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The Centralian advocate Tue 6 Jun 2017



The Centralian advocate Tue 6 Jun 2017


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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Alice Springs; Tennant Creek (N.T.) -- Newspapers; Alice Springs (N.T.) -- Newspapers.; Australia, Central -- Newspapers

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Alice Springs

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10 NEWS TUESDAY JUNE 6 2017 CAVE01Z01MA - V1 THE Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of children in the Northern Territory wrapped up in Alice Springs on Friday, having heard from dozens of witnesses across the week. In a statement submitted to the commission, Will MacGregor, the chief executive of BushMob Aboriginal Corporation outlined the challenges his organisation faced. Mr MacGregor founded BushMob in 1999, and said it was a therapeutic community based service for high risk young people. BushMob is sometimes described as offering a diversion program, Mr MacGregor said. I do not see this as a helpful description of BushMobs work. Rather we provide long term intergenerational multiple entry and exit services across a vast developmental range for young people from 12 to 25 years old, around substance misuse issues. One of the most wellknown recent recipients of the BushMob program has been Dylan Voller. His treatment in youth detention was depicted in the ABC Four Corners edition that sparked the Royal Commission. Mr MacGregor said hed experienced an adverse response to BushMobs work since the organisation took on Mr Voller. A number of young persons referrals to BushMob were initially rejected by the courts in Alice Springs, in circumstances where in my experience they would have been made in the past, Mr MacGregors statement ex Police search for man over noon assault POLICE have released an image depicting a man who is wanted in relation to an alleged assault. The incident happened on Kekwick Ave in Braitling at around 4.15pm on Friday April 26. It is alleged that the offender assaulted a 57-yearold man when he was exiting his vehicle, said Detective Sergeant Joedy Kitchen. The offender is described as tall and slim and of indigenous appearance aged between 30 and 40. Anyone who recognises the man should contact police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Please quote job number 8129833. Weekend Ticket: $80 Day Ticket: $45 Concession/Youth prices available. Children under 12 are free. Glen Helen Homestead 912th June 2017 Ten Cent Shooters (WA) Also featuring interstate and local artists tophalffolkfestival@gmail.com www.alicespringsfolkclub.com 8952 3538 or 0418 519 211 Comfit of the man suspected of the assault. Picture: NT POLICE plained. It is understood he wasnt cross questioned on this particular point at the hearing on Thursday. Other people to give evidence to the commission this week in Alice Springs have included representatives from Territory Families, including team leader Jonathan Linggood and acting executive Leeonie Wharburton, and former Northern Territory Childrens Commissioner Dr Howard Bath. On Tuesday a panel of four foster carers were questioned in a closed court session, where one witness referred to the high turnover of case workers, a subject which has arisen time and again across the week. The reality is that there are times where foster carers are the most knowledgeable people sitting in a room with DCF (now Territory Families) discussing a young person who is in care, but this does not always seem to be acknowledged, one witness said in his statement. The next public hearings take place in Darwin from June 19 and are expected to take at least a week. Findings will be handed down at the end of September. BushMob hit with backlash following D Voller Andrea Johnston A number of ... referrals to BushMob were rejected by the courts ...

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