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Ryan's agenda to reform land council: broad support from members?

UPDATE May 24, 9:30am: Major comment from challenger Michael Liddle in comment box below this report.


The re-election yesterday of Central Land Council chairman Maurie Ryan indicates that his agenda to reform the organisation has broad support from its members. A letter (excerpt pictured) to Senator Nigel Scullion, which sparked Mr Ryan's recent standing down, has been leaked to the Alice Springs News Online. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Government handing out water licences at alarming rate: Labor




The CLP Government is jeopardising the future of developing Northern Australia by handing over water licences at an alarming rate with no regard for future planning or science, writes Kon Vatskalis, Shadow Minister for Infrastructure & Transport (pictured).

I have the confidence of the land council: Maurie Ryan


"I have the confidence of the Central Land Council and a mandate to run it," says Maurie Ryan (pictured) after a general meeting of the CLC in Tennant Creek.

Dave's dilemma



Who's in charge: Treasurer Dave Tollner or fatcat bureaucrats? That is the question.

Desert Knowledge direction unclear: Giles



"There seems to be no direction about where the organisation is going to go in the future," says Chief Minister Adam Giles (pictured) about Desert Knowledge Australia. ERWIN CHLANDA reporting.

New post office shed to cope with online shopping parcels


A large shed is being added to the southern side of the post office building to cope with the increase in mail order posting. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Bye, bye bikers!


"Missing you already" is bound to be the message of Alice Springs to the 2500 departing Ulysses Club members who spent $5m in town. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

CAT: ‘We’ll grow again once the chaos subsides’


In the shadow of the federal Budget, friends of the Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT), board members and staff, past and present, gathered last Friday to celebrate the publication of Alan Mayne’s Alternative Interventions, a book that charts CAT’s history to 2010, when it had 130 staff on the books and was turning over $25 million. Today the picture is somewhat different and their survival strategy can be summed up as this: “Pull business back now and grow again once the chaos subsides.” KIERAN FINNANE reports.


Fiddling while buffel is burning


Under the shrubs and trees of the West MacDonnell National Park lurks thick, dense buffel grass, square kilometers of it, healthy and in seed, a tinderbox in the making. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: The glorious view from the Larapinta Trail about three kilometers east of Simpson's Gap: bottom left of the photo shows buffel grass.

Mining royalties and welfare payments: the government view


Rent, royalties and other land related payments are treated as income for social security purposes if the monies are paid to a member of an Indigenous community, according to information obtained by Tina MacFarlane. Royalty issues are also likely to be raised in a meeting of the Central Land Council (CLC) which will consider the future of CLC chairman Maurie Ryan (pictured). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Want to be a bigot?






Bigot strikes me as a lousy word to hang one’s hat on, although if worked into a political slogan it might have legs.

Alison Anderson: rebel with a cause




Alison Anderson has long operated under the motto: If you can't join them, beat them. She gave an exclusive interview to ERWIN CHLANDA. She is pictured with Kathy Satour (left) in Alice Springs this morning.

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