In response to the writer – Posted April 12, 2012 …

Comment on Fireworks expected over Deputy Mayor position by Eli Melky.

In response to the writer – Posted April 12, 2012 at 8:01 pm regarding “childish behaviours exhibited by Murray and Ely.” (Eli).
I would like to start by saying how proud I am to be elected onto the 12th Council for a second term and will serve my Community with distinction.
I appreciate that being a public figure will attract all kinds of comments, some good and some bad.
Notwithstanding that during the election I was the target of a dirty campaign that attracted derogatory and insulting comments from Members of the Country Liberals, Rotary Club of Alice Springs, AS Running and walking C, fellow aldermen and their partners, Labor and Greens Party, fellow candidates with one on two occasions being verbally abusive, and regular writers to this news paper. None have infuriated me as much as this particular post.
I have taken great offence to those comments. I ask the writer to provide an apology for those comments to both Murray and myself via your website immediately.
Sincerely
Eli Melky
Councillor

Recent Comments by Eli Melky

Eli Melky to stand against Adam Giles
@ Louise Stokes, Posted August 2, 2016 at 1:41 pm
Louise, my family and I are just glad you and your family ended up safe and OK.
I agree traveling the highway can be hazardous.
This is why I always stop and will continue to stop and assist with what we can.


Threat of rain on Bangtail parade could not keep them away
Thank you Alice Springs News for your Bangtail Muster special, this year’s event had over 1000 participants of all ages dressed in a variety of outfits from the beautiful to the spectacular.
As always it was the pre-schoolers who stole the show with mums and dads not far away taking happy snaps. The Rotary Club of Alice Springs is proud to have presented the community of Alice Springs for the past 53 years or so the Bangtail Muster Parade and we are looking forward to many more in the future.
Many thanks to all those who have taken the time and organised their parade floats and entries, your contribution is priceless. A big thank you also to the Alice Springs Town Council who each year provide invaluable support. To the Police, Fire Rescue and Emergency services and to the Department of Transport for your support, thank you.
Thank you also to the NT Government for your Grant support and the many organisations who were also involved in helping out in making sure the parade ran smoothly.
Huge thank you to each and every member of the Rotary Club of Alice Springs who without your help this parade just would not be possible, you know who you are.
Finally, to David Mortimer a Rotarian, a Paul Harris Fellow and a valued member of the club who was your organiser again this year, Congratulations on a wonderful and successful event.
See you all next year.
Best wishes:
Eli Melky
President Rotary Club of Alice Springs


Council row over netball stadium that may shrink
Further more following this story being updated: I will start by saying netball certainly deserves a stadium.
However I grow increasingly alarmed at this candidate’s proximity to Council funds. Brown in the update says council could find the extra money needed from council funds to finish the stadium.
Where exactly are you going to find the money Brown?
For every $175,000 approximately needed that equates to a 1% rate rise. Are you planning to raise the rates this year so you can fund your mates’ political promise? After all as you say it would be political suicide for any politician to stop this project.
Including your recent ABC radio interview, this is the second time you have publicly committed council to paying a shortfall of who knows how many hundreds of thousands of rate payers dollars. Are you planning on ram raiding council funds using the support of your CLP colleagues within council?
There is DeBrenie (Vice Pres of CLP), Price, Douglas, Heenan, all CLP members, and you the CLP candidate, makes up the majority of five needed to pass the motion. But you have obviously worked that out.
And you thought that last bit of exchange in council was heated. Mate you haven’t seen nothing yet.


Council row over netball stadium that may shrink
It has been highlighted by Brown that the term of Council has been extended by one and a half years, a decision made by the NT Government and forced upon us all, rate payers included.
It must be also noted that when Council was asked by the NT Government whether we support this extention, the record will show that Brown voted in favour at that council meeting.
To date only Brown and Paech have nominated for the upcoming NT elections.
My personal view is good on those who step up, however there is a right way and the conflicted way.
In his position, I would have stood down from the positions of Deputy Mayor, Chair of Technical services, Council rep on DCA, Water Advisory Committee and most certainly the sole Councillor rep on the Committee dealing with NT Government representatives on the development of the netball stadium. In my view Brown has chosen the conflicted way.


A new ‘Made in Prison’ row?
@ Steve Brown Posted February 10, 2016 at 7:30am: What happens when the leadership does another mongrel act? Will you attack the CLP again? You are not fooling anyone with your selective loyalties. The CLP of today you speak of is the same CLP of yesterday, no one is fooled by that either.
Now let me quote another one of your comments you made as part of your resignation – “we make absolutely no apology at all for speaking out! We would do exactly the same again tomorrow, decency must prevail!”
You were not loyal then but expect hard working members of the CLP to believe you now.
Right you are, I was there and as the then Deputy Treasurer of the CLP (not local branch), I asked the questions about the party finances and Foundation 51.
I resigned from the party following a long and unfortunate abusive campaign directed at me by senior CLP members who refused to provide information about the party finances and Foundation 51.
How can anyone trust a political party like the CLP who would not be upfront and honest with its own deputy treasurer?
Today we read front page of the NT News another amazing story about your Deputy Chief Minister.
You want to make us believe that the CLP are the best people to run this Territory? You have got to be kidding me.


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