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Questions Day 1 - Tuesday 23 May 1995



Questions Day 1 - Tuesday 23 May 1995

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Parliamentary Record 11


Questions for 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997




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QUESTIONS - Tuesday 23 May 1995 alcohol rehabilitation program. I am sure that the member for Amhem would welcome that funding because he would be familiar with the difficulties that the people on Groote Eylandt face in regard to alcohol and substance abuse, and the need for us to do something about it. This funding will assist in that regard. The Wugularr (Beswick) Community Government Council received $36 000 for a vehicle, and $30 000 per annum in recurrent funding to purchase a vehicle and operate a night patrol scheme. Similarly, the Yugul Mangi (Ngukurr) Community Government Council received $36 000 for a vehicle, and $11 000 per annum recurrent funding to operate a night patrol program. Katherines Kalano Community Association received $10 000 for capital costs to establish a community patrol program and $41 600 in recurrent funding for its activities. In addition, under the education and sponsorship grants, the Drug and Alcohol Services Association received $49 700 in recurrent funding over 2 years to extend the Drinksense program to Alice Springs. Alice Springs Youth Accommodation and Sports Services received a $40 000 grant to fund a youth theatre project for disadvantaged young people in Alice Springs. I would like to think that the Leader of the Opposition sees the value of those types of programs. The member for Barkly may be pleased to hear that the Tennant Creek Raiders Association received $20 000 to establish a Juice Crew program in Tennant Creek. That will provide alternatives to alcoholic beverages for youth in Tennant Creek and to assist with establishing a new youth drop-in centre in the town. I hope that she will welcome that initiative. The Barunga Community Council received $15 000 in sponsorship funding to support the tenth year of the Barunga Sports and Cultural Festival. Thus, a very wide range of activities are being pursued under the Living With Alcohol program. As I indicated in last weeks statement, there is the new initiative to fund local government councils across the Northern Territory to address the problem of public drunkenness and the difficulties for the community that flow on from that. That is only one of a whole range of initiatives to address this very difficult social problem. We are at the forefront of it in Australia. The Territorys is the only government expending this level of funding to address the area of antisocial behaviour and public drunkenness, and the personal misery that all too often flows from the individuals caught in that cycle. Members opposite should take the opportunity to apprise themselves further of exactly what is being done and what is being achieved, not only by the Department of Health and Community Services, but by many of the community organisations to which I have just alluded. They are doing the job and they deserve recognition and appreciation of their efforts, not the continual criticism that is directed towards them by members opposite. Replacement for Gunn Point Prison Farm Mrs PADGHAM-PURICH to MINISTER for CORRECTIONAL SERVICES Before negotiations are completed for the federal government to take over Gunn Point Prison Farm to house illegal immigrants, is the minister looking at new sites for a replacement prison farm? If so, where are these sites and, before making his final decision, will he take advice from officers of the Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries and the Power and Water Authority? 573