LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Sir – Central Australians yesterday celebrated the official opening of a new and improved gymnasium at the Alice Springs Youth and Community Centre (ASYCC) to which the government committed $2.5m.
The new facility will bring to the people of Alice Springs sports such as Shotokan, Eskrima, Aikido, Gymnastics, Circus, Roller Derby and Boxing which will have this fantastic new facility to call home.
I would like to thank the volunteers at the Centre who make it possible for the ASYCC to provide important social and recreational activities to the diverse community of Alice Springs.
The Country Liberals Government is committed to building Alice Springs and is investing heavily in the local economy through community projects like this one and the redevelopment of Anzac Oval.
The newly completed work includes a new gymnastics / sports hall, administration centre, new entry, forecourt, linkage to the existing structures, car park and landscaping.
The facility has been named in honour of Agnes East who was one of the founders of the Centre.
Sir – I am shocked to learn of the CLP Government’s short sighted decision to shut down the Alice Springs Youth Hub.
It was set up as part of a bipartisan approach to youth issues in Alice Springs with support from the community and youth sector non-government organisations (NGOs).
One of the issues the Alice Springs community identified was the need to have a co-ordinated approach from the different youth sector agencies to ensure young people weren’t falling through the gaps.
The Youth Hub was a central youth-friendly space where services were co-located, providing an integrated supported approach to youth issues – a one-stop shop.
This partnership approach was working and supported by the youth sector.
We’ve just seen the Chief Minister, Adam Giles, open a new multimillion dollar facility at the Alice Springs Youth Centre, right next door to the Hub.
Moving services away from spaces where kids are makes no sense and does nothing to make sure services are targeting those who need them most.
But the CLP Government’s approach seems to be making sure our juvenile detention facilities and jails are full, rather than focusing on approaches that might keep kids out of the criminal justice system.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR