Tag Archives: town camps

Listen to the experts: town camp women on DV

 

 

Their lived experience is what makes them the experts; they know the good ways to work, they have the knowledge, the stories and the resilience to share. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Wards for Alice council, including one for town camps?

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Councillor Eli Melky thinks so, and that there should be more elected members, going from the current eight to 10 (plus mayor). KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Alice town camps need not be places of misery

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More than a dozen lease holding association could turn town camps into profitable enterprises and low rent housing. We ask NT Senator Malirndirry McCarthy for her views. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Delayed report castigates government over town camps

2531 Hidden Valley 2 SM“Governance structures [for Aboriginal town camps] are characterised by confusion and uncertainty. The leasing structure makes day to day management difficult. There is no one agency or organisation that provides direction, support and funding.  This means little support to assisting residents to pursue development opportunities in a coordinated fashion.” Housing Minister Gerry McCarthy releases a scathing report after sitting on it for nearly one year. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Town camp review to have broad scope

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Leases, infrastructure, service delivery, housing and legislation to come under the microscope, says Housing Minister Bess Price, pictured at Little Sisters’ camp with Baden Williams this morning. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Closing the Gap: Lofty words, inadequate deeds

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While the nation is awash in rhetoric about Indigenous advancement, especially in housing, in the real world of Alice Springs town camps residents are confronted by inadequate and expensive bureaucracies. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Work starts on 250 affordable housing dwellings

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A program is under way to create 250 “affordable housing” dwellings in Alice Springs, within about three years. Construction has started on the first project, 11 units in Gillen, obtained from a private developer. The first 50 are scheduled to come on stream next year. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

No need to beef up by-laws: public behaviour better

Council look set to knock on the head a move to double the penalties for some public places by-law breaches, initiated by Councillor Geoff Booth (pictured, at his induction) a year ago. Cr Booth said his aim was not to increase revenue through fine collection but to “change habits”, while Mayor Damien Ryan, Crs Jade Kudrenko and Liz Martin, and Director of Corporate and Community Services Craig Catchlove were all of the view that there has been a marked improvement in the town’s public places. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

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NT Minister to probe Tangentyere funding for town camps

Tangentyere Council needs to come clean with the taxpayer about how it spends the $43m a year it gets from the public purse, says NT Minister for Indigenous Advancement, Alison Anderson (at left). She says the arganisation was previously responsible for all or most of the town’s up to 19 camps, but is is now looking after fewer than half of them; is failing to stem the “rivers of grog” despite the camps’ “dry” status, is incapable of curbing extreme violence; and is treated by the Shaw family as its private “dynasty”. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTOS: Garbage in Charles Creek in 2010. The same location on Wednesday this week, after Ingkerreke has taken over from Tangentyere clean-up and parks maintenance functions. FULL STORY »

Half shot or full drunk?

Evidence in this week’s committal hearing of charges against Liam Jurrah, Christopher Walker and Josiah Fry, painted yet again a picture of Alice Springs town camps awash with alcohol, even though drinking is supposed to be banned there. When the grog wasn’t being consumed in the camps, it was being drunk “down the creek”, where drinking is also supposed to be banned.

There was no suggestion that this day – March 7, 2012 – was special. It was a Wednesday. Only one witness said it was his pension day.

For one man, drinking started before noon; for most of the others, it began mid-afternoon, after the take-aways opened. KIERAN FINNANE summarises the evidence of each witness in relation to alcohol consumed on the day. FULL STORY »