A mammoth volunteer effort decades ago made Anzac Oval into the major playground for the town's sports and social occasions. During World War II it was a staging ground for the transport of military materiel, which had arrived by rail, on to Darwin by road. No wonder the oval occupies a special place in the hearts and minds of many long-term residents. Now the NT Government controversially wants to acquire it for the National Aboriginal Art Gallery, in limbo after opposition from traditional owners. Part One by ALEX NELSON.
“Prescribed burning plays an important role and is used to keep ecosystems healthy, aid traditional hunting and protect the country from damaging hot wildfire," says the new West MacDonnell management plan. But it doesn't say how. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
In the NT they are not, unlike for floods and fires. Councillor Jimmy Cocking argues the case for the NT Government to the develop Emergency Management Plans for heatwaves "to reduce the risk to life and livelihoods in both regional and urban areas". KIERAN FINNANE reports.
"An inch of rain and we'll be right again," said a man in Ormiston Gorge on Sunday where people had been evacuated and assets saved at the last moment from the firestorm last month. But Dr Fiona Walsh, who's lived and worked in The Centre as a desert ecologist for 25 years, has a more concerned take on the disaster. Meanwhile the government is continuing to withhold information about the fire management plan for the park, and the funding for work that could have contained the blaze. PHOTOS: The Staircase to Heaven, before and after the blaze. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
The Commonwealth Grants Commission, when asked to comment on Bob Beadman's opinion piece arguing for a needs-based – not race-based – GST distribution, said it is not a policymaking body. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
“It is a management issue where resources have not been made available for Parks to do the buffel management that is necessary,” says ALEC CEO Jimmy Cocking about the devastating fire in the iconic West MacDonnell National Park last month. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
After an odyssey in homes for taken-away children, Joe Croft excelled at school and became Australia's first Aboriginal to enter university. He is pictured with Charlie Perkins, right, the first Indigenous person to graduate from an Australian university. By JOHN P McD SMITH. Part Two of a series.
Fire mapping in 2018 indicates only one or two areas of prescribed burning during the cool months last year, insufficient to prevent the catastrophic bushfire which has swept through most of the West MacDonnell National Park last month, says the CDU's Andrew Edwards. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: Fire in Ormiston Gorge.
Hopeful producers of tungsten and rare earths pleased with exploration results and are finding high demand as resources make up 72% of the nation's exports in 2018. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo shows tungsten outcrop.
The West MacDonnell Ranges have now been ravaged by fire for the third time in two decades: Fire scientist Peter Latz (pictured) says the NT Government isn't spending enough money on precautionary burns during the winter, leaving a catastrophic fuel load for the hot months. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.