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The Centralian advocate Fri 18 May 2007



The Centralian advocate Fri 18 May 2007


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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. 60 no. 102

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6 Centralian Advocate, Friday, May 18, 2007 PU B : C A D V D A T E : 18-M A Y -2007 PA G E : 6 C O L O R : C M Y K Model Vehicle Description Reg Number Police Station 1986 Ford Falcon GL Station Wagon NT 772 409 Ali Curung 1993 Ford Falcon EB Sedan NT 748 618 Papunya 1984 Toyota Landcruiser NT 720 946 Papunya 1990 Toyota Corolla Hatch NT 453 673 Papunya 2001 Toyota Troopcarrier NT 629 364 Jabiru 1992 Toyota Landcruiser NT 592 813 Kulgera 1986 Toyota Tarago Van NT 732 232 Yuendumu 2002 Toyota Hilux Ute NT 744 744 Yuendumu 1990 Holden VN Commodore Sedan NT 655 695 Yuendumu 1990 Ford Falcon Sedan NT 744 041 Yuendumu 1995 Mitsubishi Pajero NT 668 516 Kalkaringi 1997 Ford Falcon Station Wagon NT 871 801 Kalkaringi 1988 Ford Falcon Station Wagon NT 1468 Ngukurr NEWS Policing dry town law is a worry Rebecca Lollback ALICE Springs Town Council is worried that there will not be enough police officers to enforce the new dry town legislation. NT Police Southern Region Commander Mark Coffey last week said no additional officers would be appointed to help police the law when it comes into effect. Alice Springs will become a dry town on August 1. Police will instead target repeat offenders and hot-spots. But aldermen are concerned that this approach will not make enough of a difference in the town. They voted at this weeks Corporate and Community Services Committee meeting to write to NT Police Minister Chris Burns. Aldermen want Dr Burns to outline policing measures to support the dry town legislation. Community bank date THE Alice Springs Community Bank looks set to open in August, with more than 250 people and businesses buying $720,000 in shares. Board chairwoman Raelene Beale said reaching the required target was a momentous occasion. She said: The people of Alice Springs have faith in the community banking concept and we look forward to now working towards the opening of our bank branch. The branch will be in the Coles complex. Ms Beale said $200,000 worth of shares are still available. Alice police to pass full strength mark Kathryn Roberts Deputy Police Commissioner Bruce Werham sees a bright future for Alice Springs. Picture: Robert Bayer ALICE Springs police will be at more than establishment numbers by the end of May. Speaking exclusively to the Centralian Advocate, Northern Territory Deputy Police Commissioner Bruce Wernham said there would be at least five more officers by the end of this month. He said: That is indicative of the fact we take numbers in Alice Springs seriously. Mr Wernham said the extra police would mean that vacancies due to holidays or personal leave could be filled, allowing a full force on the streets. He said: We try to allow for that aspect, we try to ensure that the patrol numbers are good. Mr Wernham said he was pleased with the job police were doing in the town and surrounding areas. He said: We have a lot of young people who gain a lot of experience in a short time and they do a great job in the circumstances. The Deputy Commissioner was in Alice Springs on Monday and Tuesday meeting with all areas of the force to discuss the situations they face and to respond to what people are saying on the ground. He said Alice Springs was a good town facing some tough issues. He said it would take a full community effort to sort out the towns antisocial and crime problems. He said: Issues in this town go beyond police and police enforcement. Its a whole community issue and its about alcohol and substance abuse. It needs a pretty wide ranging response and law enforcement is a part of that. Mr Wernham said it was unfortunate he didnt have more time to talk to members of the general public while here and he relied on good relations between the community and local police to help improve policing in the town. He said: You have to be in a town for more than two days to genuinely engage an audience. We do fly in and we do fly out the experts here are the local cops. He said the police were part of the community and the community members are frank and forthright with them. The police here are quite able to articulate what the communitys concerns are. He said the Alice Springs police were also keen to employ more Police Auxiliaries. He said: We feel theres got to be some good people out there who could work full-time or part-time as an auxiliary. Mr Wernham said, with increased police numbers and a positive police and community attitude, he saw a bright outlook for Alice Springs. He said: I feel there is more good than negative potential.

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