There is a history of Mr Smith and his dongas. …

Comment on Ilparpa dongas depot: Will Tony Smith get a permit? by Jerry Fitzsimmons.

There is a history of Mr Smith and his dongas. Northside Action Group (NAG) were involved then, many years ago here in Alice Springs, and if needed, I can comment to those concerned about the current situation.
No one would wish to interfere with Mr Smith’s business plans, which may be of great benefit to our community, but as with the past, listen to what the local people affected have to say and most important of all, CONSULT with the community affected, first.
They may have other ideas that would ultimately assist Mr Smith’s business ventures.

Recent Comments by Jerry Fitzsimmons

‘Save Anzac Oval’ motion defeated
Councillors Melky, Satour, Cocking and Banks – your support and motion to clearly dispel any previous confusion about the government’s preference to build on or at Anzac Oval because of its proximity to the CBD and furthermore to be heard supporting the outcome of the council survey was noted by all present at the council meeting last night.
Likewise, to all the speakers who provided reasoned debate to consider alternatives to Anzac Oval being the “chosen” venue, your voices were also heard.
It is sad to be a resident and hear such disharmony and to come away believing that a democratic process such as the survey outcome, carried out in a transparent way by council staff, whom councillor Melky publicly congratulated, is not being acted on.
Why have the survey?


Memo Club for 24/7 youth centre?
When adding to the 14 comments below which I value, I would very much concur with and encourage these comments of Steve Brown, “… this is not a government initiative, this is a community movement”.
Everyone’s contribution is valuable, we are all affected.
The first step or stage is to come together, to listen, to participate, to accept that everyone has a history or a story to tell about being young.
Express ideas that may somehow spark this movement into a way forward.
Let’s all take the first step by being prepared to help each other, by being prepared to hear great community sense and by just turning up on the day to the forthcoming forum.
An invitation to the youth of Alice Springs needs to be encouraged for this initiative to move forward as one.


Putting a dollar figure on volunteering
Let me add this quote by Sherry Anderson: “Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they are priceless.” Says it all.


Problem kids: The whole town must help
Steve, I love and support your concept. You use terms such as, “ask ourselves, what would it take to change that hostility into friendship” and “… in creating this culture of inclusion we will bring enormous and lasting change”.
Your concept deserves great applause and I for one fully support the concept of the 24/7 CBD initiative proposed by you.
Naturally such a brave initiative requires the usual things that make people hesitant like “who will fund it,” who will co-ordinate it, who will have a representative voice for young people, and so on”, but I’m sure you have given this all great thought for such a great concept.
Steve, I fully support you on this one. Would be happy to be part of raising community awareness of the concept and I’m not politically affiliated.


Alleged toddler rape: Why she hadn’t been taken from her family
@ Heather Wells. Yes Heather, [because of alleged events it appears] we have another young life traumatised because of domestic violence and alcohol misuse.
Where to from now. How best can we overcome the felt helplessness most of us must be asking ourselves or feeling.
The ranting, the raving and even the blaming will dissipate while the risk to another innocent child will remain evident if nothing is fixed.
We certainly do not need to hear of another report.
While we go about our every day lives giving thought to how best to grapple with the current crisis we may feel disillusioned at how desensitised violent abuses to children are becoming when faced with local and international news clips.
As I battle with my own conscience and be witness to the media reports I read and see I despair as a human being and ponder how best I can be part of any solution.
Although somewhat helpless to act I consider my only response is to simply put to script my input to an awful dilemma.
Blaming child protection staff who we know are either greatly over-regulated or under resourced will only further exasperate the passion of many genuinely great staffers who may consider exiting from their much needed role of protection.
We need good people to receive the best advice and not be restricted to returning to the basic principles of care and in the case of struggling Aboriginal families, not to mention non-Aboriginal families, let’s have the decency to follow through on what Ms Cummings, and others of her ilk, have to offer.
It appears this woman has gained a wealth of experience in dealing with both child protection and domestic violence issues and her advice would go a long way to repairing the ills prevalent in the NT.
I would therefore suggest, for the sake of a much safer future for children, that the lead from those with the experience and knowledge should be pursued and not ignored.


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