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LETTER: Garrett admits Indigenous education defeat

School Education Minister Peter Garrett has admitted today that the Gillard government has failed to close the gap in indigenous education, writes Senator Nigel Scullion, Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs.

LETTER: Michael Wayne Loy, RIP

Sir – On behalf of the members and friends of the Guillain Barre Syndrome Association of NSW I would like to express our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the late Michael Wayne Loy of Alice Springs, writes Mark Kunach.

Local men work on $3.2m learning centre

PHOTOS: Top – Local and visiting women from Yuendumu celebrate the opening (from left) Janet Gordon, Maisie Kitson, Wendy Leichlitner, Ann Grace Kitson, Lisa Gordon, Serena Shannon, Julie Kitson and Janelle Ross. Below – the new centre.

 

Four Willowra men worked on the construction of the $3.2m Wirliyajarrayi learning centre for adults and pre-school children in their community of Willowra, north-west of Alice Springs, clocking up 1400 working hours and picking up skills including brick laying and plaster board fitting.

 

LETTER: Hot showers, quality food on Larapinta Trail

There will be architecturally-designed semi-permanent campsites on the remote Larapinta Trail. The camps, which are the brainchild of tour company, World Expeditions, provide an oasis in the desert for trekkers – hot showers, quality food and a place to rest after exploring the spectacular red centre, writes Matt Conlan, Minister for Tourism.

Budget: Public service to work harder, debt not for daily costs

The NT Budget next week won't cut many more jobs from the public service, but public servants will need to work harder, running unfunded projects left behind by the Labor government, and bringing to reality new ones promised by the CLP.

Borrowed money isn't a bad thing so long it's not used for the day to day administration, but rather for assets cranking up employment and the economy.

Some of the flood of Canberra money will continue to be used to subsidise the ailing Power Water Corporation (PWC), but the corporation will be required to massively improve its efficiency. But we will continue to have some of the nation's lowest electricity tariffs.

So says NT Treasurer Dave Tollner, partly in response to a comment published here on Monday. He spoke to Alice Springs News Online editor ERWIN CHLANDA. PHOTO: Mr Tollner talking to anti-uranium protesters during the Legislative Assembly sittings in Alice Springs in November, 2009.

Pedestrians ignore new $300,000 crossing at The Gap

The Federal Government has spent $300,000 on a bid to remove a fatal "black spot" on the Stuart Highway just south of the The Gap. Yet some nearby residents ignore the facility, and cross the highway just a stone's throw to the south, where they have no protection. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Builder Randal Carey willing to assist police

Randal Carey, the builder in the failed Frampton New Homes scheme, has indicated that he is willing to cooperate with further police investigation of another matter, Justice Jenny Blokland heard in the Supreme Court this morning. Crown Prosecutor Stephen Robson said Mr Carey is expected to enter a plea.  KIERAN FINNANE reports.

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The Territory Budget miracle: achieving so little with so much

JOHN ELFERINK: "How are we to deal with the $5.5 billion projected debt left to us by Labor?"

 

It's time again for a treasurer to perform the Northern Territory's annual miracle: achieving so little with so much.

Prepped by all the hand wringing about black holes, the public is fearing the worst. Savage Power Water Corporation (PWC) hikes have already given a taste of what may be ahead.
Yet the NT, with less than 1% of Australia's population, gets 5.4% of the nation's GST. More than half the NT Budget, $2.7b, is from the GST. The Feds are also kicking in $3.4 billion over 10 years through Stronger Futures.
Add to that the millions in Federal welfare payments, and massive funding to NGOs performing – some poorly – state and local government-like functions, and we have an administration awash in public money. ERWIN CHLANDA comments. "How are we to deal with the $5.5 billion projected debt left to us by Labor?" asks government frontbencher John Elferink in reply.

PHOTO: Part of the new Alice Springs power station at Brewer Estate – an expenditure of the "black hole" Power Water Corporation.

Debate is on again: A cable car, a restaurant for Mt Gillen?

 

A restaurant on top of Mount Gillen and a cable car to take people up there are being discussed informally, as part of a wish list, by members of the town council, the Alice Springs News Online has learned. The idea has been raised many times in the past 40 years. This time the suggestion has been made to have the starting point at the Desert Park, reliable sources are saying. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: The visitors' centre, with photoshopped gondola, at the Desert Park, suggested to be the lower terminal for the cable car.

UPDATE Monday, May 6, 2pm: Cr Geoffrey Booth says it was he who raised the idea and explains why.

LETTER: Solar eclipse on Friday, March 10

 

 

 

Sir – Get set for a rare and amazing sky event next week for the Annular Eclipse of the sun on Friday morning, May 10.  A fiery solar ring will remain around the moon’s silhouette. Weather permitting, everyone in Australia, except for the western third of Western Australia, will be able to see a partial or full eclipse, writes Dave Reneke, of Astro Space News.

Bush funding: what does the one hand know about the other?

The Remote Jobs and Communities Program was announced by the Federal Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development, Julie Collins (pictured left) in Alice Springs. It makes no mention of the initiative by her Northern Territory counterpart, Alison Anderson (pictured right), aiming to subject regional development to "integration and coordination across business, industry, the community and all levels of government". Both initiatives were announced yesterday and have roughly the same objectives in the same region and are trying to help the same people: But it appears that when it comes to spending public money, one hand, once again, cares little about what the other is doing. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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