Tag Archives: Mayor Damien Ryan

Cr Melky: Mayor’s CLP candidacy, a risk for the council?

 

The risk is for conflict of interest and breach of public trust. To avoid either, Cr Melky suggests that candidates who are also councillors should avoid the use of council resources other than for strictly council business. Resources include car, phone, office, title and more, he said. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Mayor Ryan short on answers on top issues

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He also resorted to abuse rather than answer questions, labelling them as “rubbish”and asking that “we stop playing funny buggers here”. He had nothing to say about recent approaches to council from senior Arrernte men (pictured); latest tourism stats; summer crime to date; flood mitigation and more. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Cr Melky left out in the cold on curfew

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His picture of a town “under siege” failed to persuade his colleagues who made clear their preference for outreach services and grassroots community action with young people. Three NT MLAs (pictured) were in the chamber for the debate. Meanwhile, the issue of flying the Aboriginal flag on Anzac Hill has been skirted. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Missing link: no Minister for Local Government

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An Assistant Minister for A Vibrant Darwin CBD yet no defined focus on Local Government? Mayor Damien Ryan is concerned. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Town Council in time warp on nuke waste

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The Town Council will reiterate an 11-year-old motion opposing a radioactive waste facility being built anywhere in the Northern Territory, while traditional owners take their protest about the Date Farm site to Canberra. KIERAN FINNANE  reports. FULL STORY »

Cr Melky continues campaign for greater transparency

 

 

It won’t be for want of trying if Councillor Eli Melky fails to bring more meaningful discussion of council’s finances into the open. Council’s Director of Finance Paul Della had made an effort to have something for this month’s committee meeting to consider in open, two reports in fact, one requiring no action, the other merely for formal endorsement. Cr Melky was not to be bought off so easily. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

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Northern end of the mall reopens

 

 

 

Traffic officially returned to the northern end of Todd Mall this morning for the first time in 28 years (apart from special occasions). But more importantly people came out in good number to enjoy the new public spaces created as part of the mall redesign. It will be the ongoing presence of people, locals and visitors alike, that will be critical to the hoped for revitalisation of the town’s premier ‘street’. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Vote ‘yes’ in referendum or face higher rates: Mayor

Vote ‘yes’ in the coming referendum on constitutional recognition of local government or definitely face increased rates in the future and risk loss of direct funding from the Commonwealth, such as money for local roads through Roads to Recovery and other community infrastructure grants. This is the message that Mayor Damien Ryan wants his fellow councillors to take to the electorate. With apparently more than 30% of voters making up their minds on polling day, he urged them, at last night’s end of month council meeting, to all be present at the booths on September 14. KIERAN FINNANE reports on this and other council news, including more CCTV and solar lighting along the river.

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The Great Alcohol Debate: Council rangers work ‘more difficult’ since scrapping of BDR, says Mayor

Town Council rangers have had a “more difficult workload” since the removal of the Banned Drinkers Register, according to Mayor Damien Ryan. He told his fellow councillors last night that he had conveyed this message to the stakeholders’ meeting on alcohol issues convened by Deputy Chief Minister Robyn Lambley on October 5. Meanwhile, his opposition to the NT Rock Bar’s application to extend its trading hours had evaporated as had Cr Eli Melky’s. Council had received an extension of time to comment on the application and last night voted to “not object”. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Mood change in council on grog issues?

UPDATED, October 23, 2012, 6.00pm: see FULL STORY.

 

Is the mood changing within the Town Council on the issues of alcohol availability in Alice Springs? I’m not talking about radical change but in a show of hands last night only three councillors supported [ED – a recommendnation to not object to] an application  by The NT Rock Bar to extend its trading hours by one hour each night, to 2am. Those councillors were Chansey Paech, Brendan Heenan and Geoff Booth. Mayor Damien Ryan (at right)  said he simply did not see the need to extend the hours. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

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