Murray Stewart seeks come-back to town council

2464 Murray Stewart OKBy ERWIN CHLANDA

 

“The Todd River is our Harbour Bridge, our Opera House, but it’s been ignored for too long,” says Murray Stewart, who is standing for Councillor in next month’s election, after a five year break from local government.

 

The 54-year-old myotherapist says the river should be the venue for sports, entertainment and social functions and the present look-but-don’t-touch icon should become the heart of The Alice.

 

It should be the “powerhouse of a corporate innovation” in the town which he says has now reached “the bottom of its decline”.

 

The council, local commerce and the traditional owners should collaborate in the staging of events ranging from concerts to beach volleyball, running events and markets in the Todd.

 

“To achieve this we need to strip away red tape,” says Mr Stewart.

 

He fought a determined but unsuccessful campaign for Mayor in 2008 but was elected as an Alderman.

 

He says the town’s anti-social behaviour problems will fade into the background as the new CBD redevelopment attracts investment from outside.

 

Mr Stewart says he would push for that to be encouraged by rate and tax reliefs, and favourable prices for power and water provided by publicly-owned utilities.

 

He says he’s encountered many obstacles as the head of the Desert Sports Foundation which saw some of its initiatives hampered by bureaucratic delays.

 

Similar to Denver, Colorado, Alice Springs could become a centrally located transport hub: The local airport, in terms of its size, is one of the biggest in the world.

 

“Not all kids want to leave town. Many want to stay and we must give them opportunities for a great life here.

 

“I also look forward to continuing my work with the seniors committee. There are subsidies for electricity but not for bottled gas which many used for heating, which is not needed in the Top End.”

 

Mr Stewart says during his term on the council he initiated the employment of a grants officer to attract government and other funding for a string of projects, starting with an $800,000 glass crushing machine.

 

PHOTO: Mr Stewart, who was born blind. “It makes me see with my brain a little brighter,” he says.

 

 

 

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  1. Hal Duell
    Posted August 6, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    I hope you make it, Murray.

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  2. John Bell
    Posted August 3, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Alice has a long historical list of famous (infamous?) ratbag characters.
    Murray Stewart is right up there somewhere on that list.
    As a Paralympic track and field coach of long experience with all disability categories, I have come to professionally admire the get-up-and-go spirit that is a special quality of athletes with a disability.
    The bigger the hurdle, the higher they jump.
    Never-Say-Die is the badge they wear pasted to their forehead.
    This lad has grabbed life by the lapels and is having a red-hot go.
    The Desert Sports Foundation is an example of his endeavour. At a personal level, I have found Murray and his family to be warm, kind-hearted and generous. I wish him all the best in his efforts to return to Council.

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