The biggest challenge will be the flow of remote community …

Comment on Corona bush solutions: Health workers from interstate by Jack.

The biggest challenge will be the flow of remote community residents into and out of jail.
The jail will be COVID-19 central.
It was built to avoid social isolation (and the risk of suicide).
Prisoners are held in blocks not individual cells.
Medium security blocks each hold up to 120 prisoners in a large room.
There is no space in the overcrowded jail to isolate more than a few infected prisoners.
Guards will also be infected.
A 90% prisoner and guard infection rate should be anticipated.
There will be so few healthy guards that they will not be able to enforce hand washing etc.
With the constant flow of prisoners in and out of the jail COVID-19 will be quickly transferred from the prison to remote communities.
This is inevitable because it is illegal to withhold release an infected prisoner on the expiry of his or her sentence.
The rapid spread of the disease in a population with many underlying health issues is certain to lead to a high Aboriginal death rate.
The high rate of Aboriginal imprisonment will soon have a knock on effect.

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Corona bush solutions: Health workers from interstate
The risk is that Alice Springs will have a sharp spike in cases that will overwhelm the hospital.
I would put this at about 80 likely, some say inevitable. 50 or more severe cases for ICU in a few days is quite possible.
Will remote cases be flow into town to be treated in our overwhelmed hospital where they could infect others?
Or will they be essentially be left to die in bush clinics that will not have the intensive care facilities?
Ideas:
Pre existing illnesses and age be factors in granting bail in non violent cases to keep prison numbers down.
Early release of selected prisoners with pre existing illnesses.
Prison guards to wear protective equipment.
Screening of prisoners and quick isolation at a facility yet to be identified.
All school excursions to be cancelled, no students to leave their campus, especially those from remote communities.
Screening of new arrivals to Yirara College.
Possible temporary closure of Yirara.


Recent Comments by Jack

The task ahead is rebuilding
@ Charlie Carter: I know two families whose income has been severely hit by the Casino closure, two more who lost their jobs when gyms closed, another made part time at a local business. Unemployment is soaring throughout the nation and our town is no exception.
This is why Morrison has stepped in to support the newly unemployed.
As well, food prices are extraordinarily high which is another blow to the struggling.
But I don’t accept that Town Council employment should be supported by our very high rates.
No way! The Council should cut its cloth to the present circumstances just as the rest of us are doing.
The town has few residents from remote communities, no need to patrol the river, it is much quieter. Many ranger duties are not needed now.
$1.2m for Rangers. Is that about 15 positions?
Halve the numbers and save half a million.
Those stood down can get the government wage support.
The work gangs are out there as if nothing had changed, breaking the social distancing rules which is inevitable in a gang of workers.
Parks and Reserves $1.4m. Reduce to urgent works and save $1m.
Library $1.9m. Take away books will never work as the pandemic gathers pace.
Each book and every page would have to be cleaned to make sure it is safe.
Get a Kindle, Charlie.
Huge savings to the library budget.
I could go on and on.
Many millions could be saved and passed on to residents by way of a rate cut that will be welcomed by the growing ranks of the unemployed.


The task ahead is rebuilding
@ Charlie Carter: Unemployment and underemployment is growing in our town and there is no escaping to other places for employment.
The Feds are spending huge sums to ease the burden.
In this context “small government” is not bullshit if it contributes to the national effort to take pressure off struggling families and out of work casuals.
Would you like to increase the size of the Town Council and add to the rate burden?
Improved efficiencies and downsizing the Council to cut rates would be very timely.
The Council will not do this voluntarily, they will defer rate payments but not cut the rates.
This is a completely out of touch response.
A review of Council operations and staffing is needed.
The beneficiaries are likely to be most residents.
By the way, the NT has a record debt of around $7 billion, the interest on which is $1.2m per day.


COVID-19 calls for straight answers
Irresponsible of the NT Health Minister to say that the Territory is the safest place in Australia.
Testing about one Territorian in 100 is insufficient to draw that conclusion.
Nowhere is safe and health messages should not imply otherwise.


The task ahead is rebuilding
@ Pseudo Guru. Agree we need a grounded discussion.
Very hard to grow the economy but we can cut costs to give residents more money to spend locally.
Start with rates.
We have a bloated town council and sky high rates.
A public review of the Council’s operation and staffing is long overdue.
Is it meeting residents’ needs? (Note the out of touch response to the Coronavirus emergency with huge job losses).
Is it overstaffed?
Are the high rates justified?
Are there alternative models that deliver better service less expensively?


Aborigines may defy orders, come to Alice for food: CLC
Very few remote community residents travel to Alice Springs to shop for a healthy food basket.
Keeping the price of healthy food low on communities will not prevent people from coming to town.
There are fast food attractants in town, plus the availability of alcohol that draws remote residents to town.
But the healthy food basket is not one of them.


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