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The Northern Territory news Fri 13 Aug 2021



The Northern Territory news Fri 13 Aug 2021

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FRIDAY AUGUST 13 2021 ADVOCATE 17 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA 17 Lambley blasts CM INDEPENDENT Araluen MLA Robyn Lambley has taken a swipe at Chief Minister Michael Gunner over the unacceptably high rates of alcohol-fuelled crime in Alice Springs. During parliamentary question time on Tuesday, Ms Lambley asked Mr Gunner what more the government would do to protect the community. Crime in Alice Springs is not abating, she said. The people of Alice Springs are continuing to suffer unacceptable high rates of alcohol-related assaults and crime. What hope can you give the people of Alice Springs? In his response, Mr Gunner said the government had done and would continue to do significant work in the Centralian town on multiple fronts. Every Territorian has the right to be safe and that includes the people in Alice Springs, he said. As a government, we have to make sure we have the policy settings right. In this parliament, there have been debates and Bills passed and we are constantly looking at what the policy settings should be. Mr Gunner conceded the current rate of adult reoffending in the Territory, which he said was 80 per cent, was far too high and he signalled more reforms were necessary. We cannot keep doing things the way we always did things, he said. We have to find ways of doing things differently. In terms of resources on the ground, we keep recruiting additional police and putting them into Alice Springs, making sure we are doing the hard work on the front line. Mr Gunner said engaging youth workers was another key strategy to bring down the rate of crime. We have youth engagement officers doing incredible work on the front line, he said. We tried the youth centre in the middle of Alice Springs. While that served its purpose at the time, our priority must be trying to find a way to work with youths and dispersing them around Alice Springs. Mr Gunner said it was not acceptable for the government to tolerate that there would be victims of crime. If you are ever a victim of crime, it is not good enough, he said. Crimes against the person and property crimes each rose 15 per cent in Alice Springs for the 12 months ending May, when compared to the previous year. LEE ROBINSON Glen Helen Lodge, now Discovery Parks Glen Helen, is open for business. Picture: Supplied THE only accommodation in the West MacDonnell Ranges, Glen Helen Lodge, will reopen today as Discovery Parks Glen Helen, after it closed in 2020 due to the economic affects of Covid-19. It is the first milestone in a multimillion dollar strategy to redevelop property. The property was purchased by the Gday Group in May and there are plans to develop the property over the coming years. Under consideration is glamping tents, modern cabins, an infinity pool and a restaurant with a viewing deck that looks over Glen Helen Gorge. About 20 staff have been recruited for the property and an extra 80 jobs will be created during the construction period in 2023. Gday Group chief executive Grant Wilckens said it was an exciting day to be reopening Glen Helen after a near 18-month closure. Over the past few months weve been working hard behind the scenes to get all the critical infrastructure ready for guests to visit once again, he said. Weve given it a little facelift ahead of what will be more major upgrades later this year. JASMINE BURKE GLEN HELEN LODGE REOPENS TO PUBLIC Delivering Treaty & Truth: fulfilling the promise of Uluru - Labor is committed to the Uluru Statement in full. Labor is committing Strengthening First Nations economic and job opportunities - The disparity in First Nations employment outcomes is Empowering First Nations people & caring for our land and waters - Labor will double the number of Indigenous Rangers, CLOSING THE GAP Labor will deliver on a national process for Treaty-making and Truth-telling; strengthen economic and job opportunities for First Nations people; and empower First Nations people in caring for land and water. Recently, the Prime Minister delivered the latest Closing the Gap update. Sadly, and unsurprisingly, the data shows that the disparity and disadvantage persists. For eight long years, the Government has shunted its responsibility for progress on Closing the Gap to states and territories; on future parliaments and future generations. The Prime Minister promises a new approach, but the question is, is this new money, or is this another shiny new announcement from existing funds. This is Government that always misses the mark when it comes to delivery. Listening to and empowering First Nations people will be at the very core of Labors approach to Closing the Gap and Reconciliation. to establish a Makarrata Commission as a matter of priority. interconnected to other quality of life outcomes such as health, education and housing. Address economic inequality, and we can truly begin to address structural disadvantage more broadly. This is why an Albanese Labor Government will strengthen economic and job opportunities for First Nations people and communities. And Labor is committed scrapping the Community Development Program and developing a new remote jobs program in partnership with First Nations people and communities. Labor will boost funding for management of Indigenous Protected Areas and Labor will deliver the $40 million of cultural water promised in 2018 but not yet delivered by the Morrison Government. www.warrensnowdon.com | facebook.com/snowdonmp Alice Springs : 8952 9696 Katherine : 8971 7312 Coolal inga : 8983 3129