ASTP Update - February 2011

On Wednesday, 2 February 2011 the Minister for Indigenous Affairs Jenny Macklin, Northern Territory Chief Minister, Paul Henderson and Northern Territory Minister for Central Australia, Karl Hampton unveiled a plaque to commemorate the official opening of the Apmere Mwerre Visitor Park. 

Rain, thunder and a little sunshine helped mark the opening of the Apmere Mwerre Visitor Park
Rain, thunder and a little sunshine helped mark the opening of the Apmere Mwerre Vistor Park

More than 100 people attended the event, which included performances by Drum Atweme - a drumming group made up of young people from the Alice Springs town camps and a traditional dance by a group of Pitjantjatjara women.

Visitors enjoying a light lunch at the opening of Apmere Mwerre Visitor Park
Visitors enjoying a light lunch at the opening of Apmere Mwerre Visitor Park

Minister Macklin also attended the launch of the Alice Springs Communities for Children (CfC) Program at the Akeyulerre Aboriginal Healing Centre.  Anglicare NT manages the CfC program for Central Australia, in partnership with other local providers.

The aim of the program is to deliver positive and sustainable outcomes for children and families, including early intervention and prevention services to improve health and well‑being of vulnerable children and their families.

The range of services being delivered include mobile and outreach playgroups, early learning literacy programs, parenting and family support programs, child nutrition and child friendly community events.

Communities for Children logo artist with Minister Macklin at the launch
Communities for Children logo artist with Minister Macklin at the launch

For more information on the program please contact Lyn Buckley, Communities for Children Team Leader on Phone: (08) 8951 8002.

Work on housing continues. As at 21 February 2011 a total of 39 rebuild and refurbishments have been completed across the town camps of Ilparpa, Palmers, Trucking Yards, Hidden Valley and Morris Soak.  Thirty one new houses and fourteen rebuilds and refurbishments are currently underway with eighteen new houses having already been completed. 

Visitor accommodation was given a boost this month when the 150 bed Ampere Mwerre Visitor Park opened its doors to clients on 25 February 2011.  An additional eight new rooms at the Salvation Army Men’s hostel were opened on 11 February, boosting the number of beds to 29.

Ampere Mwerre Visitor Park offers a range of accommodation options at very reasonable prices.  Visitors can choose from camping, tent, cabin and self contained cabins.  Meals can be purchased on site from the dining room or visitors can use the barbecue facilities.

External view of the 4 person tented accommodation
External view of the 4 person tented accommodation

Internal view of the 4 person tented accommodation
Internal view of the 4 person tented accommodation

 Internal view of a 4 bed cabin
Internal view of a 4 bed cabin

For more information on the Ampere Mwerre Visitor Park, please call Aboriginal Hostels Limited during business hours on (08) 8952 6544 or on (08) 8952 1754 at any time.

The Salvation Army men’s hostel received funding from the Nation Building Economic Stimulus Plan and is a key component of the $150 million Alice Springs Transformation Plan.  The Salvation Army has completed and opened eight new rooms at their Goyder Street facility that was funded with $1.4 million from the Australian Government under the Alice Springs Transformation Plan.  The hostel provides managed short term accommodation and meals for homeless men and offers support through counselling and referrals to other services as appropriate.

For more information on the Alice Springs Salvation Army Men’s Hostel please call Ben on (08) 8952 1434.

In other news a Patrol Coordinator has been appointed to help improve public safety in Alice Springs, as part of a joint government initiative between the Northern Territory and Australian Governments.

The Senior Sergeant from the Northern Territory Police will coordinate various patrolling services – including police, non-government and private security services – to make the streets of Alice Springs safer through improved communication and better use of resources.

The Northern Territory Police will receive $389,000 from the Alice Springs Transformation Plan to fund the position for two years.

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