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14 NEWS FRIDAY AUGUST 19 2016 CAVE01Z01MA - V1 Heidi Williams will be contesting the Namatjira seat for the Country Liberals. IMPROVING the bush crisis has prompted Aboriginal activist and cattleman Vincent Forrester to contest the seat of Namatjira at the upcoming Northern Territory election. The former rodeo rider said he was committed to bringing a humanitarian approach to Parliament and a greater focus on long-term solutions through education. How are we going to overcome these life problems, Mr Forrester said. We have got to look at starting from the womb. The primary health issues, water, good living conditions. I have seen four generations living in on bedroom house it should not be so. They have the Berrimah Line up north and when it comes to the bush, by jingo, there is nothing left. Mr Forrester grew up on a cattle station in the Angas Downs area, 300km southwest of Alice Springs, where he learnt about sacred legends, bush foods and bush medicine. Tom Volling Candidate Profile CENTRAL Australia has had decades of ad hoc policy and community disempowerment, according to the Country Liberals candidate for Namatjira, Heidi Williams. I believe strongly that only through economic empowerment can circumstances change, but ultimately mindsets have to change, Ms Williams said. If you want something youve never had, you must do something youve never done, and sometimes thats the hardest thing to do, something different. Ms Williams came to Central Australia in 2002 from Warwick in Queensland. She married renowned mu Williams has fresh mindset sician Warren H. Williams, who she had two sons with, and moved to Hermannsburg. Her desire to find the root of issues and solutions grew intensely when she was living there, immersed into the Western Aranda culture, kinship and country. She said she will bring a fresh mindset to the bush. The biggest issues for the area, in remote, is housing, jobs and safety, in the rural area it is law and order, development, NBN, roads and bike paths, she said. I am experienced in NT politics, I am a local mother, of Western Aranda children. I have passion, and energy. Ms Williams managed the historic precinct, cafe, Namatjira Art Gallery and Museum for several years. Forrester taking a stand to give voters in bush better living conditions He went through initiation and worked as a stockman when he was a young teenager. During the 1970s, Vincent helped to set up the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress, Central Land Council and CAAMA. The conditions out bush has to be represented so we can improve. Whether it be small communities or outstations, they need more support, Mr Forrester said. He rebelled against assimilation policies during his school years and was part of the National Aboriginal Government that set up the original Tent Embassy in Canberra to campaign for Treaty. Greens candidate for Namatjira Vincent Forrester Tom Volling Candidate Profile THE TERRITORY DECIDES OUR LADY OF THE SACRED HEART CATHOLIC COLLEGE The Annual OLSH COLLEGE CONCERTS Araluen Arts Centre Four Shows over two nights Thursday 1 and Friday 2 September 6pm and 7:30pm The popular OLSH Concerts are a sold out event showcasing the outstanding talent of students from Transition to Year 12. Dancers, musicians, comedians and thespians display their creativity and skill along with a side show of student commentators. A fabulous, fun night out See the program of events at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic College, Alice Springs Facebook page. Tickets are available from Araluen Box Office (08) 8951 1120. chifley alice springs resort 8951 4503 | stott terrace alice springs | chifleyhotels.com.au/alicesprings Conferencing Meetings Functions choose chifley