People in remote communities would rather leave their tribal homelands than working for the dole there, for longer than they would need to in an urban centre. So says Central Desert Regional Council president, Adrian Dixon (pictured). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
As police continue their law and order blitz in Alice, the Town Council stumbles towards a bigger picture approach.
At last night's meeting councillors appeared to vote for something they did not want.
Instead of a report on how the Port Augusta council calls governments and bureaucrats to account for their policies and actions in that town, councillors instructed, by formal vote, the Director of Corporate and Community Services to engage a consultant to evaluate the Port Augusta Alcohol Management Group and its community alcohol management plan.
This is despite their determination in the committee meeting a fortnight ago that what they wanted to understand about Port Augusta went well beyond how that town manages alcohol issues. At that committee meeting Councillor Liz Martin said she was looking for something far more "holistic". Cr Steve Brown, who originally got the ball rolling on the "Port Augusta model", also made clear a fortnight ago that his interest was not specifically about alcohol, but rather the overall management of the town. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
Alex Nelson comments in a Letter to the Editor on a public meeting about anti-social behavior in Alice Springs, about grog abuse, family neglect, social dysfunction and breakdown of traditional values arising from the 'urban drift' of Aboriginal people leaving their home areas in favour of accessibility of liquor in Alice Springs. When was that meeting? 30 years ago.