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.

Eli Melky Also Commented

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

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?


Cr Melky alleges budget irregularity
@ Richard – If the budget was already completed and passed it couldn’t be changed until the following year. Posted March 17, 2018 at 9:25 am.
Richard, the Local Government Act is clear on this issue. Council may, after adopting a budget for a particular financial year, adopt an amendment to its budget.
Additionally and according to the LG (Accounting) regulations Council must not allocate money for a particular purpose unless: (a) provision for the allocation is made in the budget for the relevant financial year.
This is where I argue in favour of the people, the fact that the 12th Council, (last council) members approved both the Municipal Plan 2017/2018 (including budget) and the payout of the civic centre loan, on the same night.
However, it did not amend the budget to reflect that we no longer needed $531,000. An amendment should have been made that night to reflect not only the change in expense but also in the change of income from ratepayers.
Simply to say that the budget has been amended (as advertised 6th of March 2018): This only reflects the change in line item expenses and not the revenue line generated from rates.
I am happy to say we no longer have an expense line for loan interest or principal payment, however I would also like to see the revenue line reduced to reflect same.
You see, Richard, the amount of revenue charged to rate payers for 2017/18 financial year is $21,867,446 as approved on the 26th of June 2017 by the 12th Council.
Council must make further amendments to the budget by reducing the revenue generated from rate payers to reflect the expense no longer required of $531,000. The amount generated by rate payers should be $21,336,446. This will ensure we do not go on collecting this amount year in year out, which will add up to millions of dollars over time.


Unpredictable, unaligned and undaunted: Cr Eli Melky
Steve I hope and pray that your health improves and you have a long lasting and comfortable life.
I am sorry that you were unable to contest this year’s local election.
Perhaps with better health you may be good for the next one.
I do take offence however at your comments here and also on a FaceBook particularly as you have insisted on placing me at the bottom.
Your comments are really unpleasant.
The election is over and it seems thank goodness not many people listened to you.


No quorum to debate Cr Melky’s youth curfew motion
@ Concerned tjilpi, Posted July 18 2017.
Thank you Jerry for your considerate post regarding the issue of a curfew. I very much appreciate your point in opposition to a curfew.
I am saddened to once again have to raise the issue of a curfew; however you can be assured that I have no desire to divide our community further.
My deep sense of obligation to our town drives me to speak out in my role as Councillor regarding all issues including the good, the bad and the ugly. Certainly talking of curfews is in the ugly category.
If I had a desire to be popular and become a career politician, then perhaps I would also choose to put my head in the sand and wait for the storm to blow over.
As you may have come to learn about me, I am not that kind of Councillor.
There can be no ignoring the fact that the town is in an unfortunate position where crime has escalated to a level not experienced in recent times.
Despite the best efforts of the community and a range of groups and agencies the situation grows worse by the minute.
This motion addresses the urgent need to deal with a rise in crime and the high risk to people’s safety from serious criminal activity including rock throwing.
Although not exclusive to youth, in most cases it involves large groups of youth roaming our streets without care or fear of the law.
The emergency curfew motion also includes supporting actions and strategies.
Some of the strategies involve establishing a safe location for the youth to be dropped at, to increase youth bus services hours of operation to later than 11:30pm, currently being provided by a range of organisations including council, police to work with youth services to help curfew affected youth find safe transport to a safe location, if home is not.
My final point is, the entire community is currently afraid to go out at night, some have called that a curfew.


Hordes of kids rampage: 50 cars hit
@ Scarlett Grant, “Confused”.
To remove any confusion, Scarlett, I do not want any senseless vandalism of property committed by anyone or group of persons to continue in our community. I am incredibly concerned that if we allow this to continue the damage will be to our whole way of life and not just to property. The town is being tested to its limits at the moment so we need to unite. The Government must act and act quickly to mitigate this risk by ensuring sufficient resources are provided and if needed introduce or upgrade existing legislation. Where government fails to act, I would consider that as negligence and the community can and should consider a class action for damages.

@Richard, “the government isn’t to blame”.
Richard I am not blaming Government, I said “the Government is the one we must turn to lawfully to arrest this problem”. I see Government as being able to control funding, resources and can make or amend laws to govern our community. You must agree that if this ongoing destruction of property and lawlessness by rampaging groups of people continues, it will bring this town to breaking point. I am seeking an immediate action from Governtment to put an end to this crime and lawlessness spree by this gang. I would also welcome any and all organisations who can and should assist to join and support the community.


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