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January 1, 2015

Police Commissioner resigns



Police Minister Peter Chandler says the Government has lost confidence in Commissioner of Northern Territory Police, John McRoberts, who resigned yesterday. FILE PHOTO: Mr McRoberts (right) inspects Australian warship.



Is Chandler carrying the can for Giles?



Adam Giles must answer questions about when he became aware of the former Police Commissioner’s conflict of interest – before or after he gave the police portfolio to the Deputy Chief Minister, writes Lauren Moss, Labor Member for Casuarina (pictured). FULL STORY »

Intending Desert Knowledge investor blasts board


Local entrepreneur Alex Hatzimihail, who is promoting a massive educational and industrial development in the largely defunct Desert Knowledge precinct, says its board is blocking the project despite support for it by Chief Minister Adam Giles. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


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Changes in the air: landrights


“I suggested to the assembled council members that returning to the traditional Aboriginal practice of frequent mild fires would be a good idea. The worst thing I could have possibly said, and I regretted it for years after. How stupid of me, it was just not on to suggest that ‘ignorant blackfellows’ knew what they were doing!” PETER LATZ, author and botanist, continues his account of adventures (and learning) in the bush with traditional owners. FULL STORY »

Govt job goes to head of liquidated firm



The NT Government has awarded a contract to an Alice Springs firm whose principal, Brendan Ross Peterkin (picture from his Facebook site), is linked to a company that was wound up in 2012 with debts of $1.5m. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


Income management misses mark: Report


Income Management, with the BasicsCard as its major tool, has made little difference to alcohol sales, and “rather than building capacity and independence, for many the program has acted to make people more dependent on welfare,” says a government commissioned evaluation. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Yuendumu store, where the basics card can be used.


Kilgariff flood not as bad as it looks: Govt



A government spokesman says the Kilgariff subdivision, although it looks more like Lake Kilgariff, has weathered its first major rains well. PHOTOS by Suzanne Visser.


If bogged stay with your vehicle: Police

Police are urging motorists bogged in the current treacherous road conditions not to leave their vehicles: “Walking off to get help often results in people getting lost or dehydrated which may have fatal consequences,” says Senior Sergeant Potts. FULL STORY »

4GX for some as much of Alice in mobile stoneage



Telstra is introducing its 4GX mobile service to sections of Alice Springs, while extensive areas – especially south of the range – are still on 3G with no firm commitment to an upgrade. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


The weapon police cannot find is sometimes a car

p2177-Erwin-hit&run-TennSMSloppy procedures in transferring ownership of cars are an obstacle to investigations of serious crimes, including hit and run which is endemic in the NT and carries a penalty of up to 10 years in jail. ERWIN CHLANDA reports – partly from his own experience as a victim. PHOTO: Police searching crime scene of fatal hit and run near Tennant Creek. (Pic courtesy NT Police.) FULL STORY »

Is there no law in The Alice?

I witnessed a lady coming out of the Alice Plaza with her lunch and she was struck down by a young lad on his pushbike on the footpath, writes Bronte Zadow, of Alice Springs.


A climate of local opportunity for 2015



2014 was the hottest year on record and 2015 is likely to trump it. Despite this, the NT government remains committed to its economic agenda but is failing to recognise the signs of the times. COMMENT by JIMMY COCKING (pictured with TV personality Tanya Ha). FULL STORY »

Sniffing suspected of having killed boy, 12

Initial investigations have led police to believe that the use of inhalants were a factor in the death of a boy, 12, in the center of Alice Springs on Saturday evening. FULL STORY »

Inspiration from the roads of a big country



There’s one thing we’re doing exceptionally well: Having a great time with mates. Time to apply that fabulous gift to our tourism industry, in our country of sunsets and wide open spaces, recommends ERWIN CHLANDA, from a trip half way around Oz. PHOTO: Sunset on the Barkly Tableland, ahead of big storms. FULL STORY »

Learning from the hunter-gatherers




Jim encouraged Jacob and his mates to make him a traditional kangaroo-skin waterbag. This was a unique object, one which I had never seen before and in fact before that time, didn’t even know existed. Botanist and author PETER LATZ continues his account of adventures in the bush with traditional owners. FULL STORY »

More bike, car places in the 40th Finke



The Tatts Finke Desert Race 2015 will have 110 places in the car section and 600 places in the bike section, writes Antony Yoffa, President. PHOTO: Last year’s winners, Victorians Ian and Shannon Rentsch. FULL STORY »

Local firms short-changed by government: councillor



An Alice Springs Town Councillor and CLP supporter has hit out at government-sanctioned practices which disadvantage local businesses tendering for public works. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


Dining like kings with a bushman of high degree



To get to the Wessels we managed to hitch a lift on the barge that carried supplies to settlements further to the east. As soon as we had finished transferring our gear from the barge to shore, on our two dinghies, Tiger patrolled the beach with his spear. Within ten minutes had had procured our lunch, spearing two nice big fish. PETER LATZ, botanist and author, continues his account of adventures in the bush with traditional owners.


Alice’s Anna Miers tops the Territory



The Territory’s top scoring NTCET student is Anna Miers, from the Centralian Senior College, and four students (pictured) from St Philip’s College made it into the NT’s Top 20.


Crime again where it was when CLP came to power



The NT Police Crime Statistics ending October 2014 reveal that it has taken no less than 797 days for the CLP Government to get violent crime down to around the same levels they inherited them in 2012, a far cry from their promise to reduce crime by 10 percent each year, writes Lynne Walker, Shadow Minister for Police.


Awash in money, not success

p2171-West-MacDonnells-SMThe cost benefit Queensland is reaping from its government tourism promoter is more than five times greater than that of its Northern Territory counterpart. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: The West MacDonnells should be a much greater tourism drawcard. FULL STORY »

Melanka building would obscure unequalled backdrop



The Committee of Heritage Alice Springs Inc. has deep concerns about the proposed development of an eight-storey building at the former Melanka Lodge site.


Strong interest in north east gas pipeline

We have received 14 expressions of Interest from companies interested in building the proposed gas pipeline, writes Chief Minister Adam Giles. FULL STORY »

Close shaves in the Top End




In 1962 I’d landed a government job and was transferred to Darwin. With the grand title of Stock Inspector Buffaloes, I was sent out to a small government reserve on Marraki Station, 70 kilometres south-east of Darwin. Botanist and author PETER LATZ continues his account of adventures in the bush with traditional owners. FULL STORY »

Alice: Little town with lots of brains



Alice Springs is a significant base for science. For a town of our size there exists a cadre of scientists and scientific institutions of unusual number and influence – indeed, no other small, regional community in the nation possesses such a concentration of effort. By STEVE MORTON.


Big projects: Done deals and wriggle room

Hal Duell Vision



The aftermath of the TIO sale has put big money in play, and there’s nothing like the whiff of big money to get hands in the air. The call is for sensible, sustainable infrastructure to form the NT’s future, and what have we heard so far? FULL STORY »

What he said about the rape, murder of which he was convicted

Picture taken 2012



The Central Land Council says in an obituary about a former chairman, Kwementyaye Stuart (pictured), that “he always maintained he did not commit” the rape and murder of nine-year-old Mary Hattam near Ceduna in December 1958. This is incorrect. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


Grief for a free spirit taken by a wild river



The river brings life to the desert and it can take it away. Rowley Hill was born in Alice Springs – a Yipirinya boy – and died in the wild waters of the rising Todd, not far south of Wigley’s Gorge, on January 8. He was 23 years old. A painting of the warm brown river pushing down its rocky course adorned his coffin as he was laid to rest in desert ground on Friday. FULL STORY »