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Booze driven assaults up 30%: Bottlo cops needed



A town the size of Alice Springs, based on national rates, should see on average one murder every four years and one manslaughter every 40 years. We now apparently have a second homicide in a short space of time, writes Dr. John Boffa (pictured), of the People’s Alcohol Action Coalition (PAAC). FULL STORY »

Drainage work ‘problems solved’

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Stop work order issued and lifted after public complaints. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

A day in the life of a cop in Alice

These are unedited media releases from the Alice Springs police today … When will it ever end? FULL STORY »

‘See you in 5 years: Turnbull on NT infrastructure’



The Federal Government committed to invest $675m in the Territory’s infrastructure but actually invested $451m – $224m less than promised. Over the next four years, Federal infrastructure funding in the Northern Territory will plummet by almost 75% from $222m in 2018-19 to $61m in 2021-22, writes Malarndirri McCarthy (pictured), Labor Senator for the NT. FULL STORY »

Government earthworks denude large area

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ALEC’s Jimmy Cocking (pictured) says ironwood forest south of Kilgariff suburb will suffer. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Airport charges ‘myth debunked’

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They have only a minimal impact on air travel costs, says CDU report. FULL STORY »

Revitalising with $19m car park for Parliament House




Park for pollies of little benefit for locals, tourists in Darwin, says Opposition Leader Gary Higgins (pictured). ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Nine-year-old girl playing in park assaulted

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Attack in broad daylight: Police are asking a woman to come forward who was walking a small dog in McEllister Park (pictured) and who may have witnessed the events.


UPDATE 4.33pm: Suspects of “Indigenous appearance”. FULL STORY »

When a long lunch is a good thing

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Hamilton Downs Youth Camp thrives on lunches that are getting longer, as volunteers bring the Mall to life in weather that even paradise couldn’t match. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Rifle, ammunition stolen in Eastside break-in

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Police ask people with information to ring “immediately”.


UPDATE 9.33am: Rifle found.


UPDATE 11.33am: Charging rifle owner for improper storage “under consideration”. FULL STORY »

Large number of cars vandalised at Araluen

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Movie screening interrupted to tell patrons many cars had been damaged. Graffiti points to gang. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


UPDATE 1.24pm on day of publication and May 19 at 4.47pm.


UPDATE MAY 21 at 8.14am. FULL STORY »

Ilerngere unte apetyeme? 

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It means ‘When are you coming?’ in Mparntwe’s first language, Arrernte. And the place to go is the Apmere angkentye-kenhe (Place for language) in the Yellow House behind Flynn Church. FULL STORY »

It’s official: Winter is here

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The Bureau of Metereology says the cold weather will continue to hover around three degrees over the weekend, and staying cool over the week. By ERWIN CHLANDA.    FULL STORY »

Council: department confirms no budget irregularity

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The Civic Centre loan has been repaid in full and its repayments are no longer at play in council’s budgeting process. FULL STORY »

Gunner’s fracking inquiry gets it wrong on many counts

p2328-fracking-protest-SMAs Territory Labor voted against the fracking policies of the Chief Minister it had endorsed, the scathing critique by a scientist from the Australian National University is casting doubt upon the recommendations from the inquiry Mr Gunner had ordered. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Buffel grass: Don’t blame (only) the CSIRO

2539 buffel story 4 SM2539 Pat and Des Nelson 1 SMBuffel grass, now declared a noxious weed in South Australia and displacing native flora in vast stretches of the NT, was a desperate measure to deal with massive droughts in the 1950s. DES NELSON has first-hand experience of that dramatic era. He is pictured with wife Pat and Gillian Ward (centre), author of Olive Pink: Artist, Activist & Gardner, at Olive Pink Botanical Gardens which has fought a long war against buffel. Photo at left: Two buffel spirals south of the Alice Springs Airport, covering about one hectare. FULL STORY »

Smiles, colours in multicultural harmony

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People who’ve moved to Alice from 65 countries now make up 20% of the population. On Saturday they paraded their music, dances, fashions and food. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

ALP to ram through alcohol floor price: Lambley

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Alcohol floor price legislation, not in force anywhere else in Australia, will not be scrutinized by the usual Parliamentary committee process, writes ROBYN LAMBLEY, Independent Member for Araluen (pictured).


UPDATE 1.10pm Bigger fines for secondary supply of alcohol. FULL STORY »

Plans to reform planning can’t come soon enough

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Official knickers are in a firm knot over what the Development Consent Authority can or cannot do, as rural residents are still battling the creeping industrialisation of their living space. PHOTO: An image used by objectors to the Petrick Road planning applications. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Budget: ‘Broken CDP worse despite promising overhaul’

Budget changes fail to fix unfair mutual obligations causing significant harm in communities, writes Australian Greens Senator RACHEL SIEWERT. FULL STORY »

Land needs language

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The centre of town will be humming with the sound of its first language, when Apmere angkentye-kenhe kicks off for its second season next week. FULL STORY »

Bangtail Muster draws big crowd on glorious day

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A brilliant autumn day and a parade with lots of kids, applauding adults, special cars and a pinch of politics – that’s heaven for the average Alice Springs local. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Tom Cleary: Cattle man with a huge smile

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Legendary stockman and cattle station manager Tom Cleary (left) is remembered as a bloke who walked with ease and optimism between the two races, in the often unforgiving harshness of the The Centre. Obituary by his brother-in-law GRANT LOCK who visited last week to spread the ashes of Mr Cleary at Huckitta Station. Mr Cleary with wife Gaynor (right).    FULL STORY »

A life in flowers: new account of the extraordinary Olive Pink

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A sumptuous new book by Gillian Ward brings to light the people, the art, the ideas, and the natural world that shaped the life work of Olive Pink. It was launched at the Olive Pink Botanic Garden last Saturday with this speech by former curator of the garden, COLLEEN O’MALLEY. FULL STORY »

A bridge too far? A tunnel may be the answer.

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Two study groups are pondering what to do about floods and how to cope with expected traffic congestion in The Gap. Maybe they should stick their heads together and look at a tunnel for road and rail. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


UPDATE 10.45am May 4.


UPDATE 10.40am May 5: River width. FULL STORY »

National Aboriginal Art Gallery: Anzac Oval off the table

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Government plans for the National Aboriginal Art Gallery took a pounding last night. Despite the best efforts of Mayor Damien Ryan, the Town Council rejected entering into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Territory Government to progress the “Anzac Hill Precinct”  as the preferred site for the gallery. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Government backflips on alcohol floor price: Lambley




Dale Wakefield would not have won the seat of Braitling, by 27 preference votes, if Labor had told the truth, writes Robyn Lambley MLA (pictured). FULL STORY »

Budget cuts will hurt all people in the NT, says CPSU

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There’s nothing efficient about arbitrary cuts, ramped up to 3% of departmental budgets this year, writes Kay Densley, CPSU NT Regional Secretary. FULL STORY »

‘Leave our oval alone’

The Indigenous Art Galley should not be on Anzac Oval, because it is “a social, sporting and cultural place we don’t want to lose, writes Yvonne Driscoll concerned resident in Alice Springs FULL STORY »

Zoning: Racial segregation can start in primary school

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The upmarket suburbs, Golf Course Estate and Mt Johns, are part of the feeder area for the distant Ross Park Primary School. If this were the boundary of a political electorate it would be called a gerrymander. ERWIN CHLANDA reports on a campaign by Stephie Harrison, pictured with partner Jack Batty and children Tanami (6), Max (2) and Louie (3 months) in their back yard. FULL STORY »

Budget challenges “a perfect storm”

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A $6.2b Budget, net debt of $4.5b, borrowings of $6.55b and interest payments of $324m while the population will drop: Not a pretty picture. Photo Treasurer Nicole Manison. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


UPDATE 12.40pm: The Budget is a disappointing, missed opportunity to attract investment, grow the economy, and create new jobs, says miners.

Budget reckless and foolhardy, says Opposition



The unprecedented level of net debt, set to soar to $4.5b in 2018-19 is quite simply, a terrible legacy. The NT is on a pathway to insolvency under this Labor government, says Opposition Leader Gary Higgins (pictured). ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Council sharpens focus on protecting water from fracking

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Council, on the urging of Cr Marli Banks (pictured), will ask the Chief Minister to put the Alice Springs Water Control District specifically off limits for shale gas exploration as well as production. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Will gas royalties save the NT? Read the fine print.

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The NT Government says royalties for onshore gas – some of it soon to be fracked – are calculated at “10% of the product’s gross value at the wellhead”. In fact the amount actually received is less – a lot less. SHAUNA MOUNSEY reports. FULL STORY »

Alice Springs News reader reveals Anzac Oval secret plan

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It will look very much like a building in Darwin, writes Peter Bassett.    FULL STORY »

Desert artists finalists in Archibald Prize

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Two well-loved desert artists are among the finalists for Australia’s best known art prize, the Archibald, devoted to portraiture. FULL STORY »

Breadth and depth in Alice Prize – show and winner

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The 40th Alice Prize is “one of the widest-ranging, most comprehensive and exhaustive examples of Australian contemporary art that you will ever see”, its “width and depth” summed up in the winning work chosen by judge, Brian Ritchie (yes, the Violent Femmes punk rocker). KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Assault in broad daylight

Police are seeking witnesses to an attack on two people in Hartley Street. FULL STORY »

‘Leave Anzac Oval alone’

The Indigenous Art Galley should not be on Anzac Oval because it is “a social, sporting and cultural place we don’t want to lose,” writes Yvonne Driscoll, a concerned resident in Alice Springs. FULL STORY »

ANZAC: The day of many meanings

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From a 97-year-old Rat of Tobruk, to 20 young Aboriginal men riding their horses 125 kilometres to be part of the day, it was all about remembrance and celebration. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Top cop must go, says Congress after stabbing death




The fact that the police have abandoned full lockdown of bottle shops is a key cause of potentially preventable alcohol related violence, writes Donna Ah Chee (pictured) of the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress.


UPDATE Friday 1:15pm: Police Association demands Ms Ah Chee withdraws “her disgusting and offensive comments”. FULL STORY »

Memo Club for 24/7 youth centre?

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It is suitable and close enough to the CBD, says promoter Steve Brown. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

1968, when revolution was everybody’s business

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The spirit has stood the test of time in The Alice, for half a century, writes Charlie Carter (at right). FULL STORY »

Minister’s blinkered view of US fracking sites

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If the Gunner Government will be basing its fracking regulations on what Mines and Energy Minister Vowles brought back from a fact finding mission in the USA, Territorians should be alarmed. If this is world’s best practice regulation, then it shows that regulation is incapable of preventing harm, writes Lauren Mellor from Frack-free NT. FULL STORY »

Financial empowerment for women: National Labor’s policy

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Two Aboriginal women from the Territory, on opposite sides of the political fence, may be in the next Federal Parliament. The race is on to make a difference on domestic violence, ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photos: The CLP candidate Jacinta Price (left) and Labor’s Senator Malarndirri McCarthy (right).   FULL STORY »

Martin Luther King III ‘disheartened’ by what he saw in Alice

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“You being here … honours our struggle, it bears witness to our truth, it gives rise to our voice.” At today’s moving Reconciliation Week gathering William Tilmouth thanked Martin Luther King III for his visit to Alice Springs, before both men, like the women before them, spoke of the challenging situation in The Centre. KIERAN FINNANE reports. Mr King is pictured receiving flowers of welcome. FULL STORY »

Believe in yourself: that’s the Trooth

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“As business students we have all the opportunities of the world ahead of us but we don’t know which path to take. Hip hop artists and youth ambassadors Trooth and Rush showed us the way,” write Eva Marshall and Jorja Purdie. FULL STORY »

Raw deal for Alice from NTG & Murdoch Advocate

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Chief Minister teams up with Murdoch Advocate to make a mockery of journalistic principles. COMMENT by ERWIN CHLANDA. FULL STORY »

Big solar prospects but can the network take it?

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The NT Government’s Territory Generation is working on a major deal with community organisation RePower Alice, reports ERWIN CHLANDA. Photo: Members of the group in high spirits. FULL STORY »

Anzac oval is the town council’s call, says Lambley

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The council cannot give away Anzac Oval unless the Gunner Government provides real answers to the questions Alice Springs people are asking, writes Robyn Lambley, Independent Member for Araluen. FULL STORY »

Cemeteries could be turned into parks

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New legislation will allow for modern methods for the disposal of human remains and applications to use closed cemeteries as parkland. KIERAN FINNANE reports from the Town Council meeting. FULL STORY »

School’s heritage listing may stop Anzac gallery

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The Heritage Council can reject a new nomination for heritage listing of a site or object only on the grounds of being vexatious or frivolous, and in this case those grounds cannot apply writes Alex Nelson (pictured). FULL STORY »

Problem kids: The whole town must help




“You can’t stop kids from violent neglected backgrounds with rules, threats of dire consequence or incarceration, an outcome for them that is probably much better than being at home,” says Steve Brown (pictured). Report by ERWIN CHLANDA.


UPDATE May 26, 5.40pm: Steve Brown will be calling a public meeting. See readers’ comment box. FULL STORY »

Knock-out concussion causes irreversible brain damage

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Boxing is barbarism. It’s time to ban in, writes <strong>Dr. Charlie Carter,</strong> of Alice Springs. FULL STORY »

Uluru Statement: A year later the debate goes on

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“Native title, the race to get funding to run your NGOs, all that stuff has divided our people. The Uluru Statement is a visionary thing. The divisions in our communities have been caused by the government. Therefore they have an obligation to deliver on this one national consensus,” says Thomas Mayor, who is taking the original of the controversial manifesto around the country. He spoke with ERWIN CHLANDA. FULL STORY »

Minister: ‘Trauma informed’ training across youth sector

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Dale Wakefield creates “shared practice framework” for public servants, NGOs and providers dealing with delinquent or endangered children. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Dance, lost and found

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“I couldn’t imagine that they would dance in this pot-holed, dusty carpark, but I knew to expect the unexpected. This was a production by Madeleine Krenek and Frankie Snowdon, who, with their collaborators, are carving out a space for a more challenging experience of contemporary dance in The Centre.” KIERAN FINNANE reviews The Lost Dance Project. FULL STORY »

Morrison announces cash injection for NT

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$260m relief for GST drops, support for remote housing, public hospitals, affordable housing and homelessness services announces Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

A big drought would kill buffel, too

p2310-buffel-2-SM2544 Des Nelson 1 SMIn the big drought: “The stocked areas of the Todd River station had been denuded to such an extent that the Hereford cattle were climbing high into the hills searching for feed, or, as told to me by the station owner Sandy Pye, walked out as far as 22km from a watering point, looking for feed.” DES NELSON (pictured) recollects. AT LEFT: Buffel thriving. FULL STORY »

Bones are going sky high

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The bones museum, destined to “revitalised” the CBD, is going to cost almost three times as much as announced by the NT Government in December. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


UPDATE 1:46pm April 26: FULL STORY »

Central Petroleum west of Alice: No plans for fracking

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Two high achievers of The Centre: One’s a miner planning to be a major commercial player in the region, the other a choir on the way to becoming an international sensation. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photos: Richard Cottee and the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir.


UPDATE: Meanwhile Labor Senator for the NT Malarndirri McCarthy has broken ranks with her party over the lifting of the moratorium, calling the move “quite contemptuous and disgraceful”. FULL STORY »

‘Reduce chaos: police needed at all liquor outlets’




Neglected kids “commit property and other crimes as they seek food, shelter and attention wherever and however,” writes Michael Liddle (pictured), Chairperson of the Central Australian Alcohol Programs Unit. FULL STORY »

New NT tax an absolute disaster, says mining industry




The announcement today by Treasurer Nicole Manison (pictured) threatens $6b worth of investments, says Association of Mining and Exploration Companies. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Buffel grass legacy started under Canberra rule

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“My purpose in providing this information is not to defend CSIRO from suggestions that it was responsible for the spread of buffel grass in central Australia but to illustrate, as Des Nelson did, that the story is much more complex – and interesting – than this,” says Margaret Friedel. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


UPDATE May 27 Dr Friedel expands on experiments in The Centre with grasses. She is writing a history of weed invasions in arid Australia. FULL STORY »

New energy for anti fracking campaign

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There is likely to be “non violent resistance” applied by people in the “direct line of fire,” says anti fracking campaigner Jimmy Cocking after rally today. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Sheep live export ban – cattle next?




The Northern Territory cattle industry should be very concerned. They know they can’t trust Labor, the Greens or the ABC and now they can’t trust the Liberals, writes Braedon Earley (pictured), of the 1 Territory Party. FULL STORY »

‘Anzac Oval not for sale’: govt under pressure on gallery plans

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“Anzac Oval is not for sale, it is not available. The request is to please move it off the table”: this was the demand of  a packed public gallery, conveyed by Councillor Eli Melky  to the government’s delegate at last night’s council meeting. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Putting a dollar figure on volunteering

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… but the cheque is not in the mail. ERWIN CHLANDA was among 110 local volunteers, for canapés, drinks and a big thank-you. FULL STORY »

CLP propaganda courtesy of a Senate office?

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Propaganda by Nigel Scullion (pictured) for the Country Liberal Party, Jacinta Price and Joshua Burgoyne under the Commonwealth Coat of Arms. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Where has Cr Melky been all these years?




Councillor Eli Melky (pictured) flogs a dead horse over a youth curfew. COMMENT by ERWIN CHLANDA. FULL STORY »

Film festival rethink but show goes on

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There’s no grass growing under the feet of Alex Kelly, director of the Something Somewhere Film Festival, despite the festival taking a break this year, with occasional screenings instead of a full program. FULL STORY »

To save a dying language

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There are less than 20 fluent speakers left of Southern Arrernte, or Pertame, the language that belongs to the country south of Alice Springs, around the Finke and Hugh Rivers. That puts it into the category of “severely endangered”. But its speakers are taking action. FULL STORY »

Gold better than platinum: Ghan passenger

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A one-way Adelaide to Darwin train ticket costing nearly $8000 bought bad service and poor amenities, claims a passenger. Great Southern Rail counters that passenger feedback averages a “97% rating for our service and hospitality and a 93% rating for the food and beverages offered on board – truly world-class results.” ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Pictured: Mr Kennedy. FULL STORY »

‘Government’s secret decision making’

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Only eight out of 25 MLAs got a say on fracking, writes Bruce Francais (pictured), of Katherine. FULL STORY »

Delayed report castigates government over town camps

2531 Hidden Valley 2 SM“Governance structures [for Aboriginal town camps] are characterised by confusion and uncertainty. The leasing structure makes day to day management difficult. There is no one agency or organisation that provides direction, support and funding.  This means little support to assisting residents to pursue development opportunities in a coordinated fashion.” Housing Minister Gerry McCarthy releases a scathing report after sitting on it for nearly one year. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Territory tourism playing catch-up

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Tourism in Australia is going gangbusters with 6% growth average across all states. But in the Territory it’s half that, 3%, with serious dips in the last couple of years. And will internet platforms, as they have done to print and electronic media, stand traditional government visitor promotion on its head? ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Youth crisis: broken window of tolerance

2531 Window of tolerance SM“They may begin petty crime, such as stealing food or clothing, as a means of meeting basic needs unmet at home. They are often hungry. What they do is based in necessity and often endures, but in addition to this a culture of behavior emerges. This ‘street culture’ may also develop out of other less tangible needs such as solidarity, self-expression, and a sense of identity.” RAINER CHLANDA writes about the children many see as the town’s major problem. DRAWING by Tamara Cornthwaite.       FULL STORY »

No youth hub at Newland, but it’s not the end of the story

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Local residents rejected out of hand a bike and skate facility at Newland Park, but council is open to hearing ideas about alternative locations for a youth hub. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Gunner puts big gas frackers above Territorians




“Frack and see” as Chief Minister Gunner succumbs to bullying from the high risk gas industry and the Federal Government, writes Naomi Hogan (pictured), of Lock the Gate. FULL STORY »

Art gallery: Govt keeps major Alice lobbies in the dark

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What benefit will Alice Springs get from the National Indigenous Art Gallery? “It’s one of the questions we’ll be asking as the government re-commences its consultation process,” says Chamber of Commerce boss Dave Batic (at right). ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Fracking moratorium lift welcomed by Opposition




Time to unlock the gate and get on with a well-regulated onshore shale gas industry, writes Opposition Leader Gary Higgins (pictured). FULL STORY »

Desert town in springtime: new look festival



A springtime festive season across six weeks, with two to three events each week, delivered in existing venues along Todd Street and mall: this is part of the new approach to the Desert Festival. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

A single gas field would increase Oz emissions by 5%

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Fracking the Territory could be equivalent to 100 times more than the emissions savings under the Northern Territory Government’s Roadmap to Renewables: 50% by 2030, writes Jimmy Cocking (pictured), Director of the Arid Lands Environment Centre.  FULL STORY »

Keeping youth in sight

2537 street kids 5 SMDisengaged youth gravitate to the CBD because they yearn to receive acknowledgment from the adult community. That’s why the the Town Council’s proposed “family bike and skate facility” should be right in the town centre, writes youth worker RAINER CHLANDA.  The kids will be keen to exhibit their talents, it would breathe life and excitement into the CBD whilst sending a message to the youth that they are welcome and valued.


Can Jacinta Price sit in Town Council and Federal Parliament?




Can it be done and would it be legal? If not, would Cr Price (pictured in a council meeting) breach her undertaking to ratepayers or to the constituents of Lingiari? ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Alice town camps need not be places of misery

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More than a dozen lease holding association could turn town camps into profitable enterprises and low rent housing. We ask NT Senator Malirndirry McCarthy for her views. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Private chats with govt heavy: mixed results

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The Chief Minister’s chief minder didn’t have a fantastic strike rate with his bid for one-on-ones with Town Council members about the National Indigenous Art Gallery: Cr Cocking and Cr Auricht (left) were clearly in no mood for behind closed door tactics. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Gunner rewrites the record on gallery consultations

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The Chief Minister says the gallery steering committee “put up two sites” for this development— the Desert Park, and “at the bottom of Anzac Hill”. The steering committee (co-chairs pictured)  did no such thing. It put up only one site, the Desert Park. Mr Gunner also seems to be unaware of initiatives his Cabinet colleague Dale Wakefield is taking on the project. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Sharp drop in houses, units sales in March quarter

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There was a small increase in the median house price, but caution is needed in calculating unit median because of low sale numbers, says L J Hooker boss Doug Fraser. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: New houses going up in Kilgariff. FULL STORY »

‘Our’ gallery: Will Gunner, Ryan slay the dragon stealing it?

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If Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, aka Michael Gunner and Damien Ryan, want to save the National Indigenous Art Gallery for Alice Springs, they had better get a wriggle-on: Adelaide is breathing fire, reports the city’s online newspaper, InDaily. By ERWIN CHLANDA.    FULL STORY »

Solar progress at St Philip’s, Ayers Rock Resort

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St Philip’s College in Alice Springs will be 100% solar power, and the Ayers Rock Resort will get nearly one-third of its peak use from the sun. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. IMAGE courtesy Voyages Ayers Rock Resort. FULL STORY »

Help disabled to be part of the economy

Let’s have Employable Me in The Alice, writes Jonathan Pilbrow, of the chairperson of the Acacia Hill School Council. FULL STORY »

Collective memoir of Tracker wins top prize

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Author Alexis Wright has won the 2018 Stella Prize for her ground-breaking collective biography of Aboriginal leader, thinker and entrepreneur, Tracker Tilmouth. FULL STORY »

Lewis died as his former position was being discussed: Source

EXCLUSIVE: Wording of a was motion leaked to the Alice Springs News Online. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

‘Bully method’ to swing Town Council vote on gallery

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Top ranking government operative is Alice-bound to twist the arms of Town Council members, in one-on-one meetings, claims MLA for Araluen Robyn Lambley. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

$50m for recreational fishos, same for the National Art Gallery

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CCTV on boat ramps will give Darwin’s anglers “peace of mind,” says Minister Vowles. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: East Arm boat ramp. FULL STORY »

Jacinta Price ready to turn her back on the Town Council

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Councillor Jacinta Price (pictured on Twitter with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull) accepts Country Liberal Party preselection for the Federal seat of Lingiari. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Alice Springs tourism industry treading water

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International visitors spent two and a half times as much in the Ayers Rock Resort region in the past 12 years compared to what they forked out in The Alice and the MacDonnells. FULL STORY »

Gas lobby silent on some fracking recommendations

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Fracking final report: Oil, gas lobby cautious about some recommendations, but urges NT Government to give the green light. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Grand scheme meets small minds

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“It’s the tourism, stupid.” Planning for a grand “national” art gallery descends into small town bickering as visitor spending is in a massive 12-year long decline. Photo: No, this ain’t the new Alice art gallery. It’s the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao which turned a grimy industrial city into super destination for tourists. COMMENT by ERWIN CHLANDA.

UPDATE 5:40pm: Response from Tourism Minister Lauren Moss. FULL STORY »

Report says fracking risks can be ‘appropriately managed’

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“No industry is completely without risk, and the development of any onshore shale gas industry in the NT is no exception [but] the challenges and risks associated with [it] can be appropriately managed.” That’s the opinion of the fracking inquiry’s final report presented to the NT Government today. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


UPDATES from Michael Gunner, Gary Higgins, the Frack Free Alliance, the Arid Lands Environment Centre and Lock the Gate. FULL STORY »

Diversification tipped to make millions for cattlemen

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After a profitable 2017 pastoralists are set to branch into other forms of agriculture and even tourism under NT policies relaxing the restricted use of their land mostly for grazing. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Wally Klein on Orange Creek station with a half-tonne bale of lucerne hay. FULL STORY »

Jacinta Price: talking about Aboriginal people but not for them?

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Jacinta Price is squarely aiming her campaign on child protection at Aboriginal people and says she has “a lot of support from the Aboriginal community” but this was not in evidence at her recent rally. KIERAN FINNANE reports, including on expert analysis of elevated STI rates amongst young Aboriginal people. FULL STORY »

Fracking OK, but under ‘strict laws’ – Gunner

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“We have kept our promise,” writes Chief Minister Michael Gunner as he lifts moratorium. FULL STORY »