Alice Springs Indigenous Youth Worker Speaks Out On Youth Crime Curfew

The Alice Springs youth curfew has been extended following a series of emergency meetings after chaos erupted in the town’s centre.

A riot two weeks ago saw buildings trashed, the doors of the local tavern kicked in, more than 50 weapons seized and a car set on fire.

The two-week curfew is extended until the end of the school holidays. It bans people under 18 from entering the town centre between 6pm and 6am without a valid reason.

Local Indigenous youth case worker, Armani Francois, aged 18, told The Briefing how people are feeling in Alice Springs:

Northern Territory Chief Minister Eva Lawler called an ’emergency situation’ resulting in the curfew and an additional 80 police officers being redeployed.

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No arrests have so far been made in relation to the youth curfew. Conditions will stay in place while the town tries to implement long-term strategies.

Francois said the curfew hasn’t stopped youth crime. “We still have crime happening in Alice Springs,” she said, “There was a stolen car about last night. I was driving and I seen it.”

Francois said there needs to be a drop-in centre for young people with free water and a showering station, as a safe place for people who don’t have anywhere to go.

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