Thanks, Erwin, for being part of the event … and …

Comment on These people are not homeless … by Phil Walcott.

Thanks, Erwin, for being part of the event … and the introduction to Bertha.
A great representation of various business, government and non-government agency leaders interacting with each other sharing stories and co-operative strategies along with soup, bread, bacon and eggs.
I really liked the team approaches from some organisations.
Peter Nichols (looking very Zen in the accompanying photo) and the very sensational Alice Springs Community Bank cohort.
The terrific representation from various NGOs that work with the issues of homelessness on a daily basis. Huge call-out to Melissa and her Vinnies team for the organisation and smooth operation over 12-14 hours.
The event heralded the onset of winter into Alice, complete with a smattering of rain. The temperature dropped about 10 degrees overnight and produced a grey, chilly day.
On a warmer brighter note, the morning also coincided with the colourful and creative opening of the 20th Anniversary Alice Springs Beanie Festival that people can engage with over the next three days. With over 6,000 beanies, tea cosies and other textile creations on show, there’s something for everyone.
Alice Springs … what a town! So much to embrace and be a part of. Have a fun weekend everyone.

Recent Comments by Phil Walcott

‘Bring back school based constables’
Thanks for your feedback, Alex. Interesting to know that. I’m sure Glynnis had her work cut out!
When I was a District School Counsellor in Sydney, we were generally based in a high school and also delivered services to a few nearby feeder primary schools.
It was a fantastic role that enabled not only cognitive and adaptive assessments to be conducted but also a great deal of 1:1 counselling to students, staff or families who either requested it or were referred.
If the NT Education Department are in a position to re-implement those services, they could go a long way to helping schools to develop and deliver their respective social health and well-being programs.

‘Bring back school based constables’
Great promotion, Tabby.
When I first came to the NT in 1993, I was surprised to learn that while Alice Springs’s schools had campus cops, they didn’t have school counsellors. They, too, would be another excellent resource addition for all of our schools, even if on a shared care basis.
The outcomes I saw achieved through the campus cop program were great. They were a terrific asset with regard to restorative justice programs and worked very well in preventative practices areas.
You’re right, Tabby. Prevention strategies are always preferable with regard to both social and economic dimensions. I hope your deputations are successful.

Royal Commission: Children’s voices are at the centre
Many thanks for your work in consultation, collaboration and production of this report, Commissioners Margaret White and Mick Gooda. Your efforts will be long lauded throughout the jurisdiction.
May your recommendations be adopted and wisely delivered to better strengthen our various government, non-government and commercial / industrial private sector agencies that work together in harmony rather than competition to achieve better social outcomes for our Northern Territory into the decades ahead.
Health, education, housing, transport, police, first responders and other infrastructure entities will all benefit from a more cohesive and comprehensive approach to “whole-of-community” well-being. May we all thrive long into the present and future.
May your hard work result in real action with the adoption of your recommendations. May it result in better and stronger, sustainable outcomes. May it not become yet another report gathering dust in some bumbling bureaucrat’s filing cabinet or book shelf.
We all have the opportunity to grow strongly into our respective and collective futures if we have the will and determination to let it be.

Youth justice, detention goes to Territory Families
Great initiative, Dale. So very important that children and juveniles are supported to make good, positive decisions and are guided through these transition periods of their lives by adults who operate within a therapeutic rather than punitive model.
Intergenerational improvements can only be achieved if we, as a whole-of-community, embrace strong, functional changes to how “the system” works. Broken, clogged and blocked models within bureaucratic silos within government and NGO agencies contribute to the on-going levels of dysfunction and disconnection for so many from what would otherwise represent potential opportunities.
Improve the system so we can all collectively improve the outcomes.

On youth prisons: grandmothers, reformers, revolutionaries
A sad reality is that there are many people who see incarceration as ‘respite’ from the inter-generational drudgery of welfare dependence.

For some, the opportunity to be accommodated and fed at no or little cost to themselves is an attractive option. They do not perceive that there is much opportunity for them to be gainfully employed, secure adequate housing or access education.

There is no poverty from a financial point. These people have a poverty of spirit; a ‘lost’ generation. They have lost connection to culture, country and lore. They don’t perceive that they have a duty or responsibility to contribute in positive ways to their communities.

If we, as a committed community, are to turn this miserable reality around, we have to attract attitudinal change over decades into the future. Empowering young people to raise their children well is a key component to success.

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