"The police will not be running around the streets at night throwing innocent children into paddy wagons and locking them up. This strategy is not about criminalising children. If they cannot go home, they will be taken to a safe house where they can stay until a responsible adult is found," says Deputy Leader Robyn Lambley.
Cr Glen Auricht is “fearful that these children are going to be injured by angry people”, that “these kids would be killed”. Cooler heads on council want to act on a resolution of 2017, and meanwhile CCTV proliferates (photo) and the problems remain. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
The Town Council has rejected Cr Eli Melky’s fifth attempt to introduce a youth curfew. One reason: Police say there is no law for such a move and so their hands are tied. Now Cr Melky is looking at introducing a curfew as a council by-law which would bring the cops into play. Meanwhile fellow councillor Jimmy Cocking is doubtful a curfew would work. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
The Town Council last night unanimously expressed its preference for the Anzac precinct as the location for the national Aboriginal art gallery provided the NT Government has received consent from the traditional owners. So far there is no evidence that it has been given. In another decision the council voted against the introduction of a youth curfew, proposed by Cr Eli Melky for the fifth time, but now with the support of Deputy Mayor Matt Paterson. MORE LATER.
Families Minister Dale Wakefield says early intervention is the focus of the Government. She spoke with ERWIN CHLANDA. PHOTO:A boy getting a sausage sandwich from women from the FOCAS and Positive Loitering groups in the Mall.