Territory Stories

The Northern Territory news Sat 23 Apr 2011

Details:

Title

The Northern Territory news Sat 23 Apr 2011

Other title

NT news

Collection

The Northern Territory news; NewspaperNT

Date

2011-04-23

Description

This publication contains may contain links to external sites. These external sites may no longer be active.

Language

English

Subject

Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin

Publisher name

Nationwide News Pty. Limited

Place of publication

Darwin

Use

Copyright. Made available by the publisher under licence.

Copyright owner

Nationwide News Pty. Limited

License

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Series/C1968A00063

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/232237

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/664950

Page content

www.ntnews.com.au Saturday, April 23, 2011. NT NEWS. 27 P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 3 -A P R -2 0 1 1 P A G E : 2 7 C O L O R : C M Y K MG430603 NA410602 ntnews.com.aul l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l SATURDAY EXTRA drift are complex Long-grasser Mark Yantarrnga from Groote Eylandt is in Darwin to visit family Picture: REGI VARGHESE HE SAID IT CHARLES Darwin University migration expert Dean Carson There is a simple international phenomenon where people from rural townsmove into urban centres particularly if the town is seen as poor and the urban centre is seen as rich. Saint Vinnies volunteers hand out food and drinks to itinerants on the banks of the Todd River Picture: BARRY SKIPSEY He said some people had come to Alice Springs to access better dialysis services, which were created as part of the Intervention. It costs less to put a dialysis centre in Darwin or Palmerston than it does in remote communities, he said. Mr Giles said people would only stay in their communities if they were better developed. More people are moving into urban centres for services and because nothing is happening in their own area, he said. LACK OF ECONOMIC DEVELOP MENT AND BOREDOM The excitement of the big city is another factor attracting people from remote areas to drift into town. Ms Eldridge said research indicated that older Territorians were leaving remote communities because they were bored. And Mr Bryne agreed that communities were boring places. They come to Darwin because its a big city and its exciting, he said. But Mr Giles said it was more about a lack of economic development in the communities. People are choosing to move in and thats to do with a lack of development in communities, he said. There arent jobs. Mr Giles said indigenous people wanted to be employed and wanted their kids to be employed. If you dont create jobs theres no reason for people to actually live there, apart from the cultural connection to the land, he said. RIGHT TO ROAM Mr Yantarrnga said: In the longgrass, we come from everywhere Groote Eylandt, Maningrida, Oenpelli. Because this is home for us too. Ms Eldridge said Aboriginal people had cultural links to the land throughout the Top End and Central Australia. They have every right to visit the major cities, she said. Ms McCarthy said all Territorians had the right to freely move across the Territory, or Australia, as they chose. The Territory Government is committed to encouraging people to treat each other with decency and respect, she said. Mr Yantarrnga said he just wanted his family to be left alone. THE PLAN The Territory Government is embarking on social transformation across the NT to tackle decades of neglect. Ms McCarthy said that more than 10 remote communities had agreed to a Local Implementation Plan since November 2010. Thats why the Territory Governments Working Future policy is crucial, she said. She said that there would be greater development in services, housing, infrastructure and employment in remote communities.