@ Fred the Philistine: I would argue that freezing rates …

Comment on Cr Brown is the new Deputy Mayor by Eli Melky.

@ Fred the Philistine: I would argue that freezing rates is not a long term viable economic plan. At least consider moving with CPI.
The Christmas tree is a gift to the community, times are tough enough without having to burden community groups with additional financial hardship.
Councillors receive approx $15k p.a., I promise you we don’t do it for the money.
The Mayor is on $100k, works about 80 hours a week, is hardly ever home and sits on a gazillions committees just to represent his community.
I don’t begrudge him his remuneration and in fact I support increasing it. How else will we attract future mayoral candidates to run?
While I don’t always agree with Damien on most issues, I do not agree with your assessment of him.
On spending the money in the bank, do you have a business or investment plan that we could consider that is low risk to the communities money, with reasonable return or do you just want to spend it for the sake of it?
I look forward to your entry into politics and your investment proposal, and while I can understand why you would stay anonymous, I would encourage you to come out, the community embraces its brave and needs its champions. Will you be ours?
Best wishes, Eli Melky, Councillor, living in Alice Springs and proud.

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@ Fred: I agree with you on outsourcing, so long as it’s to locals and cost saving.
Thank you for the discussion, it’s been informative and constructive.
We live in a beautiful town and we all must do our part to keep it that way.
I am sure you will do your part as you can be sure I will do mine. Cheers, Eli Melky.


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@ Fred: Council runs and operates the library, the swimming pool, Regional Waste Management Facility (dump), cleans and maintains roads, footpaths, parks including the many sporting venues such as Traeger Park, picks up curb side rubbish, mows the verges, contributes to the community with in kind support to over 100 events in Alice Springs yearly, including the Henley on Todd that is on next week, just to name a few.
Yet so far you have continued to attack the council, councillors, mayor, the Christmas tree, the rangers, the money in the bank, made excuses as to why you wouldn’t stand for election, not provided an investment plan as to how to spend the community’s money with low risk and reasonable return on investment.
Now you delegated the job of reading the municipal plan to David, who by the way did exactly what I encouraged you to do Fred, and all the while you remained anonymous. I wonder how your KPIs are going?


Cr Brown is the new Deputy Mayor
@ Fred: The municipal plan for 2015/16 has all the details of what is budgeted for right down to the last dollar. However, based on your theory, “that Council could reduce rates in low markets” does that mean council should increase it in a fluctuating market when values are up?
In my opinion, your theory is not economically sound and as such, Council would struggle to have a balanced budget with sufficient funds to ensure all services, that the community expects, can be delivered.
While there are also areas where cost recovery can be achieved such as charges at waste management facility (dump), there remain many other services where it may not be possible to cost recover, such as roads, footpaths and parks.
You would have to put in a user pay system in the form of a toll on footpaths and roads for example, certainly I wouldn’t be interested in such an idea.
Fred, I supported the 6% increase based on a sound and sustainable plan to be able to afford existing services and some additional infrastructure items necessary to keep this town moving forward. Refer to municipal plan for more details.
As for Adam doing a good Job, it’s not personal, but as you seem to be a realist, I am sure you have already worked out that he will be remembered in history as the man who waited for Terry to go overseas on official business to overthrow him.
Then go from a majority government of 16 to a minority Government of 12 and he still has to survive till August next year.
His political fate is pretty much sealed.
He needs to put the party and community first, step down and just as quickly get behind the new leadership to work on winning the next election.
But we know that plan has a snow flakes chance in hell of ever happening. 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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