"The My New Home scheme is an interesting proposal – my only concern is that there's often a difference between what governments, lending institutions and finance brokers say people can borrow and how much they should," says Duncan Poulson, NT Regional Commissioner of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).
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The new government appears unlikely to implement the no-deposit, low interest scheme, My New Home, promised by the defeated Labor government – certainly not in a hurry. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Is Alice Springs becoming a fly-in, fly-out centre? Statistics say it looks like it.
A growing number of people working or spending time here do not call Alice home. Only 71 "family type" three bedroom homes were built between 2006 and 2011, whereas a much greater number of flats, units and apartments were constructed.
However the FIFO workers aren't engaged in the lucrative mining industry, but most likely in the public service, in government initiatives such as the NT Emergency Response and Closing The Gap, says Dr Andrew Taylor, Senior Research Fellow, Demography and Growth Planning, of the Northern Institute, commenting on the five year Australian census results just released.
Photo: On present trends, when kids pictured above in the 2010 Bangtail Muster reach their teens, their town won't be much bigger, the racial composition will be much the same, they will head interstate to do their tertiary education, the population will be older and a booming tourism industry in The Centre will be the fond memory recalled in a Skype chat with their grandparents.
Care for old people in Alice Springs will get a boost with a $6.6m expansion program at the Old Timers Village, part of Frontier Services, which is now entering its second century of serving The Centre.
At the Old Timers Village on the South Stuart Highway, Flynn Lodge – at the northern end of the complex – will double in size with a 20 bed extension.
These will be for "high care" occupants.
An administration centre will be built south of the museum.
The Old Timers Home will also undergo extensive renovations to the Rosetta Flynn Wing at the front of the complex.
The Hetti Perkins Home in Percy Court, entirely for Aboriginal people and also run by Frontier Services, will double in size from 40 to 80 beds.
It has the full range of care.
PHOTOS: At top – Margaret Pickard in the showpiece front yard of her and her husband's cottage. Above right – Jocelyn Rose is tended by Vimbai Macheza.
Coming to this place has called up another for young artist and musician Claire Wieland. It's not that she isn't seeing and listening to this one – her Emu series and recording of local voices and songs are charming testimony that she is. But time spent in the western desert, volunteering in the women's centre at Kintore, and then here in town where she has rented a studio at Watch This Space and mounted an exhibition in its gallery, have got her thinking about family and home. The sense of those words for her stretches across the globe, to the native Switzerland of her father. She was born in Australia but the Swiss-German connection is strong, not so much through her direct experience as she has only been there a few times, and only once in young adulthood. It's more a matter of cultural osmosis, for instance, through the kind of objects that were around her as she grew up. Pictured: Above –her 'family' of hand-made objects. KIERAN FINNANE reviews.