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Comment on Challenger for mayoral contest? by Janet Brown.

Oh my, this really will be a s*** f****. A few points to raise here. Elected members are elected to represent the views of the electorate. They do not cross the line into the operations of council.
We have a CEO to keep council operations functioning efficiently. My view of the operation of council has been flawed and its operational procedures are questionable. I don’t want to go into individual points as this will prohibit the real overall operations of council and their inability to achieve good and real outcomes.
Elected members and their ability to represent the electorate is not questionable. It is none existent. Damien in his own words clearly tells us his success in grants. Wow. I am pretty sure we have a member of staff to do that. We have heard the Mayor tell us that those people who really want to turn this town around so that we all enjoy safety and progress to assist our town grow and prosper are talking down the town.
We only focus on what is wrong. Sorry the Mayor told the press we do have a safe town. It is the Mayor’s actions and deliberate mistruths to media and others that has lead to the decline of business and tourism in our town along with the world’s financial situation. Our Mayor has been silent on the issues and why. Because he supports the NT Government in its deliberate neglect of the town.
During Christmas we had the task force and the NT Government sent the problem kids on a holiday during that time – smart move, Hendo. But they are back, the task force gone, and the problems start again. Bad behavior is rewarded with a holiday and our Mayor supported it. Where is the Mayor’s voice at the Moving Alice Forward. He was chairing a meeting on friends and family AA meeting. No ideas on moving our town forward and now the main speaker at that meeting, Brad Bellette, is letting us know he will put up his hand for the next council elections.
Brad and Damien are going to solve the problems of this town by removing all alcohol purchase. A dry town. That is their goal for our town. And there are three tiers of Government. Local should attend to local issues. Territory and state to deal with state and territory issues and federal to maintain – you guessed it – federal issues.
The trouble with local government in the territory is that they have no idea what their role is. They just take their lead from Hendo. Big news guys and gals. Your job is to fight for our town. Your job is to demand from NT and Feds what you need to progress your town, not let the electorate know you all have no backbone to fight for us. You have all failed. Now it is time for real change and my message to the Mayor is: You know you are compromised. You know you have sat on your hands. And you have played a large part in our decline.
Oh, before I hear that rubbish about some businesses closing due to retirement, you had businesses for sale for a very long time and could not sell. That is because of high rents and non caring elected members in local government.

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Challenger for mayoral contest?
Paul. We have a CEO. Rex Mooney. Council already operates in a corporate manner. The role of Mayor and Aldermen are there to ensure council operates in the best interest of the residents and to lobby for NT and Federal Government for money and anything else relevant to the growth and prosperity of our town. And, yes, that does require someone with leadership qualities. Four years is in my view long enough to show the strength of a good leader. Our current elected members did not represent the residents and ensure financial accountability. With relation to the Subloo issue that cost was over $500,000 from rate payer’s purse. A small hum from a few to protect the town from the violence but loud and clear from the majority of elected members that the violence is being over stated by a small group who want to talk the town down.
That group was made up of over 40 small business owners in our town. People who are concerned about what is really happening to our town. A fee at the tip now cost the ratepayers more due to illegal dumping and cost to ratepayers to pay for clean up. A real leadership in elected members would have allowed free dumping – a cheaper cost to rate payers. And a cleaner environment. And now want to fine property owners if they leave graffiti on walls. Again elected members feel that attacking the victim has a low risk than dealing with the graffiti criminal.Great leadership. Real thought behind some real basic understanding. Sorry, common sense on extended leave due to bullying by no sense.

Recent Comments by Janet Brown

Planning another plan
We need planning to be the role of the town council, not the NT government from Darwin.
How can we plan for our future development when there is no plan.
A town plan from the early 80s is lost.
Until we have a town plan on development any master plan is a joke. And to my knowledge the master plan does not include development areas for our growth.

Senator Scullion will not contest Federal election
Identity politics. It has to end. Politicians need to be representing the people. The Territory.
So far I have seen none of this from those putting up their hands.
They are only talking at election time. Voters are confused on their rights. As a voter we have the right to demand elected members who will work for a better Territory. Not a better Darwin over the rest of the Territory.
Our Federal ministers have the role to work for the entire country. As minsters elected by states and territories into a Federal seat they should be ensuring the best of Federal funding for their electorate. They are elected to represent Australians. Yet they are managed by government departments.
The departments have signed agreements to allow overseas businesses to avoid taxes. The departments who have allowed foreign governments to own Australian land. The tax office which negotiated agreements with overseas companies to avoid paying taxes that everyday Australians have to pay.
Check out the person wanting your vote.

Make Oz Day a celebration of the future, not the past
Appeasement is not the answer. Appeasement is the catalyst for further division.
January 26 is the date chosen to celebrate our place in the world.
People from around the world choose our country to call home. Because we are amazing. Australians are proud of our home. The division based on race is not Australian. That is apartheid. We need to stop this vile hatred of Australia now.
Australia Day is not up for destruction by an angry and racist group.

Custodians decline meeting with council on gallery
I for one do not see this town and its progress as being at the whim of aboriginal people over the residents of Alice Springs. This type of division has its claws strongly embedded in segregation and apartheid mentality. The future of our town should be decided by all residents. I am so fed up with people using the race card to gain control. This should not be about who has the biggest stick, it should be about the majority seeking growth and prosperity for Alice Springs. Not personal agendas and petty jealousy.

GST billions yet we’re still the basket case
Jack, I do not have to walk a mile in anyone’s shoes.
It is clearly obvious that bandaid government mentality is all wrong.
What happened to outcomes and audits. Never happened. Throw more money at is the battle cry.
Regards of the fact that billions of dollars has only exacerbate the problem.
Money for nothing comes to mind.
Yet for governments to get that money some of us work hard to pay taxes, fees, levies and so forth. Our borrowings are through the roof. Time for outcome audited funding checks.

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