How does Batchelor stack up relatively? In 2013 to 2015 the …

Comment on The magic Certificate III: How does Batchelor stack up? by Peter.

How does Batchelor stack up relatively?
In 2013 to 2015 the Correctional Services training organisation had by far the lowest proportion of inmates in education courses.
In 2014-15 just 14% were in education against a national average of 32%.
At the same time the NT recidivism rate of repeat offenders was a stunning 57%, a world record.
Funds meant for education had been sidetracked into running the prisons, the education computer system had been left inoperable for more than four years.
An internal review found significant internal issues.
Basically education was in a state of collapse.
In 2014 Corrections gave up on education altogether, abolished one teacher’s position altogether and handed over the Batchelor.
How is Batchelor doing … relatively?

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Offenders bailed to ‘country’: An option, says police
David, it’s not just Lhere Artepe selling grog but other major Aboriginal groups in town have also tried to make money out of selling grog.
The Memo Club was funded by CentreCorp and behind that was the Central Land Council and Congress.
Yes Congress, recipient of $40m a year from taxpayers to improve Aboriginal health was on the CentreCorp Board that supported grog sales, mostly to Aboriginal people.

Congress call: Put full-time police back at bottle-shops
Local 1: I wouldn’t use the criterion of Aboriginal or non Aboriginal ownership in deciding which outlets should be closed down.
That seems irrelevant.
I would look at the proximity of outlets to tourists and their ability to cater to increased numbers of drinkers once the total number of outlets is reduced.
The NT Police would have an important say in the decision.
Basically, we need fewer outlets and ones that lend themselves to intensive ongoing policing.
The savings to the NT Government in the long term from having fewer outlets to police would be considerable.

Congress call: Put full-time police back at bottle-shops
What will it cost to police each alcohol outlet for a decade? $4m?
They must be policed so what we need to do is to reduce the number of outlets.
The NT Government should buy out a couple of the current licences.
Yes, expensive, but $8m saved in a decade with other benefits as well.
Outlets that contribute to the most social disruption and damage to the Territory’s reputation with tourists should be the ones to go.

Bully buffel barges into natives’ live and let live harmony
The sooner we get the buffel grass seed head caterpillar to work the better.
It’s native to Queensland and eaten by many birds and it should thrive and roll back the buffel invasion.
For all the talk of another cane toad, the grub would need a massive environmental downside for it to do more harm that good.

Town council’s unanimous ‘no’ to fracking
Here in the NT it is an economic necessity that we get get used to the idea of using some of our water for mining activity.
Most of this use will be sustainable and not mined and the NT Government is now applying strict guidelines to ground water use.
A big change is that mines are no longer exempt from the NT Water Act.
This means that mines must now account for ground water draw down.
The recent environmental approval of the Mt Peake mine North of Alice is an outstanding example of the use and protection of ground water resources in developing a world scale billion dollar mine.
Mt Peake will bring more than 500 jobs in the construction place and 250 permanent jobs during the mine life of around 20 years.
This is the Inpex of the Southern Region of the Territory.
Local businesses will be flat out working on the new mine and will rapidly expand over a two to three year mine construction period.
Training of Aboriginal people and employment will be a priority for TNG, the company that will own the mine.
All Territorians will benefit.
Water for the mine comes for an aquifer that is not connected to other aquifers and this is the case for many aquifers that are subject to fracking.
Mining and water conservation can be compatible and having a blanket ban on fracking is just silly.
Every project should be examined on an individual basis.

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