Tag Archives: NT Government

New spin on Red CentreNATS crowd figures

The government’s Major Events company, which sponsors the event, will not declare the number of people attending. Last time they were caught out by a question in the Assembly from Independent Member for Araluen, Robyn Lambley. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. 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 »

Santa Teresa wins housing class action against NT Government

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Some 70 residents of Santa Teresa (pictured) have a win as the Administrative Tribunal finds the NT Government is obliged to provide habitable housing in remote communities and has pursued tenants over “dodgy debts” of over a million dollars.

 

UPDATE Feb 28: Statement by Housing Minister Gerry McCarthy.

 

UPDATE 4.10pm February 28 Rent agreement across the NT likely to be invalid “not with the paper they are written on”. FULL STORY »

West MacDonnells blaze: sorrow and questions

2602 West Macs fire staircase 15 before SM2602 West Macs fire staircase 4 after SM“An inch of rain and we’ll be right again,” said a man in Ormiston Gorge on Sunday where people had been evacuated and assets saved at the last moment from the firestorm last month. But Dr Fiona Walsh, who’s lived and worked in The Centre as a desert ecologist for 25 years, has a more concerned take on the disaster. Meanwhile the government is continuing to withhold information about the fire management plan for the park, and the funding for work that could have contained the blaze. PHOTOS: The Staircase to Heaven, before and after the blaze. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Pine Gap to buy electricity from NT Government

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Power line construction to employ 30 for 12 months, writes Tim Duignan, Territory Generation Chief Executive Officer (pictured). FULL STORY »

Preaching ‘treading carefully’ then sending in the bulldozers

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Kilgariff expansion, the spin: “Natural ground cover is preserved wherever possible and disturbance of land not directly required for development is avoided.” The fact: Dozens of hectares graded barren. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Gallery: Council did not say boo

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The Mayor and seven of the eight elected Town Council members met with the government over the Anzac Oval issue but did not make it clear that a decisive public poll had ruled out the use of the Anzac Precinct. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO from one of the government’s brochures promoting the government’s “Anzac Precinct” proposal. FULL STORY »

Prof Gerritsen: We got it wrong from the start

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“We need to start thinking about fundamentals. Are we locked into a path where we can’t really change and we can’t see the alternatives?” asks the town’s top academic, CDU Professor Rolf Gerritsen. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Barry Abbott (with microphone) and leading Aboriginal people at a protest about the Whitegate camp at the eastern edge of Alice Springs. FULL STORY »

Onshore gas not the solution Tennant Creek had hoped for

Prime Minister and NT Government turn back on Tennant Creek community, writes Jesse Hancock from the Frack Free NT Alliance. FULL STORY »

Pilot academy: Alice tipped to be in top three

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A great pitch by Alice airport, CDU and NT Government, and superb weather for flying, may land a big prize for the town. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. At right: David Batic, general manager of Northern Territory Airports Pty Ltd. At left: Eddie Connellan, founder of Connair. FULL STORY »