I have to go with Leigh Childs here. Talk to …

Comment on Cr Brown adapts Port Augusta solution to Alice Springs, calls for closer look at youth centre proposal by Hal Duell.

I have to go with Leigh Childs here. Talk to the women. Ask them how they want to proceed. Consider welfare management – without the women out on the communities testifying to how much it has helped them provide for their families, it might have gotten the chop some time ago.
Ask Alison Anderson and Bess Price, and get ready to hear that request often over the coming four year electoral cycle.
And let’s never forget that, equal rights and women’s empowerment notwithstanding, very few women can effectively stand up to a drunken man in full rage. They go from being clowns to scary monsters in the blink of an eye.
It’s all well and good to say a man coming home from a hard day on the job is fully entitled to a quiet beer in his own home. No argument. Trouble is, that’s not what happens, and it’s naive to think it does.
All that said, I anticipate an easing of restrictions on the consumption of alcohol in the town camps. That pretty much has to happen if the camps are ever to evolve into suburbs of Alice.
So ease the restrictions, but at the same time – not later after waiting for evidence based statistics, but at the same time – put in women’s shelters and a 24/7 on-call support network.
One way to approach that last point would be to amalgamate the Alice Springs Town Council Rangers, Tangentyere’s Night Patrol and the Public Housing Safety Officers.
Yeah, right. And now who’s being naive?

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Police want parents to stop youth crime
One reason, perhaps the biggest reason, why government authorities are scared shitless to do anything about the kids running wild in Alice is they fear being tarred with the “stolen generations” brush.
Why the Indigenous authorities do nothing is anyone’s guess. Mine is that they are scared of them, or scared of the payback that any action on their part would generate.


Council poll says ‘no’ to gallery at Anzac Oval
Multiple devices? Multiple addresses? Sounds like Putin did it.


SA budget allocation may put paid to Alice gallery: Higgins
The way to reinvigorate the CBD is not through investing in an art gallery or a cultural centre, but by investing in people.
Build attractive modern flats and populate the area. I understand there are no zoning impediments to doing that.
A skate park at the river end of Parson’s Street would breathe life into many who just hang around, and they hang around because it still is our CBD. We’ve just made a mess of it is all.


Gallery: What we need to know before we spend a cent
@ Maya: Posted August 31, 2018 at 11:41 am.
With a nod to Russell Guy, and now the Melanka site comes into play. That is, if we’re talking about an art gallery, and not a Cultural Centre.
This could be what we’ve been looking for.


Anonymous donation doesn’t fix conflict of interest for council
It is a very good thing Cr Banks has done. Good for her own image as a Councillor of transpanency, and good for ASTC.
I’m thinking of those councils in trouble over in Queensland, and I wonder how much of that trouble might have been avoided if every council employee, whether elected or hired, had known from their first day that there were NO free lunches.
I think, and I like to think, that our Council is without reproach. Let’s keep it that way.


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