The Centralian advocate Tue 7 Dec 2010
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32 Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, December 7, 2010 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 7 -D E C -2 0 1 0 P A G E : 3 2 C O L O R : C M Y K ALICE SPRINGS TRANSFORMATION PLAN A Centralian Advocate Advertising Feature Alcohol rehab support in Alice I just want to do the right thing, said an alcohol rehabilitation client from Aranda House, Alice Springs. My goal is to become self sufficient out there in the real world and become a decent father and try to live a simple life and not look for instant gratification. Its not my first time in alcohol rehab, but I hope it is my last. Another client said: This program gives me confidence and teaches us to be part of the community again and not to feel so much as an outsider. As you listen to clients in the Transitional Alcohol Aftercare Program at Aranda House you witness the true spirit of people wanting to move on in their lives. You realise its not easy and for most people it takes time, support and a stable foundation. The new aftercare facility at Aranda House, managed by Drug and Alcohol Services Association (DASA), began operating this year and helps clients who are moving back into the community after residential treatment. The transitional program focuses on individual personal growth, including preparing clients for employment and life skills training. More than $25 million is being spent to improve social support services through the Alice Springs Transformation Plan. For more information go to the website www.astp.nt.gov.au/ Great works in progress THE Alice Springs Transformation Plan has made ground-breaking progress in the past 12 months, thanks to the collaborative efforts by locals, service providers and government agencies. The Australian and NT Governments have invested more than $150 million in an effort to make fundamental and lasting improvement to the lives and opportunities for the residents of Alice Springs, particularly town camps. On December 7, 2009 much-needed work started across the Alice Springs town camps. It started with a clean-up and included the removal of old cars. Then the construction of the first house began on February 22 at Larapinta Valley. It was handed over to the new tenant on May 14. Since then seven more houses have been completed and another 10 have begun. This paves the way for a total 85 new houses to be built across town camps. Thirty tenants and their families are now in new, refurbished or rebuilt houses. Staff from Territory Housing visit tenants regularly to give them advice about living in safe, healthy houses, being good neighbours and managing visitors, as well as answering any questions they may have. Territory Housing is working with other services to support tenants and help them maintain successful tenancies. All 200 existing houses in the town camps will be rebuilt or refurbished as part of the Strategic Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Program (SIHIP) and a previously funded housing upgrade program managed by Tangentyere Council. Thirty-two indigenous people are employed and working to deliver the housing improvements in the town camps. Local businesses and tradesmen are also encouraged to tender for works and more than 40 businesses have been engaged so far. Hidden Valley resident Purina Anderson outside her new home Territory Alliance workers Daniel Walker and Wayne Farquharson repairing a door to a house Plans highlights o In total 85 new houses, 101 rebuilds and 33 refurbishments o 194 houses across 18 town camps received initial work through the fix and make safe program o Eight new houses built and 10 more have begun o 22 refurbishments and rebuilds complete and another seven begun o 32 Indigenous people employed to deliver housing improvements o More than 40 local businesses engaged to help deliver the housing works o Weekly wheelie bin rubbish collection introduced for 18 town camps o Increased public bus services more accessible to town camps o Percy Court is almost complete and will provide managed and supported accommodation o 35 additional bedrooms being refurbished at The Lodge on Bath Street for visitors receiving medical treatment o Eight additional beds for homeless men at Salvation Army o Targeted Family Support case management capacity increased to 45 o 306 clients access the Safe and Sober Program o Intensive dog controls and registration introduced on town camps o Apmere Mwerre Visitor Park will be finished this month. 2 0 2 4 0 2 / 1 1 DASA supports and endorses the ASTP and has enjoyed collaborating with ASTP on our transitional aftercare unit located at Aranda house. 1 8 2 4 0 2 /1 1 CAT firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: 89 59 6100 www.icat.org.au supporting a sustainable future and livelihoods opportunities for Alice Springs 162402/11
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