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Community newspspers; Australia, Central; Alice Springs (N.T.); Newspapers
v. 9 issue 26
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"Their main focus is to get an informed debate happening in Australia about our mandatory detention policies, lobbying government to get children and their families out of detention and where possible giving them practical help. "They have worked at a local level and had good response from some local governments. There are now five councils in Sydney who display banners saying We welcome refugees'. "Brisbane City Council has been incredibly supportive, and some rural and remote towns have identified themselves as welcome towns'. They're towns that are in decline and can see how they will benefit from the skills some of the refugees have to offer." What could individuals in Alice Springs do? There is already a letter-writing program underway, organised by the Alice Springs Human Rights Group, and the Uniting Church congregation has also been active. People are corresponding with detainees, sending them phonecards, letting them know that there are some Australians who care about them. School children could write to child detainees, suggests Moira-Jane, and the issue could be taken up by teachers for debate as part of the social studies curriculum. Moira-Jane can be contacted on 0408 814 319. Josie May for the Alice Springs Human Rights Group: 8955 5834. Still no kerbside recycling. COLUMN by GLENN MARSHALL. Why haven't we got kerbside recycling in Alice Springs? I'm often asked this question, especially by newer residents who enjoyed it in their previous town. The answer, disappointingly, is not surprising in our modern world it is not cost-effective. Every town council in Australia that offers a kerbside recycling service pays heavy subsidies to companies to do it. In bigger cities this adds up to millions of dollars, the majority of which has to be recouped from ratepayers through increased rates. Alice Springs Town Council worked out the cost of providing a kerbside service several years ago and it came to $65 per ratepayer per year. When asked if they'd pay that amount ratepayers said no, they weren't prepared to pay more than $20 per year. So we don't have it. However, recycling opportunities have improved substantially in Alice Springs in recent years, thanks largely to the town council and clever business people. Whilst not as convenient as kerbside recycling, people can play their part to keep resources in circulation rather than having them buried at the landfill ("landhill"?). Russ Driver & Co in Sargent Street have provided a glass and can recycling drop-off point for years, and should be commended for their perseverance in sorting and transporting containers to Adelaide despite minor profit margins. If the NT Government introduces a drink container refund scheme soon (they are seriously contemplating it), recycling rates for cans and bottles will soar to probably 90 per cent. The Bowerbird Tip Shop also takes bottles and cans at present as well as unwanted household and hardware items. If you haven't been there yet, then go because you will be amazed at the items on sale that would otherwise have ended up in the tip. It is a classic example of a business opportunity that can flow from rubbish. Started 18 months ago as a business arm of ALEC, Bowerbird Enterprises now employs six people at the tip shop and weighbridge, where once there was nothing. Town council facilitated the enterprise by providing the premises. The newest exciting recycling initiative is green waste recycling now being offered by Indigenous Landscapes at the landfill. People can drop off their lawn clippings, tree cuttings and other organic wastes for free (provided it is uncontaminated by other rubbish) and it is turned into rich mulch that people can buy for their gardens. Again the Town Council deserves praise for their efforts here, as they secured a Commonwealth grant to purchase the expensive mulcher that is now leased to Indigenous Landscapes, a commercial arm of Tangentyere Council. Green waste makes up about 30 per cent of waste to the landfill, so it will be interesting to see how much is now deferred from being buried. Tyre recycling is close to being a reality in Alice Springs. Fritz from Alice Waste Disposals is finalising the set-up of
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