After more than three years on the frontline of child welfare and protection Fred – not his real name – is leaving town. He's taking with him corporate knowledge, which he says has been dwindled worryingly, about matters that are uppermost in the public's mind.
He says he isn't bitter nor angry, rather feels privileged to have developed relationships with a part of the population that is raising profound concerns, both as victims of abuse and neglect, and perpetrators of crime: some four fifths of Fred's clients were Aboriginal.
He spoke in person with editor ERWIN CHLANDA, for an hour and a half, but on the condition of not being named.
Large businesses and institutions south of Heavitree Gap in Alice Springs will soon be taking advantage of recycled water at their properties as the Alice Water Smart Reuse Project aims to reduce consumption of potable (drinking) water by replacing it with recycled water for horticultural and irrigation purposes, writes Les Seddon, Alice Water Smart Project Manager.
Janet and Russell, you have both articulated with passion your diametrically opposed views about the degree to which the state should regulate our private lives, writes Alice Springs News Online editor ERWIN CHLANDA. I have found in the current New York Review of Books a concept which may provide a compromise between your positions while not requiring either of you to lose face: It's called "nudging". IMAGE: Detail of a 2012 ConsumerFreedom.com advertisement protesting New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed ban on the sale of soft drinks in containers larger than sixteen ounces. He is portrayed in a nanny uniform. The image illustrates the Review article.
If the government wants 100 residential blocks in Kilgariff ready for sale "off the plan" by July – the target date, according to minister Adam Giles – then they'll have to get a wriggle-on.
Mr Giles says he's been fighting hard to bring on the subdivision early but apart from the number of blocks, very little seems clear at the minute. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. IMAGE: The approximate area where the first 100 residential blocks will be developed. The circled number 1 is the new Stuart Highway intersection.
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.
A youth curfew during periods of period of "high social unrest," grappling with how to make parents pay for the damage done by their kids, an institution for young people out of control or with special needs, the government paying up to half a million dollars a year for some children in residential care services, massive cuts in Federal funding for child welfare and protection – these are some of the waypoints on the long and lonely road of the Minister for Children and Families, Robyn Lambley (pictured with constituents, photo supplied by her office). She spoke with editor ERWIN CHLANDA.
Mayor Damien Ryan is to contact today the southern region's new police commander, Kate Vanderlaan, about poor response to calls to 000 and 131441. The matter was raised in last night's council meeting by Councillor Eli Melky, in an apparent reference to our report yesterday of the inadequate police response to an attack on the tennis club. In other council news: the search for land for affordable housing (not Kilgariff?); consistent shortfall on Indigenous staffing target; public art commissions let; no breakthrough on netball car parking. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
At left: The Todd mall police post. How useful is it, Cr Melky wants to know.
"In which state is Alice Springs?" No, this wasn't the irritating question by a cold caller from New Delhi.
It was what tennis club manager Matt Roberts was asked by the woman responding to his 000 call while he was under siege, for nearly an hour, from a gang of armed, rampaging youths. PHOTO: A piece of timber used as a weapon in the assault. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
An attack on two German tourists in a mobile home in the West MacDonnell Ranges is of the kind described in a German Foreign Office security advisory website (pictured), in its Australia section singling out Alice Springs alone. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
A 15 day boot camp as apparently proposed by Correctional Services Minister John Elferink would be of little value.
That is the view of a member of the town council who, together with long-time youth worker Graham Ross, has been planning for years to set up a residential facility out bush for young people. PHOTO: Graham Ross (at left) and Cr Brown at the site in the Larapinta Valley where they hope to establish a camp for young people in trouble.