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The Centralian Advocate Tue 29 Mar 2022



The Centralian Advocate Tue 29 Mar 2022


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10 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 myAlice days away THE popular myAlice digital voucher scheme returns to Central Australia this week, with hundreds of thousands waiting to be spent. The partnership between the Alice Springs Town Council and the NT government gives locals and visitors the opportunity to spend a slice of $600,000 in their favourite businesses. The vouchers apply to a variety of accommodation, food and drink, retail and personal care businesses and activities. The myAlice program returns on March 31. new direct flight hailed by tourism HUNDREDS more tourists will be arriving in Uluru each week, as new direct Qantas flights from Sydney are announced. The Qantas flight to Uluru from Sydney will be available four times a week to satisfy high demand from tourists, after international and domestic travel was halted in the past two years. The tourism spike will also be aided by special sale fares offered by Qantas for a short time, with one-way flights to Uluru costing as little as $259. The decision to bring hundreds of additional tourists a week to the Ayers Rock Airport by Qantas was praised for showing dedication to Indigenous tourism by Mathew Cameron-Smith, chief executive of Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia. As we welcome back international visitors, as well as Australian travellers to Uluru, the spiritual heart of Australia, our guests will undoubtedly appreciate the increased choices they will have with both Qantas and Jetstar now flying this route, he said, adding the uptick in tourists visiting the iconic Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park would contribute to post-pandemic recovery in the Territory. Youth hubs appeal ONE of Alice Springs most historic and significant youth service hubs is fighting for funding to turn its hotchpotch of buildings into the towns first purposebuilt facility. The Gap Youth Centre was established 45 years ago as a grassroots initiative by the local Aboriginal community. It has become known as the safe place for at-risk Indigenous kids and young adults, with some current staffers continuing the work of family members who launched the facility. The centre, made up of old council-owned housing units and several adjoined buildings, has come to provide a range of critical services to the community including after-hours youth programs, out-of-school care, youth diversion and case management for homeless or at-risk youths. But now, the centres interim chief executive Jen Standish-White is making a desperate bid for funders to back a $16m redevelopment of the Gap Rd site to transform the run-down facilities into a purpose-built space. Ms Standish-White said with a grant from Commonwealths Aboriginal Benefit Account, the centre commissioned a scoping study in 2021 into the upgrade, which outlined the work needed to tie together the infrastructure mishmash. This is a massive redevelopment and it would be done over four stages, because wed have to demolish, build, demolish, build, because wed obviously need to keep our services running, she said. Sixteen million dollars is a lot of money but what it will do is create a purposebuilt youth community centre that will allow us to continue delivering the services we deliver now, but also be flexible to meet future needs. It would give us the capacity to employ more staff. Were quite limited because we only have so much office space, so theres only so many people we can put in these old units. Ms Standish-White said the buildings were becoming derelict and in need of more frequent and costly repairs. Weve made some changes over the years, she said. But the buildings are in really quite bad condition. Theyre showing their age. We keep getting water leaks, the foundations are shifting and were getting cracks, so its really timely. It would actually show the young people who come to our programs and their families and those young people really are our potential future community leaders that we care about them. Mayor Matt Paterson has flagged his support for the redevelopment, saying he may pitch for it as part of the Alice Springs Town Councils Regeneration Deal. I dont care who builds it, Im just trying to get a commitment from both (political) sides, he said. lee robinson The Gap Youth Centre interim chief executive Jen Standish-White is searching for a funder to bankroll a $16m redevelopment. Picture: Lee Robinson The Gap Youth Centre makes $16m redevelopment bid DANIEL SUMPTON Art prize on offer ALICE Springs youths are encouraged to flex their creative skills and enter a recycled art competition. As part of the annual NT Youth Week activities, the Alice Springs Town Councils Youth Recycled Art Prize offers young people aged 12-25 years the opportunity to develop their creative talents, exhibit their works and win prizes, while learning about recycling. Registrations must be submitted by April 1. Visit alicesprings.nt.gov.au for more information. (08) 8950 0500 alicesprings.nt.gov.au Management of Public Places ByLaw 60(2)(d) Notice of Removal of Vehicles Robert Jennings, CEO Notice is hereby given, pursuant to By-law 60 (2)(d), of the removal of a vehicle from a public place as described below. The below vehicles have been placed in the Alice Springs Town Council Vehicle Pound, Len Kittle Drive, Alice Springs. Notice is further given that the owners may claim the vehicles upon payment of all related expenses incurred by the Council. If an owner does not pay such expenses within 14 days after the publication of this notice, the Council will sell or otherwise dispose of that vehicle. 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