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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