Not at ratepayers’ expense please. The council should do less, do …

Comment on Price wants council to do better than basics by Peter.

Not at ratepayers’ expense please.
The council should do less, do the basics and do them well.
And not have outrageous rate hikes year after year.

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Price wants council to do better than basics
Jacinta, regarding your successful business, what assistance have you received on the basis of being Indigenous?


Price wants council to do better than basics
Steve, the issue of rates and Jacinta’s candidacy are not separate since she is proposing new expenditure that we the rate payers will have to fund.
So that Jacinta can have a fair hearing she needs to cost her program so we can estimate the rate increase or tell us what services will be cut to fund her plans.
It is a worry that you are endlessly defending a big spending candidate.
The year to year rates increases in this town are unsustainable.


Price wants council to do better than basics
Steve: Not grouchy narks but increasingly desperate rate payers who are wondering how we can afford to live in the town and what its future will be when rates soar upward year after year.
Also legitimate concerns about basic services when the council has no clear idea of its role.
You say: “It’s not about spending more its about balancing what we already spend.”
So for every new expense Jacinta brings to the table we need to be given the details of the cuts that will be made to pay for it.


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Anger with out-of-control kids: council needs to step up
Financial incentives and disincentives have been tried and both have failed.
All strategies aiming to throw the responsibility back on parents have not worked.
We must move on.
Of course schools can’t teach everything but it is reasonable to expect them to reinforce the values that are under threat, namely respect for western rules and property.
Teaching values has always been part of schooling and is not an additional burden.
There is evidence reported by the Alice Springs News that some schools are part of the problem rather than the solution.
In my opinion it is timely to examine the part that schools are playing or not playing in the Aboriginal youth crisis in our town.


Anger with out-of-control kids: council needs to step up
@Jack1 Of course parents should step up but that sentiment has been expressed dozens of times and it is clear that they won’t or can’t.
We have to go beyond wishful thinking.
It is logical to try to influence these kids on their first contact with our institutions and that’s school.
Yipirinya at the primary level and Yirara for secondary are the main ones.
Imagine the benefits of heading off these kids at an early age, before they become street criminals and in time prisoners at the local jail.
Michael Liddle says that Alice Springs has people who have no regard for western rules or property within the municipal area of Alice Springs.
Schools are not responsible for this or at fault but they should be addressing the issue as far as they can in my opinion.
Having regard for western rules and property should be part of schooling.


Anger with out-of-control kids: council needs to step up
How about schools step up!
Council isn’t funded to control youth and rates are already sky high.
Schools are funded.
Yipirinya get about $28,000 for each student.
Each Yirara student costs $60,000 a year according to an article in The Australian in 2018.
These two schools are very well paid to educate the youth now causing havoc on our streets.
Any comments from the schools or staff about the programs they run to teach their students regard for property are welcome.


Old Timers Village resident locked in
If Alan simply signed over a power of attorney he doesn’t need a lawyer to revoke it. There is a freely available form for this purpose on the internet.
If he has been deemed to have lost capacity he needs to be assessed again because he does not present as someone who has lost the capacity to make decisions over their own affairs.


CAAMA must show why it shouldn’t be under administration
CAAMA has long complained that it doesn’t get enough funding to do anything significant.
But it still gets considerable money from the Feds and does very little with it expect pay high salaries.
From the outside it looks like a family run business paid for by our taxes.
CAAMA has traded on its “iconic status” for far too long in my view.
Happy to be contradicted.
Let’s hear from CAAMA.
What have you achieved in recent years?


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