Bob your comment can only described as completely ridiculous. It’s …

Comment on Besieged businessman stands for zero tolerance but also calls for more ‘joy and laughter’ by Steve Brown.

Bob your comment can only described as completely ridiculous. It’s time that you understood a few home truths about your own contribution to what we see happening around us. Now Bob I’m a bloke on the outside of the policy makers, on the outside of our extremely inept government. I’m a bloke that with the backing of a very large group of locals is yelling in the ear of those organisations that are responsible for the policy decision that have taken us so far down the path of destruction. I am yelling in their collective ear WE ARE GOING THE WRONG WAY! You on the other hand Bob have boasted of your 30 year association with these policies and their implementation you are sitting their on your proverbial backside ridiculing those who have the actual audacity to do something. “Action” Bob!
Imagine that “doing something”! Now I am going to suggest that you personally do just that! I’m going to suggest that you take the time to look around you, take a walk speak to the mums an dads who are trying to make their lives here, talk to the people in the camps ask them if they feel safe, ask our businesses how it’s all going.
You get my drift Bob? Their answers will leave you in absolutely no doubt that the last 30 years of policy administration in the centre has been a complete and utter devastating, disgusting, failure! A failure that has wrought horror, misery, dislocation, division, neglect, homelessness, lawlessness on our community. It has cost and wasted countless lives! Yet people such as yourself have the sheer bloody audacity to and offer “further advice” on where we should be going, without a single glance behind you! You get it yet Bob?? You and yours are directly responsible for that mess! You’ve had 30 years of opportunity, “look what you’ve done”! Do us all a favour, Bob. Stop trying, put your feet up and give someone else a go!

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Besieged businessman stands for zero tolerance but also calls for more ‘joy and laughter’
Sorry all, I’ve been too busy to keep up with the comments section, would have thought you may have noted that I always sign my full name on comments because as Jan says, there are quite a lot of Steves in the world. To the other Steve, my apologies for not correcting the misunderstanding earlier.
I have not been joining the alcohol debate of late simply as I have been to busy. I have written an exhaustive amount on the subject already, a great deal of which would be in the archives of this publication.
My argument is long and complicated but there is an underlying principle to it all. You cannot hand a person their freedom, their “equal rights” to make their own life choices, then simply take away those “rights” when they make choices you don’t like! There has been far too much paternal interference in Aboriginal lives, far too much use of the Law in an attempt to force decisions society wants, as opposed to the individual’s choice, and nowhere nearly enough influence used, through health, pastoral care, counselling and rehabilitation services to shine the light on another choice, nowhere near enough effort spent on creating better pathways, improving lives creating expectations of something more fulling than boozing you life away.
At the moment if you’re an Aboriginal person you can purchase alcohol as a legal product, legally within the prescribed hours whenever you choose yet we make it really difficult for them to consume their legally purchased product legally. Their attempts to do so often end in the humiliating disrespectful pouring of their legally purchased product at their feet. This results in very real anger and desire to “pay back”! It also causes ever deepening divisions in our society as it only ever appears to be white hands in their faces.
I am not arguing for a free for all on alcohol. I don’t like to see our streets full of drunks, I don’t like to see the wasted lives, the battered and homeless kids. I am horrified by the endless misery and want to bring it to an end as quickly as that can be achieved. What I am saying is that we have gone the wrong way! The present approach is a disaster of horrifying proportions. We’ve created enormous anger, separation and a never ending desire to consume alcohol and bash our heads in retaliation.
We’ve succeeded in criminalizing half the population, with people being quite angry enough to do whatever it takes to acquire what they want when they want. My argument is to stop making sanctimonious decisions on others’ behalf, get out of their faces, allow them to make their own choices, take the heat, the anger out of the situation. Let’s return to the situation we had years ago, we still had a lot of drunks but they were happy drunks who said “good aye brus” when passing you on the streets.
Let’s recognise and respect everybody’s individual rights, their equality! Let’s make a start on the long slow process of teaching people a better way, because we care about their individual well-being not just the prettiness of our streets. We can begin this climb to sanity by normalising alcohol availability, getting rid of restrictions that divide or cause bingeing, make available areas where people can legally consume their alcohol and police those areas heavily for bad behaviour, immediately remove any drunk from our streets, otherwise leave them be. Pretty soon you’ll see the heat recede from the streets and we can concentrate our energies on the bigger goals.


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Wakefield insists on Anzac Oval, ignores majority
The longer this process goes on the more likely we are to lose it altogether. That’s a loss of $150m into our economy, just on build!
The government has made up its mind on the site. That’s their right! That’s what we elect them for, to make what they see as the best decision, on our behalf!
So, while about 4% of the population whinge about it, and try to foil the process, keep this in mind.
If it doesn’t go ahead at Anzac there will be no new rugby grounds! Another $20m to $30m.
There will be no amphitheatre or the CBD space to put one. Another $3m to $4m.
We will miss out on an expansion of CBD parking. Millions more!
And we will miss the opportunity to create much increased foot traffic into the CBD and the resulting growth in small business. Millions more.
There is now very little chance of it going anywhere else. It will either go at the Anzac Hill site or we will lose it altogether!
Federal Politicians looking for an excuse to fund it in South Australia have been handed exactly what they want, local dissent!
It shouldn’t take much more to tip the scales, if the damage hasn’t already been done.
If we believe in our community, if we want to grow our economy, create opportunity for ourselves and our children into the future we have to be prepared to accept change, to put our petty likes and dislikes along with what often amounts to rather shallow competitive political viewpoints aside for the greater good.
To put it bluntly, “suck it up and stand aside in support of the best obtainable outcome for our community!
Let’s not cut off our nose to spite our face!


The millions and the misery
Interesting article that this may be, I would not like to see discussion centred around the ins and out of funding to various Aboriginal organisations being conflated in anyway with our discussions around funding and locating our proposed youth centre.
We are attempting to get a whole of community approach to this!
That approach, if it is to be successful, will most certainly include the organisations mentioned.
While we clearly share everyone’s enthusiasm for the Old Memo Club as an ideal site for our centre and have said so publicly on a number of occasions, the fact remains that this is the legally owned property of Centercorp and the only way that we could possibly acquire it for the centre is if these organisations believe in our cause and choose to come on board, something that I very much encourage them to do.
My apologies Centrecorp and Congress if we have caused inconvenience, we were “dreaming” our best possible options for getting something off the ground, ASAP.
We fervently hope in the interests of this community’s children you will give the promoted concept some very serious consideration and come to understand as many already have, the true value to the community, and all your investment in it
It is having a happy, healthy, united community where kids know they are cared for and see exciting future prospects in front of them, with staff, volunteers and mentors from our new centre showing the way.


Memo Club for 24/7 youth centre?
@ Evelyne: No, definitely too far from CBD and don’t think the neighbours would be to keen.
The bed requirement part of the concept is “emergency bed requirement” only, as per “Careful’s” comment probably not a large demand for it. We could manage with temporary facilities and grow after assessing demand.
I imagine that most kids would catch the bus at the cessation of evening activities. The most important part of this centre will be kitchen, dining and activities which would also clearly encompass such things as after school care.
As for existing facilities: This is not a petty competition nor are we interested in the petty politics of those more interested in protecting their own backsides than looking after children.
Let’s deal with the basic facts: Governments of all persuasions have struggled with this issue for 50 years or so. They have funded and de-funded all manner of organisations in the process!
And they have failed.
Yes, there are existing organisation who have cross over interests.
However, we still have the issue.
In fact it is a large growing generational issue, at times literally hundreds of kids hanging about on our streets, growing crime and increasing isolation, increasing division, increasing us and them, increasing have and have not and increasing community anger and resentment.
The concept of bringing kids and community members, not just street kids into a central location, is not just about food and activities, it is about containing the hanging out to a really “cool” location and it is about cross community interaction.
Breaking down the division!
It is about rebuilding a community out of a rapidly growing divide that threatens its very foundations.
The issue is far greater than the petty self interests of a few professional youth workers who feel someone is intruding on their turf!
If your a genuine committed professional youth worker you will know the value of the community interaction too which I refer and you will get on board.
This is not a government initiative, it is a community movement, the only ones in the end who can really make a difference.
And not just for neglected kids, not just for underprivileged kids, but for all the kids in our community, which in the end means a difference for all of us!
We envisage that those centres already working in this area would come on board and work with us, probably moving their services into the central complex or maintain offices there, or doing pick ups and drop offs so that everybody’s together, part of the activity and excitement, of things going on: That is what we want to create.
We have said all along, while we are looking at a community youth centre driven by volunteers it would also incorporate professional management and youth workers.
This is about everybody in the sector putting aside selfish interest and uniting to bring about effective change.
It’s about making a massive difference to a whole lot of young lives and making our community a whole lot happier place to live for everybody.


Memo Club for 24/7 youth centre?
While I share the enthusiasm for getting our priorities right and dealing with our Youth issue first up, projects such as the art gallery are equally important in building a successful community … no economy, no people, no funds or assistance for a centre.
So we aren’t looking to swap one for another, we are looking to do both and more!
Importantly I can report to you that I am running into a great deal of support for the youth centre project from all sectors and I don’t think we are going to have to many issues funding this project, even with the art centre going ahead.
The cross community support I have encountered so far leads me to believe we are going to be successful in getting the project off the ground.
My real concern at this stage is the amount of time it will take to do that!
Obviously if we can’t find an existing facility of the right size and location i.e. the Memo Club there is likely to be a period of at least a couple of years before we can build and be operational.
This is a really urgent issue, requiring immediate action, especially when you think of those two years through the eyes of an eight year old child virtually living on the streets.
Two years is a lifetime, and for that matter for a town being battered by a street kid crime wave, two years is also an eternity!
So clearly we need to act and act now! All ideas are welcome but we must have large open space kitchen and dining, multiple toilets / bathrooms to cater for several hundred kids in a central well lit location.


Memo Club for 24/7 youth centre?
We were always aware that Congress had intentions for the Old Memo Club and our project certainly doesn’t hinge on being able to get our hands on those premises.
I put it forward as a potential location so that everyone would understand the desired CBD location, building size and layout that our proposed Centre requires, large open areas, dining and kitchen facilities – very much like the Memo Club.
This of course would have been ideal if it were available.
So if you change your mind Congress, there’s a lot of kids who would greatly appreciate it.
In the meantime I imagine we will be looking for temporary premises to get things underway while we raise the funds to build to our design.


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