One of my election proposals is to create a Community …

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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.

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Great to read your on-going contributions to the discussions, Rainer. The more voices are heard, the better the outcomes to be achieved. Keep ’em coming.

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Great police work … hope they capture more culprits.

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A whole-of-commUNITY approach is certainly required to effectively engage in this process.
Well done to all of you who support this initiative.
It’s a practical example of how the Youth Engagement Strategy for Australia’s Northern Territory created over the past 18+ months can be implemented here in this community.
Sustained input and guidance especially from our younger generations over many years is required. The YESNT project primarily designed for the six to 26 year old populations around the NT suggests 20 years will be required to effect substantial intergenerational change.
Come together, be together, Alice Springs … we can do this.

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Thanks for your feedback, Alex. Interesting to know that. I’m sure Glynnis had her work cut out!
When I was a District School Counsellor in Sydney, we were generally based in a high school and also delivered services to a few nearby feeder primary schools.
It was a fantastic role that enabled not only cognitive and adaptive assessments to be conducted but also a great deal of 1:1 counselling to students, staff or families who either requested it or were referred.
If the NT Education Department are in a position to re-implement those services, they could go a long way to helping schools to develop and deliver their respective social health and well-being programs.

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Great promotion, Tabby.
When I first came to the NT in 1993, I was surprised to learn that while Alice Springs’s schools had campus cops, they didn’t have school counsellors. They, too, would be another excellent resource addition for all of our schools, even if on a shared care basis.
The outcomes I saw achieved through the campus cop program were great. They were a terrific asset with regard to restorative justice programs and worked very well in preventative practices areas.
You’re right, Tabby. Prevention strategies are always preferable with regard to both social and economic dimensions. I hope your deputations are successful.

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