Thank you Kieran, I found your article very enlightening; like …

Comment on Unfolding mall design by Sandy Taylor.

Thank you Kieran, I found your article very enlightening; like Hal, I can only wonder at what went on between the Alice Springs Town Council and the owners of the Alice Plaza?
Was it a Councillor discussion / decision, or was it a paper from ‘The ASTC Officers with options?’ Will ASTC now work together cooperatively for the betterment of Todd Mall: to have shopfronts all inclusive and engaging of the Todd Mall pedestrians?
Where is the might of a body, such as a Todd Mall Traders? Even if your have finished trading for the day, why can’t shopkeepers put their Grills up only at dark, rather than in broad daylight?
Why are grills up all over town at 3pm, when many mums and passers by, would like nothing better than to sit quietly with a cup of coffee or light refreshment, and be able to read the latest magazine of interest to them while their kids have a romp around the mall shops?
Many elected Councillors have a strong desire to do something good for the town: and I speak with experience here, sadly, their good ideas are thwarted by the ASTC Officers.
Councillors’ ideas are disregarded lightly, and in some cases, mocked and ridiculed; knocked down and replaced with what ‘The Officers’ deem as a better proposition without any consultation of Councillors.
Why is there an Elected Council, when ‘The Officers’ can wield so much power? Why has Council frustratingly, become such a farce?
Councillor Eli Melky came into office in 2012, stating that he had personal experience as Chairman of the Hindley Street Traders, outlining his role in what he claimed was the successful turn-around of business in that area of Adelaide, and I don’t dispute this.
So why can’t Councillor Melky put to good use those ideas and skills now? We have a wealth of knowledge and business acumen within Councillors Melky, Martin, Heenan, Kudrenko, Douglas, Brown, Paech and now Bonnani as well.
I believe that Councillors have become ‘just a rubber stamp’ for projects which may be seen by the ASTC Officers, as too controversial.
Councillors are bombarded with mountains of papers which are all generated by ‘The Officers,’ not Councillors!
Councillors have little time to discuss their own ideas even on a third Monday, because the Agenda, frustratingly, is driven by ‘The Officers!’
It is time that publicly ELECTED Councillors show their true colours: Why did you stand? It is time for you collectively, to make your own decisions, generate your own discussion outside of ASTC confines if necessary … do something for BUSY-NESS in the Todd Mall before it is too late for all businesses? Come on Councillors, get together, and put your thinking caps on.

Recent Comments by Sandy Taylor

Lucky the Town Council isn’t in the forestry business
Aaaaaah the insanity, the stupidity! It’s bureaucracy gone MAD! Thin the ranks, and sack the elected members! CEO Jennings, it is time to take charge of this rabble! I’ve really had enough of this lot! Amen.

Melky proposes rate reduction as part of virus response
@Peter. I hope you are referring to a 30% cut to the ASTC office staff numbers which have continually increased from approx 100 in 2012 to over 200 today, while numbers at the depot are still low. I trust that Council will also regain the extraordinary $6mill outstanding for past waivers approved to ratepayers in cases of alleged extreme hardship.
I applaud Councillor Melky’s efforts towards Alice Springs ratepayers and the town’s economy on which Coronavirus is inevitably having an added impact: However, rather than a kneejerk reaction, and rather than bulk sackings, we need the Captain of the ship to give a “steady as she goes!”
According to National Census our population has dropped significantly, no doubt about it, but if we assume that we still have the same ratepayer base of 6,000 that we had in 2012 then that means ASTC budget for office staff numbers should and must reflect that. We would expect staff decreases, with a combination of natural attrition, and redundancy. As a longtime ratepayer, I would expect rates increases to be marginalised for a period in line with economic recovery. However, we can’t expect everything for free!! I would respectfully welcome a review on staff numbers in due process. There should ALWAYS be more people on the ground than in the office.

CLP candidates: Representing you or their party?
Erwin Chlanda your smug reporting of the closure and ownership of Alice Springs Camera Shop is totally incorrect and has nothing whatsoever to do with Damien Ryan.
Perhaps you need to check your facts with the real owners of the Alice Springs Camera Shop which has actually relocated. Sorry, I’ve run out of eggs!

Lambley: Gunner Government gives away $5m youth camp
This is an absolute outrage!
Mr Gunner, giving away a $5m youth facility to traditional owners on Loves Creek is criminal.
It is akin to the decision to provide $12m to the Darwin Turf Club!
Minister Dale Wakefield and Chancey Paech, if you have any comprehension about the impact this could have on youth you would be best to talk to a person in your family, your uncle, who knows about this project and can help make changes so it can operate effectively.
Please, before it is too late.
Chancey, as the Member for Namatjira you need to stop this from going ahead!
Talk to your uncle who was involved in the project. I truly hope you can see that Minister Wakefield is absolutely wrong in her decision.

Old Timers Village resident locked in
Good on the daughter for taking care of her father. Old Timers Aged Care, AARC, Flynn Lodge staff do a great job.
I agree with Ralph, JennyWalsh and MandyWebb, each case is different, but these Old Timers are there for their own protection.

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