His picture of a town “under siege” failed to persuade his colleagues who made clear their preference for outreach services and grassroots community action with young people. Three NT MLAs (pictured) were in the chamber for the debate. Meanwhile, the issue of flying the Aboriginal flag on Anzac Hill has been skirted. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
Mayor Damien Ryan is to contact today the southern region's new police commander, Kate Vanderlaan, about poor response to calls to 000 and 131441. The matter was raised in last night's council meeting by Councillor Eli Melky, in an apparent reference to our report yesterday of the inadequate police response to an attack on the tennis club. In other council news: the search for land for affordable housing (not Kilgariff?); consistent shortfall on Indigenous staffing target; public art commissions let; no breakthrough on netball car parking. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
At left: The Todd mall police post. How useful is it, Cr Melky wants to know.
Perhaps it's because of his shadow portfolios – Indigenous Policy, Transport and Construction, Regional Development – that the Country Liberals' Adam Giles takes a regional view of issues affecting his electorate. "I'm pro-development, we've got to grow the economy, create jobs for the future," says the sitting Member for Braitling. But he links the old conservative mantra with a certain logic to the specific ills of the region.
He recognises the social issues that are the preoccupation of many – "especially our outrageous law and order issues" – but, beyond what is already being done in a raft of programs and measures, he believes they "won't be fixed until the economy is fixed".
"When we have more people in more jobs then we will see some of our social issues subside. With greater participation in the economy, more kids will go to school, people will be healthier, the imprisonment rates will drop, and social issues will have less relevance and impact," he says.