Oil and gas company Santos will be spending money on sponsorship of sports in town, if their new drilling program meets with success, the Town Council heard last night. • Police did a blitz on enforcing public places by-laws in January, but what were the rangers been doing? And when will council see the revenue from all those fines? • Community survey offers confusing guidance on what council should be doing. KIERAN FINNANE reports in brief on Town Council news.
Responding to a call from Councillor Steve Brown, the Town Council last night voted to write to the Minister for Land Resource Management and request an extension of time in order to respond to the draft Water Allocation Plan for the town. Deadline for comment is currently April 29. Cr Brown warned that the plan will have "an extremely limiting effect" on the town's growth, contrary to the council's strategic goals. He wanted council to call on the Minister to "set the plan aside", but his colleagues preferred to come to their own conclusions, once having read the plan. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
Mandatory confinement for alcohol rehabilitation will soon start for at least some problem drunks at the moment they are taken into protective custody for the third time in two months.
They will be under constant supervision while they are being assessed, and possibly spend three months locked up in a special facility.
If they abscond the police will be chasing them, and – a matter still under consideration – they may finish up in gaol.
Once they complete the rehab, 70% of their income from welfare payments is likely to be managed, for at least a year.
So much for the stick. On the carrot side, they will get after-care, helping them to find and adjust to work, and assistance to cope with temptations "outside" to get back on the booze.
It's a 'lite' version of the touted programs that got the CLP into power in August last year, which promised expensive prison farms where people would spend a great deal more time than just three months. Alice Springs News Online editor ERWIN CHLANDA spoke with Health Minister Robyn Lambley(pictured) who has carriage of mandatory alcohol rehabilitation. PHOTO at top: The grounds of the Central Australian Aboriginal Alcohol Programs Unit.