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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.

Rifle missing from stolen, recovered car

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Police are appealing for information about a firearm that was reported stolen from a vehicle in Alice Springs.

NT state final demand declines further

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Drop of 2.5% in the December quarter follows 8.4% in September, according to the ABS. Real action is needed, says the Opposition. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Fixing taps or fixing policy?

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After decades of arguing about remote housing, consultants are still paid well for big words while the people on the ground could be taught to fix the small jobs. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Pictured: A kit to fix leaking taps.

Cart before the horse




There is an ancient trail snaking north from Port Augusta along the western side of the Simpson Desert and passing right by Alice. That may be how some stories get here, but that’s not how either participants and contributors, nor how visitors, will travel. They will come along the highways, writes HAL DUELL (pictured).

Ghan walk: Signs of the times

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Deteriorated signs on the walk to town from the railway station: Tourism lobby asleep at the wheel. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Ed Harry closing this week

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Six people to lose their jobs.

The Florence Nightingale from the bush

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Sister Rona Glynn grew up at The Bungalow in Alice Springs, Mulgoa in NSW and St Mary’s Hostel, back in Alice Springs. In 1952 she was the first Indigenous junior teacher at the Alice Springs Primary School. In 1962 she became the first Indigenous charge sister at the Alice Springs Hospital. It is believed that she delivered over 2000 babies and was loved throughout Alice as Sister Glynn.

Town Council out of step with counterparts on assets register

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In Queensland anyone can consult councillors' asset registers online; in Victoria anyone can apply to consult them. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Mayor attacks service club, editor

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Damien Ryan has refused to retract an unsubstantiated attack he made in an audio recorded interview with him in November last year, against the Rotary Club of Alice Springs, one of the town's oldest and most active service clubs and a co-organiser of the Henley on Todd (pictured), and against Alice Springs News Online editor ERWIN CHLANDA who conducted the interview and is also a member of the club. The relevant audio recording is part of the report. The relevant audio recording is part of the report.

Art gallery more than selling cappuccinos: Scott McConnell

2617 cappuccino SM2617 Scott McConnell SMNewly independent Member for Stuart Scott McConnell says the National Aboriginal Art Gallery – on hold at the moment – would likely lead to a national debate which is about Indigenous recognition, constitutional recognition, about truth telling “which is not about bricks and mortar, it’s about telling the Aboriginal story nationally, and how Aboriginal people can contribute to it". ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Booze action pays dividends: Fyles





A 24.5% decrease in alcohol-related Emergency Department presentations in NT hospitals in December 2018 compared to December 2017 show alcohol reforms are working, writes Natasha Fyles, Attorney-General and Minister for Health.

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