Never a dull moment in the fast lane: As traditional owners seek to block the Tennant Creek to Mount Isa gas pipeline, ex Labor Chief Minister Paul Henderson (at right in the picture) and former Liberal Opposition Leader Alexander Downer (next to him) are offering "discreet advice" about how to do business in the Territory. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
The Territory Government, if re-elected next week, will spend as much on a third set of lights for Traeger Park as it will for the rest of the town.
Announcing election promises for Central Australia, Chief Minister Paul Henderson said in Alice Springs today it will cost $2.5m to upgrade the lights to broadcasting standard, so that AFL games such as the Indigenous All Stars can be broadcast nation-wide.
The same amount will be paid to the Town Council for the enhancement of the CBD and community parks.
PHOTO: Mr Henderson (centre) during the announcement today. He is flanked (from left) by ALP candidates Adam Findlay (Araluen), Rowan Foley (Greatorex) and Deb Rock (Braitling). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Today, August 16, Territory Labor committed $10 million over four years to support local developments and initiatives in the Territory Growth Towns. It was billed by Chief Minister Paul Henderson (pictured on the 'Team Henderson' website with Minister for Central Australia Karl Hampton, in sunglasses) as a commitment to "build a better future for all Territorians, no matter where they live".
But it's worth doing the math to make sense of just how much of a "better future" the Chief Minister envisages for those Territorians who don't live in Darwin and do live in the so-called Growth Towns. These are all mainly Aboriginal communities off the Stuart Highway. There are 21 of them. KIERAN FINNANE comments.