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How delicious is Spam?

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A central metaphor for My Desert is Delicious, a performance in development by the Dusty Feet Dance Collective, is tinned Spam and tinned food more generally. It seemed to be a way of acknowledging that the perspectives being presented on this place – Alice Springs, the central desert – were imported. KIERAN FINNANE reviews. See also video at FULL STORY.

Territory growth – it is mostly the Top End's Inpex

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Today's CommSec State of the States report showed worrying signs on the horizon for the Territory economy, writes Gerry McCarthy, Shadow Treasurer (pictured).

Are there a better ways to spend $24m?

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The construction of a $24m railway overpass 12 kilometres south of Alice Springs will start next month, replacing an existing level crossing with a new 40 metre bridge over the rail line. Is this money well spent, we are asking our readers.

Thunder in The Alice

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Alice Springs was treated to a revhead's dream this weekend at the Drag Strip where competitors of all ages battled it out in front of some very impressive crowds. CHRIS CORDERO reports.

Work starts on 250 affordable housing dwellings

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A program is under way to create 250 "affordable housing" dwellings in Alice Springs, within about three years. Construction has started on the first project, 11 units in Gillen, obtained from a private developer. The first 50 are scheduled to come on stream next year. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Mantle of mental health care withdrawn

 

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The Abbott Government has cut the funding for an essential mental health program that is delivered by the Royal Flying Doctor Service, writes WARREN SNOWDON, MHR for Lingiari. Responding to the news DR CRAIG SAN ROQUE, psychologist, says the move – dismantling a primary mental health care service that was working – is unforgivable, but that NT Medicare Local has also had a role to play.

Drugs found on bus from Adelaide

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A 24-year-old man will appear in the Magistrates Court today charged with drug offences following a routine search on a bus traveling from Adelaide.

Why do we not think BIG about tourism?

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I attended another token forum recently which had the publicised intention of gathering local ideas on future development, facilitating infrastructure for the Central Australian Region. I was once again disheartened not only by the tokenistic pretense at listening to local ideas, but most of all I was struck by the lack of imagination, adventure, forward thinking or just plain guts that was on display in that thinking.

Electricity prices coming down: Tollner

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Territorians will pay less for their power with today's axing of Labor's Carbon Tax, writes Treasurer Dave Tollner (pictured).

 

Artists bring landscape into Alice Plaza

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A mural in the Namatjira tradition will soon grace a wall inside the Alice Plaza and is bound to become a drawcard for art lovers and tourists. Work began yesterday with Ngurratjuta Many Hands artists Peter Taylor and Mervyn Rubuntja outlining the scaled-up forms of a landscape painted by Taylor. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

Global travellers meet at the crossroads of the world

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Where does a man walking around the world meet another one doing the same thing on a bicycle? In Todd Mall, Alice Springs, of course. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PICTURED: Pushkar Shah (left) and Nicolas Queune in Todd Mall yesterday.

 

Council to NTG: hands off our public holidays

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Alice Springs could not afford to lose the May Day, Queen’s Birthday and Picnic Day public holidays: the community events that are held on all three are essential to the town’s economic and cultural life. So say the Town Councillors who last night voted to write to the NT Government to express this view. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

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