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

Too hot? Try laying bricks.
Good on you boys, a tough way to earn a dollar, but someone has got to do it. Hope they have plenty of sunscreen on to protect themselves from the sun’s direct rays and the indirect rays off the blocks. It took me a while, but as a lot of people did, I laid all the blocks on our family home in the late 1970’s, in my spare time after working five and half days a week for Barlclay Bros and then Sitzler Bros.

Getting screwed
Hal: Are America, Australia or the whole world getting screwed?
Before we all get screwed or whatever, Happy New Year, everyone.

New attraction while we can’t look after the ones we have?
A timely comment Alex. Let us hope the powers that be and the general community are paying attention.
Thank you for your insightful comments throughout the year.
Happy New Year for 2018, Alex.

Recommendations in for National Indigenous Art Gallery site
If they / we are looking for a MONA effect and an outcome that the whole world will want to come and see, the following may be required as a minimum:
A David Walsh type person with a vision, passion and skills necessary to drive this major project. Retain ANZAC Oval and the rugby facilities, so there is a green buffer between the proposed National Indigenous Art Gallery and the CBD.
Purchase the RSL property and together with the high school site, build something grand with a sweeping northeasterly aspect into, around and backing onto ANZAC Hill appropriate to any needs of the traditional owners of the hill.
Place the main entrance and vehicle access on Schwarz Crescent with an improved foot / cycle pathway system linking into the CBD on either side of ANZAC Oval. Just another comment to keep the ideas flowing.

On youth prisons: grandmothers, reformers, revolutionaries
On the subject of grandmothers and their potential for a positive influence on children’s lives I recommend the reading of the “Hillbilly Elegy” by J. D. Vance and the comments on the book by Greg Sheridan in the Weekend Australian July 22/23 2017.
As Greg says: “The real hero of the book is his grandmother,” although an American (USA) author and a story set in America about poor white working class people, the outcomes of the author could be achieved by an Australian child with the help of a caring grandmother.

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