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The Centralian advocate Fri 8 Jul 2011



The Centralian advocate Fri 8 Jul 2011


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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs


v. 65 no. 14

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Centralian Advocate, Friday, July 8, 2011 5 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 8 -J U L -2 0 1 1 P A G E : 5 C O L O R : C M Y K 4 5 0 1 0 5 / 1 2 a s at Blue Moon Restaurant, 17 Undoolya Rd $35 per head for 3 courses BYO drinks To book contact Marguerite at Multicultural Services 8952 8776 or info@mcsca.org.au Bastille Day CelebrationBastille Day Celebration Calling Les Francais and Francophiles Come and join us on Friday 15th July from 7pm for French Food French Conversation French Music 5 8 0 1 0 5 /1 2 c k NEWS CAYLUS staff and volunteers show children how to skate at the remote Lake Nash community Inspired kids are skating their way to success Sally Brooks AN exciting new youth diversion program is being piloted in a remote community and plans are being made to bring the program to Alice Springs for the summer school holidays. The focus of the program is skateboarding and is inspired by Afghanistans first coeducational skateb o a r d i n g s c h o o l , Skateistan. The program is being run in Lake Nash, 650km northeast of Alice Springs, by the Central Australia Youth Linkup Service (CAYLUS). Dr Anna Flouris, Community Development Manager at CAYLUS, said: This pilot program has gone above and beyond our expectations. Weve had 50 to 75 kids turning up here every day and we only have 13 quality skateboards and about 10 older ones to use. So theres a lot of sharing going on. Its been such an amazing success. Youth of all ages, both boys and girls, are really eager to be involved. Dr Flouris also wants to expand the program to other remote communities and Alice Springs. We are talking to the Town Council about doing a competition in Alice Springs in January as part of school holidays. The skateboarding program complements the ongoing youth pro gram, targeting disengaged youth (including kids who have experimented with petrol sniffing) in a meaningful way. The results thus far have been overwhelmingly positive and were keen to see this program grow. In Kabul, Skateistan is run from an all inclusive skatepark and educational facility on 5428 square metres of land donated by the A f g h a n N a t i o n a l Olympic Committee. It has been highly successful in educating young people by partnering formal education with skateboarding. Walking for the people Sally Brooks THIS weeks NAIDOC theme, Change: the next step is ours, has been interpreted quite literally by community members in the remote Western Australia region, or Ngaanyatjarra lands. Some 130 community members have joined together to walk 85 kilometres over 10 days from the community of Warakurna to Wanarn. Together they will take millions of steps to raise awareness of health issues, including diabetes and kidney failure. One of the walks support crew and Ngaanyatjarra Health Nurse Stu Cook says the event has been a big success. Mr Cook said: It is a great community ini t i a t i v e t h a t h a s brought many people together. An old bloke from the Wanarn Aged Care fac i l i ty was brought on the walk. His wife is normally in Warburton so doesnt get to see him very much, but she was on the walk so they got to sit down and talk. A rare opportunity. The walk was started several years ago by founders of Blackstone community, Mr and the late Mrs Reid. Participants eat bush food and make bush medicine along the way. Kronic ban affects Alice Sally Brooks THE Northern Territory Department of Health (DOH) has confirmed the synthetic cannabis drug, Kronic, is on sale in Alice Springs. The NT Government took measures to ban the substance earlier this week. A spokeswoman said: DOH is aware that synthetic cannabislike substances such as Kronic are on sale in the Northern Territory, including in Alice Springs. DOH has warned people not to take this substance as it can cause adverse health effects including anxiety, seizures and increased heart rate and blood pressure. DOH also said: Some people who have consumed these types of products are reported to have suffered from a range of shortterm adverse effects such as fatigue, dehydration, nausea and headaches. Synthetic cannabis cannot be detected using standard drug testing procedures. Coal Services Health General Manager Mark ONeill said: There is still only one laboratory that can test for it (synthetic cannabis) and thats the Chem Centre in Western Australia. The laboratories in Victoria and Queensland are very close, I would hope weeks away, but they cant give me an exact date. Chief Minister Paul Henderson announced this week new laws are being drafted for inclusion in the Misuse of Drugs Act which would make the drug illegal. He said: This will add the substance Kronic to the schedules of the act, deeming it a dangerous drug. Mr Henderson specifically cited workplace safety in the mining and construction industries as a key concern. The Northern Territory Division of the Minerals Council of Australia welcomed the ban. Executive Director Mr Peter Stewart said: The industry takes very seriously, and has been concerned by, reports of Kronics hallucinogenic effects and potential to affect individuals judgement and ability to work safely. He also warned NT mining industry employees from taking the substance. He said: Dont take risks based on reports that the substance is not detectable. The Master Builders Associ ation of Northern Territory supported the governments move and echoed the mining industrys concerns over workplace safety. Executive director Graham Kemp said: The potential for harm in the construction industry is massive. It is a dangerous industry by nature and it is compounded when people take drugs, whether they are prescription, alcohol or other drugs. We are working with the NT Government to look at random drug testing without infringing on workers privacy rights. n Wicking: Page 6

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