25 Yr Ratepayer Bruce (posted October 9, 2013 at 8:57 …

Comment on Cr Kudrenko puts poverty and disadvantage on council agenda by Bob Durnan.

25 Yr Ratepayer Bruce (posted October 9, 2013 at 8:57 am) reckons “nothing will change till alcohol is driven from the camps, housing occupancy is capped … and house inspections (and evictions) are enforced.”
Well, it is true that there is a need for more action against the high tides of alcohol which flow daily, not just through the town camps, but through much of this town and some remote communities, Bruce.
I agree with you on some of your sentiments (the need for more welfare sanctions against those who are well enough to work, have skills and are able to find suitable work, but don’t bother to do so, or don’t keep turning up; the relative insignificance of some of the cosmetic changes; and the problems presented by the combined weight of too many family demands, too little education and poor health, for example).
On the other hand, your extravagantly negative analysis of government policy and programs, and your proposals for solutions are both incorrect and thoughtless.
Your claim that “billions of dollars have been spent with little effect between the Feds and the NT Govt in this town and region” is plain wrong. Very little of this money was spent on letterboxes, street signs or paving streets unnecessarily: the vast bulk of the recent investment in our region (which, by the way, has not been “billions”) went on upgrading old houses throughout the region; building new houses in certain communities; replacing inadequate sewer lines, extending power and water into new areas, and bringing roads, lighting and drainage up to scratch; and providing better supports to parents and children.
There are many people living better lives on town camps as a result of the 85 houses that were built, and other improvements that were made under the Alice Springs Transformation Plan.
Likewise many people have benefited from the 30 new houses and many other new facilities built at Hermannsburg.
Many families living in the other thirty-odd bush communities in our immediate region have also benefited greatly from upgrades and extensions to houses, and improved family support.
This includes young people who attend school and have aspirations. It’s not easy for them or their parents, case workers or teachers, but credit must be given where results are occurring: lower primary school enrolments and attendance generally have improved greatly.
However it certainly would be a “change”, Bruce if “housing occupancy [was] capped – and house inspections (and evictions) [were] enforced”, but not of the kind you seem to imagine. The immediate result would be the presence of hundreds more people, including dialysis patients and many people with other serious health problems, children and people in wheelchairs, sleeping rough under trees, without access to ablution facilities.
We need expansion of child and family support services, and many more new houses, in Alice and throughout the region; we do not need more knee-jerk negativity, uninformed criticism and sloppy thinking.

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