I don’t know about police, ambos, meter readers and pollies, …

Comment on Send in the taskforce: councillor by Hal Duell.

I don’t know about police, ambos, meter readers and pollies, but I do remember the CEO of the Alice Springs Town Council reading out a letter from Tangentyere in a Council public meeting granting the Town Council the right to enter town camps in order to deal with unregistered dogs.
This was a couple of years ago after cases of people being at least partially eaten by camp dogs had made the local news.
I reckon the police, ambos and other emergency services do have the legal right to enter town camps. The question is, are they safe when doing so?

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Send in the taskforce: councillor
Although they are not yet up on Council’s website, an e-mail assures me the Port Augusta papers will be tabled at tonight’s ordinary meeting.
There is a good chance the documents will be found later today at: http://www.alicesprings.nt.gov.au/meeting/list/2012/20120625_CNCL
Both the papers and the debate might prove interesting.
There will also be discussion on two notices of motion referred from the committee meetings earlier this month. One deals with an increase in penalty rates for infringement of public places by-laws, and the other looks at the future management of our parks.


Send in the taskforce: councillor
In last Friday’s local newspaper, mention was made of a report coming back to Council dealing with the Port Augusta initiative. This report may be included in the papers for Council’s next public meeting on Monday, 25 June.
A question: Does Port Augusta have town camps as we know them here in Alice?


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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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