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Councillor passes buck to staff

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From this (at left) to that: But don't complain about it to Cr Glen Auricht, chair of the Technical Services executive committee. He won't have an answer for you. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Leslie Nayda: Alice boy reaches top of SA public service

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Bringing Arrernte language into town signage

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In this International Year of Indigenous Languages, Akeyulerre Inc wants to work with council, first on a specific project achievable within six months, then set a timeline for a process beyond that. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

Gunner muzzles Independents, now seven of them

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Chief Minister denies the growing number of cross benchers support staff anywhere near the level enjoyed by his government's members, writes Robyn Lambley MLA, Independent Member for Araluen.

Burgoyne misses out on number one Senate slot

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Katherine-based vet gets the number one position, with Alice Springs electrician Joshua Burgoyne (pictured) in second place. No party has ever won both NT Senate seats. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Kings Canyon community invests in secondary education

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The traditional owners of the iconic Watarrka – Kings Canyon National Park have combined their rent income from the park with private donations to build a secondary school classroom to keep their children at school for longer.


UPDATE March 14: CLC responds to readers' comments.

Gender-diverse Alice flocks to drag queen spectacular

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Mascara was streaming down their faces in torrents (whose idea was it to have the spectacle at the hottest time of the day – 39 degrees?) but there was no stopping the drag queens in town for the first FABalice festival, and the locals just love a parade: They packed into the Mall. See video. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Award finalist keen to build leadership, business skills

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Alice Springs resident Donna Digby (pictured), one of three finalists nominated for the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award, wants to pilot a business development and leadership program for women in remote Australia.

$65m for children at risk case management system

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Territory Families CEO  Ken Davies (pictured) says 1060 children are in the government's care. The “Safe, Thriving and Connected” program now being designed is included in the $229m response to the recommendations of the royal commission into children in custody. ERWIN CHLANDA  reports.


UPDATE 5.22pm

NT Govt funds pro-fracking group, says environmentalist

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Following reports $450,000 in taxpayer funds has been granted to the pro gas industry arm of the CSIRO, GISERA, the NT Government should disclose how much money has been spent on fracking related expenses since elected in 2016, writes Jesse Hancock (pictured at right), from the Protect Country Alliance.


UPDATE March 9: GISERA director replies (pictured at left).

Weapons tell starkly different young men's stories



An exceptionally diverse exhibition takes weapons – from spears to guns – as a starting point for a mediation on the lives of young men. KIERAN FINNANE reviews.

No juvenile prison in your back yard: Dale Wakefield

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“The infrastructure here is not ideal but it is a lot better than what it was. We have no immediate plans to move that anywhere at this stage. We want to focus on keeping kids out of that facility.” Last night's announcement by Dale Wakefield was good news for the NIMBY crowd. It is not what she promised 15 months ago for offending children. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Doreen Carrol nee McCormack, at right in the photo, with part of the crowd last night, mostly women.

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