As youth crime sweeps Alice Springs sales data reveals locals are packing up and leaving town.
A map of recent properties up for sale shows that locals are fed up and fearing for their safety as alcohol-fuelled violence increases and even the mayor says he ‘can’t blame them’.
Approximately 200 properties are up for sale in the outback town which has a population of 26,000 as some residents express fears the region will become a fly-in fly-out town for workers.
For more than a decade there were intervention-era alcohol bans in Aboriginal communities which came to an end in July, with liquor becoming legal for the first time in 15 years in some areas.
Since that change in July, Alice Springs has seen a surge in crime and violence and locals have had enough.
As youth crime sweeps Alice Springs sales data reveals 200 properties are up for sale as locals are packing up and leaving town
The population of the outback town is 26,000 but the number continues to plummet with even the mayor saying ‘he can’t blame’ locals for wanting to get out as youth crime runs riot
In the past year, property offences have risen by almost 60 per cent, assaults increased by 38 per cent and domestic violence assaults doubled.
During a brief visit to the town this week, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announced new alcohol restrictions and promised $48.8m over two years for programs to address the crime problem.
Measures implemented included a ban on takeaway alcohol sales on Monday and Tuesday as well as limits on bottle shop opening hours.
Mr Albanese also didn’t rule out a move to completely ban alcohol if the situation doesn’t improve.
Toni Rowan from Alice Springs Realty told news.com locals are opting to leave town to move to safer areas as crime rates explode.
‘The primary reason is young families are moving out because their children are getting to an age now where they want them in a safe environment. They’ve been moving for the last year,’ Ms Rowan said
‘I settled one in April last year, it was back under contract in December. As soon as they got it under contract they had a break-in.’
Toni Rowan from Alice Springs Realty said locals are opting to leave town to move to safer areas as crime rates explode. The population in Alice Springs is 26,000
Ms Rowan said she has lived on and off in the town since the 1990s and crime in Alice Springs is currently the worst she has ever seen it and says almost everyone is under emotional stress
Ms Rowan said she has lived on and off in the town since the 1990s and crime in Alice Springs is currently the worst she has ever seen it, noting almost everyone is under emotional stress.
She says the children are running free, breaking into homes, smashing windows and just stirring things up.
‘I live in fear. People … have threatened to burn my house down, kill my dogs, to rape me. They’re out of control. People come in from the community and yell and scream,’ she said.
‘You go out and say, ‘can you please be quiet’ and it escalates to ‘You’re a racist see-you-next-Tuesday’
‘People are closing down businesses and leaving.’
Ms Rowan estimates she is seeing at least five people a week asking for appraisals on their homes as they are wanting to leave due to the current crisis in the region.
Alice Springs Mayor Matt Paterson urged the government to reintroduce the Stronger Futures Act alcohol bans to try to get on top of the problem.
‘Lots of people are just saying that the perception of fear is the reason they’re going — they’re sick of being broken into, can’t afford to continue replacing windows, can’t continue to have their businesses broken into,’ Mayor Patterson said.
Alice Springs Mayor Matt Paterson urged the government to reintroduce the Stronger Futures Act alcohol bans to try to get on top of the problem
Mayor Patterson understands why there is a mass exodus as he says locals can’t stay ‘when they’re scared to sleep at night’.
Darren Clark, who runs the Action for Alice Facebook page, believes it is a matter of time until Alice Springs becomes entirely a fly-in, fly-out town.
‘Some companies here are already fly-in, fly-out because their staff don’t want to live here, and they don’t want their staff to live here,’ he said.
‘But that’s what the whole town will end up like. You won’t have any cafes or anything like that.’
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