SCUAAC Briefing 9 February 1994 Alderman Gibbie Maynard representing the Katherine Town Council
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ALCOHOL ABUSE COMMITTEE - Wednesday 9 February 1994 KATHERINE MEETING Ms MAYNARD: I know. People ask why the council does not get involved in community service programs. It boils down to the fact that someone needs to supervise these people. Mr POOLE: They have supervision. We have CSO offices in Katherine now. Ms MAYNARD: Right. That is something I can bring up anyway. Mr ORTMANN: There are so many jobless youth around. They can obtain training. There is funding available from DEET for things like that. In relation to supervision, DEET is very good with some of its programs. In respect of council responsibilities such as parks, there are some very good landscaping courses with DEET. That could enhance the parks and help with the double-edged sword. Ms MAYNARD: The council has a considerable area for a botanical gardens which is still virgin bush. It has been an idea of mine that maybe we could get that up and running and use many of these people who have been obtaining these skills. I don't think I have anything further to raise. Thanks for the opportunity to appear. Mr POOLE: Thank you for your time, Gibbie. Mr BELL: I have one more question, Gibbie. Has there been any discussion in the town council about the public order problems? Ms MAYNARD: No. Mr BELL: At the outset, you mentioned Life Education programs and the DARE program. This really keys into the question that I raised with John Anderson and Jim Winslade earlier. I am very interested in the connection between those sorts of programs and the identification of young people at risk. How effective are we? Obviously, there is a real danger that those programs can just be empty sermonising by adults to children who do not really believe in them. My question to you is this, and I accept that you might not necessarily have an answer: , do you have any idea of the effect of those sorts of programs on kids? Ms MAYNARD: I do not know. Mr POOLE: I do. They love them. Haven't you met Harry the Giraffe and all those? Mr ORTMANN: Have you been through the Life Education program? Mr BELL: I have seen the caravan. 5