Dear Hal regarding your post September 16, 2012 at 7:42 …

Comment on Selling parks again on the agenda by Eli Melky.

Dear Hal regarding your post September 16, 2012 at 7:42 am and your specific question to me, “Does this Council plan to redevelop Ashwin and Finlayson parks?
As you know following Councillor Booth’s request to receive a report relating to the parks, (details of the request motion can be found in the main report above), elected members have now received such a report. Elected members will now discuss this issue. Where to from here? As I cannot speak on behalf of other elected members, I am unable to predict an outcome. Rest assured though that any decision arrived at would no doubt include public consultation.
On the issue of the River, this is a separate matter and will no doubt be discussed in due course.
As to your comment “Clearly the management of our parklands within budget is proving a task beyond the current set-up, just as the recent fires on the east side of the Todd show what happens when an area escapes being slashed”.
I don’t agree with you that it is as clear as you say. Managing our limited budget to cover an ever growing demand for service from our community will always be challenging, no matter the size of the budget. In my view the management of finances is a skill for qualified and capable personal, and I am more than satisfied Council has appointed such staff as overseen by a very professional and capable CEO.
So to the Comment by Mike Gillam Posted September 15, 2012 at 11:04 am.
“Surely those parks conspicuously neglected will be used less than parks that are well maintained and therefore valued? So instead of using this as justification to sell off our embarrassing civic failures how about debating the management of parks?”
It suggests that there is a conspicuous plan to neglect some parks in order to sell them off … So by that you mean that either, elected members have given direction to officers to neglect some parks, all be it conspicuously. Or the officers are doing this on their own whim and elected members are sitting back and watching helplessly but conspicuously. Wow really Mike?
For the record I would not support the idea of a coordinator as I am very confident that our current Council staff provide an excellent service not withstanding budget constraints.
Hal and others, while I don’t mind from time to time replying via the Alice Springs News page, if you have any specific questions in future, please feel free to ask them direct to elected members during public question time scheduled at the beginning of each Council meeting.
Eli Melky
Councillor, ASTC

Eli Melky Also Commented

Selling parks again on the agenda
In Reply to 2. Bob Durnan
Posted September 17, 2012 at 11:55 pm
To Eli Melky (Posted September 17, 2012 at 11:28 am),
No did not misinterpret the meaning at all.
Eli Melky, Councillor

Selling parks again on the agenda
Dear Erwin and Kieran, in response to your posts
Erwin Chlanda Posted September 14, 2012 at 7:16 am
An exchange via Twitter … and
Kieran Finnane
Posted September 14, 2012 at 10:35 am
Cr Eli Melky, Don’t shoot the messenger”
I re twitted your story as I thought it was a report I can share and yes full of facts, however I added to the title “How a good idea is misunderstood. Get all the facts 1st.” and you assumed it is directed at your reporting … Wrong! But I can understand your reaction and I am impressed how you have included the twitter conversation here, very clever.
As you may recall, when I brought this up last year, some said I had a conflict of interest and was going to sell off park after park until we ran out of parks. Elected members at the time campaigned publicly against it even though a report existed in confidential regarding this issue.
When I tried to move a motion to bring that report out from confidential to open, surprise surprise no support from those elected members.
Hence the statement on twitter: “How a good idea is misunderstood Get all the facts 1st”. My tweet was for those who follow my twitter account, which as I understand includes you. I don’t have an issue with the report or the reporter, but I reserve the right to express my opinion on my own twitter account.
This is an exciting time in the history of Alice Springs Council where issues are being presented and ideas being discussed in a cooperative way. I look forward to bringing to council many proposals that can improve this great town.
Regards Eli Melky

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@ Louise Stokes, Posted August 2, 2016 at 1:41 pm
Louise, my family and I are just glad you and your family ended up safe and OK.
I agree traveling the highway can be hazardous.
This is why I always stop and will continue to stop and assist with what we can.

Threat of rain on Bangtail parade could not keep them away
Thank you Alice Springs News for your Bangtail Muster special, this year’s event had over 1000 participants of all ages dressed in a variety of outfits from the beautiful to the spectacular.
As always it was the pre-schoolers who stole the show with mums and dads not far away taking happy snaps. The Rotary Club of Alice Springs is proud to have presented the community of Alice Springs for the past 53 years or so the Bangtail Muster Parade and we are looking forward to many more in the future.
Many thanks to all those who have taken the time and organised their parade floats and entries, your contribution is priceless. A big thank you also to the Alice Springs Town Council who each year provide invaluable support. To the Police, Fire Rescue and Emergency services and to the Department of Transport for your support, thank you.
Thank you also to the NT Government for your Grant support and the many organisations who were also involved in helping out in making sure the parade ran smoothly.
Huge thank you to each and every member of the Rotary Club of Alice Springs who without your help this parade just would not be possible, you know who you are.
Finally, to David Mortimer a Rotarian, a Paul Harris Fellow and a valued member of the club who was your organiser again this year, Congratulations on a wonderful and successful event.
See you all next year.
Best wishes:
Eli Melky
President Rotary Club of Alice Springs

Council row over netball stadium that may shrink
Further more following this story being updated: I will start by saying netball certainly deserves a stadium.
However I grow increasingly alarmed at this candidate’s proximity to Council funds. Brown in the update says council could find the extra money needed from council funds to finish the stadium.
Where exactly are you going to find the money Brown?
For every $175,000 approximately needed that equates to a 1% rate rise. Are you planning to raise the rates this year so you can fund your mates’ political promise? After all as you say it would be political suicide for any politician to stop this project.
Including your recent ABC radio interview, this is the second time you have publicly committed council to paying a shortfall of who knows how many hundreds of thousands of rate payers dollars. Are you planning on ram raiding council funds using the support of your CLP colleagues within council?
There is DeBrenie (Vice Pres of CLP), Price, Douglas, Heenan, all CLP members, and you the CLP candidate, makes up the majority of five needed to pass the motion. But you have obviously worked that out.
And you thought that last bit of exchange in council was heated. Mate you haven’t seen nothing yet.

Council row over netball stadium that may shrink
It has been highlighted by Brown that the term of Council has been extended by one and a half years, a decision made by the NT Government and forced upon us all, rate payers included.
It must be also noted that when Council was asked by the NT Government whether we support this extention, the record will show that Brown voted in favour at that council meeting.
To date only Brown and Paech have nominated for the upcoming NT elections.
My personal view is good on those who step up, however there is a right way and the conflicted way.
In his position, I would have stood down from the positions of Deputy Mayor, Chair of Technical services, Council rep on DCA, Water Advisory Committee and most certainly the sole Councillor rep on the Committee dealing with NT Government representatives on the development of the netball stadium. In my view Brown has chosen the conflicted way.

A new ‘Made in Prison’ row?
@ Steve Brown Posted February 10, 2016 at 7:30am: What happens when the leadership does another mongrel act? Will you attack the CLP again? You are not fooling anyone with your selective loyalties. The CLP of today you speak of is the same CLP of yesterday, no one is fooled by that either.
Now let me quote another one of your comments you made as part of your resignation – “we make absolutely no apology at all for speaking out! We would do exactly the same again tomorrow, decency must prevail!”
You were not loyal then but expect hard working members of the CLP to believe you now.
Right you are, I was there and as the then Deputy Treasurer of the CLP (not local branch), I asked the questions about the party finances and Foundation 51.
I resigned from the party following a long and unfortunate abusive campaign directed at me by senior CLP members who refused to provide information about the party finances and Foundation 51.
How can anyone trust a political party like the CLP who would not be upfront and honest with its own deputy treasurer?
Today we read front page of the NT News another amazing story about your Deputy Chief Minister.
You want to make us believe that the CLP are the best people to run this Territory? You have got to be kidding me.

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