One of my election proposals is to create a Community …

Comment on Spend big on a youth centre, says councillor by Phil Walcott.

One of my election proposals is to create a Community Youth Precinct around the Anzac Oval site. The precinct would incorporate the current Anzac Hill Youth Centre (health and fitness), the former Anzac Hill High School (current school and Youth Hub), Totem Theatre (young people learn significant skills through this medium) and Over 50s Community Centre (for mentoring programs with older people and young people working together). There is a car park for event parking and the oval and pavilion for a variety of uses including concerts and football.
We already have enough “bricks” … we just need more “mortar” to glue it all together. The proposal would cost considerably less that the one proposed by Cr. Brown and would be a partnership funded project. Young people who have the requisite trade skills could be involved along with commercial sponsors including organisations being invited to attend.
Clearly, the young people of town need to be consulted before any proposed project proceeded. Adults making decisions about youth without consultation doesn’t work. Partners in the project, including Alice Springs Town Council, NT Government and the local community would also need be included in any consultation process.

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Spend big on a youth centre, says councillor
@8 – Steve. Neither of the major political party “machines” have given The Alice any real consideration for the 19 years I’ve lived here.
Your CLP mob arrogantly believe they have all urban Alice Springs seats safely “in their pockets” so they do nothing. The ALP don’t give us due consideration because they don’t hold the seats.
It’s time to have positive local IndependeNT representation that reflects the will of the people; not the parties.
Darwin dominated politics around 3 or 4 seats that “flip and flop” ignore the reality that we are a “whole-of-community” society that needs to be represented beyond party politics.


Recent Comments by Phil Walcott

Youth justice, detention goes to Territory Families
Great initiative, Dale. So very important that children and juveniles are supported to make good, positive decisions and are guided through these transition periods of their lives by adults who operate within a therapeutic rather than punitive model.
Intergenerational improvements can only be achieved if we, as a whole-of-community, embrace strong, functional changes to how “the system” works. Broken, clogged and blocked models within bureaucratic silos within government and NGO agencies contribute to the on-going levels of dysfunction and disconnection for so many from what would otherwise represent potential opportunities.
Improve the system so we can all collectively improve the outcomes.


On youth prisons: grandmothers, reformers, revolutionaries
A sad reality is that there are many people who see incarceration as ‘respite’ from the inter-generational drudgery of welfare dependence.

For some, the opportunity to be accommodated and fed at no or little cost to themselves is an attractive option. They do not perceive that there is much opportunity for them to be gainfully employed, secure adequate housing or access education.

There is no poverty from a financial point. These people have a poverty of spirit; a ‘lost’ generation. They have lost connection to culture, country and lore. They don’t perceive that they have a duty or responsibility to contribute in positive ways to their communities.

If we, as a committed community, are to turn this miserable reality around, we have to attract attitudinal change over decades into the future. Empowering young people to raise their children well is a key component to success.


Tourism, cattle, mining, oil, gas: The world’s your oyster, Stuart.
Good on you, Scott.
Representing your constituents is your primary role and you have embraced it with passion, pride and dignity.
Intergenerational passive welfare has been disastrous for the Aboriginal people living in remote areas of Central Australia. Working with the people on ideas to actually create employment opportunities (tourism, housing, roads, infrastructure, renewable energy, sustainable food production etc.) will help.
Land and Regional Councils have a key role in helping to support these initiatives.
They should work better in cohort with the NT and Australian governments to achieve mutually gains.
And it’s not just about government. Bureaucracies and bureaucrats must work better to deliver real outcomes for the people they are supposed to be supporting, not just hanging on to their high salaries.


Partition off Darwin to fix NT’s urban bias: Professor
An interesting proposal to ponder, Rolf. With 10 of the 25 electorates based in Darwin along with 3 in the Palmerston area (that’s over half), may the discussion continue. The population concentration in Darwin and Palmerston certainly gives them greater proportional representation.
Any opportunity to explore alternative models that better reflect rural and remote influence is welcome.
Best wishes for your presentation today.


Senior Arrernte men take a stand: time to do something about young people causing trouble on their country
An excellent infusion into the solution mix. Proud cultural Arrente elders stepping up to bring so much of their knowledge and understanding of how to ‘be’ on this land has the capacity to impact positively on our current reality.

Acknowledging that some inter-generational influences have impacted negatively on our current situation and teaching others about how we all are able to live in harmony around this place is crucial. Whilst none of us can ‘undo’ the past, we most certainly can impact on the present and future of this great land.

Huge respect to those involved…great to hear your strong voices and see your strong actions.


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