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Ministers mum on threat to West MacDonnells, tourism promotion fiasco




Two ministers with key roles in The Centre's troubled tourism industry have declined to be interviewed about their failure to get visitor numbers up, and to arrest a major threat to the West MacDonnell Ranges national park. Tourism Minister Matt Conlan relied on a written statement, short on specifics, from a minder to respond to questions from the Alice Springs News Online. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Trekker thigh-deep in the weed buffel on the Larapinta trail about, three kilometers west of Ormiston Gorge last week. Parks Minister Bess Price, the custodian of the tourism industry's majors asset, the West Macs, is sitting on her hands.

A lesson from mining that went bad




I was picked up this morning from my hotel under the Surabaya airport’s flight path and taken to the mud flats at nearby Lapindo. There’s a lesson in those flats for prospective miners who do not take sufficient care. It seems a company was drilling for gas and managed to puncture one of our planet’s membranes.

The Horror comes to cinema, live & on screen


Be scared, be very afraid: Today is Friday the 13th AND full moon. Celebrate with Trasharama a-go-go and local band The Horror with members Jo, Junt, Tully and Munts, and mascot Sindee. PHOTO: Oliver Eclipse.

‘Gift’ costs ratepayers $75,000



p2140-Stuart-statue-base-frIt was supposed to be a gift to the ratepayer from the Freemasons. Now the John McDouall Stuart statue is going to cost the town $75,000. Work has begun on the base: the concrete needs to cure for 28 days before loads can be applied. KIERAN FINNANE reports.



Salt mine near Alice planned to be region's biggest private employer


The company Tellus Holdings says it wants its planned salt mine at Titjikala, 120 kms south of Alice Springs, to be the region's bigger private employer. RACHEL McFADDEN reports. PHOTO: A salt mine in Germany (courtesy Tellus).

Taxpayers happy in 2014





Those who spent Friday afternoon behind the wheel may have heard news (ABC Radio) that a majority of Australians are now happy to pay their taxes, writes our new columnist, RICHARD BENTLEY.

Noise 'deafening' from school basketball court


Sir – I have some unanswered questions regarding the shed structure for the basketball courts at Centralian Middle School. The noise generated is deafening, writes local resident Ron Kern.

See update with the reply of Minister Chandler.

Meeting suspending director not valid, says land council




A statement from the Central Land Council (CLC) today says “no valid meeting of the Executive” has taken place and the “purported dealing with the employment of David Ross” is of no effect. The statement follows the leaking to the Alice Springs News Online of a letter from CLC chairman Maurie Japarta Ryan to Mr Ross (pictured), the director of the CLC, suspending him “effective immediately”. (See report posted yesterday.)

First youth boot camps get underway




The first group of young Territorians to participate in the Government’s new early intervention youth boot camp programs will tomorrow take their first steps towards getting their lives back on track, says Minister for Correctional Services John Elferink (pictured) in a media release.

Building contracts: Giles govt. should stand up for small business

Steve Brown comment



With the Giles Government now halfway through a term it was with some disgust this week that I discovered that the very mechanism used to rort the SIHIP funding for Aboriginal Housing is still in play.

Who will benefit from Utopia's new police station?



Who is going to benefit from a new police complex at Utopia, now called Arlparra, estimated to cost $7m? ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: The existing demountables which seem to be adequate.

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