@ Alex Nelson (Posted Jan 19, 2017 at 8:58am): Alex …

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

@ Alex Nelson (Posted Jan 19, 2017 at 8:58am): Alex I am aware of the ability to claim a loss against gains that may have been generated from other areas, in this case an absentee owner can claim the losses such as depreciation, I assume.
A qualified accountant would be best to answer this question. Even so I don’t know how it is of any benefit regardless of any tax loop hole to any absentee or local owner to leave a place empty.
Firstly the value of their asset would be affected negatively, this may have an ongoing negative effect that disrupts their ability to borrow and grow their total business, and dare I say or even sell at a reasonable price.
I am currently dealing with an absentee owner and this has not been my experience.
The owners of my new office site have been extremely motivated to secure my lease.
I was able to negotiate a much lower rent than the original asking price which allowed me to take a long lease.
The current commercial market forces, Alex, are very vibrant and competitive if you look at the Yeperenye Shopping Centre and the Plaza.
Both managements are doing everything they can to introduce new business and in some cases encourage relocation to their centre with many good incentives.
This is very positive; sadly the Mall has had long term owners who may have paid off their buildings, so now they wait for the premium dollar thinking the Mall is prime retail shopping area.
What can be done about it?
Well the owners have to get on with the job of working together and promote the precinct.
This is why I pushed to successfully on council to establish the Todd Mall Traders Association. In the school of hard knocks that I grew up in, I learnt that sitting back and waiting for customers is not going to work. You have to make your own luck.

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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.


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Code of conduct allegations ‘vexatious, frivolous’ – councillor
@ Steve Brown: On the code of conduct matters and to your strange comments “open disclosure may not support your publicly declared statements”.
I appreciate your attempt to justify your earlier story about you being served a code of conduct [complaint].
However, the public are aware that on this occasion it was multiple code of conduct complaints that were made against multiple elected members, served all within days of each other.
These matters have been reported on widely across many media outlets and very accurately here on Alice Springs News Online.
Cr Cocking and I have been exonerated from all charges. Those charges were dismissed after each councillor was required to go through an exhaustive legal process which involved providing a comprehensive defence, proving that the applicant made baseless, vexatious and frivolous complaints. If it is a full explanation you demand, then which part of “exonerated” don’t you understand?


Code of conduct allegations ‘vexatious, frivolous’ – councillor
@ Steve Brown: Your judgment of the democratic processes used to elect people is distorted and does not distinguish between the many voting systems in play.
As you are fully aware, long before any election candidates representing political parties usually go through a preselection process requiring the vote of a handful of people.
This is largely a closed door event and completely at the mercy of the factions and deal making that goes on behind closed doors.
This preselection process ultimately produces a candidate who will do what the party tells them to. It is at this preselection process that you should be angry about and not the people for electing a party badged candidate, especially as they had no involvement in preselecting.
At least a candidate who steps up to run in a council election is largely accepted to be independent of party politics.
It will then be up to them to work hard and achieve a reasonable primary vote to even be in the running for any kind of preferences.
The council voting system you crave for was nothing more than a covert system run by political parties to make sure they have the numbers in chamber.


Code of conduct allegations ‘vexatious, frivolous’ – councillor
@ Steve Brown: All code of conduct action taken against myself and Cr Cocking, as he stated publicly, has been dismissed under section 81 of the Local Government Act.
This means the allegations were vexatious, frivolous and baseless.
The decision to keep them in confidential during the deliberation period was that of the disciplinary committee, the respondent has no say in that matter.
We will continue to represent Alice Springs in our roles as councillors and do the best for our community.
I acknowledge your time on council and also that of all the previous councillors who gave of their time to serve their community.
While it may be tough to accept, but a new group of elected members are in place and it’s their turn now.
Could it be that you are struggling for political relevance and living in the past just a bit too much?
That’s how it looks from my point of view.


Code of conduct allegations ‘vexatious, frivolous’ – councillor
@ Steve Brown: To your comment “I’m not going to bore everybody going over old ground”.
Then why did you bore everybody by going over old ground in the first place?
The council was asked if your comments warranted a code of conduct which was quickly dismissed and no action was taken against you. NO comparison.
Thanks for tip, I did Google it and here is what I found.
As to your conspiracy theory regarding the elections of council: The CLP of which you were a member and an unsuccessful candidate in the 2016 election, had their chance to remove it when they were in Government. Why didn’t you bore them with your conspiracy theory then and get it removed?
I think the proportional representation electoral system works very well.


Code of conduct allegations ‘vexatious, frivolous’ – councillor
@ Steve Brown: I recall a complaint to the CEO in response to comments made by you as an elected member at the time and directed at members of the public, who rightly considered your comments offensive.
I don’t recall you facing a disciplinary committee and having to go through months of anguish and spending days on end preparing multiple responses as part of being thrusted into a system that favours the applicant.
I certainly don’t recall you having to spend money on legal advice regarding the complaint.
You certainly weren’t made to feel bullied and intimidated.
That may be because as I recall, a simple letter sent to council and rightly tabled for discussion by the CEO, with a complaint around your comments towards members of the public.
A brief discussion was had in council following which promptly ended any opportunity for a code of conduct matter to proceed.
I recall it took a few minutes.
Members of the public should be encouraged to submit complaints against their elected members particularly when their actions are deeply offensive.
In Cr Cocking case it has been resolved that the complaint was frivolous, vexatious and baseless. It was decided by an independent disciplinary committee appointed by the Minister, not Cr Cocking’s mates.
There is a place for Code of Conduct but no place for baseless accusations.
As for Cr Cocking’s performance the past 12 months while under extreme pressure, I would rate it as excellent.
He has brought into chamber and moved successfully many motions on many issues that will benefit the town for a very long time to come.
Most of the decisions were supported by majority of council.
None of his projects and ideas are collecting dust on the thought bubble shelf.
With reference to your comments around other elected members, well until you name those individuals I will reserve my response.
By the way, Steve, do you recall what you called members of the public? Because I do.


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