Just stumbled across a report published on November 3, 2006, …

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Just stumbled across a report published on November 3, 2006, in which a former inmate of the Wildman River Camp called on the NT Government to re-open this facility which had been closed in 2004, and to build a similar facility near Alice Springs.
He claimed that “inmates were subjected to strict rules, routine, team building and hard work” and that the facility “needs to be re-opened as too many youths are getting away with murder” and that “some boys in the town are bloody terrible”.
He stated that “Wildman River changed his outlook on life.
“I was a ratbag” he said. “The six months I was there was enough to make me change my ways. It was a real learning curve”.
However, there was no official support for this person’s opinion: “Justice Minister Syd Stirling said the NT Government was not considering reopening Wildman River.
“He said the Don Dale Detention Centre in Berrimah, Darwin, was more appropriate for juvenile offenders.
“While I will consider any option to reduce the amount of reoffending in the Territory, I believe that right now the Don Dale Detention Centre is the best place to rehabilitate young offenders, he said”.
Now there’s a great demonstration of why it is that corporate memory loss is so prominent in the Northern Territory.

Recent Comments by Alex Nelson

Deloitte to close Alice Springs office
Erwin, the top floor was actually built at the request of the ABC as the building was originally intended to be two storeys.
The NT Tourist Commission was one of the early occupants of the building, along with the Housing Commission, too.
Thanks to Cyclone Tracy, the headquarters of the Tourist Commission was relocated there from Darwin, and remained in Alice Springs at various locations until 1992.

Council resignations and surprising alliances
@ Scotty (Posted June 30, 2020 at 4:45 pm): “By the way, Willshire was not found guilty of anything” – while in turn Lindy Chamberlain was found guilty.
History shows the decisions of courts are not sacrosanct; and in both examples, the findings were (at a minimum) miscarriages of justice.

Deloitte to close Alice Springs office
Looks like we’re going to have to change the name of the building from its current “Deloitte House”.
Ah well, it wouldn’t be setting a precedent – for many years it was called Sturt House but in fact was originally named “Stuart House” when the building was opened in 1973.
The first name didn’t last long and, although I haven’t sighted any documentary evidence, I suspect it was changed when it was realised there was already a “Stuart House” in town.
This was the still brand new south wing of the Melanka government hostel adjoining Stuart Terrace.
Well, poor old Melanka has long gone and Deloitte is leaving so maybe the original name of Stuart House can be restored.
Who says history is forgotten when we have site name changes?
[ED – Alex, we should have a party with the ABC. They used to occupy the top floor. And the Tourist Commission (yes, that’s the mob that actually knew how to promote The Centre) was on floor one or two.]

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Those who support this decision have provided their full names, those opposed (as I write) seem to be a little bit shy.

10 years for people recruiting kids to commit crimes
Given that we’re now two months out from the next NT polls, this media release masquerading as government policy can only be seen for what it is – the Gunner Labor Government’s law and order policy platform for the de facto election campaign that is already underway.
It is ridiculous for the Gunner Government to hark back to the previous CLP regime; for example, “Returning family responsibility agreements and orders that were previously scrapped by the CLP government”.
That’s now four years ago! I can’t see any initiative announced in this media release that couldn’t have been started well within this period, instead of waiting for the last minute to dangle them like carrots in front of the voting public, whom obviously the Gunner Government considers us all to be a herd of donkeys.
Surely there are enough of us in the community to see through such a cynical ploy; after all, this government has had a full term to come to grips with these issues.

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