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Fireworks expected over Deputy Mayor position

The new town council’s first meeting on Monday is heading for the first factional fireworks.

New councillor Steve Brown (right), who scored the highest number of votes, is expecting to be appointed Deputy Mayor but he seems set to miss out.

Re-elected councillor Liz Martin, the Deputy Mayor for the last year of the 11th Council, says she will give her vote to Brendan Heenan (left).

Mayor Damien Ryan and new Councillors Jade Kudrenko and Chansey Paech are also tipped to be voting against Cr Brown, one of the Gang of Four conservative Councillors, three of whom also stood against the Mayor.

Cr Martin says Cr Brown is better suited to head up technical services: “He’s the ideal choice for that position,” she says.

“The Deputy Mayor needs to know procedure and it should be someone who’s served on the council before.

“We need to give the new members a chance to learn.”

The Deputy Mayor serves for one year of the four year term.

The position will be filled at the first meeting of the 12th Council to be held on Monday, as will be the other positions of heads of committees.

Monday’s meeting will be preceded by the swearing-in of the new council. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Council should not be in government’s pocket, says mayoral candidate Brown

Vocal law and order campaigner Steve Brown (pictured) is standing for Mayor and Alderman in the town council elections on March 24, although he says he will be “facing an uphill battle” against the “firmly entrenched incumbent,” Damien Ryan.

Mr Brown says he would bring a “much more vigorous approach” to the position: “Damien’s embrace of the NT Labor Government’s policies and his willingness to take up offered positions on every board and committee that came his way has often left him obligated and somewhat compromised, and the council in a position of being unable to criticise when criticism was absolutely due.”
He says he will not accept membership of “any committees or bodies or boards not directly associated with the operation of the Alice Springs Town Council”.
Mr Brown says if elected he would have a pro-growth “corporate Alice” approach, running the town as a successful business, aiming at attracting more permanent workers and giving incentives to business.

Meanwhile Alderman Eli Melky, while still not declaring his hand for the coming elections, continues his attack on the actions of the current council.

He has given notice that at council’s committee meeting next Monday he will put a motion to abolish council’s  “Removal of graffiti” by-law, which places the onus of removal on property-owners. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »