Tuesday, August 11, 2020

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Massive military spending: Election distraction?

 

Voters, stand by: Massive growth in military spending. New spin to take the heat from youth crime, phenomenal Budget blow-out and COVID-19? ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: KC-30 refuelling aircraft that can fly non stop from Tindal to Beijing and back.

 

UPDATE July 7 at 9.30am: To date, the United States Government has awarded four construction contracts for USFPI infrastructure projects worth US$101.785m in the Northern Territory, says the Australian Department of Defene. (See map.)

Canberra money for festivals all goes to Top End

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Nigel Scullion announces Commonwealth festivals funding: Top End $188,560. Central Australia nil. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

See UPDATE February 28.

 

Close shaves in the Top End

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In 1962 I'd landed a government job and was transferred to Darwin. With the grand title of Stock Inspector Buffaloes, I was sent out to a small government reserve on Marraki Station, 70 kilometres south-east of Darwin. Botanist and author PETER LATZ continues his account of adventures in the bush with traditional owners.

Carbon farming for Top End, not The Centre as yet

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The national headoffice of the Aboriginal Carbon Fund (ACF) is located in Alice Springs but benefits from the initiative to The Centre are some way off. The main method for making money through carbon farming is savannah burning but at the moment there is no corresponding scheme for rangelands. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PLEASE NOTE changes to this post made at 11am on Wednesday, July 16.

LETTER: Alice second best in two speed tourism economy, says Minister

The Northern Territory now has a two speed tourism economy, with the Top End remaining strong while Central Australia is faltering, writes Matt Conlan, Minister for Tourism and Major Events.

Centre poor cousin in road funding

Central Australia is getting merely crumbs off the table in "a significant investment in bush roads across the Territory" by the Federal and NT Governments.

Malarndirri McCarthy, NT Minister for Regional Development, and Warren Snowdon, Member for Lingiari, announced today they would be committing $16m and $90m, respectively, to a "new Regional Roads Productivity Package" to "encourage growth and development in a number of communities and local industries".

The slice of that for Central Australia will be for "upgrading the gravel condition of priority sections" – no lengths or costs disclosed – of the Santa Teresa Way whose total length is about 70 kms.

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