@ Steve Brown: All code of conduct action taken against …

Comment on Code of conduct allegations ‘vexatious, frivolous’ – councillor by Eli Melky.

@ Steve Brown: All code of conduct action taken against myself and Cr Cocking, as he stated publicly, has been dismissed under section 81 of the Local Government Act.
This means the allegations were vexatious, frivolous and baseless.
The decision to keep them in confidential during the deliberation period was that of the disciplinary committee, the respondent has no say in that matter.
We will continue to represent Alice Springs in our roles as councillors and do the best for our community.
I acknowledge your time on council and also that of all the previous councillors who gave of their time to serve their community.
While it may be tough to accept, but a new group of elected members are in place and it’s their turn now.
Could it be that you are struggling for political relevance and living in the past just a bit too much?
That’s how it looks from my point of view.

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Code of conduct allegations ‘vexatious, frivolous’ – councillor
@ Steve Brown: On the code of conduct matters and to your strange comments “open disclosure may not support your publicly declared statements”.
I appreciate your attempt to justify your earlier story about you being served a code of conduct [complaint].
However, the public are aware that on this occasion it was multiple code of conduct complaints that were made against multiple elected members, served all within days of each other.
These matters have been reported on widely across many media outlets and very accurately here on Alice Springs News Online.
Cr Cocking and I have been exonerated from all charges. Those charges were dismissed after each councillor was required to go through an exhaustive legal process which involved providing a comprehensive defence, proving that the applicant made baseless, vexatious and frivolous complaints. If it is a full explanation you demand, then which part of “exonerated” don’t you understand?


Code of conduct allegations ‘vexatious, frivolous’ – councillor
@ Steve Brown: Your judgment of the democratic processes used to elect people is distorted and does not distinguish between the many voting systems in play.
As you are fully aware, long before any election candidates representing political parties usually go through a preselection process requiring the vote of a handful of people.
This is largely a closed door event and completely at the mercy of the factions and deal making that goes on behind closed doors.
This preselection process ultimately produces a candidate who will do what the party tells them to. It is at this preselection process that you should be angry about and not the people for electing a party badged candidate, especially as they had no involvement in preselecting.
At least a candidate who steps up to run in a council election is largely accepted to be independent of party politics.
It will then be up to them to work hard and achieve a reasonable primary vote to even be in the running for any kind of preferences.
The council voting system you crave for was nothing more than a covert system run by political parties to make sure they have the numbers in chamber.


Code of conduct allegations ‘vexatious, frivolous’ – councillor
@ Steve Brown: To your comment “I’m not going to bore everybody going over old ground”.
Then why did you bore everybody by going over old ground in the first place?
The council was asked if your comments warranted a code of conduct which was quickly dismissed and no action was taken against you. NO comparison.
Thanks for tip, I did Google it and here is what I found.
As to your conspiracy theory regarding the elections of council: The CLP of which you were a member and an unsuccessful candidate in the 2016 election, had their chance to remove it when they were in Government. Why didn’t you bore them with your conspiracy theory then and get it removed?
I think the proportional representation electoral system works very well.


Recent Comments by Eli Melky

Councillors: do we need Federal intervention on ‘crime wave’?
Alex Nelson, it’s one thing to recite history, it’s a whole other thing to write your future. I prefer the latter.

Arthur, giving up, locking themselves behind tall fences and quietly living out their days is Not living. We all deserve better.

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


Council: no interest in heritage; tiny leak from confidential
Evelyne and Mike, I feel I owe you an explanation as to why I chose not to put my hand up for the LGANT Heritage committee.
It was so as to avoid having to call a conflict of interest and leave the council chamber on issues relating to heritage as has been done many times by Damien in the past.
My view is that I can be far more useful if I remain in the chamber and part of the discussion.


Council backflip on Anzac Oval heritage
Yes it was a surprise to lose this motion given the support this issue had earlier enjoyed. However I feel obliged to respond to Mr. Nelson’s comment “It’s of interest to note that not once has any Councillor sought to consult with me on this matter, notwithstanding my primary role as the nominator (and principal researcher) for the heritage listing of Anzac Oval.”
Speaking on my behalf, the application by Mr. Nelson provided sufficient information and I was able to make a decision to support the application on that basis. I respect Mr. Nelson’s passion on the issue, however my support for this application to list for heritage ANZAC oval within lot 678, has never wavered. My position is consistent with supporting the action to save ANZAC oval from becoming the site to build the NAAG. I will continue to work with community to protect ANZAC oval.


Climate: Spreading the word across generations
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.
Locally the Rotary Club of Alice Springs is involved in many events around the town, one being the organisers of the Bangtail Muster.
The theme for the 2019 parade was oceans, which was widely embraced by the many pre-schoolers who participated in the parade.
In the past we have promoted themes of water and solar amongst many other themes that promote healthier sustainable living.
On another note, I am very pleased to let others know that the motion passed at last Monday night’s council meeting, which was to strengthen our climate action plan, introduced in 2018, as well as other master plans and action plans of council, has now been put in play.
The draft Public Arts Master Plan will soon be put out for public consultation, in which it will include as part of the plan’s guiding principles the following added point: Be environmentally conscious: be aware of the potential environmental impacts of public art.


Wards for Alice council, including one for town camps?
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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