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Tourism Central Australia: The watchdog is a lapdog

"Tourism Central Australia are not in the position to make comment on Tourism NT spend." Pardon? Isn't that exactly what Tourism CA is meant to be doing? COMMENT by ERWIN CHLANDA. PHOTO: Who conducts tourism promotion spending in the Territory? Should the Darwin Symphony Orchestra money have gone to the Mbantua Festival? Matthew Wood conducts at the concert in Alice Springs on Sunday.

Newcomers, FIFO crowd tear the heart out of The Alice

The failure of government decision making has had a huge impact on Alice Springs, writes STEVE STRIKE, a prominent photographer in The Centre for 30 years. The place is run largely by newcomers with very little NT experience or history here, he claims in a guest comment piece. Yet he says: "There is no place on earth I love more than Alice."

'Get the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority into line'

 

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

The sacred sites fiasco over the Mbantua Festivals once again puts the actions of the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority (AAPA) in the spotlight, writes Steve Brown, of Alice Springs. PHOTO: Men dancing at the Overland Telegraph Station during the festival was one of the issues raised by the authority.

 

Symphony under the stars

 

 

 

 

About 700 people came to the Ayers Rock Resort last week to hear the Darwin Symphony Orchestra play under the stars on Friday and Saturday, and 3200 people listened to the concert at the Alice Springs golf course (photo) on Sunday evening.

Native title enterprise: Light at the end of the tunnel

Lhere Artepe Enterprises has discharged a multi-million dollar debt to a private lender, and put in place a debt repayment schedule it can service with its existing assets. However, it is unlikely to make money from its Mount Johns residential development (above). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

OMG, they shrank the Ghan!

 

 

The latest Great Railway Journey in Alice Springs you take not inside a train, but on top of it. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Volunteer Dallas doing a track inspection.

 

Again: Skater fined for not showing ID – after doing so

 

 

 

 

 

Another skateboarder, Storm Vincent, has been fined $576 by town council rangers for not producing ID – which he had shown to rangers – and in addition, $144 for skateboarding in the CBD. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

"Scoop" leaves town

 

 

 

Photographer Steve Strike (pictured), who for decades put The Centre before the nation and the world, is leaving town. He spoke with ERWIN CHLANDA.

Minister confirms: only 30 blocks for Kilgariff stage one

 

 

Only 30 residential blocks will be built in stage one of the new Kilgariff suburb south of The Gap, Lands Minister Peter Chandler has now confirmed, with blocks to cost from $160,000 to $180,000. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Pastoralists can now diversify

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

Amendments to the Pastoral Land Act allow to run non-pastoral business enterprises on their land for thirty years with an option to extend for a further thirty years writes Willem Westra van Holthe, Minister for Land Resource Management.

 

Sparks fly between Festival and Imparja, sacred sites authority

Mbantua Festival chairman Neville Perkins attacks Imparja TV for inadequate involvement in the event while he cops flak from the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Sacred rocks behind the Mbantua performance areas are at the centre of the latest festival controversy.

Gap pedestrian crossing to go

 

 

 

The controversial pedestrian crossing at The Gap will be removed. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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