What is needed more than bricks and mortar is mentors, …

Comment on Spend big on a youth centre, says councillor by Bob Taylor.

What is needed more than bricks and mortar is mentors, youth workers and responsible parents who can put in the quality time with the youth. Government dollars would be able to fund the mentors and youth workers, but good responsible parenting is another matter. Governments generally are good at funding bricks and mortar, but not ongoing money for the workers required to make the finished building functional for its stated use into the long term. Governments come and go and consequently funding waxes and wanes, but the issues of youth go on from generation to the next. Yes build a new centre or renovate or extend an existing one, but unless it is staffed adequately, the outcome for the youth and the community that might or might not use it will be in question.

Recent Comments by Bob Taylor

CBD planning: The vibrants are at it again
Unfortunately in regards to development of the CBD we are reliant on landowners, developers, governments of all kinds and private and taxpayers money in general to put any plan into practice.

Heritage, cultural considerations and established social norms also limit what can be done or not with some of the CBD blocks. A case in point is a suggestion on Friday (13/10) on ABC radio to move the Post Office (PO) out of the CBD, partly because occasionally it is congested at the front of the PO and hard to park within walking distance of the PO.

Well it could be argued that the daily or weekly visit to the PO draws people into the CBD, who do other activities in addition to visiting the PO, such as spending money in some of the struggling businesses surrounding the PO. In other words, moving the PO out of the CBD could kill the heart of Alice Springs. The PO is a link between Alice Plaza, court houses and the Yeperenye Centre and close to the main bus stop, a taxi bay and disabled persons car parking spaces.

Probably what is needed is a three or four storey car park south of the PO and / or make Hartley St one way going south and create angle parking on the PO side, if you look at Map 1 on page three of the Discussion Paper you will see this area is a very central location and easy walking distance to most of the rest of the CBD.

Discussion and planning can be good for any community, but money and the ownership of the land would appear to trump any plan prepared by the Planning Commission or Council, whether or not the plan is professionally drafted and / or put together with enthusiastic community support from a wide cross section of the people of Alice Springs.


Partition off Darwin to fix NT’s urban bias: Professor
I am sure similiar problems exist in all states, an argument could be made for every state in the Commonwealth for fiscal equity.
All state capitals have been established on or near the coast where rainfall and climate is more favourable, the chances of the powers that be changing the political system in the states is almost zero, about the same chance of this happening in the Territory.


Another river giant goes up in flames
Not knowing the tree or the circumstances surrounding the fire, however from my personal experience the main culprit (apart from the arsonist) for spreading fire into the river gums is not buffel grass, but the dreaded invasive couch grass.
http://www.landmanager.org.au/managing-weeds-wildlife-conservation-couch-grass-cynodon-dactylon
This is not to absolve buffel, which is where a lot of fires are started and then spread to the couch grass which tends to like our local river courses and would appear to clump around trees and when set on fire, burns hotter and for longer enabling the fire to spread into these poor old hollow gum trees.


Did Oz Day row in Victoria scare the horses in Alice?
I love reading your insightful comments with their relationship to the history and facts of the subject, Alex.
In this case subject to the final count I think you have summed up this 2017 council election outcome very well.


It’s just too hot for budding tradies
Whether you are young, middle aged, an older worker or just playing out in the sun / heat anywhere for any length of time will have an adverse impact on your health, especially in the outback / northern Australia and particularly in regards to skin cancer.
This is an extremely important local health issue, what do the medical experts in this subject have to say? I personally had a melanoma removed in my 30s, fortunately I am still here in my 60s.


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