Hi All, Mayor Damien Ryan has declined our invitation to join …

Comment on LETTER: Time for a third sealed national route by Erwin Chlanda.

Hi All,

Mayor Damien Ryan has declined our invitation to join the debate here but he gave me information – see below – saying that he had no opportunity to access this site.
This surprised me as Damien is one of the most prolific tweeters – 22 of them on September 7, for example, including some footy score updates – but it’s a free country!
Damien says he went to Canberra three weeks ago for discussions about the east-west highway and received a good hearing from both parties.
Barnaby Joyce is especially keen on the idea.
Damien says he recently briefed the council on the issues.
The Territory alone is spending $20m a year fixing the present dirt sections of the route.
It is not yet a project of the highest priority for Infrastructure Australia nor for Regional Development Australia, and the proponents are looking for $540 over 10 years across the two states and the NT.
The cost is $250,000 per kilometer.
In Queensland and WA local government builds roads.
Damien says it took years of lobbying to get the south road sealed between Alice and Port Augusta, with the local ASPRO group pushing hard.

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LETTER: Time for a third sealed national route
On Twitter from Senator Trish Crossin ‏@trishcrossin

@alice_news happy to talk about the Outback Highway anytime … this is a great corridor linking this nation and should be sealed.
Retweeted by EliMelkyAliceSprings

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Hi “Gammon”: Google Cr Price on this site and it will take you to our extensive town council news coverage. It reveals how much or how little she is contributing to council business.
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@ Mark Fraser: Thank you for your kind words at the beginning of your comment but I reject that our initial article was “misinformed”.
Please note:-
• We accurately quoted the Lock the Gate Alliance which is a major player in the debate. It describes itself as “a national grassroots organisation made up of over 120,000 supporters and more than 450 local groups [including] farmers, traditional custodians, conservationists and urban residents.”
• Concurrent with posting the initial report we sought comment from the NT Government (which replied on the same day), from the Inquiry and from Origin. We still don’t have a reply from the Inquiry. See my reply to reader Bob Beadman.
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@ “Elle” and “Brett”: A definitive statement about whether or not, in the NT, someone can be a councillor and a member of a parliament is not available. The requirements are different in every state.
So far as I can find out, it’s never happened in Alice Springs where local government started in 1971.
When former councillor Chansey Paech stood for the Legislative Assembly he was told – as are all others in a similar position – obtain his own legal advice.
This is what the NT Local Government Act – Section 39(6) – says:
If (a) a member resigns in order to stand as a candidate for election to the Legislative Assembly or the Commonwealth House of Representatives or the Senate; and
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The position seems to be this: A council member resigns to contest a parliamentary election. The resignation can be reversed if he or she does not win the parliamentary seat.
But if he or she does win that seat, it seems clear that the resignation from council stands.
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