Category: Northern Territory

State News: Northern Territory


Hold your own Wikipedia publishing sessions

Editorial

An NT Library marketer has discovered a clever way to get the under-represented history of the Northern Territory online – she has started a Wikipedia Club. Continue reading

No Plan B for bus driver with broken arm

Editorial

A heroic Greyhound bus driver avoided a more serious accident after a cow drove through his coach’s windscreen. Isolated, the man drove with a broken arm to seek medical help, the NT News reports. Continue reading

Indigenous help with northern bleaching observations

Editorial

Photo: Mangrove bleaching. One of Australia’s most sparsely populated areas, the Gulf of Carpentaria, has indigenous rangers observing significant coral and mangrove death from ‘coral bleaching. Indigenous rangers are now working with scientists from multiple universities to make observations of coral bleaching across an extraordinarily-sized area. Continue reading

NT travel agency rort travels to Darwin

Editorial

After a travel agent in Katherine, NT was caught rorting an NT government travel scheme last year, Darwin police have raided a branch of Helloworld in Darwin looking for similar data. The Katherine rorter has recently been found in court to have overcharged the government on 69 out of 88 invoices, resulting in a personal benefit of $40,514. Continue reading

Regional cabs run their own meter

Editorial

Whilst the cab industry fights for its right to $300k licenses down south, cabbies in Katherine, NT are running their own show in the important tourism town. In a recent spot check of cabs by police, nine out of 12 cabs were issued with infringement notices for serious offences such as over-charging. In a town that can use all the transport help it can get, this is a PR disaster for Katherine tourism. Continue reading

Journey of 790km begins with State funding steps

Editorial

A joint NT and WA government initiative looks like it may see the notorious Tanimi Track paved, in a move north-west Australian tourism operators know would open up Australia’s north west to Australia’s south east. In the picture above, the Tanami Track represents only the area from Alice Springs to Halls Creek. Continue reading

30 years on – and where does Ayers Rock stand?

Editorial

30 years after Ayers Rock was officially handed back to the Anangu indigenous people of the region, Kathy Marks of Fairfax tracks how successful (or not) employment management programs in the area have been. 283 of 800 staff at Desert Gardens Hotel are indigenous – but local traineeships aren’t filled, that quota is met by interstate-indigenous – and tourists are still left asking why the local voices aren’t presenting the local product. Continue reading

4-seater, energy positive solar car draws crowds

Editorial

The annual Bridgestone World Solar Challenge left Darwin on Sunday 18th October 2015 – and in pole position was a road-ready, 4-seater Dutch number, Stella Lux (pictured). The attraction draws thousands of design and tech savvy visitors to Darwin and to the race’s finish line in Adelaide. In hundreds of towns along the 300km route, families turn out in droves to see the cars of the future, here and now. Continue reading

Pushing arts uphill w poor quality events

Editorial

As always, the only cultural news from Australian regions is from big budget productions that can afford PR with News Limited. The pictured dress is the hero image of NT Fashion week, and whilst beautiful, the dress is visibly poorly made. Unfortunately a lack of media competition means that no criticism can be made of regional arts, no tourists/ media attention can be drawn to excellent work, and artists are not challenged to progress. Continue reading

Tiger leaves town – and so do the backpackers

Editorial

For months, tourism operators have noticed a decline in business due to one airline – Tiger – ceasing flights to Alice Springs. Now an Alice Springs mainstay, Toddy’s backpackers, is closing its doors, and taking history with it – and flight prices are back up at near-Qantas prices. The real concern though, it Adam Giles’ casual management of all policies, much less the complex lobbying work of keeping airlines coming to the state. Continue reading

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