Somehow I doubt if the cuts in youth services in …

Comment on Street kids: ‘We can’t casework our way out of this’ by Hal Duell.

Somehow I doubt if the cuts in youth services in Alice Springs can fairly be attributed solely to Robyn Lambley.
Unless I am mistaken, she has already admitted that the new CLP government cut too deeply when they first took office almost four years ago.
Whoever is to carry the can for past cuts, what’s important now is to get some programs up and running and to stop pretending that “she’ll be right”.

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Street kids: ‘We can’t casework our way out of this’
@ Fred the Philistine, Posted June 3, 2016 at 7:18 pm:
The removal of a presumption in favour of bail for youth offenders causing property offences could thin out the numbers of juvenile delinquents on our streets at night.
I have no problem with this. One criticism of this move is that it would hamper judicial discretion, but then why does the current presumption in favour of bail not also hamper that same judicial discretion?
Jails will become crowded, uncomfortable and unpleasant places to be. Good. Learn that at an early age, and maybe there will be less of a desire to go back later in life.
Meanwhile, a strong program of youth activities might just reverse what is happening right now on our streets at night. This is especially so after a few of the more intransigent offenders get taken out of the equation.
Why is the Gap Youth Centre only operating two nights a week? And why close at 9?
A weekly disco at the Alice Springs Youth Centre is also good, but, again, why close at 10? And what is the facility doing the other six nights a week?
Unfortunately, asking ASTC to get into the mix is a waste of time. And those often mentioned “elders” seem to be mostly preoccupied in familial demarcation disputes.
They know full well who the offenders are but seem powerless to do anything about it. So any action will have to come from NT government departments. This would be money well spent.
As it now is, if the police are called they have to walk on egg shells or worry about charges of brutality. If welfare steps in they have to operate under the self-seeding cloud of stolen generations. We seem to have hobbled ourselves.
“These people”, as you call them, are causing avoidable grief to the rest of town, and with impunity. As a community we do not have to put up with this, professional crybabies notwithstanding.

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I hope the NT government pays particular attention to the tips from David Walsh, the creator of MONA. After the Salamanca market, MONA is the most visited tourist destination in Tasmania.
Some people fly in from Melbourne, visit the museum and catch a return flight in the evening. Buses are available to and from the airport for this.
For a more leisurely visit, a high speed ferry to and from the Hobart waterfront adds enhanced value.
For my own part, I recently flew to Hobart for a three day visit, two of them spent in MONA. It was worth every minute and every cent spent.
And pay special attention to his advice to put the art first. This project must not be watered down to include other aims like revitalising the CBD. It will only become all it can be by being a stand-alone effort.
Obviously this project will cost, and cost lots. But if we try to do it on the cheap, cheap will be what we get.

Pack of girls attacked me, says Chinese on working holiday
And again, and again, and again.
“Naughty” children – my ass.
Slowly the veneer of civilisation slips away. We live in a third world town.

Cr Satour wants answers on ‘verbal abuse & violence threat’
@ Concerned Arrernte, Posted March 16, 2018 at 10:01 pm
Nah, nothing confusing there man? Woman?
You mentioned an elephant in a room. I thought it looked a bit lonely, poor bugger, so I added a few more. More better now, not lonely, no shreds. Like that.

Cr Satour wants answers on ‘verbal abuse & violence threat’
@ Concerned Arrernte, Posted March 14, 2018 at 8:16 pm:
Given the state of Alice Springs today, or perhaps better yet, tonight, in which rampaging children are holding the town hostage and councillors feel the need of a protective escort when walking between the council car park and the council chambers; given that after how many years of CLC control there is still no enterprise out on the homelands, simply sit-down money from welfare and mining royalties; given the increase in alcohol abuse leading to family abuse leading to child abuse; given the distracting substitution of bromides such as Australia Day and flags on a hill for anything more substantive; given the observable truth that successive NT governments have demonstrated zero ability to address these issues in a manner leading to a change for the better; given just those more obvious elephants in the room, I think it is well past time for everyone, not just Cr. Price, to be showing anger.

Cr Satour wants answers on ‘verbal abuse & violence threat’
Here’s a question: Is there another local jurisdiction in Australia in which the councillors / aldermen feel the need to ask for protective escorts when walking to and from council meetings?
Just how vicious a little town have we become?
Are we still capable of self-government, at least to the extent that the Alice Springs Town Council represents local self-government?
I hope the answer is yes, because if it isn’t, the power stepping in will be Darwin, and if that comes to pass we will be well and truly phucked.

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