Sir - Minister Jenny Macklin has not only wasted $150m meant to improve living standards in the Alice Springs town camps she has badly let down the camp’s indigenous residents, writes Senator Nigel Scullion (pictured), Shadow Indigenous Affairs Minister.
Sir – Tourism continues to experience ups and downs in the Territory, with more Australians visiting the NT last year but fewer international visitors travelling here writes Matt Conlan (pictured), Minister for Tourism and Major Events.
A councillor has described the new government's plans of spending $2.5m on refurbishing the youth centre, announced in the dying days of the election campaign, as "another short term token gesture," suggesting the project should be deferred pending a closer look.
Cr Steve Brown renewed his call to spend up to $40m for a new centre, possibly on the Memo Club or the Melanka sites, and featuring a string of facilities and services for young people and the general public.
In a discussion paper he will present at tonight's town council meeting, he is also making a call for regular questioning by the town council of local departmental heads about the activities of their instrumentalities, such as it is carried out at Port Augusta. Cr Brown also wants, for young people who are neglected, homeless or in trouble with the law, a bush camp with cattle and horses, modeled on initiatives by long-time youth worker Graham Ross, possibly at the government owned Owen Springs reserve. Photo: Mr Ross (left) and Cr Brown inspecting a possible site for a youth camp west of Alice Springs, five years ago.
ABOVE: 4WD tourists arrive at Palm Valley. RIGHT: Magnificent thick vegetation dominated by the unique Red Cabbage Palms.
With major changes in tourist promotion imminent under the new government, will places like Gosse Bluff and Palm Valley (above) finally get their place in the sun and become drivers of Alice Springs' flagging tourism industry? ERWIN CHLANDA went for a trip into a paradise created millions of years ago.
UPDATE Tuesday, August 28, 5.30pm: Detective Senior Sergeant Travis Wurst of the Southern Investigations Division said the 25-year-old handed himself in to police this afternoon.
Police are calling for public assistance to locate Gregory Abbott (pictured), believed to be responsible for three assaults in the Northern Territory this year.
Detectives believe the man is currently residing in or around the Alice Springs region.
It is alleged the offender assaulted a visitor at a Darwin residence in March 2010 and seriously assaulted two visitors at two separate residences in Alice Springs in June 2012.
Police advise the public to not approach him and phone 000 immediately.
"If you have any information on the whereabouts of Gregory Abbott, contact Police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000," police say.
More information is on the Territory's Wanted page.