Renz (@Posted April 12, 2012 at 4:41 pm): “Unity” may only …

Comment on Fireworks expected over Deputy Mayor position by Bob Durnan.

Renz (@Posted April 12, 2012 at 4:41 pm):
“Unity” may only be achieved if all members agree to abide by the Council’s conventions, guidelines and procedures. The deputy Mayor position is usually rotated, and does not go automatically to whoever received the next biggest vote after the Mayor. I believe that the great majority of townspeople would see Brendan as an eminently sensible choice as the first Deputy Mayor in this new Council. He is highly respected as a consistently hardworking community-minded person, a thoughtful operator who is well known and trusted by a broad cross section of the community. Some other councillors got higher first preference votes, but do not command the same broad level of respect.
If any of the new members reproduce the childish behaviours exhibited by Murray and Ely when they were elected, then there will be a real danger that this Council will quickly become a dysfunctional mess. You will remember that those two also thought they should get special treatment because they had been elected with relatively large scores of the votes. It is an egotistical, immature attitude for new members (and their close supporters) to take this approach. Steve may have been first in the votes for councillors, but 85% of those voting did not give him their first preference for Councillor, and more than 75% did not give him their first preference for Mayor. In fact, when Damien achieved his clear quota, becoming Mayor with over 55% of preferences, Steve still had less than 40%. If you don’t believe me, have a look at the NT Electoral Commission website.

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Road toll drops by half
Like InterestedDarwinObserver, I think Assistant Commissioner Beer’s claim is a somewhat questionable one.
Given that the majority of NT road deaths are normally the result of single vehicle roll-overs on remote roads, it is questionable whether more intensive traffic policing in Alice would necessarily produce this good result as claimed.
We would need a much bigger sample and more details of the individual accidents to really get an idea about what is actually going on here.


Massive horse deaths now a risk to humans
Hal, (Posted April 14, 2019 at 1:29 am): Don’t be so disingenuous. It is obvious from the article that CLC staff have been trying very hard to get permission to act.
They have now made their frustrations known to the relevant authorities, who are able to step in.
My point is that your criticism should have been aimed at those responsible (the traditional owners in question), not at the CLC as an organisation, as the staff are trying to do their job and get something done about the situation.
I was at both Mulga Bore and Angula a little over a week ago, and found very few people at Mulga, and none at Angula.
There were no dead horses that I saw, or smell of dead horses, around the houses then at either place, but there may have been some elsewhere. Of course the carcasses should be disposed of, wherever they are; that is what the writer and the CLC are trying to achieve.


Massive horse deaths now a risk to humans
Hal: How would the Land Council stand legally if it were to destroy the property of a set of traditional owners without their permission? The CLC does not own the horses.
They are either the property of individual traditional owners and traditional owner family groups, or of persons who have contracts with the TOs to allow their horses to be on the TOs’ land.
Or else they are the responsibility of the particular Land Trust trustees on whose land they are located.
Legally the CLC as a statutory body can only consult and advise the traditional owners, and act on their instructions. It cannot make decisions for them without their permission.


Billen’s family: Make telling hotel where you trek mandatory
Ruth Gibbins (Posted January 23, 2019 at 7:55 pm): Monika Billen was not at Trephina Gorge, the park reserve about 85 km east of Alice, where the German couple, the Thors, died from thirst or exposure 12 months ago.
Monika visited a different park reserve, Emily Gap, which is only about 10 km east of Alice. She seemingly walked there by herself on a very hot day, above 40 degrees centigrade.
Monika was apparently found under a tree in a rugged area, well away from the road, about three km back towards Alice from that small gorge.
So she died in the bush about seven km east of Alice, but in the bush, off the road.
There is no established walking track through the bush from Emily Gap to Alice.
Sadly, Monika had been missing for a week before anybody realised that she had not returned from her walk to and from Emily gap, along a non-designated route, in the extreme heat.


Police drop MLA’s trespassing charge
InterestedDarwinObserver (Posted January 24, 2019 at 8:52 am): Your statement is highly confusing. Are you really saying that Bruce is like a perpetual victim, identity politician and social justice warrior, and that Sandra Nelson MLA stood him up? I know that Bruce has been a bit of an anti-fracking warrior, but I would have thought that your description of him is a bit excessive.


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