I like the idea for bikes @ Graham Tjilpi Buckley. …

Comment on Council partnership in CBD complex seems certain by Eli Melky.

I like the idea for bikes @ Graham Tjilpi Buckley.
@ Fred: Any proposal needs to have public support whether it is this or the next Council. Councillors should be able to at the very least stimulate the conversation with ideas, good bad or indifferent, it’s then over to the community to participate in the discussion.
Your idea of creating open space is good, but how would you suggest we justify paying millions for buildings from private land owners just to create this open space.
@ Russell Bray: I am in agreement with your comments, any proposal would need to preserve the heritage of this town and take advantage of the current ambiance from open space not destroy it.
@ Dr Who: I can assure you that no one here wants to destroy the very soul of the town. Take a good look at us, we are all long term, some born and bred members of this community. Where would be the logic in destroying the town?
@ Physics Bill and @ KC: You have me staggered at your conclusion that more vacant commercial property is problematic. How about we think of it as a positive, you see if there are more vacant properties available (supply), the balance will shift in favour of future tenants (demand). Additional benefits will be lower rents, more people employed, cheaper product, sustainable economy, more sponsors for local sport and charities. Gentlemen, competition is healthy.
KC: Can you elaborate on your comment in relation to the punishment dished out by people with ruffled feathers last election.
I appreciate your comments @ Tervor Shiell. You make a good contribution.
@ Michael Dean: This elected member is reading your responses and the invitation to meet with me is always there. That goes to all of those who wish to discuss issues concerning this town. My details are available on the ASTC website. Please feel free to give me a call.
There have been some good comments made here in response to this particular article, shame some feel the need to attach an unnecessary portion of venom as part of your comments.

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Council partnership in CBD complex seems certain
@ Fred: The cultural centre you keep coming back to and previously spoken and supported by the current government while in Opposition, has been put back for a few years by the Government Minister.
No doubt you would have read that story here on Alice Springs News Online.
Council and I have nothing to do with it and is not a proposal that council could or should fund. That’s how it’s going. It’s not our proposal.
You seem to be totally OK with a cultural experience that involves an Aboriginal person selling their art in the mall, if that is the total sum of your vision, than God help us all.
My political agenda is simple, I want to live in this town free of fears for my family, my friends and my community’s safety.
I don’t think I need to apologise to you or anyone for wanting to have my say. You don’t need to agree and you can always vote for the other guy.
By the way, how’s that working out for you?


Council partnership in CBD complex seems certain
@ Michael Dean: I totally understand your scepticism and you are right, this anarchy cannot be allowed to continue and must be fixed before we put down a brick.
When in 2011 I put my hand up on the platform of cleaning up this town, initially I meant literally of rubbish.
Having spent the past six frustrating years in council I have learnt a thing or two.
Now I see the town needs more than a clean up, it needs a complete shakeup. A shakeup that is well and truly overdue, starting with the establishment which controls Alice Springs.
At the same time we cannot stop planning a positive future with a vision to improve and develop our town. That is my commitment to the town.


Council partnership in CBD complex seems certain
@ Fred: If we stay in context then, the proposal you mention is yet to reach the stage of public consultation or approved design.
So casting your assertion that it is a commercially and culturally unrealistic proposal can be considered premature at best.
On the cultural centre idea, if the Polynesians can put on a cultural show, why cant we? Nothing absurd about wanting to show case in an educational and positive light our local and national Indigenous culture.
As for having the need for practical development based on our town and having a grasp of the local realities and sentiments: My response to that is you underestimate totally my grasp of the realities of this town.
I believe in this town and will not be giving up any time soon. My recent personal business decision to take a long term lease at the top of Todd Street hopefully shows that.


Recent Comments by Eli Melky

Independents now ineffective?
The times are a changing. History will show that the current political landscape of Alice Springs and the Territory is changing for ever before our eyes. The days of being restricted to a choice between a @ Steve Brown: CLP or ALP representation are fast coming to an end.
The people are far more politically astute and have had enough of this old and broken system that you offer.
It may suit those who have been long entrenched in that type of system and know nothing else.
From time to time some including you, bravely venture outside it, only to find themselves quickly back in the fold.
I have lost touch of how many times you have re-joined the CLP. However I am pleased to say I am not one of those who bow to a broken system.
I will be working to build a great future for Alice Springs and the Territory, joining forces with likeminded members of our community, and there are many of us.
Hanging on to an old and broken political party that has been reduced to two MLAs is your choice, at least have the decency to accept that the community has made its choice, clearly it was Robyn Lambley. Time to move on.


Independents now ineffective?
The majority of people who live in the Araluen electorate were clearly not impressed at the last NT election with any of the political party candidates, and so voted overwhelmingly for Robyn Lambley.
Not very confusing at all.
One can hardly call the two members representing the CLP in the current NT Legislative Assembly as effective. By sheer weight of numbers, they have been proven time and time again as completely ineffective.
Robyn has taken the fight right up to the current Chief Minister and his government, which is far more than what the current two person Opposition has done.
On the same basis of your argument in this article, should the two members of the CLP resign as opposition due to being so ineffective and allow the resources to be shared with the five Independents who can collectively offer a stronger opposition?
I think yes.


National Aboriginal gallery: Town Council’s action clear as mud
Tonight I am proud to have supported a motion that shows leadership on behalf of the Alice Springs Town Council unanimously voting to invite the NT Government to keep the discussion going on building the National Aboriginal Art Gallery (NAAG) in Alice Springs.
While it is unusual that a motion is supported unanimously at a meeting of the Council Standing Committees, to remove any confusion due to the process that was adopted tonight, I offer this brief explanation.
My support was based on the council’s own survey results and respects the majority who support the NAAG being built in Alice Springs.
At the same time it was also very clear to me that 58% wanted ANZAC oval to be preserved.
In my view it is now over to the NT Government to respond to the motion by either accepting or declining council’s motion.
The Michael Gunner led government has the opportunity to work with council and other stakeholders including Indigenous members of our community to find a way through and ensure they uphold their own election promise.
Please note for the purpose of protocol, I wish to inform readers that the comments above are my own and not on behalf of council.


ANZAC Oval art gallery good for Mall traders: Chamber
Dear Ed, thank you for your ongoing interest in covering this issue.
I take note of the CEO’s comments that he met with Council in the past few months.
I do not recall meeting with the Chamber, so I checked my diary and emails for past few months dating back to November 2017, just in case I missed it.
Alas, nothing.
I am wondering who did the Chamber meet with? Was it Council officers or with individual Councillors separately?
I think given the fact that the decision to go ahead on Anzac Oval or not ultimately rests with Council, it is important to remain transparent on who Council meets with.
For the record, I am not a member of the Chamber, if I were I would see that as a conflict to meet with them.


News to us, say councillors on Anzac Hill development
In response to Russell’s comments: Yes mate you got me, I spend my time standing up for my community and respond to their calls every time.
Just wait and see what my next band wagon I will be jumping on. Here is a short preview:
• Fighting for cheaper airfares.
• Lower Council rates.
• Reconciliation Action Planning.
• Better traffic Manangment in CBD.
• Reasonable, lower dumping fees.
• Improving and maintaining all our Parks and sporting fields.
• Quality and lower prices good and groceries.
I am also against abuse of alcohol and think the way we view and promote the product must change.
Oh, and I really would like to do something to reducing the crime waves in our town.
I know, Russell, and this is only my short list, I would be happy to show you my full list.
That is even more impressive, it has a multi purpose sports stadium and precinct.
Of course I also have a plan when it come to investment and development.
My door will also remain open to everyone who walk through it asking for advice or help, regardless of their criminal history or standing in the community, including you, Russell.
My question to you is, what are you doing to help our town other than winge and hide behind a fake ID?


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