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The Centralian advocate Fri 25 May 2012



The Centralian advocate Fri 25 May 2012


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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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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs


v. 65 no. 103

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Centralian Advocate, Friday, May 25, 2012 9 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 2 5 -M A Y -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 9 C O L O R : C M Y K Above: Tangentyere Social Justice Patrols Team recently attended the Connect and Protect Expo to promote their services Above: Steve Axten of Basketball NT and Volunteers SA and NT CEO Evelyn OLoughlin ADVERTISING FEATURE Keeping the community informed ALICE SPRINGS UPDATE Police, government and nongovernment patrols will be better connected with the roll-out of a 12week radio trial. Roslyn Forrester, Social Justice Coordinator at Tangentyere, said that the handheld radios enable direct contact between all patrols and related services and allows for an immediate response. It saves time and everyone knows whats going on so it provides the client with a quality service to meet their needs, Roslyn said. e trial will allow everyone involved in youth services in the CBD and the surrounding Alice Springs district to stay in touch to ensure all incidents involving youth are dealt with promptly and by the right person. It will also make it safer for service providers working on the street with direct access to police assistance if required. So far, twelve radios have been distributed for aer-hours work, with the trial to be reviewed in the future. e program may be expanded to include Attendance and Truancy Ocers in the Centre. e NT Police have provided channeled hand-held radios to the Department of Children and Families Youth Street Outreach Services, Central Australian Aboriginal Congress Aer Hours Youth Service, Alice Springs Town Council Rangers, Tangentyere Night, Day and Youth Patrol and JASP Security. Yippi the Caterpillar and Booka the Library Dog joined service providers, community organisations and government for a free community event to share information and ideas in Alice Springs this week. Hundreds of families and almost 30 exhibitors attended the Connect and Protect Expo held at the Alice Springs Convention Centre on Tuesday 22 May. ere was something for everyone at the expo with an opportunity to discuss community issues, take in performances from school and community groups or enjoy a tasty snag sandwich thanks to the Apex team. e drug dogs, forensic !ngerprinting and various competitions were all big hits with the kids. Roslyn Forrester, Social Justice Coordinator at Tangentyere, said there was a good representation of the services provided in Alice Springs at the expo. is expo is good because it builds peoples awareness about how services are linked, and shows the service providers and government networks, and partnerships that already exist in Alice Springs, Roslyn said. Senior Sergeant Wayne Jenkinson, the Ocer in Charge of Alice Springs Police Station, said the expo provided an avenue for the public, business owners and other organisations to learn more about one another, showcase their work and gather public feedback. !e expo has created a great opportunity for the Alice Springs public to come and meet service providers and volunteers, Sergeant Jenkinson said. Four of the Centres most valuable volunteers were celebrated this week as part of the NT Volunteer of the Year awards. e awards acknowledge and thank Territorians who support their community by giving their time, skills and energy to a range of activities. Steve Axten of Basketball NT, Michelle omas of NTES Alice Springs, Selwyn Kloeden of NTES Hermannsburg and Phil Merry of NTES Barkly were all nominated most valuable volunteers by their organisations. Drover Volunteer Service and CAAMA RIBS Radio were also nominated for organisational excellence awards in recognition of their volunteer programs and contribution to the local community. Stuart Traynor, Francoise Builder and Glen Auricht were also nominated for Chief Ministers medals in recognition of their volunteering e"orts. CEO of Volunteering SA&NT, Evelyn OLoughlin, said every community needs volunteers to help keep vital services and activities going. Whether its coaching sports teams, providing counselling, caring for the environment, responding to emergencies, preparing meals for people in need or helping in call centres, volunteers make a big di"erence. Every community needs volunteers and Radios Keep After-Hour Service Providers Better Connected Community Expo Brings Organisations and the Community Together everyone has something to o"er. We work closely with non-pro!t organisations to help them !nd volunteers, and also provide advice to potential volunteers about opportunities in their local area that match their skills, interests and available time. We !nd that many people want to help but are unsure how to get started or if they have enough time. Some volunteer positions require training and particular skills, but there are many opportunities for people who have time, energy and kindness to give. Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Volunteering SA & NT on 8981 0027. Valuable Volunteers Celebrated www.nt.gov.au B 123287 6 7 4 7 0 5 /1 2

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