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Tag: community action plan

The town is safe in public servants' hands: forum told

Report
figures on the proportion of Aboriginal people expected in Alice by
2030 "way, way off". Researcher now says she got it wrong.

"Rest easy, the public servants are onto it. But if you've got any (cost free) new ideas, let us know."

This was essentially the message from Tuesday's feedback forum on the
Alice Springs Community Action Plan. The fact that the forum did not
cover new ground or open up a space for new insights, directions and
initiatives would have given comfort to the boycotters (see separate report), although Alderman Eli Melky did attend.

First up, consultant Jane Munday summarised the report she had
compiled, "intended as the first stage in developing" the action plan.
This is described as a "research report", commissioned by the Department
of the Chief Minister. Ms Munday is experienced and well-qualified in
public relations and marketing. Her report is essentially about a number
of consultation exercises she conducted; its "research" is not of the
probing kind. For instance, she repeats what is frequently heard in
public fora, that "the proportion of Aboriginal residents (now 21%) is
expected to increase to about 45% by 2030". She sources the figure to a
presentation at the Kilgarrif forum by the Department of Lands and
Planning.

Such an increase would be huge, a radical change to the demography of
the town and with potentially far-reaching implications, but it is
"way, way off" according to Dean Carson, Professor for Rural and
Remote Research at Flinders University. Ms Munday has provided a comprehensive reply which appears at the end of the full story. KIERAN FINNANE reports. Photos: The crowd thins as boredom sets in. NT Police's Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations, Mark Payne.

Anti-talkfest lobby crashes and burns

 

With deliberately lit fires continuing (80 in the last week) and
coming to symbolise a reckless lawlessness threatening the security of
the town, a rearguard action on law and order issues by Aldermen Eli
Melky and Murray Stewart crashed and burned last night.

It was the Town Council's end of month meeting. The public gallery
was more than ordinarily full though not crowded. It included,
significantly, MLAs Alison Anderson (Independent) and Adam Giles
(Country Liberals), president of MacDonnell Shire Sid Anderson,
controversial would-be Country Liberals candidate Leo Abbott, prominent
activist couple Steve and Janet Brown, and outspoken general manager of
Ingkerreke, Scott McConnell.

In public question time at the start of the meeting Steve Brown put
the issues on the agenda, asking council to discuss them in the open
part of the meeting. He said he and others in the gallery were
"thoroughly tired" of the "forum process", alluding to this evening's
community feedback forum on the so-called Community Action Plan to
combat crime and anti-social behaviour. Pictured: Fire
in the ranges above the MacDonnell Range Caravan Park on Monday. It and
other fires burning along the range east of the Gap came from the
control burn the Fire Service undertook on the weekend, to bring a
maliciously lit fire on Undoolya Station under control. Senior Station
Fire Officer in Alice Springs, John Kleeman, says these fires will be
useful to reduce fuel load in the ranges and that there are major breaks
between them and nearby infrastructure. Meanwhile, there have been 8o
deliberately lit grass fires around town. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

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