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Henley-on-Todd: day of the kids, big and small

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The annual madcap caper in the Todd River, Henley-on-Todd, has kicked off with its nautically-themed parade; extra dash has been added by local children, coached in schools by artists – More PICTURES inside . FULL STORY »

‘Pine Gap hardwires us into any North Korea nuclear conflict’

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It is time for Australia to take an independent stance, writes  Professor Richard Tanter, Senior research associate at the Nautilus Institute and honorary professor in the School of Political and Social Sciences at Melbourne University.


Work about youth justice wins top Indigenous art prize

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The multimedia collaborative work (left) by artists from the South Australian APY Lands Anwar Young (right), Frank Young and Unrupa Rhonda Dick is called Kulata Tjuta – Wati kulunypa tjukurpa (Many spears – Young fella story). “We are concerned the whitefella way of locking people up isn’t working,” say the artists. FULL STORY »

This desert alive with the sound of music

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The indefatigable Morris Stuart is back in town, rehearsing with the choirs he founded and orchestrating a packed program for the Desert Song Festival, 10 days of music in The Centre. FULL STORY »

Police injured: Three incidents in one week

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Two women alleged to have attacked female police officer at Anzac Hill, says Acting Assistant Commissioner Danny Bacon (pictured).


Town camp attackers should face full force of law

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Mandatory sentencing should be invoked, writes Opposition Leader Gary Higgins (pictured).
UPDATE 11:30am August 10: Four arrested, one charged.


A Labor fence sitter on fracking

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Gunner will be a goner when he foists fracking on the Territory, but the Parliament won’t get a say on that, writes Bruce Francais of Katherine. PHOTO: Sandra Nelson.


Super-fit in bush battles, on foot and two wheels

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Mountain bikers around Alice and competitors who will hit the Larapinta Trial running will be at the starting line this week.


Fracking the Territory will be ‘a climate carbon bomb’




The NT Government must fast-track their Roadmap to Renewables and urgently develop a climate policy that details how the NT will reduce emissions, writes Jimmy Cocking (pictured) of the Arid Lands Environment Centre.


Hard-edged Alice could do with some softening: architects

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The town’s many “hard edges” act against people coming together informally in its public spaces, leaving “very few eyes or ears on the street for surveillance and security”. This was among the observations made by cycling architects Bobbie Bayley and Owen Kelly at their end of the Alice stop. KIERAN FINNANE reports.


Alice to Venice through Indigenous eyes

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Indigenous photomedia artists are re-interpreting histories and identities, leading viewers to see the world and Australia, past and present, through different eyes. Prominent amongst them has been Tracey Moffatt who represented Australia at the Venice Biennale, writes Alice Springs film-maker PENELOPE McDONALD.


Indoor pool open but cost of fixing it still unclear

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Free splash as indoor pool reopens, but the council is still working out the costs of fixing the popular facility. By ERWIN CHLANDA.


Steve Brown will not stand




Health, communications and financial stress made it too hard, he says, and he will “observe from the bench”. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


Curfew motion fails in council – again

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The final meeting of the 12th Alice Springs Town Council again knocked back a curfew but supported the return of the Youth Street Outreach Service. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Ballooning electricity costs: NT could make a difference

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As the Australian gas industry is price gouging to cover export losses, the Territory has the chance of using its licensing powers to bring down domestic prices, says financial analyst Bruce Robertson (pictured). Report by ERWIN CHLANDA.


UPDATE Aug 1, 11:47am No comment from Minister Vowles.


Save our trees: reduce Buffel, call 000, collaborate

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Alice Springs is facing massive losses of its River Red gums from fire. “What would our town be without its River Red gums?” asks Dr FIONA WALSH. There are things residents can do – to protect the trees in the first place and to help extinguish fires, including new smothering techniques for fires in hollow tree trunks. FULL STORY »

It’s all in a weekend’s work for nerds

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In just a weekend, friendly Alice hackers come up with apps that can make life easier. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


More youths abscond from Bushmob facility

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Do not approach them, say police, but ring 131 444.


UPDATE 6:40pm: Three arrested.


UPDATE August 1, 11am All four now arrested.


Review, don’t celebrate Pine Gap: Alice peace group

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Base provides support for illegal drone warfare and spies on Australians, writes Jonathan Pilbrow, Alice Springs Peace Action Think Tank convenor and an NT representative on the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network.


Drags weekend: Top Fuel team to go for record at 4:30pm

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The star at the controls of the world’s third fastest drag car is a woman who will go for a record attempt in Alice Springs later today. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Her machine at the day’s first pass earlier this afternoon. FULL STORY »

RED ALERT: Pine Gap stealth dinner is on tonight!

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Convention Centre in lock-down. Armed police swarms, a drone in the sky. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


Namatjira family’s struggles and triumphs

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Triumphs include today’s acknowledgement by Google of the 115th anniversary of Albert Namatjira’s birth; struggles include the family’s ongoing fight to regain control of his copyright. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Stealth party to mark 50 years of Pine Gap

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The spy base is coy about it: No media passes for their gala dinner. Can we go to the function for the ordinary folk? Ask Donald Trump’s mates in Moscow.

UPDATE 4:45pm:

Chansey Paech misses out.

UPDATE July 25, 11:30am Party for site personnel and invited guests only.”

UPDATE July 28: “No comment” from IAD on Welcome to Country.

UPDATE July 28, 10:50am: Media locked out of dinner, says Minister of Defence. FULL STORY »

ICAC likely to target town planning decisions: Paech

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And the Namatjira MLA (pictured) says not much is happening at the Joint Standing Committee on Northern Australia. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Cr Melky left out in the cold on curfew

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His picture of a town “under siege” failed to persuade his colleagues who made clear their preference for outreach services and grassroots community action with young people. Three NT MLAs (pictured) were in the chamber for the debate. Meanwhile, the issue of flying the Aboriginal flag on Anzac Hill has been skirted. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Rotary, Purple House allies in fighting illness

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Rotary International president Ian Riseley and Sarah Brown, nurturing links: A global service club which has helped to largely eradicate polio world-wide, and a Territory NGO dealing with spreading kidney disease. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


Alice Springs losing the space race?

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A rocket launch site project in Arnhem Land is being discussed behind closed doors, writes Robyn Lambley MLA, Independent Member for Araluen.


Coast to coast ‘grand tour’ for cycling architects 

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How does place influenced the way Australians live? This is the focus of a year-long, east-west traversal of the country, by Bobbie Bayley and Owen Kelly, travelling on bicycles. After setting out in February, they’ve just arrived in Alice Springs. KIERAN FINNANE  reports. FULL STORY »

Aboriginal flag on Anzac Hill? Give the right to others as well.




Aboriginal flag celebrates a race, not a nation, says Cr Steve Brown who says he will be seeking re-election to the Alice Springs Town Council. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


More of Feds’ trillion dollar spend for Indigenous providers

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By mid next year, 100% of jobs for the dole programs will be provided by Aboriginal NGOs or firms, says Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion. Report by ERWIN CHLANDA.


Land rights campaigner, atomic blast survivor remembered

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The Territory Government and the NT’s  federal Labor representatives have paid tribute to the life of  Yami Lester OAM who passed away in Alice Springs on Friday, with the Territory Government offering his family a State Funeral. FULL STORY »

Police update on missing UK tourist

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Michael Denon-Ross (pictured) has not been seen since July 8.


UPDATE July 22


UPDATE July 22 @ 1:30pm: The car hire company has notified police that Mr Denon-Ross is safe and well. FULL STORY »

Desert Festival launches with Henley-on-Todd

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The collaboration may be a win-win – an outlet for youthful creativity, revitalising the somewhat formulaic H-o-T, substantially extending what it offers, and perhaps also drawing H-o-T audiences to other festival events. KIERAN FINNANE previews the festival program. FULL STORY »

Fracking interim report: Two bob each way?




There’s a fair bit of this: “Evidence to indicate that well integrity has been an issue for the onshore shale gas industry. However, recent technological improvements have resulted in a considerably improved performance in the integrity of modern wells.” ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


No quorum to debate Cr Melky’s youth curfew motion

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A fortnight ago Councillor Eli Melky said a curfew would do “more harm than good” but now it’s back on his agenda.  The meeting, which was also looking to council for direction on flying the Aboriginal flag on Anzac Hill, was postponed until next Monday. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Getting youth issues into FOCAS

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Sizzle, dance and basketball, and a bus trip home: Community action for kids that’s doing a lot more than complaining, as participant Bob Durnan (pictured) reports.


New proof that Aborigines have been in Oz 65,000 years

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“Toolkit” found in Kakadu site by Australian-led international team.


Fracking wells’ water use double CSIRO’s estimate




The interim report of the fracking inquiry shows that the drilling and fracking processes used for shale gas extraction come with inherent risks and can lead to unsafe outcomes and water pollution, writes Naomi Hogan (pictured), from Lock the Gate NT.


Bushmob: Wakefield is a million dollars out

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Pleas for upgrading government-owned facilities to prevent absconding fell on deaf ears, says manager of the rehabilitation facility 90 kms east of Alice Springs. In the absence of a safe compound, vehicles are tethered to buildings to prevent theft. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


Yaye’s Café at Araluen to close tomorrow

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Culture Department gives no further details but says it will call tenders.


Youth crime: Consider tailored curfew, says Opposition




Shut-down of Loves Creek, robbery show Government measures aren’t working, writes GARY HIGGINS (pictured), Leader of the Opposition.


More Virgin flights out of Alice pushing down prices

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Northern Territory Airports is pushing Virgin Airlines to provide a Brisbane-Alice-Perth route after it increased its flights between Darwin and Adelaide via Alice. FULL STORY »

Another early intervention program for troubled kids

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And now “outdoor elements of army life and culture” are getting a shot. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


Government concessions: some are not getting a say

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NTCOSS wants more time for public comment on the review of the Pensioner Carer Concession Scheme and says it should be extended to other people in need, writes Marnie Round of the Northern Territory Council of Social Service.


Scullion, Higgins demand GST action from Gunner




The NT Government must explain “what has gone so badly wrong” write Senator Nigel Scullion (pictured), Minister for Indigenous Affairs, and Gary Higgins, Northern Territory Opposition Leader.


27-year-old stands for council

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Sport, kerbside recycling and encouraging small business would be his aims as a councillor, writes Joshua “Burgs” Burgoyne.


All over 65 should get same benefits: Seniors

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Expert Review Group representing seniors makes its point to NT Government which is reviewing benefits being paid to them. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Seniors Expo 2016.


Shopping trolleys cause nuisance, danger in CBD

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They block entrances to businesses, fire escapes and pedestrians who may avoid them by stepping on the road and get run over. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


UPDATE 4:15pm Council statement “blatantly incorrect,” says Mr Fraser.


Bushmob absconding: no reliable phone to alert police, resort

2459 Ken Davies SMp2233 Ross River SMBushmob CEO Will Macgregor tells Territory Families chief Ken Davies (at left) that the organisation is pulling the pin on Loves Creek because of a litany of neglect and incompetence of the department, and how these problems are linked with alleged offences last week at the Ross River Resort (at right) by five absconders. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

UPDATE 10:15am from police, Territory Families. FULL STORY »

Bushmob quits Loves Creek deal: Government let us down

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Territory Families department failed to come good with promises to fix up the phone communication system, lighting, security cameras, basic fencing and access to adequate water and power supply, says CEO Will MacGregor. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

UPDATE 2:50pm

UPDATE 7:20pm: Statement by Minister Wakefield. FULL STORY »

Town camp women stand against violence

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“We are not just numbers,” was the message at today’s march against violence, led by town camp women. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

House prices for quarter down 5%, units 7%, unit sales up.

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And as for the year ending June 30, the local L J Hooker boss Doug Fraser says there was a marked increase in the number of houses sold but unit sales were at the lowest rate since the company started to keep records. PHOTO: Araluen, where in the June quarter 13 houses were sold but the prices dropped 17% from the March quarter, while next-door in Gillen there was the same number of sales but prices rose 2.4%.


‘Extreme concerns’ for Denny Jones

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Police appeal for dash cam footage.


Fracking enquiry to be guided by union membership?




Territorians have been blessed with abundant supplies of natural gas which can form an important part of Australia’s energy supply and security into the future, writes GARY HIGGINS (pictured), Leader of the Opposition.


The power struggle: Schedule for new generators contested

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An agreement between Territory Generation and the Electrical Trades Union is still far from reality on issues of supply reliability, remote control from Darwin of the operations and scheduling the shut-down of the Ron Goodin power station near the centre of Alice Springs. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. IMAGE from a TGen brochure sent to Alice households after disclosures in the Alice Springs News Online about ongoing concerns over blackouts.


UPDATE July 13, 12:20pm from the Power and Water Corporation.


5 abscond from Bush Mob, allegedly steal car, booze, cash from Ross River tourist resort and cattle station

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Don’t approach them, say police.


UPDATE Saturday 10am from Families Minister Dale Wakefield.


UPDATE Saturday 12:15pm: Three arrests.


UPDATE July 27: Last absconder arrested, charged.


Triumphant painting revival at Papunya

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Far from simply trading off the art historical prestige of their community, a new generations of artists at Papunya are reinvigorating  its proud tradition. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Street kids: Is Positive Loitering worth a try?

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Turning the US and THEM into just US? Report by ERWIN CHLANDA.  


Cattle in great condition at the Show

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Brilliant weather draws big crowd to Show. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Kids crisis: Town board to keep check on govt. agencies?




Town Councillor, conservative political activist and businessman STEVE BROWN, in a guest comment, calls for a local board to keep an ongoing check on the work of government instrumentalities, and for an overnight place for kids that is “the coolest in town” but that they can leave only if they are picked up by a parent or guardian, or are being bussed to a supervised home.


All bulls find buyers at Show sale

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Average prices just under $5000. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


We need to get these kids off the streets: Wakefield




Yesterday’s Kittle riot “behaviour is absolutely unacceptable” but all prevention measures the Minister (pictured) mentions will depend on the cooperation of the young people. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


Bright future, sheer talent, the MONA effect: upbeat NAIDOC

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“We are here and really positive and happy to work towards a bright future for everyone,” says MLA Chansey Paech, who led today’s NAIDOC march. He also comments on Harold Furber’s announcement about merging the national Indigenous art gallery and the cultural centre projects.

Indigenous art gallery, cultural centre: combined or separate?

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We will take advice, says Tourism and Culture Minister Lauren Moss (right) after Harold Furber (left) announces consultations will begin on “the entire project”. FULL STORY »

Kittles car yard empty after kids run amok

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The town’s biggest car yard today at 3:30 am (at left) and at 7pm. Police Acting Assistant Commissioner says: “They are not our kids. We can only react to what they are doing.” ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


Australia’s top furniture designer in 2017: Alice’s Elliat Rich

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A refined furniture piece designed by Alice Springs based designer Elliat Rich has won the Australian Furniture Design Award, announced at a gala occasion in Adelaide tonight. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Show is a snapshot of the region, says GG

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Tomorrow’s Show will be a snapshot of the hardiness and pioneering spirit of people in The Centre, says Governor General. He spoke with ERWIN CLANDA. He is pictured with Nerys Evans and Ted Egan at a reception hosted by Mayor Damien Ryan yesterday.


Hordes of kids rampage: 50 cars hit

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Dozens of cars trashed, tyres burned. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

UPDATE 2:17pm: Take class action against government, says Councillor Eli Melky (see story comment).

UPDATE 3:54pm: From police. FULL STORY »

Advice on ‘insane’ air fares from blackfeller Bob Katter

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Brief air fares debate tops last night’s Q&A which was short anything new about Aboriginal issues but the panel and audience alike were determined to be constructive. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Pictured: Mr Katter.


Respect language and the loss of language: NAIDOC forum

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There are a lot of different Aboriginal language groups in this town and,  within the Arrernte world, a lot of different experiences of language. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

NT Government creates Aboriginal Justice Unit




It will build trust and engagement on justice issues, focus on practical solutions to reduce the levels of Indigenous incarceration and deliver strategies for the implementation of more local decision-making in the justice system, writes Natasha Fyles (pictured), Attorney-General and Minister for Justice.


Government, council collaborate on spending $6.2 for sport

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New surfaces for tennis and hockey are among the possibilities, says council sports committee chairman Bruce Walker. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: Traeger Park oval.


I’m not kungka, I’m arelhe

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The Pitjantjatjara word for woman, ‘kungka’, has become well known, but Pitjantjatjara is not the language of this place, Arrernte is, and  ‘arelhe’ is the Arrernte word for woman. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Judge Borchers’ position should be assessed: CAALAS

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Justice must always present a fair and compassionate face, even more so as the deep flaws in the judicial approach to young offenders in the NT are under such intense scrutiny, writes Eileen Van lersel (pictured), CEO of Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid.


13 year old denied bail after rampage

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Judge to offender: “You’re not going back into the community. The community can’t afford you. It’s quite clear that you and your family are not going to pick up the damages for what you’ve caused. And, presumably, and I infer this, you’ve got no understanding of that … you don’t know where money comes from other than the government gives it out.” ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Restaurant broken into.

EDITOR’S NOTE, 12:50pm June 21. FULL STORY »

Protective custody tailored for street kids an option?

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A spokesperson for Families Minister Dale Wakefield says there are talks with the newly renovated Youth Centre and the functions of the new Youth Outreach Centre are being developed. It will take NT and local governments as well as NGOs to deal with the problem. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Will Minister keep delinquent kids off the streets?




Dale Wakefield (pictured) says a new facility in the CBD will provide “a safe, friendly environment for youth … aimed at diverting kids off our streets and on to a better path”. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


Ryan runs on infrastructure boost, financial responsibility

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On the minus side are long delays with flood mitigation measures (although the Alice Springs News Online now has new information on this critical issue, see FULL STORY). ERWIN CHLANDA spoke with Mayor Ryan who is pictured with Jenny Barr at Sunday’s market. The how-to-vote cards on the table are Mayor Ryan’s and those of candidate Joshua “Burgs” Burgoyne, his future son-in-law.


Jimmy Cocking: Council not an ideological pedestal

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“I will not support cheap political smear campaigns, political bullying or the politics of division. Real success comes through hard work, truth, honesty and integrity of dealings,” writes mayoral candidate Jimmy Cocking. He is pictured with partner Karine Trembley, mother Annette Cocking and son Louka Cocking.


Politely passionate: council candidates front invited guests

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No gloves came off at the only public forum assembling all candidates in the local government election, but the word ‘passionate’ was worn threadbare. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Surprising conservative on council: Jacinta Price

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This confident, articulate and talented woman on the national stage has taken a low profile in the Town Council and consistently aligned herself with the conservative block. She speaks about why with KIERAN FINNANE. FULL STORY »

Ross River resort moving into the future

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A travel pioneer venture from the 1950s where enjoying the bush is not done in a hurry. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


Unpredictable, unaligned and undaunted: Cr Eli Melky

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Alone among the candidates handing out how-to-votes, Councillor Eli Melky has not allocated preferences. His rivals have and they’re mostly putting him well down the list. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Lambley wants ALP probed on Dan Murphy’s




She will put Labor’s dealings with the liquor giant Dan Murphy’s before the Political Donations Inquiry and the new Independent Commission Against Corruption, writes Robyn Lambley (pictured), Independent Member for Araluen.


Thousands of voters miss out on last week of campaign 

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Early polling  is likely to favour incumbents and high profile candidates over the fresh faces coming forward, some of whom are highly credible candidates. KIERAN FINNANE comments. PLUS see inside for links to our coverage of the campaign to date.  FULL STORY »

Aussies beat Yanks in Americas Cup. Vikings scare.

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The Henley on Todd is heading for 100 in 44 years’ time with its outback cheek fully intact. Story and video by ERWIN CHLANDA explain why.


Batchelor Institute in turmoil: Leak




A leaked Batchelor Institute memo raises fears about job losses and its reputation. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: Students pictured at a graduation ceremony in Alice Springs three years ago.


Flood report a trickle, not a banker

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In a year and a half of the government-appointed flood mitigation committee (pictured), which has the two mayoral candidates as members, not a single practical measure has been put in place to protect Alice from partial devastation. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


How to vote cards point to totally new council

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Greens to rule, even current deputy mayor would miss out, if preferences are taken as a guide. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. See inside for links to our coverage of the campaign to date. 


BDR lite to start on Saturday

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“Early scanning” won’t nab banned drinkers until September 1 but in some “communities” including Alice you’ll have to show ID to buy take-away booze and the system will spotlight people on court orders.  PHOTO: Barman Ryan at the Gapview take-away with a scanner similar to the ones mothballed by the Giles government.


From Standley Chasm take the staircase to heaven

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A kiosk in the valley turns into a restaurant while the view from the summit takes your breath away. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


Walking, writing between frontier and home

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Alice Springs journalist Glenn Morrison in two recently published books challenges the idea of ‘the frontier’ as a way of thinking about Central Australia, for getting in the way of settler Australians being able to reimagine The Centre as home, a place of intercultural exchange and emergent hybrid culture. KIERAN FINNANE reviews. FULL STORY »

Higgins doubts Gunner’s more cops promise




Gunner is 119  short of his promise for 120 extra cops, writes Opposition Leader Gary Higgins (pictured).


Fresh eyes on his adopted home: candidate John Paul Sirus 

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Alice Springs has a lot going for it, but needs strategies to turn around its declining population and flagging economy, says Town Council candidate John Paul Sirus, who as president of the Alice Springs Indian Association already represents one of the town’s fastest-growing immigrant populations. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

‘Do you mind if I speak to you?’

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“He stands in the mall, an oddly striking figure. Held between fine fingers that protrude from fingerless grey woollen gloves is a silver harmonica. The man is playing.” HOWARD GOLDENBERG stops to listen, then has a conversation with this familiar figure around Alice Springs. FULL STORY »

Street kids: No Protective Custody but Care Orders

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Families Minister Dale Wakefield says early intervention is the focus of the Government. She spoke with ERWIN CHLANDA. PHOTO: A boy getting a sausage sandwich from women from the FOCAS and Positive Loitering groups in the Mall.


Candidate Marli Banks: less talk, more action

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Mother of two blends social activism with hard-nosed commercial acumen. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: Ms Banks volunteering at the Old Timers Fete on Saturday.


Youth crime, flooding on Glen Auricht’s council agenda

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Aranda-speaking engineer and long-time community volunteer joins race for a seat on the town council. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


CAAMA, Imparja reluctant bedfellows

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Imparja Television and Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) have been ordered to consolidate their financial accounts. By ERWIN CHLANDA.

UPDATE 1:45pm: Imparja CEO says CAAMA has no controlling interest because of the “nature of Imparja’s constitution”.

UPDATE August 12: What ORIC said about CAAMA’s financial position. FULL STORY »

Hostel for kids, healing a split town: candidate’s vision

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“I’m 40 now and the town was going through this when I was 13,” says Donna Lemon of young people in the streets late at night. A local Aboriginal mother of two, health educator, and community volunteer, she’s running for council because she believes she can make a contribution that’s “inclusive of our community, black, white and brindle”. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Jenni Lillis: A council beyond rates, roads and rubbish

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“I’d like to see the council  have a bit more influence on other governments,” says local government candidate Jenni Lillis. She spoke with ERWIN CHLANDA.


Senior Arrernte men take a stand: time to do something about young people causing trouble on their country

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They want to set up an Arrernte community patrol to work “as one” with other community groups as well as police, the Town Council, Aboriginal organisations, and senior people in remote communities, who need to understand “how much devastation this antisocial stuff” is causing in Alice Springs which is Arrernte ground.  KIERAN FINNANE  reports. FULL STORY »

Cops at bottle shops must stay: Lambley

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The Banned Drinkers Register can’t do it on its own, writes Robyn Lambley, Independent Member for Araluen.


Environmentalist stands for Mayor, Councillor

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Safe streets and kids, better town planning, no fracking, developing The Centre as a world class adventure playground and low rates are among the policies for Jimmy Cocking (pictured at the community garden). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


‘Room to move’ on environment: Greens council candidate

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One advantage of being endorsed by the NT Greens is to have a ready-made group of volunteers to help her, but the campaign message is “mostly mine”, says committed environmentalist and seasoned youth leadership worker, Jodi Lennox. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Murray Stewart seeks come-back to town council

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Murray Stuart for Councillor: Boost commerce and turn the Todd River into a playground for the town. Photo: Mr Stewart, who was born blind. “It makes me see with my brain a little brighter,” he says. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


‘Put community in the driving seat’: candidate Donna Digby

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Alice Springs is well provided for in its core services. Council’s role is to show leadership and guidance, in discussion with the community, to make the most of new opportunities, says candidate Donna Digby. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Alice council heading for Donald Trump style dynasty?

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Mayor Damien Ryan is set to become the father-in-law of youthful council candidate Joshua Burgoyne (at right) in next month’s election. Walking in the footsteps of Donald Trump (at left)?


Bridging gap between council and coalface: John Adams

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With a background in social services as long as your arm, candidate John Adams could bring useful understandings and relationships to perennial council debates. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Dual citizens can stand for council, NT Parliament

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Barnaby’s worries don’t affect local government poll. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.