Proud Warlpiri and Arrernte woman, she is a third-generation resident of Alice Springs Town Camp, Lhenpe Artnwe – or Hoppy’s Camp. The 38-year-old is also the co-ordinator of The Tangentyere Women’s Family Safety Group (TWFSG), which gives women in the camps a voice in family and domestic violence and leads action against it.
"Governance structures [for Aboriginal town camps] are characterised by confusion and uncertainty. The leasing structure makes day to day management difficult. There is no one agency or organisation that provides direction, support and funding. This means little support to assisting residents to pursue development opportunities in a coordinated fashion." Housing Minister Gerry McCarthy releases a scathing report after sitting on it for nearly one year. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Leases, infrastructure, service delivery, housing and legislation to come under the microscope, says Housing Minister Bess Price, pictured at Little Sisters' camp with Baden Williams this morning. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
While the nation is awash in rhetoric about Indigenous advancement, especially in housing, in the real world of Alice Springs town camps residents are confronted by inadequate and expensive bureaucracies. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
A program is under way to create 250 "affordable housing" dwellings in Alice Springs, within about three years. Construction has started on the first project, 11 units in Gillen, obtained from a private developer. The first 50 are scheduled to come on stream next year. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Council look set to knock on the head a move to double the penalties for some public places by-law breaches, initiated by Councillor Geoff Booth (pictured, at his induction) a year ago. Cr Booth said his aim was not to increase revenue through fine collection but to “change habits”, while Mayor Damien Ryan, Crs Jade Kudrenko and Liz Martin, and Director of Corporate and Community Services Craig Catchlove were all of the view that there has been a marked improvement in the town's public places. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
Tangentyere Council needs to come clean with the taxpayer about how it spends the $43m a year it gets from the public purse, says NT Minister for Indigenous Advancement, Alison Anderson (at left). She says the arganisation was previously responsible for all or most of the town's up to 19 camps, but is is now looking after fewer than half of them; is failing to stem the "rivers of grog" despite the camps' "dry" status, is incapable of curbing extreme violence; and is treated by the Shaw family as its private "dynasty". ERWIN CHLANDA reports.PHOTOS: Garbage in Charles Creek in 2010. The same location on Wednesday this week, after Ingkerreke has taken over from Tangentyere clean-up and parks maintenance functions.