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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

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.


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.


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