@ Scarlett Grant, “Confused”. To remove any confusion, Scarlett, I do …

Comment on Hordes of kids rampage: 50 cars hit by Eli Melky.

@ 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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Hordes of kids rampage: 50 cars hit
Shame shame, soon the insurance cost will be so high that the ability to run a business in this town or insure your home or car will be impossible, if not completely prohibitive.
There is a role here for all of us to find a solution, but critically the government is the one we must turn to lawfully to arrest this problem and now.
We rely on our decency and our values, as a community we have chosen to live by a democratic political process and as part of that comes an obligation on those elected to act in the best interest of the community.
Keep us safe is one priority, ensure our economy is sound which means keep cost of living down, support small business, support a health system, an education system.
Essentially we want to live in peace and harmony with others.
We trust in our judicial system, our police, our judges and our parole system.
However this is a clear indication that the whole system is broken.
Where the government fails to act immediately, I strongly suggest we the community seek to take action against the government in the form of a class action: The government needs to reimburse all costs for damage town-wide from this rampage, plus reimbursement for excessive insurance costs. For example, body corporate managed strata title units used to pay $30,000 for insurance. Quotes we now get are around $130,000 for a unit complex.


Recent Comments by Eli Melky

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?


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.


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