As well as electing a Deputy Mayor, every year Council …

Comment on BREAKING NEWS: Heenan elected Deputy Mayor by Hal Duell.

As well as electing a Deputy Mayor, every year Council decides which Councillors will represent it on its various committees that meet from once a month to once a year. On Monday night representatives were chosen for 31 committees.
Usually the number of Councillors needed on committees is the number nominated. A vote is not necessary. However, sometimes there are more nominees than positions, and a vote is required.
And this is where I feel the process breaks down. To use one example from Monday night, on the Alice Springs Town Council & Lhere Artepe Aboriginal Corporation Partnership Committee two representatives were required and five Councillors were nominated. Council determined who got the spots by voting for each nominee in order of their nomination with any Councillor reaching an outright majority (5) declared elected as soon as it happened.
In the example, the first nominee received 6 votes and was elected, the second received 4 votes and was excluded and the third received 5 votes and was elected. The last two nominees never made it off the starting line.
I suggest a fairer method would be to vote on each nominee in the order of their nomination, but to not declare anyone elected until the votes were counted for each nominee. Then the two with the highest number of votes would be declared elected. That way all nominees would get a chance.

Recent Comments by Hal Duell

Cr Satour wants answers on ‘verbal abuse & violence threat’
@ Concerned Arrernte, Posted March 14, 2018 at 8:16 pm:
Given the state of Alice Springs today, or perhaps better yet, tonight, in which rampaging children are holding the town hostage and councillors feel the need of a protective escort when walking between the council car park and the council chambers; given that after how many years of CLC control there is still no enterprise out on the homelands, simply sit-down money from welfare and mining royalties; given the increase in alcohol abuse leading to family abuse leading to child abuse; given the distracting substitution of bromides such as Australia Day and flags on a hill for anything more substantive; given the observable truth that successive NT governments have demonstrated zero ability to address these issues in a manner leading to a change for the better; given just those more obvious elephants in the room, I think it is well past time for everyone, not just Cr. Price, to be showing anger.

Cr Satour wants answers on ‘verbal abuse & violence threat’
Here’s a question: Is there another local jurisdiction in Australia in which the councillors / aldermen feel the need to ask for protective escorts when walking to and from council meetings?
Just how vicious a little town have we become?
Are we still capable of self-government, at least to the extent that the Alice Springs Town Council represents local self-government?
I hope the answer is yes, because if it isn’t, the power stepping in will be Darwin, and if that comes to pass we will be well and truly phucked.

Cr Satour wants answers on ‘verbal abuse & violence threat’
With respect, please, Catherine and Jacinta, stop it. Just stop it.
One of the key reasons this town is not progressing is because you lot refuse to make common cause, you and your extended families. Enough!
We need both of you, you and all the others, to work together, not to continually tear each other to shreds.

Unfolding story: Kids race ute through town
On Saturday evening my wife and I attended a 6pm screening at the Alice Cinema. When parking in the Target car park, we passed up several available and convenient spaces to position our car as close as possible to the cinema and, hopefully, watchful eyes.
Now ask yourself what sort of a town are we living in that makes such considerations necessary?
The next morning, when walking thru the Todd Mall Markets, I noticed Dale Wakefield, NT Minister for Territory Families, standing at the NT Labor tables. She was beaming out to all as only politicians do, seemingly oblivious to the trainwreck she has made of her portfolio.

A good spot for the art gallery?
Further to my comments on this and other articles concerning the issue of Anzac Oval as a site for the proposed Cultural Centre, let me repeat my objection to the choice of Anzac Oval for this project.
The entire site is of historic and cultural significance to Alice Springs and deserves to be kept as it is. Why build over an area that is currently used and loved by all Alice’s residents in order to build a massively expensive Cultural Centre that will cost the earth not only to build, but to maintain.
There are other sites. Let’s hope the government listens to the people and chooses one of them. I suggest there will be resentment rippling through the town if they heavy-handedly go against what seems to be the majority opinion on this.
No one is expressing objections to building a Cultural Centre. This could change if it is pushed down our throats.

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