See FULL STORY: Minister Willem Westra van Holthe has provided a response.
Alice Springs based water planner Anne Pye says she was told to "remove the cap from the Alice water plan on the basis of comments from Darwin based political advisers and Darwin bureaucrats". Ms Pye, who has taken a job with the Central Land Council, stated this is a "final farewell" email to colleagues which was leaked to the Alice Springs News Online. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
The spiel about the purchase of 2000 hectares Territory Table Grape is as old as it is trite. It is an "opportunity for Indigenous Australians", intones Indigenous Business Australia. The upbeat language dried up when the Alice News began to examine whether this is just another source of sitdown money. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: The Ali Curung watermelon plantation where backpackers and other imported labour, reportedly, do much of the heavy lifting.
Gas promises are a hardy perennial for Territory pollies but since the building of the Palm Valley to Alice and Darwin pipelines they have amounted to little more than hot air. The latest promises come from Chief Minister Adam Giles who told the Estimates Committee he had requested the private sector to produce financial modelling for a pipeline to South Australia’s gas fields at no cost to the government. ALEX NELSON reports. Image: The territory's first Chief Minister, Paul Everingham, on an election advert in May 1980.
The Alice Springs News Online has learned that clients of the Frampton New Homes scheme, which operated between 2008 and 2010, have been asked to make themselves available for the inquiry. We also understand that jailed Randal Carey (pictured), the scheme's builder, will be appearing. See FULL STORY.
The Agents Licensing Board is conducting an inquiry into an alleged breach of the Agents Licensing Act by First National Real Estate Framptons. Karen Avery, Senior Director Licensing, Department of Business, says the board is conducting the inquiry "in its own right" and the alleged breach relates to the section which states: "A licensed agent who … publishes, or causes to be published an advertisement or other statement that is false, misleading or likely to deceive a person … is guilty of a breach of the rules of conduct for agents." ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Local rapper Hugh "Man" Winterflood aka SkankMC describes as a "huge gig" the performance on July 27 by Sydney hip hop artist MC The Tongue (pictured). "He will be on his national tour and is coming to play a gig here in Alice for free, at Bojangles," says SkankMC.
Public Housing Safety Officers had improved the lives of many Territory Housing tenants and their neighbours. In one year the officers have come across 8525 incidents while on patrol and responded to 5697 complaints – that’s an average of 1.6 responses required every hour writes Peter Chandler, Minister for Housing.
When it comes to picking an attractive candidate it doesn't get much better than Nova Peris: She is thoughtful, a good communicator, energetic, a sporting star, Territory born and bred and good looking. For a Labor candidate she is surprisingly conservative on some issues, quoting that four-letter word – work – as the key to fixing much of what's wrong in the Territory. Far from focusing on just Aboriginal issues she says bringing back to speed the live cattle export industry will be one of her top priorities. She spoke with Alice Springs News Online Editor ERWIN CHLANDA. Ms Peris, at left in the photo above, is picturedat the Alice Springs Show with law student Que Kenny, from Hermannsburg.