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The festival of lights that keeps the public in the dark

By ERWIN CHLANDA The NT Government's Major Event group is marking the wrap of Parrtjima 2020 by progressing from telling porkies about attendance figures to...

Desert Mob in the year of Covid

By KIERAN FINNANE Updated, 23 September 2020, 11.13am: This version contains some factual corrections regarding the configuration of the exhibition and the subject matter of...

A touch of light: return of the rainbow bee-eaters

By MIKE GILLAM All photos © Mike Gillam As temperatures rise plant production increases and with it, insect activity. Soon the vigorous fresh growing tips of...

Pine Gap keeps growing

By KIERAN FINNANE When the lips of governments and contractors stay tightly sealed, one way to find out what’s going on at the Pine Gap...

Everyone’s got culture, it’s about who we are: Minister

By KIERAN FINNANE In a weekend crowded with major arts events – with both Desert Mob and Parrtjima opening last Friday –  the new Minister...

$500m university, 'techno' plans for Desert Knowledge




A member of the Alice Springs Hatzimihail family, Alex, says he is pulling together investors for an educational and technical complex worth more than $500m in the Desert Knowledge Precinct. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.



Whitegate: nation born under a tin shelter?



Meeting under a tin shelter at 40 degrees, Whitegate residents decided to take their plight to the United Nations, the USA, UK, Russia and the European Union. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Giles snubs Alice Springs on TIO and flood risk



Chief Minister Adam Giles has announced the NT Government will commit $50 million to flood mitigation works in Rapid Creek, Katherine and Darwin’s Rural Area if a decision is made to change the ownership of TIO, but he has announced nothing about Alice Springs. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


UPDATE: Mr Giles released the following statement at 6pm on November 21: “The Territory Government has prepared TIO asset realisation investment strategies right across the Territory, including Alice Springs, which if TIO were to change hands, would be announced at a later date.”

Culture: Alice sells itself short

WTS Coles mural 2sm



There’s not too much evidence around Alice Springs of its character as a place where two very different cultures meet and – in their better moments – aspire to get along.  What matches, for instance, the bicultural breadth of vision expressed in the 33-year-old Coles mural facing Railway Terrace? asks KIERAN FINNANE.

Virgin to fly Adelaide – Alice – Darwin

Virgin Australia begins flights between Alice Springs and Adelaide next year. Today’s announcement follows last month’s news that Virgin will commence flying the Darwin – Alice Springs sector.

Housing boost, with help from the government



Until recently anyone to get this one right went straight to the top of the class: Who's going to live in the 100-plus or so flats, units and other dwellings under construction now in Alice Springs? The answer is getting easier, reports ERWIN CHLANDA.


Alice business set to turn global competitor




Good-bye boneyard, hello aircraft storage facility. Our dry climate, where corrosion is minimal, is crucial and ideal for keeping old planes alive. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


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