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November 12, 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.


$500m university, ‘techno’ plans for Desert Knowledge




A member of the Alice Springs Hatzimihail family, Alex, says he is pulling together investors for an educational and technical complex worth more than $500m in the Desert Knowledge Precinct. 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 »

Whitegate: nation born under a tin shelter?



Meeting under a tin shelter at 40 degrees, Whitegate residents decided to take their plight to the United Nations, the USA, UK, Russia and the European Union. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. 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.


Giles snubs Alice Springs on TIO and flood risk



Chief Minister Adam Giles has announced the NT Government will commit $50 million to flood mitigation works in Rapid Creek, Katherine and Darwin’s Rural Area if a decision is made to change the ownership of TIO, but he has announced nothing about Alice Springs. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


UPDATE: Mr Giles released the following statement at 6pm on November 21: “The Territory Government has prepared TIO asset realisation investment strategies right across the Territory, including Alice Springs, which if TIO were to change hands, would be announced at a later date.” FULL STORY »

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.


Virgin to fly Adelaide – Alice – Darwin

Virgin Australia begins flights between Alice Springs and Adelaide next year. Today’s announcement follows last month’s news that Virgin will commence flying the Darwin – Alice Springs sector. FULL STORY »

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.


Housing boost, with help from the government



Until recently anyone to get this one right went straight to the top of the class: Who’s going to live in the 100-plus or so flats, units and other dwellings under construction now in Alice Springs? The answer is getting easier, reports ERWIN CHLANDA.


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.


Culture: Alice sells itself short

WTS Coles mural 2sm



There’s not too much evidence around Alice Springs of its character as a place where two very different cultures meet and – in their better moments – aspire to get along.  What matches, for instance, the bicultural breadth of vision expressed in the 33-year-old Coles mural facing Railway Terrace? asks KIERAN FINNANE. FULL STORY »

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. 


Alice business set to turn global competitor




Good-bye boneyard, hello aircraft storage facility. Our dry climate, where corrosion is minimal, is crucial and ideal for keeping old planes alive. ERWIN CHLANDA 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.


Desert council money push leaves questions open



Go and get funded for getting on with one-another. That’s the objective. And the subtext: If the public purse doesn’t cough, up we’ll be costing it a great deal more. ERWIN CHLANDA reports on a campaign by the Central Desert Regional Council for funding the Yuendumu Mediation and Justice Program (members pictured).


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 »

Your role in beating a global scourge



Buying a steak sandwich from a Rotary Club in Alice Springs may put you in the loop of a charity which is spanning the world, stamping out of one its great scourges. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


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 »

Locals made their point to G20 on climate

Residents of Alice Springs contributed to the global initiative that led to action on climate change being on the agenda of the G20, writes Dr Rosalie Schultz, of Alice Springs.


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.


Education union accepts four 3% wage increases

Members of the Australian Education Union NT today voted to accept the current EBA offer. FULL STORY »

10kg of cannabis & $100,000 seized, 2 arrested





Police have arrested two men for drug offences following the search of a vehicle which had been transported from Adelaide to Alice Springs.



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 »

TIO sale to disadvantage motor accident victims?




TIO belongs to Territorians not the CLP Government. Adam Giles should take his TIO sale plans to a referendum, writes Natasha Fyles, Shadow Minister for Government Accountability. But the Labor Government in 2006 also proposed to sell TIO or portions of it.


TIO: It’s all over




The Territory Insurance Office has been sold, a price agreed and there’s nothing left to negotiate except perhaps a few minor details concerning the details of transfer.


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.


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.


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.


Papunya’s privilege – freedom and beauty




What happens when you arrive fresh from a big international city of 40 million inhabitants to live in a small remote Aboriginal community, with just 350 – what kind of impressions do you get? And after four years, what do you leave behind, what do you take away? Tamara Burlando’s exhibition, Papunya Smiles, at The Residency, describes something of that experience. By KIERAN FINNANE.


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.


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).


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.


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 »

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.


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.


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.


Feds announce road funding

The Australian Government’s Roads to Recovery and Financial Assistance Grants funding announced today will pay $7,399,740 to the Lingiari electorate. FULL STORY »

Leasing to Territory Housing can void home insurance




Insurance for homes leased to the NT Government’s Territory Housing may become void because the government instrumentality does not pay bonds to landlords or their agents. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.