LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Sir – It was a pleasure to travel to Titjikala to join celebrations for the community’s second consecutive Tidy Towns win, to announce a $266,000 grant to improve with rubbish collection across the region and see first hand the pride local people take in keeping their community tidy.
This community is an example to others right across the Territory and I wish them the best of luck in the national Tidy Towns finals in Tasmania in February.
The Council is gradually introducing compacting rubbish trucks in all its communities to minimise the space taken up by waste materials and keep communities tidy.
Regular rubbish collection is something we take for granted in our major centres but it’s a service that many communities have never had.
Titjikala is a proactive community that is also leading the way on alcohol management. In May this year, Titjikala’s Alcohol Management Plan (AMP) became the first in the NT to be approved by the Federal Government.
This plan is an example of community and government working together to promote safety. It’s a local solution that has been developed with genuine engagement of the local community.
For the community, an important part of this AMP was an agreement to remove the official no alcohol signage introduced during the Intervention.
Communities have long complained that these signs are demeaning and it is great to see the community design its own replacement sign with locally-driven messages about attitudes to grog.
The message on these new signs is:
‘Welcome to Titjikala (Tapatjataka). We are Alcohol Free. Visitors Welcome. Residents of this Community are committed to respecting each other and the Community we live in. So please respect this beautiful Community, its standards and all who reside here.’
Titjikala is a community with a bright future ahead with the proposed Chandler Salt Mine located nearby. This multi-million dollar project has the potential to create many jobs for local people.
I urge the community to embrace this economic opportunity and break the crippling cycle of welfare dependency that has held aboriginal people back for so long.
Chief Minister Adam Giles
Local Government Minister Bess Price
LETTER TO THE EDITOR