LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Sir – I am disappointed the NT Government had not allocated funding for after hours youth services in Alice Springs in this week’s Budget.
I had hoped the NT Government would prioritise after hours services given the recent focus on issues around young people on the streets at night [while] investments in some infrastructure projects in town are always welcome.
The Chief Minister and the Minister for Children and Families have been talking tough about kids out late at night but sadly they haven’t put their money where their mouth is.
Putting resources into services such as the former Youth Street Outreach Service and Youth Hub would have helped enormously in having an integrated approach from youth sector agencies in making sure kids at risk were targeted and families supported.
I am interested to see the NT Government was giving another $2.7 million to the Alice Springs Youth and Community Centre in this Budget.
The ASYCC received $2.5 million from the NT Government in 2014 for new and refurbished facilities, including a new gymnasium which replaced the old Government gym in the Greatorex building.
I congratulate the ASYCC on securing this funding and look forward to learning how this $2.7 million injection of funds will assist them in targeting and delivering much needed services to the large cohort of young people in Alice Springs who desperately need after hours activities and services.
I am very interested in learning about the ASYCC’s programs that may be aimed at engaging young people on the streets at night and during school holiday periods, when most of the current problems are occurring.
I am also interested in finding out from the NT Government why no money from the sale of TIO had been allocated to flood mitigation works in Alice Springs, as had been promised in Darwin and Katherine.
As Council has pointed out, flood mitigation works are a priority in Alice and we don’t want to be waiting until it’s too late.
I will also be asking what has happened to the $2 million allocated in last year’s Budget to a boardwalk linking the Golf Course area to the CBD. This has not been built but doesn’t seem to be mentioned in this year’s Budget.
Chansey Paech (pictured)
Alice Springs Town Councillor
LETTER TO THE EDITOR