It’s great to see whatever can be achieved within our …

Comment on Little kids have the key to our future by Phil Walcott.

It’s great to see whatever can be achieved within our communities to help grow strong, healthy children from conception through their early childhood years. 80% of everything we ever learn occurs in the first four to five years of life (including in utero).
Best practice and next practice models of community engagement help us all to thrive. It’s a mindset that needs to change so that we embrace positive language and positive behaviours in all members of our communities.
If we all choose to work together in whatever capacity we are each capable of (a strengths-based approach), there are so many possibilities that can be achieved. Sharing skills with each other, growing our vibrant communities all over the NT and becoming the best we can be is a new paradigm we are capable of.

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Great to see such vision for the future. Too many plans espoused without the vision for what’s possible underpinning those plans leads to a piece-meal approach.
Our terrific community spirit can embrace this opportunity and get behind it. The video certainly highlights the many reasons why Alice Springs is a perfect choice for this proposal. Good luck, Alice Springs.


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Great to read your on-going contributions to the discussions, Rainer. The more voices are heard, the better the outcomes to be achieved. Keep ’em coming.


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Great police work … hope they capture more culprits.


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A whole-of-commUNITY approach is certainly required to effectively engage in this process.
Well done to all of you who support this initiative.
It’s a practical example of how the Youth Engagement Strategy for Australia’s Northern Territory created over the past 18+ months can be implemented here in this community.
Sustained input and guidance especially from our younger generations over many years is required. The YESNT project primarily designed for the six to 26 year old populations around the NT suggests 20 years will be required to effect substantial intergenerational change.
Come together, be together, Alice Springs … we can do this.


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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.


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