By ERWIN CHLANDA
Alice Springs Deputy Mayor Steve Brown (pictured) has been pre-selected as the CLP candidate for the party’s blue-ribbon seat of Araluen.
He will be battling Robyn Lambley, a former CLP frontbencher who now holds the seat as an independent, and who has made it clear she will be standing again.
After the abolition of Greatorex the town will have only two seats, the second one, Braitling, is held by Chief Minister Adam Giles.
We understand Bess Price is standing again for rural Stuart, although despite several calls to CLP sources seeking information none has been released as yet.
The Alice Springs News Online understands that Heidi Williams, pictured at her wedding to singer Warren H Williams, has been pre-selected by the CLP for the other bush seat in The Centre, Namatjira.
Mr Brown, well-known for his no-holds-barred advocacy for Alice Springs, is one of 10 children of Marion Brown, the sister of Bernie Kilgariff, and Jim Brown. Mr Brown and the late Senator Kilgariff founded the CLP in the 1960s.
Steve Brown is the father of nine, including two step-children.
He says he’s had support from the pre-selection committee after being on the outer of the Alice Springs branch for “four or five years”: There had been a falling-out over the treatment of former Lingiari contender Leo Abbott.
Mr Brown says these issues are now well behind for the branch: “There have been many personnel changes.”
He says he will see his task as “completing the job that’s been started,” as the town is having its first sure signs of progress “in 20 years”: A tourism upswing, Melanka on the go, new roads, planning changes, sporting facilities and the Alice to Darwin aviation “milk run” having been revived.
“I will not be harping about Robyn but I’ll be picking up the pieces after the devastating state we were in when we kicked the Labor government out,” says Mr Brown.
He says like the Namatjira Labor candidate, Cr Chansey Paech, he will be seeking leave from the council when the election is called.
However, if that is before March next year – a distinct possibility given that Mr Giles is leading a minority government – any vacancy on council will need to be filled through a by-election, at a cost of some $100,000.
“I’m not in it for personal gain,” says Mr Brown, a self-employed electrical contractor for 40 years. “I’ll be pushing like hell for Araluen, Alice Springs and the Territory – in that order.”
Dave Tollner Treasurer and Minister for Mines dumped. Pre-selected members are:-
Adam Giles (Braitling)
Willem Westra van Holthe (Katherine)
Gary Higgins (Daly)
Bess Price (Stuart)
Peter Chandler (Brennan)
Peter Styles (Sanderson)
Francis Xavier Kurrupuwu (Arafura)
Nathan Barrett (Blain)
Lia Finocchiaro (Spillett)
Steven Klose (Johnston)
Ben Hosking (Drysdale)
Stephen Brown (Araluen)
Heidi Williams (Namatjira)
Karen Brown (Fannie Bay)
Tim Dixon (Fong Lim)
Ted Dunstan (Nightcliff)
Giovanna Webb (Casuarina)
Rohan Kelly (Port Darwin)
Ian Gumbula (Arnhem)
Carolyn Reynolds (Goyder)