It is understandable that not a lot has happened on …

Comment on Whatever happened to the Port Augusta model? by Bob Durnan.

It is understandable that not a lot has happened on the ‘learn from Pt Augusta’ front yet, as much of the urgency has been taken out of the situation by the excellent initiatives of the police (Operation Marathon) and the Youth Hub (the YSOS youth workers and the Daybreaker Program) to address disorder and crime.
These initiatives have developed strong linkages and working partnerships with other government agencies and community organisations, leading to a lot of progress having been made in preventing much of the youth crime and misbehaviour that was plaguing the town six months ago.
These advances have recently been somewhat undermined by the new government’s de-activation of the Banned Drinkers’ Register. Time will tell, over the next few months, whether the police and youth workers are able to continue to contain the problems.

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Whatever happened to the Port Augusta model?
Rex (Posted November 1, 2012 at 7:08 pm): always happy to help!
The banning of 800 problem drinkers in Alice Springs meant it was much more difficult for these people to buy alcohol and share it with, or supply it to, under-age drinkers.
When the BDR reached large numbers, it also freed up police to pay more attention to keeping control of problems presented by the youth, as they didn’t have to spend so much time worrying about adult drunks and their crimes, as there were less of these to worry about.
These same factors also benefitted the YSOS workers, making them more efficient and effective in their efforts to manage youth problems on the streets late at night.
When you have less crime, less drunks, and less kids running wild late at night, the urgency of a “Port Augusta solution” is not so great.

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