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October 3, 2014

Giles: No more Mr Nice Guy on fuel prices



Last week I issued the fuel companies a “please explain” over their behaviour but at yesterday’s fuel price summit they failed to respond adequately. I am no longer asking for an explanation from fuel stakeholders. I am now demanding one through a new Fuel Price Disclosure Bill to be introduced in the next parliamentary sittings, writes Chief Minister Adam Giles.



The power of ‘we’

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“Where do we go from here?” The theme of the just concluded Strehlow Conference may have sounded disarmingly open-ended but its difficulty was soon apparent. That two-letter word ‘we’ could not paper over the cracks between ‘them’ and ‘us’. The ‘us’ more often than not were whitefellas – people of professional expertise – talking about the blackfella ‘them’, until the tables turned. KIERAN FINNANE reports. Pictured: Alison Anderson MLA (left) and Professor Peter Sutton (right). FULL STORY »

Blackfellers buggering around whitefellers, where’s the off button?

p2152-Zoellner-Gerritsen-SMThe answer from two academics to the question posed by the Strehlow Conference, Where to from here? is not what most people would be happy to hear. Rolf Gerritsen says there is no end in sight to the “covert resistance” displayed by Aborigines towards whitefellers’ efforts to Close The Gap. And Don Zoellner suggests the ballooning expenditure for a deliberate policy of fixing social problems though the justice system is driving the Northern Territory towards a financial abyss. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Open letter to Neville Perkins: Mbantua Festival debts are a public issue



The $1.3m grant from the Federal Government to the Mbantua Festival, and the investment in the event by the town’s people, make debts to suppliers more than an issue between the producers and its creditors: It’s a public issue, says Alice Springs News Online in an open letter to director Neville Perkins. FULL STORY »

Town planning: A commission for the people?


Eight storey buildings are now officially on the agenda for Alice Springs, and the government’s newest land management instrumentality is on the same page as one of the town’s most outspoken high-rise opponents, heritage architect Domenico Pecorari. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Mbantua Fest debts matter between company, creditors: Perkins




The money owed by Arrulka Business Aboriginal Corporation to its remaining creditors for the Mbantua Festival is a commercial matter between ABAC and its creditors, which has been and will continue to be addressed, writes Neville Perkins (pictured).



Fact follows fiction



Are you having fun with the ABC’s Utopia, that delightful spoof about an “authority” with the sole purpose of hoodwinking the public into believing its government is doing something useful? Don’t worry if you’ve been watching another channel, because here in the Territory you get the real thing, right under your nose. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


Building height vs economy debate in secret, so far

p2151-Melanka-2Building height limits have long been a hotly debated issue in Alice, and so is the now desperate need for major projects to crank up our economy. Open debate? Don’t hold your breath. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Will the old Melanka site get an eight storey building? FULL STORY »

Community Bank sponsors life saving equipment

We have just put an Automated External Defibrillator at the Traeger Park and hope to soon have one at the turf club as well, writes Bridget May, Director, Alice Springs Community Bank. FULL STORY »

Darwin’s 90 metre building “glass ceiling” may go

Peter Chandler


No Northern Territory law or regulation will limit the height of buildings in Darwin’s CBD if a proposed Planning Scheme Amendment is successfully adopted, writes Peter Chandler, Minister for Lands, Planning and the Environment. FULL STORY »

Attempted car-jackings by youths – Lawrie



Locals are telling me the last few weeks have been particularly bad for youth-related crime and anti-social behaviour in Alice Springs, writes Opposition Leader Delia Lawrie.


Kings Canyon traditional owners ask government to disallow mining




The traditional owners and Aboriginal members of the joint management committee for Watarrka (Kings Canyon) National Park have asked the NT government not to allow oil and gas exploration in one of Australia’s top tourist attractions. FULL STORY »

A life lived at the frontier of enormous change

p2135-Blind-Moses-cover-smp2135-©Mike-Gillam-Peter-LaIn 1876, as a German Lutheran scouting party of three entered Western Arrernte country to explore the Hermannsburg lease where they would set up a mission, a small Arrernte boy was watching. His name was Tjalkabota. He came to embrace the Christian faith and took the name Moses, becoming an evangelist of the new ways. KIERAN FINNANE previews a biography of this important man by Peter Latz. It will be launched on Thursday. FULL STORY »

8 storeys, 600 car parks, builder with Alice roots: Melanka


Eight storeys high, 600 car parks partly underground and built by a Darwin firm that has its roots in Alice Springs: That’s the new Melanka site story, according to reliable sources. It is proposed to be built in tandem with the supreme court building (pictured), a Sitzler project, in Parsons Street, at the former site of the Commonwealth Bank. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


$10m of taxpayers’ money, what’s it doing for us?


Q: What contribution does the convention centre make to our tourist industry? A: That depends on whom you ask.

PHOTO: Tourism NT’s convention advertising on the web – what “culture” might that be? Drinking culture? Oh, that blob in the background is Uluru. Conventions at the Ayers Rock Resort are competing with the Alice Springs Convention Centre. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


Francis Kelly new CLC chairman




Yuendumu elder and film maker Francis Jupurrurla Kelly (pictured) was today elected as the chairman of the Central Land Council. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. See UPDATE 4pm.


Bush community: E. coli scare over



The people in the community of Ampilatwatja have been told to boil their drinking water as many have been struck down with vomiting and diarrhoea, according to a community source. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Water tower at Ampilatwatja.



Price turns back on Whitegate after using it in her election campaign: Lawrie




Opposition Leader, Delia Lawrie, says government frontbencher Bess Price (pictured) “was happy enough to use traditional owners connected to the Whitegate families in her election advertising two years ago, but now she will take no action to ensure these people get the water turned back on and their land tenure issues resolved.” FULL STORY »

Outback Way: $40m in NT over next three years





The NT and Canberra will jointly fund construction of the Outback Way within the Northern Territory to the tune of $40m over thee years, it was announced today by Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss (pictured) and NT Chief Minister Adam Giles. FULL STORY »

Fuel talkfest tightly stage-managed, says Labor


  Yesterday’s fuel price summit was carefully stage-managed event did not allow questions or comments from attendees which prompted audience frustration,  writes Leader of the Opposition Delia Lawrie.


Born here and aged 25, that makes you old enough!




It was an ode to Alice Springs last Saturday, as is the Territorian Dinner every year, an ode to the town’s people, its lifestyle, community spirit and magnificent scenery. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. NOTE UPDATE! FULL STORY »

Has Adam Giles failed to disclose election donation?



Chief Minister Adam Giles will not answer questions about whether he received a substantial political donation, and failed to declare it to the NT Electoral Commission. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

The boom’s on its way!




As projects announced recently, and some yet to be, begin to come on line we will see a turnaround in the town’s economy, the like of which hasn’t been seen since the seventies.


NT Government thinking about selling TIO



For several months, the NT Government has been investigating what opportunities might exist for the Territory under the Commonwealth’s asset recycling incentive program, writes Chief Minister Adam Giles (pictured).


Dole: Who are the bludgers?


It’s an outrage: dole bludgers lying on the couch all day, smoking dope, pooling their money fleeced from the taxpayer to rent a share house, while we’re out there, working our guts out, keeping the economy afloat, by the sweat of our brow. Onya, Tony, for getting right up them. Learn or earn, you bastards. Mmh. But is there a flipside? ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Centrelink office in Alice Springs. FULL STORY »

Bushfires: huge task, lack of men & machines




The trouble with controlling bushfires is the massive amount of information we do not have, says renowned Central Australian botanist, Peter Latz. And even the sparse knowledge we do have can’t be put to much use because we don’t have the assets. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Hand back of Coniston Massacre site



The traditional owners of Yurrkuru (Brooks Soak) will receive the title next Wednesday to a sacred site where the dingo trapper Fred Brooks was killed by Aboriginal men in 1928, followed what has been called the Coniston Massacre. PHOTO: A monument that was unveiled, and woman dancing around it, in 2003 at Brooks Soak. FULL STORY »

Eastside, a great little suburb




Head over to Eastside this Saturday as we hold the inaugural “Eastside Bonanza” and showcase this great little suburb of Alice Springs, writes Fred Johnston, aka The Lovebug. FULL STORY »

Anti fracking rally on Saturday




The current situation in the Northern Territory is that more than 90% has been applied for Petroleum Exploration Licenses which permit hydraulic fracturing, with more than 35% of the NT currently approved for exploration, writes Jimmy Cocking, Director, Arid Lands Environment Centre



Development office for Alice: Giles




The Territory Government will establish a new Central Australia Development Office in Alice Springs as part of its campaign to bring investment to the North, writes Chief Minister Adam Giles.



Economy, air fares still affecting Masters Games


Entries for the Masters Games starting on the weekend are likely to be on par with 2012, 2010 and 2008, but still well below the pre Global Financial Crisis event in 2006. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Picture: Jason Eecen leads the field in a heat of the Australian BMX nationals just concluded in Alice Springs. Senior riders will now be taking part in the Masters Games. PHOTO: Philip Drummond, Live For This.