@ Fred: The cultural centre you keep coming back to …

Comment on Council partnership in CBD complex seems certain by Eli Melky.

@ Fred: The cultural centre you keep coming back to and previously spoken and supported by the current government while in Opposition, has been put back for a few years by the Government Minister.
No doubt you would have read that story here on Alice Springs News Online.
Council and I have nothing to do with it and is not a proposal that council could or should fund. That’s how it’s going. It’s not our proposal.
You seem to be totally OK with a cultural experience that involves an Aboriginal person selling their art in the mall, if that is the total sum of your vision, than God help us all.
My political agenda is simple, I want to live in this town free of fears for my family, my friends and my community’s safety.
I don’t think I need to apologise to you or anyone for wanting to have my say. You don’t need to agree and you can always vote for the other guy.
By the way, how’s that working out for you?

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Council partnership in CBD complex seems certain
@ Michael Dean: I totally understand your scepticism and you are right, this anarchy cannot be allowed to continue and must be fixed before we put down a brick.
When in 2011 I put my hand up on the platform of cleaning up this town, initially I meant literally of rubbish.
Having spent the past six frustrating years in council I have learnt a thing or two.
Now I see the town needs more than a clean up, it needs a complete shakeup. A shakeup that is well and truly overdue, starting with the establishment which controls Alice Springs.
At the same time we cannot stop planning a positive future with a vision to improve and develop our town. That is my commitment to the town.


Council partnership in CBD complex seems certain
@ Fred: If we stay in context then, the proposal you mention is yet to reach the stage of public consultation or approved design.
So casting your assertion that it is a commercially and culturally unrealistic proposal can be considered premature at best.
On the cultural centre idea, if the Polynesians can put on a cultural show, why cant we? Nothing absurd about wanting to show case in an educational and positive light our local and national Indigenous culture.
As for having the need for practical development based on our town and having a grasp of the local realities and sentiments: My response to that is you underestimate totally my grasp of the realities of this town.
I believe in this town and will not be giving up any time soon. My recent personal business decision to take a long term lease at the top of Todd Street hopefully shows that.


Council partnership in CBD complex seems certain
Fred, the proposal that I will support will have to have open space catered for, otherwise it will not be supported.
To spend Millions on creating open space in the Mall would put the community in a worse financial state and increase rates like never before.
Again I could not support this type of action.
As for the cultural experience a tourist gets when walking through the Mall, I would like you to google Polynesian cultural centre in Hawaii. An Indigenous version of that here would be brilliant, that’s a cultural experience I would love to give our tourists.
By the way, this notion that I support spending our rate payer savings is not totally accurate.
I support the council taking a leadership role and together with other stakeholders and partners, embark on developing the town’s economy.
This may mean that council might have some part in the game and certainly why not, but only enough to not upset the balance of things and cause a rate rise that would lead to a miserable failure.
All that said, I will always strongly advocate to consult and involve the community in the planning and decision process, better than it may have been done in the past.


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What will the pages of history write about your contribution to this debate? I will leave you both to ponder.


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My view is that I can be far more useful if I remain in the chamber and part of the discussion.


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It was a very pleasant evening at the last Wednesday nights Rotary Club Meeting. The young people presented and answered questions on a difficult issue that created a positive response from club members.
During 2019-20, Rotary International will host a series of presidential conferences around the world, focusing on Rotary’s relationship with the United Nations and the UN’s sustainable development goals that many Rotary service projects support.
The 2019 United Nations Climate Action Summit showcased new initiatives by governments, business and civil society to increase their commitments to achieve the goals of the Paris agreement and work toward reducing emissions to essentially zero by mid–century.
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In the past we have promoted themes of water and solar amongst many other themes that promote healthier sustainable living.
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Thank you Alex Nelson, I wasn’t aware of that, although my suggestion to highlight five Wards didn’t specifically identify Rural. You can be assured they were not overlooked.
Given the discussion is in its early stage, I have not had the opportunity to outline in detail the proposal.
I will take this opportunity however to outline one specific detail regarding the Rural areas.
The Ward most likely to represent Rural area in my plan would be Araluen.
Councillors have 12 months to submit a proposal and it would be great to have all your opinions.
My main reason for increasing it back up to 10 Councillors is to ensure we have representation from residents of the Town Camps.
Some have already argued that it is insulting to the existing Councillors to have even suggested this proposal, indicating that the current eight have adequately represent all of Alice Springs including Town Camps.
To that individual elected member who made that statement, my response is, can you name five issues regarding town camps that have been raised by a councillor / alderman over the past 10 years?
I don’t believe it is insulting to have a discussion, particularly when you are requested to by the Elcectoral Commisssion or NT Government.
Moreover there is a growing concern that when more than two elected members are not able to attend council meeting for a variety of legitimate reasons, it becomes challenging.
Such was the case in the 12th Council when we were unable to find a quorum.
Most recently we have been reduced to a regular six in the chamber for the above mentioned reasons. Time to be inclusive.


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