Crikey, might be time some of you took a breath, …

Comment on The elusive ‘Port Augusta model’ by Steve Brown.

Crikey, might be time some of you took a breath, as for R Guy I would certainly agree that alcohol and its issues is his biggest problem, but it certainly isn’t the town’s biggest problem.
Alcohol abuse is simply a sympton of a much bigger, deeper problem. It is that bigger problem that I wish to address. It will take long term planning and sustained effort. Give us credit for a few brains and a little determination. I have personally been at the forefront of both “action” and “demand for change”, in Alice and the Territory for a number of years. I’m not going to give that up after a few brief moments in Council! It takes a little time to learn the ropes. Fools rush in!
My management proposal for Alice is a simple management tool that allows easy monitoring of all departmental activities, goals, intentions and hopefully progress. To put it together has and will take many tedious hours. The information that will be inputted needs to be the right information as it will be making judgements on what departments could and should be achieving for the foreseeable future. Before tediously inputting this into the documents I would like to know that we are inputting the latest avaliable successful programs. The original report Council looked at was a document setting out where Port Agusta started with their alcohol management plan many years ago. This plan was eventually expanded into the overall management plan I have been discussing. The Council’s Director is well aware of this and will instruct the Consultant to take into account all aspects of the plan not just those relating to alcohol. I would like to know as I’m sure you all would, what has been learnt, what has been achieved since the Plan’s implementation before we go ahead and use any of what is in their original Plan.
Port Augusta will not be the only source of experience for our model. We will be drawing up a management plan unique to Alice Springs drawing every bit of knowledge and experience from as wide and as far as possible. Port Augusta was picked out for special attention because it has long been held up as a successful management story dealing with issues very similar to our own. There will be no instant miracles from this plan, we are talking about long term strategic planning that will begin step by step movement in a considered direction, as opposed to the present unplanned floundering.
Putting it together will be a slow tedious process for people who are already very busy in their own lives. Give us a bit of space, give us a bit of time, and maybe even get off your own proverbials and give a bit of a hand! Yeah, I know it’s all a bit dull down at Council, hard working cooperative Councils mostly able to achieve mutually agreed outcomes don’t make very good spectator sport. My apologies for that, but I am not in Council for the theatre, I’m here in the hope of achieving sustained long term change for the better. I think and I hope this Council has the potential to achieve that, for all our sakes, for the sake of Alice. I hope I’m right.

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The elusive ‘Port Augusta model’
Mankind like his issues is a complex lot of variables. Russell you use other countries’ sudden out cry of it’s the abuse of alcohol causing the issues. Could not possibly be loss of work, not being able to find work. Relationship break downs and oh my, financial decline. People usually turn to drink and drugs when life gets to hard. FACT. People turn to drink and drugs when the feel they have lost control, when they lose a job or cannot find one. Many many excuses to turn to drink and drugs. We do hear you Russell (hard not to) but they rest of us are concerned with why people drink and do drugs. So we are trying to fix the why the best we can. We know we have a problem, we are attempting to fix it at its root cause and we will deal with each step as we heal one. Cutting off the grog just brings more anger, more hopelessness and more despair to those who have lost their way and given up finding anything good in life. My knowledge is set in the area of behavioral science. I look for the cause to know what path to follow for the cure. Stats have no interst to me when they depict only the end, not how we got there.


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Planning another plan
We need planning to be the role of the town council, not the NT government from Darwin.
How can we plan for our future development when there is no plan.
A town plan from the early 80s is lost.
Until we have a town plan on development any master plan is a joke. And to my knowledge the master plan does not include development areas for our growth.


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Identity politics. It has to end. Politicians need to be representing the people. The Territory.
So far I have seen none of this from those putting up their hands.
They are only talking at election time. Voters are confused on their rights. As a voter we have the right to demand elected members who will work for a better Territory. Not a better Darwin over the rest of the Territory.
Our Federal ministers have the role to work for the entire country. As minsters elected by states and territories into a Federal seat they should be ensuring the best of Federal funding for their electorate. They are elected to represent Australians. Yet they are managed by government departments.
The departments have signed agreements to allow overseas businesses to avoid taxes. The departments who have allowed foreign governments to own Australian land. The tax office which negotiated agreements with overseas companies to avoid paying taxes that everyday Australians have to pay.
Check out the person wanting your vote.


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Appeasement is not the answer. Appeasement is the catalyst for further division.
January 26 is the date chosen to celebrate our place in the world.
People from around the world choose our country to call home. Because we are amazing. Australians are proud of our home. The division based on race is not Australian. That is apartheid. We need to stop this vile hatred of Australia now.
Australia Day is not up for destruction by an angry and racist group.


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Jack, I do not have to walk a mile in anyone’s shoes.
It is clearly obvious that bandaid government mentality is all wrong.
What happened to outcomes and audits. Never happened. Throw more money at is the battle cry.
Regards of the fact that billions of dollars has only exacerbate the problem.
Money for nothing comes to mind.
Yet for governments to get that money some of us work hard to pay taxes, fees, levies and so forth. Our borrowings are through the roof. Time for outcome audited funding checks.


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