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The Desert Knowledge upstairs-downstairs dilemma

Second story of two.

 

Discovering the "underlying drivers of problems to achieve long term systemic change".

"Creating new ways for Aborigines and others to work together."

"Building capacity and innovating new approaches."

It's all part of an impressive agenda, but will Desert Knowledge Australia (DKA) get its hands dirty and apply its objectives on the ground, where they are most desperately needed, right on its doorstep, here in Alice Springs?

That would, of course, require naming names – elected people not doing their job, highly funded yet inadequate or corrupt NGOs, incompetent government departments. Will DKA have the bottle?

On the day this week when the Alice Springs News Online spoke to CEO John Huigen about DKA's long-term plans we also visited Hidden Valley, one of Alice Springs' notorious town camps: there have been two recent attacks on police, with rocks and sticks; there was a stabbing killing late last year; camp dogs were eating people in 2008. Alcohol abuse is rife although its use is prohibited.

As we were talking to prominent camp dwellers Mark Lockyer and Patrick Nandy (pictured) in one house about overcrowding and unwelcome visitors, next-door police were taking away in handcuffs a man suspected of sexual assault.

Yet in that same camp is a "cluster" – a concept of which DKA is very fond – of people whom most would consider to be leading normal lives. By ERWIN CHLANDA with additional reporting by KIERAN FINNANE.

PHOTO: Patrick Nandy outside his mother-in-law's new house in Hidden Valley.

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