, and giving a voice to the broad spectrum of opinion in our community. This is not counting Letters to the Editor nor frequent comment pieces by guest writers.
We reach an average of 18,000 readers (see the regularly updated web traffic boxes on every page). AND we’re locally owned.
ERWIN CHLANDA, Editor


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@ Dr George Toepfer: The opposite is true. Our online newspaper is putting people in the outback on par with the rest of the world.
Most remote communities now have mobile phone and online service and as such they have access to the Alice Springs News at a level that could never be imagined with printed papers.
I am speaking with first-hand experience: For the first 15 of our 26 years in publication the best we could do was to send bundles of papers to the bush stores, with significant delays and little certainty that they would be displayed and picked up by shoppers. (In town we provided home delivery.)
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