If you believe there's nothing out there in our wide open spaces beyond the handful of major centres – think again. There are 772 other locations where people live, funded through NGOs, local government or the government direct. Regional Development Minister Alison Anderson is now lifting this $30m a year conundrum out of the too hard basket. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: Google Earth image of an outstation near Utopia, just off the Sandover Highway, north-east of Alice Springs.