Not entirely fair, Steve. I agree that too much talk/talk …

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Not entirely fair, Steve. I agree that too much talk/talk gets us nowhere, but it’s still early days to write this summer off as one of mayhem, as we all agree last year’s was.
Right now we need to pull together with our Council and give them the benefit of the doubt.
I too recognise that the jury is still out. But let’s wait and see while hoping for the best. If we are proven wrong and they show themselves incompetent, that will be the time to cry doom and gloom.
For the record, last Tuesday’s meeting was the first on this topic I have been to this year. And living right in The Gap, as opposed to out past the clay-pans, I am well aware of when the shit hits the fan.
Also for the record, the sniping from the rear is coming from within Council, not from the gallery.

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The town is safe in public servants’ hands: forum told
The Town Council is neither a housing authority, nor does it have any policing powers. The Rangers do what they can, but their power is limited to infringement notices dealing with by-laws.
Boycotting public meetings is counter productive. Don’t attend if you don’t want to, but why make such a song and dance of it?
The Mayor is attempting to lead from the front. Others are sniping from the rear.
There is becoming an obvious attempt to “white ant” Mayor Ryan and the 11th ASTC.
Social unrest is being used as a Trojan Horse.
Our local politics have gone mad.
Or has the March election started early?


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Gallery: Friday is the day
Now that would have been an interesting question. Do the residents of Alice really want another art gallery? Or are we being sold a pup?


Bush community learning centre to close
“Batchelor Institute say that increased funding would be needed to run the Centre in 2018, they run similar programs in three Warlpiri communities where they are funded through royalties money.”
Sounds like a plan.


Cops with assault rifles footage six years old
I would like to thank CM Gunner for clarifying the issue of armed and masked TRG police being deployed on the streets of Alice over the coming summer. There won’t be any. Good!
The use of specialised equipment to assist operational officers is a good idea. The perpetrators of youth crime need to be identified.
But this begs the question of what will be done with these young criminals once identified? We can’t hold them in detention, we can’t hold the parents accountable, it seems we can’t do much of anything, really.
These plans are not very encouraging. I suppose they will keep the vigilantes off the streets, but will they keep the kids off them as well?
Perhaps these running-amok kids can be identified as coming from a specific community, and then the royalty payments going to their community can be sequestered until the damages done by them to the residents of Alice have been fully paid for?


Masked cops with assault rifles, but where are the parents?
So it’s come to this. A Tactical Response Group may be deployed to Alice to deal with youth crime. And we have no one but ourselves to blame.
Consider the alternatives.
The NT Police dare not intervene in youth crime for the simple reason that to so much as look sideways at a juvenile delinquent in action is accompanied with reams of paperwork and the high likelihood of a departmental inquiry and possible legal action.
The Town Council is not constituted to deal with policing matters. They can and do host meetings to try to reach a community consensus on what to do about children “getting ready for the summer crime spree,” but internal divisions and differing agendas make theirs a fractured voice.
And while the larger Indigenous organisations often voice their concerns, whatever they may be doing has clearly not worked in past years, and there is little to suggest that this summer will be any different.
And so now we may be seeing armed and (I assume) masked men (and women?) patrolling our streets, not to deal with organised criminals or national or international terrorists, but to deal with children. How inept are we?


Council not keen on offer of help to fight crime
One objection to Mr Alice’s comments as reported above would be that rather than a need to clean up our town to make it safe for tourists, we need to clean up our town to make it safe for residents. Accomplish that, and tourist safety will not be an issue.
Yes, there is a need to make parents accountable for their underage children, to address our irresponsible consumption of alcohol, and so much else. And perhaps chief among the “so much else” is a need to really look at what the rampaging kids are showing us.
And what might that be? I suggest that within these “gangs” that we are reading about, and no matter how fleeting and unarticulated, there will be hierarchy, loyalty and discipline.
Can we possibly provide that within a whole-of-town context, instead of a three hour talk fest going nowhere and beset with a confused hierarchy, split loyalty and little discipline?
The kids are showing us what is needed. Start there.


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