Also worth considering that bringing in another provider makes a …

Comment on Little kids big losers by Jamie.

Also worth considering that bringing in another provider makes a lot more sense if the three MacDonnell Council centres were included.
They suffer the same problems, are equally dysfunctional; and two of the three have not even run for months.
Six childcare centres under new management is well worth trying.

Jamie Also Commented

Little kids big losers
Yes Local, the problem being that the many interstate employees don’t understand how to make community organisations work.
For example, they thought that just because communities say they want local employment means that the local Aboriginal staff will perform their jobs and regularly turn up for work.
Absenteeism in the centres has been running at a very high rate, while salaries have continued to be paid.
Yes, there have been plenty of “cultural” reasons for the 15 staff not turning up for months on end but at the end of the day the child care service has not delivered.
Close them down and start again is not such a bad idea.

Little kids big losers
To the contrary, the Government is interested in evidence based practice which is why they reduced funding.
The Government doesn’t and shouldn’t fund initiatives that have poor outcomes.
The evidence at hand is that the communities wanted this initiative and opted for centres that would maximise local employment opportunities.
Government agencies listened and complied.
Having spent $4 million on building the centres and then employing 15 local staff to run them (that’s five staff per centre) the centres have not operated effectively.
Worker absenteeism has been very high, a child care service has not been provided.
Furniture and other items belonging to the centres have gone missing.
The Nyirripi centre shows signs of vandalism.
Now the council wants to employ coordinators at even more expense to try to get the centres working properly.
The council consulted and came up with the current model, now they find it doesn’t work and they want Government to bail them out.
There is no evidence the coordinator model they propose will work, or even that the coordinator positions can be filled.
The MacDonnell Shire has been advertising similar positions for months but centres in Papunya, Liebig and Kintore remain shut.
When these centres have run the coordinator have needed to do far more than help train, supervise and support the local staff.
Most coordinators have not stayed in the positions for long.
How child care centres on remote communities can operate effectively is a work in progress but not one that the Government can or should endlessly support.

Recent Comments by Jamie

Mparntwe custodians: Lhere Artepe does not speak for us
@ Charlie Carter: You are saddened by the lack of legal and cultural awareness by some of your correspondents including myself.
Have you missed something else here, a missing ingredient?
When you look at the backflips and finally the big push to have the gallery at the Desert Knowledge Precinct (DKP) you may suspect another motivation.
Many of the people who are against the Anzac location and pushing for the DKP have a vested interest in the DKP.
This debate is not just about legal and cultural awareness.
It is also driven by self interest.
But is the self interest also in the interests of our town?

Art gallery row: Town Council leaderless
@ Matthew Langan: If you think the NT Labor Party are dictators consider the antics of the CLP.
They sold TIO, our iconic, profitable and very supportive insurance company.
Then they wasted the money and TIO downsized throwing hundreds out of work.
Insurance premiums went through the roof.
We actually do need the gallery, it will attract high end international tourists when they can visit again.
They stay at our best hotels eat expensive meals and spend lots of cash in our town.
Aboriginal artists need the gallery too, it will turbo charge the income of the best artists.
And the gallery does need to be located very close to the CBD, visitors will not bus out to a distant location time and time again.
Dare I say it.
Well done Dale Wakefield!
And the council is leaderless.

Mparntwe custodians: Lhere Artepe does not speak for us
@ Perrule: We already have the Strehlow Centre for secret sacred Aboriginal cultural material.
That is where the private stuff should go.
The gallery will showcase world-class Aboriginal art, almost all of which is commercial and not considered culturally sensitive.
Aboriginal art is a massive industry that sustains incomes for hundreds of Aboriginal people and is a major tourist drawcard.
Aboriginal artists will support the gallery wherever it is located and be proud if their art is on display.
Remember that the free houses and other benefits that Aboriginal people get have to be paid for and it is the responsibility of all Territorians to support business.
Time to stop the bickering and get on with building the gallery.

Mparntwe custodians: Lhere Artepe does not speak for us
Native title has been extinguished over the Anzac Precinct so the opinion of the Mparntwe custodian family group is no more relevant than that of any other residents.
The precinct is the property of the Town Council and the NT Government is entitled to acquire it.

Native title organisation backs Anzac precinct for gallery
Compensation to be paid to the town council.
Give it back to ratepayers as relief.

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