Dear Ed, thank you for your ongoing interest in covering …

Comment on ANZAC Oval art gallery good for Mall traders: Chamber by Eli Melky.

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.

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.


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.


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