@ Eli: These are my final words. I have …

Comment on Cr Brown is the new Deputy Mayor by Fred the Philistine.

@ Eli: These are my final words. I have not manipulated any one. I do not even know who Dave is.
However, I do encourage everyone to read the council’s municipal plan for 15/16.
I still believe that some of the works can be outsourced to private business to save money.
Due to the rate rise, I now am either required to work longer hours or take a lower standard of living, to be able to pay for the rates.
This is only constructive criticism.
I know it is human nature that people do not like to hear the truth.

Fred the Philistine Also Commented

Cr Brown is the new Deputy Mayor
@ Eli: You still have not answered as to the justification of the 6% council rate increase, considering the valuations have dropped.
Have just received the Braitling newsletter and all I can say is that Adam Giles has done a lot for Alice Springs.

Cr Brown is the new Deputy Mayor
@ Maria Delfina: Can you please elaborate, do not understand.

Cr Brown is the new Deputy Mayor
@Eli, Lets get to the real facts. The council rates were raised 6% this year which is 2x the CPI. The community xmas tree is certainly beautiful, but lets be honest $60K to put it up each year, what a waste of rate payers money. That is more than an average council workers yearly wage. Surely there is a cheaper method, like contracting the work out.

As for the $15k annual councillors allowance, one would think if you really cared for this town, you would not accept the allowance. As for the mayor sitting on other committees, I am sure he is not doing it for love.

You tried to join the CLP in 2008, to gain preselection for Alice Springs, but Adam Giles was favoured.In 2010, you were unsucessful in the election for the seat of Araluen.In 2012, you decided to run for mayor, and if you remember, on the ABC radio morning show, you criticized Damien Ryan, and said how he has done nothing for 4 years in relation to matters of the crime in Alice Springs, and had to leave. What is the change of heart? You also tried to run for mayor in that same year and lost the election.

Recently some of your motions to have a curfew for young children was defeated and the tipping of alchol on the ground. There are still young people riding their bikes and skateboards in the mall, even though there are sign posts saying no skateboards etc, people parking in 15 minute parking spots for far longer, and rangers are doing nothing about it. Why have rangers if they are not doing their job, that would be 1 less cost.

What has been achieved is a decrease of population, 200 empty dwellings, empty shops in the mall and Elders Street, cost of living is far too high including price of houses.

What needs to happen in this town is to start an industry which will create jobs, and not be so reliant on federal funds. Also why is the council allowing campers to stay at the show grounds, as they are interfering with private business.

I would like to join the council, but I can’t, as I have common sense which does not prevail in todays society. The Phantom.

Recent Comments by Fred the Philistine

Did Wilfred and Gisela Thor have to die?
I agree with Baffel. Tourists should be more responsible, however, we need to take more precautions as well.
Having emergency packs in hire vehicles (like a knapsack with water, tourch, flares, space blanket, hydralite tablets etc).
Also on hot days, the rangers should be checking the car parks every afternoon at 4.00pm. If cars are still there he should then go and look along the track.
There needs to be more signage. Like all the parks around Alice Springs, the facilities and the signage are very poor.

Indigenous art gallery centrepiece of Gunner’s plans for Alice
What a total waste of money this is going to be. NT Govt is already $875M deficit in the budget. By the way, who is going to run the so called cultural centre?

If it is going to be built on the Melankas site, what about the sacred trees, or aren’t they sacred anymore?

‘Extreme vetting’ and Pine Gap
The fairest thing is to send them back to their own country and let them come in through the proper channels like the migrants in the 1950s to 1960s had to do.

Four lanes through Gap: Does Alice need them?
You are all missing the point. This town is a service town for the Indigenous.
People only come here for the work. If this town did not have social security moneys, this town would be even smaller. There is nothing here to attract people except for work.
You also have people who take advantage of the Indigenous, e.g. taxi drivers. This town is controlled by very few people.
What annoys me is the police at the bottle shops. This should be funded by the bottle shops themselves. Why should the tax payers pay for it?
Take the social moneys and the government grants out of this town and see what you’ve got.
A four lane highway through The Gap should have been built in the beginning.
Things here have been done so slovenly, but have made alot of people rich. There is no town planning in this town.
Maybe we need to get someone like Donald Trump to kick some arses and sack a few councillors and employ some who will get the job done.

Police on hunt for young men after ramraid this morning
Well said, Mabel.

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