Intriguing that ASTC councillors so rarely if ever criticise operational …

Comment on Solar lights may go by Ralph Folds.

Intriguing that ASTC councillors so rarely if ever criticise operational matters.
One might think that they represent ratepayers’ interests as well as being part of the machinery of local government.
Since ratepayers’ interests and the ASTC’s are all too often in conflict it might be thought that councillors would speak out on our behalf.
But that doesn’t happen.
For all the rhetoric about councillors making things happen for ratepayers a typical response to a complaint to them is that they will forward it on to the CEO’s office.
A review is a good idea and would clarify just how the ASTC and councillors can be much more responsive to ratepayers.

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Solar lights may go
There is now a compelling case for a review of the Alice Springs Town Council that includes ratepayer submissions. Time for Councillors to demand it. Those that do will get my vote.


Solar lights may go
$192,00 for these lights and they are not installed properly.
Make that $200,000 including the cost of removal.
There is no other location where ugliness is OK and the expense justified.
These are our rates being wasted.
Chief solar lights advocate Jimmy Cocking now wants a committee to advise.
The impression is of a bitty, disconnected and often bungling bureaucracy.
With 200 office staff I guess it is important to keep them as busy as is humanly possible.


Solar lights may go
@ Surprised. Yes Mr Ryan says he is not concerned about community backlash i.e. opinion.
Are any of them genuinely concerned about what ratepayers think?
Recently highlighted was the issue of a suburban court being made into a no standing zone for the convenience of rubbish removal once a week.
No street parking, no post office parcel deliveries etc.
Jimmy Cocking was asked if he would raise this issue.
He did not respond and nor has the Council reacted.
This is just one of many issues that Council ignores in favour of their own agendas.
As you say, let’s remember at voting time.


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Conflict of interest: Councillors allow candidates Ryan, Paterson to attack Government
@ Greeny Council is an apprenticeship for those local government representatives who may wish to take the next step for their community?
Sadly you could be right which explains why our Territory MLAs are so bad.
They have learned in their apprenticeships that once you get into a position of influence you can forget whom you are representing and do what serves your own best interests.


Conflict of interest: Councillors allow candidates Ryan, Paterson to attack Government
@ Alex thanks for that. But the fact that this cancer of divided loyalties has a long history doesn’t make it right.
The antics of the Council would not be tolerated in most other local Government jurisdictions.
Time for change and only ratepayers can do it.
I will not vote for any councillor who has put his or her political ambitions ahead of ratepayer interests.


Conflict of interest: Councillors allow candidates Ryan, Paterson to attack Government
I have some sympathy with Gunner for saying he can’t work with the Town Council on major projects.
The council has been politicised with glaring conflicts of interest.
In my honest opinion Mayor Ryan is leading the way and setting the worst example of all.
Pathetic that the moral high grounders such as Cocking say nothing.
Marli Banks deplores the “really distasteful” focus on council by the government and aspiring MLAs.
But can’t she see the connection?
It is precisely because of the aspiring MLAs and their political grandstanding that Gunner has turned on the council.
Do our conflicted aspiring MLAs care if out town loses major project funding?
It seems they do not.
Their concern is their own political careers.


Curfew a child protection measure: Territory Alliance
Just one aimed to miss Hellfire missile from a patrolling Reaper Drone launched from the Space Base will clear the kids from our streets.


Black lives: generations pass; racism, custody deaths continue
@GC. High rates of Aboriginal imprisonment are always explained in terms of poor education, poverty,inadequate housing, police violence etc.
There is rarely a mention of fundamental cultural differences playing a role even though they obviously do.
You say that if the system cannot accommodate those cultural differences, that is a form of violence.
But how you would address cultural differences in laws and their administration?
Until the past couple of decades this issue was dealt with by the absence of remote policing.
Communities had little police presence, eg one 2 man station at Papunya policed a large part of central Australia.
In the absence of policing, Aboriginal Law continued and communities worked their own problems out, not as whitefellas would, but to the satisfaction of most residents.
Few went to jail.
The Intervention saw police stations built in many communities and traditional punishment was nearly policed out of existence.
Not that payback has diminished but now it is administered by knives wielded by drunks and is sometimes lethal.
Imprisonment rates have soared to some of the highest in the world.
But how do you address this?
The concept of different laws has been firmly rejected.
Traditional punishment is not coming back.
Police have no legal authority to make exceptions even where they are dealing with an Aboriginal offender who is following his own moral precepts.
For the Aboriginal offender being arrested for driving to his grandfather’s funeral when his car is defected, unregistered and his driver’s licence suspended seems very unjust.


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