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Public meeting delivers report card on the Intervention and suggestions on where to go from here


"I've got 55 positions across MacDonnell Shire – I can't fill all of them because I have to compete with Centrelink."

It was one of the starker statements of the two and half hour public
meeting held in Alice on Tuesday evening, about the second phase of the
Federal Intervention.

The speaker was Tracey McNee, coordinator of Community Safety at the
shire, making a point about the disincentive to work created by ease of
access to the dole. She "took her hat off" to shire residents who had
taken the work, but commented on the remaining vacancies: "[People]
don't necessarily have the same pressure and pushes to apply for those
jobs."

The jobs are with night patrol services: "No-one is saying night patrol is an easy job, but it is a job," said Ms McNee.

Centrelink is potentially "a large part of the solution," responded
veteran community development worker Bob Durnan, suggesting that the
organisation has the motivation and capacity as well as permanent staff
in communities to help people into jobs (presumably with some
forcefulness, if necessary). He said while government has poured a huge
amount of money into job networks, they are not based in communities and
don't have local knowledge. Centrelink is in a good position to take
over job network functions, he said. KIERAN FINNANE reports. Photo: Youth worker George Peckham on the microphone at Tuesday night's public meeting.

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