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Debates Day 5 - 31 October 2018



Debates Day 5 - 31 October 2018

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Parliamentary Record 15


Debates for 13th Assembly 2016 - 2018; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 13th Assembly 2016 - 2020




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DEBATES Wednesday 31 October 2018 4797 The Government insists the site was back under consideration because it would put an alcohol rehabilitation centre close to a planned primary school. Halikos 168ha Northcrest development involves plans for two primary schools. What is wrong with an alcohol rehabilitation centre being near a school? It is not a pub; it is a rehab centre. Have you been to 33 Charles Street, Stuart Park? There you will find FORWAARD, which has been there for at least 30 years. It are right across the road from the Stuart Park Childcare Centre. If (the sobering-up shelter) is relocated And it is not a sobering-up shelter: we would also consider moving the new youth justice facility as it provides an opportunity to review the overall future use of the site, a Government spokeswoman said. What does the alcohol rehabilitation centre have to do with the siting of a youth detention centre? They presently only relate to one another because buildings were sitting idle since the closure of the Berrimah prison. Our advice is that there are no legal impediments to Government building the youth justice facility on this site. Deputy Opposition Leader Lia Finocchiaro said Territory Families Minister Dale Wakefield needed to come clean about plans for the new detention centre. She said the uncertainty was proof of an ad hoc approach to youth justice. Finally, it said: The initial location was welcomed by families of detainees as it is easily accessed by public transport. Groups confirmed they had not been involved in discussions about shifting the centre. Halikos declined to comment. Now we see the possibility of a relocation, but no consultation with anyone. Out of the blue comes this media release: Safer Communities: New Darwin Rehabilitation Precinct. 9 August 2018. The Territory Labor Government has announced the proposed site of a new Darwin Rehabilitation Precinct. The Precinct will incorporate the new Darwin Youth Justice Centre (and see Don Dale shut down), as well as an Alcohol and Rehabilitation Centre. Again, why do the alcohol and rehabilitation centres have to go together? No one has said. It goes on: The proposed location is Territory Government owned land at Lot 67, Hundred of Bagot, Pinelands. The site sits between the Stuart Highway and Tiger Brennan Drive. This site is a pine plantation which can be used when chipped, and distilled to produce valuable blue oil. Has anyone asked Vince Collins what he thinks? I also had a message from Deb Taipale from Top End Signs. She said when she asked why that site was selected, the answer she got from the department was, because it was flat and cleared. Going to the media release again: Relocating these services from Berrimah where Don Dale and the sobering up shelter Again, it is not really a sobering-up shelter:

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