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The Centralian advocate Fri 22 Jun 2012



The Centralian advocate Fri 22 Jun 2012


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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs


v. 65 no. 111

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12 Centralian Advocate, Friday, June 22, 2012 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 2 2 -J U N -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 1 2 C O L O R : C M Y K ADVERTISING FEATURE Keeping the community informed ALICE SPRINGS UPDATE www.nt.gov.au B123305 Recently, twenty ve people from eleven government and non-government agencies joined together to help address the high number of unwanted visitors in the Hoppys town camp. Patrol Coordinator Senior Sergeant Peter Dash said Police have coordinated similar integrated service delivery exercises, particularly around key events, and this was having some positive outcomes. e aim is to engage the town camp residents and also those sleeping rough, dierentiating between residents and visitors, determining which visitors were not welcome, dealing with issues concerning social welfare services and education requirements. As part of the ongoing Operation Marathon, Police coordinate multiple agencies to assist people to access services oen resulting in linking them up to services to help people get back home, Sen Sgt Dash said. e President of the town camp spoke to all the attending service providers at the start of the exercise about the problems being experienced at the camp. is meant sta got a residents perspective on the issues that they experience on a daily basis and in turn could help deal with the issues ranging from school attendance, drinking in public places, housing issues, welfare, and substance abuse. e team has been assisting people to return to country and raise awareness about accommodation options like the Apmere Mwerre Visitor Park and other service providers. e integrated exercise included members of NT Police, Aboriginal Hostels, Drug and Alcohol Services Association, Alcohol and Other Drugs Services Central Australia, Alice Springs Town Council Rangers, Tangentyere ICMS and Day Patrol, Department of Human Services (Centrelink), Department of Education Truancy and Department of Children and Families Youth Street Outreach Service. Working together gets results Photo: Patrol Coordinator Senior Sergeant Peter Dash A three-year, $3 million pilot project is helping reduce family violence in the community by educating young people about respectful relationships, supporting womens safety and giving men support to change violent behaviours towards their families. e project funded by the Alice Springs Transformation Plan, was developed in consultation with local service providers and other stakeholders. Project Manager Liz Olle says the project is built on evidence that the most eective response to family and domestic violence is integration of services and programs with experience in the eld. Local agencies know what works in their area of expertise, Ms Olle said. What the project aims to do is draw together these initiatives to ensure the most appropriate response to women and children at risk of violence, and to ensure men are given opportunities and support to stop using violence. e Alice Springs Integrated Response to Family Violence actively links frontline government services (e.g. NT Police, Child Protection) and local non-government service providers, including the Alice Springs Womens Shelter, National Association of Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, Tangentyere Council, Central Australia Aboriginal Congress, local legal services and the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Womens Council. e project will focus on building respectful relationships and introduce a new Family Safety Framework allowing agencies to work together to help make women safer and provide coordinated support to women and children at risk of violence. In consultation with existing programs, the project will also develop a mens behaviour change program that addresses current unmet needs for voluntary access to group programs for men in Alice Springs. is week, preschool students at Rona Glynn were treated to a new experience - Bush Preschool. Instead of coming to their usual sessions at the preschool, the children travelled by bus to the Telegraph Station where they had three hours to explore the natural environment under the careful watch of sta and parent volunteers. is was Alice Springs rst ocial Bush Preschool and the teachers reported that there were some fantastic outcomes for the children, with several moments of childrens hesitation turning to sheer determination to have a go inspired by the exciting landscape. Teacher in Charge, Zara Kaye, has asked parents for feedback from the pilot initiative in order to make the experience even better next time. Zara said Examples of Forest Kindergartens in Europe tell us that this kind of nature programme is excellent for childrens development, but we want to know if you feel that Bush Preschool is worthwhile for your child. A Bush Preschool session is planned for each term for the rest of the year. Reducing family violence Preschoolers go bush