One of the issues that bedevils communities in the Barkly …

Comment on Second Barkly child tragedy highlights need for urgent action by Jones.

One of the issues that bedevils communities in the Barkly region and which negatively affects many residents is the gutlessness of the housing agency to management properties effectively.
There might be one occupant in a three bedroom house and a family with six kids in a one bedroom house or even with no house at all so crammed into a relatives house.
Eight people living in one room.
Housing will not intervene to remedy this.
That’s how the ownership of houses had been allowed to happen irrespective of needs.
Families will own a number of houses and if one is vacant they will put a single individual in that house to maintain their ownership.
Large families in overcrowded houses see this happen and complain about it but no action is taken.
There is certainly overcrowding in the Barkly but there would be a lot less if families were assigned houses according to their needs.

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Second Barkly child tragedy highlights need for urgent action
@ Another Local: It’s interesting that you say that Nturiya had a health centre built some years ago and it was burned to the ground.
In the white administrative enclave of Ti Tree that is exactly the reason given for the neglect of the community, it is also claimed that 15 years ago the store was burned down.
Nturiya is pariah community where a few incidents long ago are used to justify the horrific neglect.
Docker River store was burned down many years ago as was Kintore school etc etc but these communities have stores and schools and clinics.
I personally have found the people of Nturiya hospitable and peaceful.
Heard of any Willowra style riots or major family disputes?
People at Yuendumu were actually compensated by the NT Government when they torched houses and cars.
About time to stop making excuses and blaming the victims. Put services into these neglected communities.


Second Barkly child tragedy highlights need for urgent action
Ali Curung has an inadequate medical clinic let alone any family support services.
The need is huge because alcohol abuse is rife.
Kieran has written a poignant account of the death of a woman near Ali Curung; well worth a read to get a sense of real life in the community.

Trouble at the turn-off


‘Paradise’ is the local name for the nearest alcohol takeaway on the Stuart Highway.
There is a missing generation in the community, victims of alcohol abuse and their kids are looked after by their grandparents.
They are old and most are sick so of course the kids are not supervised as well as the grandparents would like.
Down the road there is Nturiya (Station) and Wilora (Stirling), allegedly serviced from Ti Tree.
Nturiya has the worst housing and services I have seen anywhere in the Territory and remote Pilbara.
Camps are common, families living under corrugated iron.
The community has no store or clinic.
Wilora is another victim of Ti Tree under servicing.
There are visiting nurses but no one counts on them.
Family support services are a distant dream.
The entire region is a national disgrace.


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Sadly you could be right which explains why our Territory MLAs are so bad.
They have learned in their apprenticeships that once you get into a position of influence you can forget whom you are representing and do what serves your own best interests.


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The antics of the Council would not be tolerated in most other local Government jurisdictions.
Time for change and only ratepayers can do it.
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The council has been politicised with glaring conflicts of interest.
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Pathetic that the moral high grounders such as Cocking say nothing.
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@GC. High rates of Aboriginal imprisonment are always explained in terms of poor education, poverty,inadequate housing, police violence etc.
There is rarely a mention of fundamental cultural differences playing a role even though they obviously do.
You say that if the system cannot accommodate those cultural differences, that is a form of violence.
But how you would address cultural differences in laws and their administration?
Until the past couple of decades this issue was dealt with by the absence of remote policing.
Communities had little police presence, eg one 2 man station at Papunya policed a large part of central Australia.
In the absence of policing, Aboriginal Law continued and communities worked their own problems out, not as whitefellas would, but to the satisfaction of most residents.
Few went to jail.
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Not that payback has diminished but now it is administered by knives wielded by drunks and is sometimes lethal.
Imprisonment rates have soared to some of the highest in the world.
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The concept of different laws has been firmly rejected.
Traditional punishment is not coming back.
Police have no legal authority to make exceptions even where they are dealing with an Aboriginal offender who is following his own moral precepts.
For the Aboriginal offender being arrested for driving to his grandfather’s funeral when his car is defected, unregistered and his driver’s licence suspended seems very unjust.


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