Yar­nup needs more than a pat on the back

Dubbo Photo News - - Council Watch - By YVETTE AUBUSSON-FO­LEY

WHILE last week’s unan­i­mous vote by Dubbo Re­gional Coun­cil to ver­bally sup­port Life­line Cen­tral West’s pi­lot Yar­nup Con­fi­den­tial pro­gram was a pos­i­tive ges­ture, it’s cold hard cash that the pro­gram needs to se­cure its fu­ture.

Yar­nup Con­fi­den­tial has been de­signed to ad­dress Abo­rig­i­nal/ re­gional sui­cide, Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence and re­lated is­sues in the Cen­tral and West­ern re­gions of NSW.

The DRC area has one of the state’s high­est rates of Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence – twice the state av­er­age – and fur­ther west it’s nine times higher.

Four out of five sui­cides are men and sui­cide in re­gional ar­eas oc­curs at three times the rate of those in metropoli­tan ar­eas.

“We have a mas­sive en­demic that is sweep­ing our na­tion at the mo­ment when it comes to men­tal health. [Life­line Cen­tral West has] a pro­gram they need sup­port for. It’s the right thing we should do. This is some­thing that’s des­per­ately needed. We need to get be­hind this as much as we can,” mayor Ben Shields said.

With­out any de­bate from coun­cil­lors, the minute was unan­i­mously car­ried.

How­ever, Life­line Cen­tral West’s lob­by­ing for fi­nan­cial sup­port from state and fed­eral gov­ern­ments since 2015 has fallen on deaf ears.

“Cur­rent mod­els are fail­ing. Clos­ing the Gap is fail­ing and has done year on year since its in­cep­tion,” Life­line Cen­tral West ex­ec­u­tive A May­oral Minute to un­der­take steps to trans­fer own­er­ship of part of Theresa Maliphant Park to NSW Health to en­able the con­struc­tion of ad­di­tional free car park­ing at Dubbo Hos­pi­tal was pre­sented by Mayor Ben Shields to the Oc­to­ber meet­ing of Coun­cil.

An amend­ment by Coun­cil­lor Stephen Lawrence propos­ing Coun­cil make for­mal rep­re­sen­ta­tions to the State Gov­ern­ment to build a multi-storey car park of­fer­ing free park­ing was adopted. Un­der the amend­ment, if that is un­suc­cess­ful, Coun­cil will con­tinue with its plan to pro­vide NSW Health with land suit­able for more free park­ing. “PAR­ENTS sit­ting back look­ing at their mo­bile phones, on the grass, not ac­tu­ally ac­tively su­per­vis­ing their kids is one of our big­gest is­sues,” Dubbo Aquatic and Leisure Cen­tre man­ager Nick Wil­son told Dubbo di­rec­tor Alex Fer­gu­son said. “All the peo­ple that are meant to be lead­ing the charge in terms of equal­ity and the per­for­mance of our so­ci­ety have got to buy into this and say, we need to do more.

“If all the si­los of sup­port that ex­ist, the fund­ing, the NGOS and ev­ery­thing else, if it was work­ing, then why haven’t we fixed the prob­lem?

“What we’ve said is there’s a need for re­cal­i­brat­ing or re­or­gan­is­ing the struc­ture that has out­reach as the main com­po­nent,

“We re­ally push­ing our Keep Watch, get in and par­tic­i­pate cam­paigns. We’ve got rid of our spec­ta­tor fare so all adults pay $5.

“We’ve found more par­ents are get­ting in. In­stead of sav­ing their $3, they’re think­ing they’ve got to pay $5 so they may as well jump in the water. To me it’s hav­ing a pos­i­tive ef­fect,” he said. CHANGES to coun­cil tick­et­ing poli­cies ef­fect­ing ticket prices at the Dubbo Re­gional Theatre and Con­ven­tion Cen­tre have been adopted in favour of re­duced ticket pric­ing for com­mu­nity, not­for-profit, school and char­ity groups.

All tick­ets must be sold through the DRTCC box of­fice which charges a book­ing fee of $5.50 per ticket and $1 per com­pli­men­tary ticket.

In the 2018/2019 rev­enue (and it must be) sup­ported by tele­phony be­cause if some­body is in dan­ger, they must have the con­fi­dence that they can make a com­mu­ni­ca­tion to save their lives or the cir­cum­stances of their chil­dren.

“We have to get away from the black and white di­vide which is cru­cial to ac­tu­ally mak­ing any head­way. There are is­sues of role mod­els and lead­er­ship of Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­ni­ties. “We’ve em­ployed an Abo­rig­i­nal lady in Dubbo. She now has her qual­i­fi­ca­tion

pol­icy there has been an amend­ment for scaled book­ing fees for ama­teur per­for­mance groups.

Where the ticket price is $0-$30 the book­ing fee per ticket will be $2.50, scaled up to tick­ets priced over $51, at­tract­ing a $4 fee. LO­CAL Gov­ern­ment NSW pres­i­dent Linda Scott has said one of the most sig­nif­i­cant prob­lems faced by coun­cils in NSW is cost shift­ing driven by State Gov­ern­ment poli­cies which puts the onus on ratepay­ers for in­fra­struc­ture and ser­vices.

“One of the most ap­palling ex­am­ples of cost shift­ing is the NSW Gov­ern­ment’s waste levy, which in­creased coun­cils’ costs by 44 per cent over a two-year pe­riod,” she said.

“Last year, the NSW Gov­ern­ment col­lected a to­tal of $727 mil­lion in waste levies from coun­cils, busi­ness and in­di­vid­u­als. $300 mil­lion is col­lected from coun­cils alone, and of this just 18 per cent is re­turned to lo­cal gov­ern­ment to ac­tu­ally man­age waste,” she said. as both a fi­nan­cial and gambling coun­cil­lor. So it can be done. We’re do­ing it now. We’re al­ready do­ing Indige­nous free two-day DV cour­ses out in the com­mu­nity, Wil­can­nia, etc. We’re ac­cred­ited by the De­part­ment of So­cial Se­cu­rity in Can­berra to do that, one of the very few or­gan­i­sa­tions that are.

“We’re ac­tu­ally do­ing these things, noth­ing is a mys­tery to us, but we can’t do it with­out some fi­nan­cial push,” he said.

A draft bud­get for Yar­nup pro­poses jobs for 118 Indige­nous peo­ple.

In 2015, Mr Fer­gu­son ap­proached the Min­is­ter for Indige­nous Af­fairs Nigel Scul­lion with de­tails on Yar­nup.

“The Yar­nup Con­fi­den­tial strat­egy is based on the full em­ploy­ment and train­ing of Abo­rig­i­nal staff, thereby ad­dress­ing the cul­tural di­vide. Sev­enty per cent of the an­nual fund­ing will be ap­plied to em­ploy­ees and train­ing costs,” Mr Fer­gu­son said.

“What Yar­nup Con­fi­den­tial ad­dresses is the re­al­ity that if the com­mu­nity wants to move away from the car­nage im­pact­ing the young and mid­dle ages alike, ac­tion will have to move from the plethora or re­search to the lived ex­pe­ri­ence and im­ple­men­ta­tion of a uni­fied strat­egy on the ground,” he said.

Mid last month, the NSW Gov­ern­ment’s Men­tal Health Com­mis­sion re­leased its $90 mil­lion Strate­gic Frame­work for Sui­cide Pre­ven­tion in NSW 2018-2023.

It states an in­ten­tion to “in­vest in a flex­i­ble pro­gram that in­cludes gate­keeper train­ing and com­mu­nity-led aware­ness cam­paigns to sup­port spe­cific pri­or­ity pop­u­la­tion in­clud­ing, but not lim­ited to, ru­ral and re­mote res­i­dents, young peo­ple, Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­ni­ties... and other pop­u­la­tions ac­cord­ing to lo­cal needs.”

Yar­nup Con­fi­den­tial is seek­ing ap­prox­i­mately $10 mil­lion to sup­port the Cen­tral and West­ern Re­gions of NSW.

z If you, or some­one you know needs as­sis­tance phone Life­line Cen­tral West on 131114.

Dale Bon­ham is a fi­nan­cial and gambling coun­sel­lor with Life­line Cen­tral West. The Yar­nup Con­fi­den­tial pro­gram would see many more Indige­nous coun­sel­lors work­ing in the re­gion. PHOTO: DUBBO PHOTO NEWS

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