We all know that the NT Government is heavily mired …

Comment on Dumbing down Alice Springs by Mr Reality.

We all know that the NT Government is heavily mired in crippling debt.
Of course, the CDU has to be downsized and it must happen in a sensible manner.
Simply, which courses are producing real outcomes, i.e. getting students jobs?
Higher education for remote students is laudable but has failed at huge expense over many years.
How many Aboriginal teachers and nurses are there who are actually employed?
Almost none.
There are many courses that lead to almost zero employment outcomes.
Art courses in the Correctional Centre is one of them and this must be discontinued.
Music was abolished some time ago but somehow art survived.
The NT can no longer pay for recreational courses.
The NT Government and CDU do have to slash costs but should maintain the courses and staff that are producing real employment outcomes.
The rest do have to go and the sooner the better. We are broke.

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Thinking big, anyone?
Capital expenditure (CAPEX) at $55 billion and the jobs number at 75,000.
The jobs number would be in the construction stage only.
The CAPEX is huge.
Much more realistic is the mining project up the road at Mt Peake with processing in Darwin.
CAPEX is about $800m.
1000 jobs in the construction phase and ongoing work for more than 300.
Training and jobs for Aboriginal people as part of the land use agreement worked out with the CLC.
Just about all the development work and approvals are complete.


Country Liberal Party: custodians ignored on gallery
@ Alex Nelson. It’s their art, their culture, so if the custodians and TOs stump up the $50m I agree they should be the primary authority on this matter.
Centrecorp?


Locally owned supermarkets buck crisis with $1m facelift
Paid for by a taxpayer funded enterprise grant to Lhere Artepe?


Way forward for nation-building projects – south of the Gap
@ Trevor Shiell. The Desert Knowledge Precinct is very high maintenance.
$3.3m in government grants in the 2018/19 financial year.
$1.6m staff costs.
The DKP says it does the following:
DKA facilitates collaborations and opportunities that support new technologies, resolve policy issues around open data and Aboriginal data sovereignty, and support the growth of a new digital economic base and workforce.
It would be interesting to know what the DKP has achieved?
The research arm Ninti One appears inactive.
The precinct itself is a ghost town with many empty buildings.
It seems that the DKP board has failed in the important task of living within its (substantial) means i.e. rent and payments for solar energy.
Under DKP auspices, would the gallery become a further drain on government requiring endless grants?
Councillor Jimmy Cocking is a (paid) board member and it would be useful for him to throw light on the concerns raised here.


Mayor, Deputy let council flounder
Mayor Ryan just announced that the CLP would build the gallery at the Desert Park and he gave the timeline.
He can’t participate in the Town Council process on the gallery because he was conflicted but is happy to talk for the CLP.


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