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October 25, 2014

Pipeline: Is Adam Giles loyal to NSW or the NT?




Adam Giles is offering Territory gas to NSW where fracking is a political liability, says the Arid Lands Environment Centre. Yet 90% of the NT land mass relies on groundwater for its survival. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Minister for Racing – just for the day



As usual, there are winners and losers on Melbourne Cup Day, you can see it in their faces, but the “yessss” gesture of Health Minister Robyn Lambley (in broad brimmed hat) leaves little doubt in which category she was today when Protectionist won the race that stops a nation. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »


Changes to mandatory alcohol treatment, a step forward?



At best it’s a constructive reality check. At worst it’s a case of those “best laid plans …” as Alcohol Mandatory Treatment becomes less mandatory but – hopefully – more workable. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


Not just zombies swarm suburbs for Halloween

Halloween Hillside Gardens

The zombies descended. But they weren’t alone. Superheroes, princesses, vampires, robots and spiders travelled from across Alice Springs to Stephens Road, Hillside Gardens and Eagle Court to trick or treat. . KATHY McCONNELL was there to get scared.


Kilgariff blocks: $170,000 each to construct



This “road closed” sign will be consigned to history soon with the opening of the first part of the suburb Kilgariff, built by the NT Government’s Land Development Corporation because no private developer could be found. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


Mushroom Award: we have a new winner!




Congratulations to Ken Vowles (pictured), NT Shadow Minister for Indigenous Policy, the latest winner of the Mushroom Award.


Third rapist of European tourists, Bruce Impu, to plead guilty



The third man involved in the gang rape at gunpoint of two European tourists in Alice Springs in May 2012 has indicated that he will plead guilty in the Supreme Court to the charges against him. The man, Bruce Impu (pictured), faces eight charges of sexual intercourse without consent and knowing or being reckless as to the person’s lack of consent. He has at last been identified thanks to a roll-over statement by one of his co-offenders and to conversations recorded by listening devices. KIERAN FINNANE reports.


Good-bye cultural cringe, hello shared identity: Alice centre should lead the nation




A national indigenous centre should be established in Alice Springs as “a living space where people come together to learn, collaborate, celebrate and share the knowledge of our Indigenous history and culture”. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


Alice based NGO Waltja tops national award




Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation from Alice Springs last night topped the 2014 Indigenous Governance Awards for the best run Aboriginal organisation or project in Australia. PHOTO by Wayne Quilliam shows Waltja staff Sonja Dare, Erin Turner, and James Fielding. FULL STORY »

Gunner attacks Giles over ‘slush fund’




Adam Giles continues to deny links between the CLP Government and slush fund Foundation 51 despite the mounting evidence, including leaked emails, to the contrary, writes Michael Gunner, Shadow Attorney-General.


Beats at bottleshops to stay




“I think I’d be losing my job” if Temporary Beat Locations outside bottleshops stopped, Alice Springs Police Commander Kate Vanderlaan told the Town Council last night. KIERAN FINNANE reports.


Culture centre: No place like Alice




“It’s needed in Australia so let’s have it here.” Chamber of Commerce CEO Kay Eade (pictured) gives her unreserved thumbs-up to the proposed national indigenous culture centre in Alice Springs. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


Central Australian music to be showcased to the world




Aboriginal music from Central Australia will be showcased to an international audience next month during the Australasian World Music Expo in Melbourne from November 13 to 16.


Police operation to target summer crime




Police are well prepared for the expected increase in visitor numbers to Alice Springs for the summer which has seen increased rates of general and alcohol related crime, writes Kate Vanderlaan, Police Commander of the Southern Command.


Current council could get extra year in power



The current Town Council could get an extra year in power if proposed reforms to local government elections go through. And municipal councils could in future appoint their mayor (“principal member”), rather than have the people elect her or him. KIERAN FINNANE reports. 


The plan to undermine the Land Rights Act

With the Commonwealth Government’s push for 99-year leases, the Forrest Report call for Aboriginal land to be privatised so as to be bought and sold, and attacks upon the Northern Land Council in particular over their defence of traditional ownership and their responsibilities under the Land Rights Act, the iconic 1976 Land Rights Act is under threat like never before, writes Ian Viner AO QC, former Liberal Minister for Aboriginal Affairs.


Government pays $300,000 contribution to Lasseters




The NT Government is paying an “operating contribution” of $300,000 this financial year to Lasseters hotel, casino and convention centre, owned by a company based in Malaysia. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


Alice bakery to close




Ten jobs are expected to be lost when a local bakery closes down next month. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Where to now for council and Stuart statue?



What should the Alice Springs Town Council do about the clearly expressed wish by Arrernte people associated with Akeyulerre Inc, an Arrernte healing centre on Stuart Terrace, to remove the statue of explorer John McDouall Stuart just across the road? Should they begin by responding to an open letter, addressed to Stuart but forwarded to the Mayor and elected members in the hope of a “very respectful discussion”?  KIERAN FINNANE reports.


Palmer pushes for Federal probe of NT electoral donations




The Palmer United Party will seek a Senate inquiry into the activities of the Northern Territory government following moves to scrap an independent investigation into NT political donations, writes the party’s Federal Leader, Clive Palmer. FULL STORY »

Campaign donations: what a mess!

While the NT Electoral Commission is declining to deal with reports from a whistleblower claiming that Chief Minister Adam Giles has failed to declare an election donation worth several thousand dollars, Mr Giles is announcing “a wide-ranging investigation into political donation processes and legislation”. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Town council canes Chief Minister – twice



The town council last night unanimously opposed the sale of the Territory Insurance Office (TIO), proposed by Chief Minister Adam Giles, and rejected several of his proposals for local government reform. TIO’s generous flood insurance is likely to be lost.ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: The Gap, looking north-east towards the town, in the 1988 floods. By Hans Boessem.


‘Tip Top Tip’ award for Lajamanu



The Central Desert Regional Council won its second “Tip Top Tip” Award at the Territory Tidy Towns Awards on Friday night. The Lajamanu waste management facility’s victory follows Yuendumu’s in 2013.


Giles ducks allegations, Electoral Commission refuses probe



Chief Minister Adam Giles has still not confirmed nor denied whether he was given the use of a 4WD (similar to the one pictured) for two months during his 2012 election campaign without declaring this to the NT Electoral Commission. And the commission refuses to probe the allegation although a whistleblower is offering full cooperation. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


MacDonnell communities hope for Territory Tidy Towns win



 UPDATE, October 24, 5.15pm: MacDonnell Regional Council has won in six categories of the awards.

MacDonnell Regional Council’s President, Sid Anderson and CEO, Jeff MacLeod, along with workers from each of their region’s three finalist communities are hoping for a win at tonight’s Territory Tidy Towns awards in Darwin. FULL STORY »

Gough Whitlam: first Prime Minister for Aboriginal Affairs




The Aboriginal flag outside the Central Land Council in Alice Springs is flying at half mast today as Central Australian Aboriginal people mourn the passing of Australia’s 21st Prime Minister, Edward Gough Whitlam, write Francis Kelly (Chairman) and David Ross (CEO), of the Central Land Council. FULL STORY »

Prison contracts: robust debate ends with “talk soon”



A potentially explosive meeting about local firms losing business to the prison workshops ends amicably – and on a promising note. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: New 600 square meter metal workshop at the Alice Springs jail.


Zoning approval for White Gums subdivision



The Brown family has been granted a change of zoning for their land at White Gums, in the south-western corner of the municipality, where they are planning a major subdivision. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


NT Ministers win inaugural Mushroom Award





Four NT Government Ministers share the inaugural Mushroom Award, an initiative of the Alice Springs News Online to encourage government honesty and transparency.


Bye-bye TIO, hello massive flood insurance premiums?




Chief Minister Adam Giles remains hell-bent on selling TIO and the deal is rumoured to be announced today. He would be doing so in the face of massive opposition, with the cost of flood insurance a major issue. COMMENT by ERWIN CHLANDA. PHOTO

by Hans Boessem, Todd Camera Store. 1988 floods.


The light work of many hands




It started with an aesthetic idea – a vision of the loveliness of pinch pots, the simplest of ceramic forms, en masse. It became an idea about community. To get the thousands needed to fill the gallery, ceramicists Suzi Lyon and Mel Robson had to involve other people, writes KIERAN FINNANE.


Alice tour firm wins awards in difficult times




A tour company battling a 25% downturn of its business in the wake of the Tiger Airlines withdrawal wins a string of industry awards. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


Local business has nothing to fear: Prison bosses




Correctional Services launched a robust media blitz this morning countering rumours that taxpayer funded enterprises being set up in the jail will harm local businesses. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Puzzle over gas tank near new flats



The positioning of a service station gas tank close to dwellings under construction in Larapinta Drive is having authorities, the station’s owner and land developers scratching their heads. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


Stories told in jetty plaques



The Streaky Bay Jetty Pool committee is focussed not just on creating a safe environment for swimmers, but has come up with a quirky attraction. By RAE BREWSTER, Correspondent in Streaky Bay, the closest beach to Alice Springs.


Cr Melky’s lonely triumph



The Town Council’s Finance Committee appeared to meet entirely in open session last night. Not only were the full monthly accounts included in the papers, as they have been for some months now; there were also open officer reports and nil confidential reports. The landmark event may well have gone unnoticed except for the congratulatory remarks of Councillor Eli Melky. He directed them to the CEO and Director of Finance as well as to his fellow elected members. But nobody took the opportunity to congratulate him where the credit was perhaps most due. Why, you might wonder? KIERAN FINNANE reports.


Not just the height, but also the look




The Planning Commission wants your views not just on how high you want buildings to be, but also what they should look like. ERWIN CHLANDA spoke with commission chairman Gary Nairn (pictured).


$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.


Trucks, hot rods revving up




The roar of engines is a favourite sound for many locals and they will have a field day next year – 14 of them, to be exact. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


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.



CLC says ‘no’ to nuke dump




The Central Land Council has all but ruled out a nuclear dump on Aboriginal land it controls – roughly half of the Territory’s southern half. A “comprehensive proposal” is missing, says CLC director David Ross. FULL STORY »

GFC and the Margin Call – act now before Statute of Limitations expires

Time is running out for legal action on GFC related losses, writes Michael Parisi. FULL STORY »

The art of business




Running their own textile design business moved a step closer this year for print-makers Kathy Inkamala and Lavinia Richards. At Batchelor Institute’s visual art studio, while continuing to produce their outstanding screenprints, they have learned to develop their designs as digital prints, allowing them to move towards larger scale production. KIERAN FINNANE reports. 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 »

Government by staged media event




Government by information-poor, staged media events has become the trademark for the Chief Ministership of Adam Giles. COMMENT by ERWIN CHLANDA.


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.


China live export would boost cattle industry recovery




A $1b live export deal with China could be the most significant benefit to the cattle industry in The Centre in more than a decade, after nine years of drought and two years when shipping “on the hoof” was banned by the Federal Government. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


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 »

Alice student tops NT, SA in English




Indian-born St Philip’s College Year 7 student, Abeer Srivastava, won a gold medal for the top result in English in the NT and SA.


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 »

Lawrie calls for support of petition against TIO sale




I invite  Territorians to join the fight against the CLP Government selling TIO, writes Delia Lawrie, Leader of the Opposition. FULL STORY »

TIO sale must be stopped: Opposition




The CLP must halt the sale of TIO and the party needs to come clean on how advanced with the TIO sale they are, writes Natasha Fyles, Shadow Minister for Government Accountability. FULL STORY »