Attendance at Yirara has to become an ambition, not an …

Comment on Yirara College chairman responds to reports, questions by Jeff.

Attendance at Yirara has to become an ambition, not an unappreciated gift.
The current process where liaison officers go out to communities and sign up every student they can by sweet talking parents, going into primary schools, promising sports and fun and leveraging the Christian credentials of the College must stop.
Yirara College needs to be a school that Aboriginal students aspire to attend and work hard to get into it and stay there.

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Yirara College chairman responds to reports, questions
Tim Stollznow, I write to highlight a structural / financial problem in the way that the college operates. 200 students came into the college at the start of the year.
How many remain there? I hear 60 but what ever the exact figure it is less than half of those who arrived there just a few months ago.
The departure of so many students in such a short time has created a number of traumas.
Some of the departed students didn’t want to be there, others couldn’t stand the discipline, were not up to the work and some were teased and others got into fights.
Teachers dealt with these students as best they could and tried to keep the others in check at the same time. It wasn’t easy.
Looking back now, would it not have been better to screen the 200 initial students more closely, to discuses their prospects with the local schools and parents?
I well understand why Yirara grabbed every student it could, the money on offer based on enrolment and 200 students is a windfall. But it ensured failure.
I suggest that you consider downsizing student intake and college expenditure and focus on running a smaller, much more workable institution,
Aboriginal eduction is all about relationships, so smaller is more intimate is much more productive.


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‘Sneaky’ Christmas present from Environment Minister
Well worth reading the Environmental Management Plan EP76 before commenting.
There would be no impact on the nearest groundwater users due to extraction from the CLA at Velkerri 76 S2 for exploration activities.
22 billion tonnes of CO2 released? Rubbish.
Gas is a lot cleaner than coal.
Bottom line is the NT is broke and there is no solution in sight from any party.
Gas extracted onshore pays a royalty to the NT Government and the Beetaloo Basin could generate a very large income that would benefit all of us.
Origin Energy is investing a very large sum of money here in the NT.
They are taking a big risk with shareholders’ money.
Thank you Origin Energy and Santos and Central Petroleum.
They are risking money to move the Territory forward.


When 20% royalties shrivel to as little as 1%
As a shareholder of Santos (STO) and Central Petroleum (CTP) I wish both companies had never set foot in the NT.
More than $100m spent with hardly any return in the Territory.
Many jobs created, employment of local Aboriginal people, royalties paid along with payoffs (remember CEO Cottee and the six Landcruisers).
Almost no return for company money. My money in part.
Constant harassment by green groups.
STO makes money in PNG as a JV partner in the PNG LNG project.
CTP has cost most investors dearly but they keep drilling and hoping.
A single well costs around $7m but can cost double that.
In my view the NT Government owes the companies as the previous CM recognised.


Aboriginal royalties: A golden deal?
The ABA holds over $1 billion in reserves for Indigenous people, many living in deep poverty.
Aboriginal owned Centrecorp is worth over $70m.
Aboriginal controlled Congress has a multimillion dollar “reserve” accumulated from its Government funding.
There sure is a lot of money allocated for Aboriginal people that is not getting to them.
And it isn’t whitefellas sitting on those riches.


Aboriginal royalties: A golden deal?
@ Jon Altman: Thanks for that information. About how much do the four land councils get for their administrative costs from royalties?


Aboriginal royalties: A golden deal?
James T Smerk: If you visit Yuendumu you may be surprised at the lack of apparent need.
Large spacious and up to date houses, some with just one person or a couple living in them.
Great communications, wifi internet, mobile etc.
Excellent services, health etc.
Large and modern adult education / training centre.
I’m not suggesting this opulence is common in Aboriginal communities.
A station, near Ti Tree and in fact most of the Barkly communities still suffer homelessness, poverty, the exploitation of paying high prices for food, poor medical services.
But not at Yuendumu.
So sad that the community that least needs royalties gets them in abundance.


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