Tag Archives: management

Little new in the booze plan

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Apart from a name change, more of the same seems to be the tenor of the Alice Springs Draft Alcohol Management Plan released yesterday, a year and a half in the making. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Town council to manage swimming pool

The Alice Springs Town Council will take over the management of the Alice Springs Aquatic and Leisure Centre as of July 1,  Mayor Damien Ryan announced today. FULL STORY »

Macklin opens door to grog in Aboriginal communities, brings in ‘assessors’ to check pubs in Alice

An initiative by the Federal Government could open doors to permitting alcohol in communities that are currently dry, while assessors will be checking Alice pubs to see if they are causing harm. The final form of the Alcohol Management Plans, part of the 10-year, $3.4 billion Stronger Futures in the NT package, was announced by Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin. She is pictured in Alice Springs with Rosalie Kunoth Monks at the Centre for Appropriate Technology after unveiling a $4.36m program to upgrade infrastructure in the Utopia homelands. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. UPDATED at 4.30pm on Wednesday.
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LETTER: Labor’s mismanagement of $9m splash on Henbury carbon farm

The Gillard Government doesn’t even have a management plan for a cattle property turned carbon farm, Henbury Station, south of Alice Springs,  it ploughed more than $9 million of taxpayer funds into back in 2011, writes Fiona Nash, Nationals Deputy Senate Leader. FULL STORY »

APY lands get income management

The Australian Government will introduce income management in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in the Top End of South Australia to help families ensure their welfare payments are spent in the best interests of children, according to a media release from Jenny Macklin, Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs.

A similar system operates in the Northern Territory under the Federal Intervention.
“Income management ensures that money is available for life essentials, and provides a tool to stabilise people’s circumstances and ease immediate financial stress,” says the release.
“Consultations in May this year with APY Lands communities clearly showed strong support for income management on the Lands.”

Picture: Minister Macklin in Alice Springs in 2008. FULL STORY »

Move for town council to manage the aquatic centre

The town council may manage the aquatic center in its own right, according to a well informed source.

This follows the collapse of the arrangement with the YWCA which withdrew from the job, scheduled to run until 2014, saying it had substantially under-quoted.

The source says the council is looking at expressions of interest so far received from organisations around Australia.

The council has been managing the landfill since the collapse of the Subloo contract, and public opinion seems to be that the council staff running the dump now are doing a fine job.

If ratepayers’ money can be saved, keeping the pool management in-house may be a good idea, says the source. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

PART TWO Food for Thought: Transport Hall of Fame bucks downward trends

 

By LIZ MARTIN
CEO of the National Transport Hall of Fame.
The local champion of lateral thinking has parlayed the Hall into the town’s top private and volunteer initiative, and the nation’s leading museum of its kind. The global recession called for a change of tack – and the Hall had one of its best years ever. How can this kind of “never say die” attitude be applied to the town’s woes?

Here are some of her hints:-
• We have always been aware of our precarious position as a community based museum and planned ahead, not only for future development but survival in the bad times and succession planning for our future.
• I have always been lateral in my approach to this business.

• It’s not just about working hard; it’s about working smart, especially when times are tough.

• This advice came from Kurt Johannsen in 1992: “There will be plenty of knockers but don’t waste time on them. While you are worrying about them you are letting down the people and businesses that support you – keep striving towards your goals.”

• Don’t over-think your problems. I see many people in “damage control” and spending too much time solving their day to day problems.  This extends to Alice Springs as a community. I hate to think about the countless times in the past thirty years that we have gone back to square one dealing with and changing the methodology in how we deal with anti-social behaviour and criminal activity. FULL STORY »