How to vote cards point to totally new council


${DATE_TIME}2468 polling place 1By ERWIN CHLANDA
All eight members of the next town council will be new, they will be mostly (lower case ‘g’) green and with men and women in equal numbers.
The ranking according to votes will be Donna Digby, Catherine Satour, John Adams, Jimmy Cocking, Marli Banks, Joshua Burgoyne, Jodi Lennox and Matt Patterson.
That would be the case if all voters followed the how to vote cards (see table below) and no preferences were allocated.
Incumbents Eli Melky and Jamie de Brenni would miss out – Cr de Brenni by a whisker in 9th place and Cr Melky ranking 18th of the 19 candidates.
“Historically, incumbent candidates are usually returned to office,” says local historian  and keen observer of the political situation, Alex Nelson.
“The table shows the attitude of candidates towards each-other, with preferences allocated along ideological lines.
“The very low ranking in this calculation of Cr Eli Melky, despite his hard work, may indicate that he is not popular with his fellow councillors.
“Cr Jacinta Price [who sits next to him in council] is giving him 13th position on her how to vote card.”
She is the only other councillor seeking re-election and is in 12th place on this count.
Whatever the case after next Saturday’s election, given that five positions have to be filled from a strong field, local government in Alice Springs will be nothing like it is today.
The table below shows the preferences suggested to voters by candidates whose how-to-vote cards were available this week – the lower the number the higher the likelihood of election (if first past the post were the counting method).
From left to right are the candidates and from top to bottom the positions on the ballot papers they are recommending to the voters. Cr Melky did not allocate preferences.
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COUNCIL CANDIDATES in Alice Springs News Online (in order of publication):
27-year-old stands for council
(Joshua Burgoyne)
Alice council heading for Donald Trump style dynasty?
(Joshua Burgoyne)
Murray Stewart seeks come-back to town council
Environmentalist stands for Mayor, Councillor
(Jimmy Cocking)
Hostel for kids, healing a split town: candidate’s vision
(Donna Lemon)
Youth crime, flooding on Glen Auricht’s council agenda
Fresh eyes on his adopted home: candidate John Paul Sirus
Bridging gap between council and coalface: John Adams
‘Put community in the driving seat’: candidate Donna Digby
‘Room to move’ on environment: Greens council candidate
(Jodi Lennox)
Jenni Lillis: A council beyond rates, roads and rubbish
Candidate Marli Banks: less talk, more action
Flood report: a trickle, not a banker
(Jimmy Cocking, Mayor Damien Ryan)
Unpredictable, unaligned and undaunted: Cr Eli Melky 


  1. Down here in Mexico, South of the Border, I live in a capital city that is seeing the phenomenon of a creeping takeover of local councils by the minority Greens and their social-engineering ethos.
    Because it may allegedly offend sections of our multicultural community, the Yarra Council has banned the celebration of Australia Day altogether; the Moreland Council has banned Christmas cards and Christmas decorations; my neighbouring council the Darebin Council is giving free office space to LGBTI supporters to promote the plebiscite “yes” vote, at the same time issuing a ban advocates of the “No” vote from having any voice at Council level or any office space.
    The Darebin Council has also issued a formal warning to all Christian schools in its precinct that it is an offence contrary to Safe School Program rules to teach heterosexual marriage beliefs to young children.
    Down here, we, the average punters, have become trapped by the Local Council Moral Cause Brigade. We have been shouted down by the latte-sipping banner wavers and the overseas junket zealots of Inner City La La land.
    This Inner City social-engineering agenda is spreading from the inner city councils to the outer suburbs, where politically ambitious young Greenies are targeting more and more council elections with their morally righteous agenda.
    Our Green-dominated councils are driving a relentless, cause-based, individual rights agenda far beyond their local council charter.
    Surrounded by this urban Green madness, I have taken some comfort in the knowledge that the Alice Council has its practical feet on the ground, serving the basic everyday needs of the community.
    Now, however, if Erwin’s article is a sign of things to come, the Alice Council will soon join its Green urban cousins.
    That will be a terrible, terrible pity.

  2. I wonder how elected candidates will be able to work together if they keep in mind who want them in or out: IE if Paul put Bob last but Bob is elected even with him, will Paul and Bob will be antagonistic to each other?
    Tension in the new council already?

  3. Don’t worry John. There are plenty of us determined that Alice Springs does not go the way of the Soviet Republic of Victoria.
    We’re in the front line. We’ve got too much to lose.

  4. Is the alternative another new world (aka new court house) totally in keeping with the nature of the town (NOT!) and a multi story Sydney style apartment development on a site which is currently used as a temporary used car sales yard? Who or what is driving this crazy debate?
    And all this while, with the heavy transport load through the gap to go bonkers with the outback way providing the quickest way from Queensland to WA we still talk about re vitalizing the current CBD, and the local indigenous art market has no organized place to go as they would have if they lived in Kuranda, or Hahndorf.
    What is so badly needed is long term planning by locals, not fly in experts from the east coast, and the alleged need to attract capital from there in their image.
    One candidate is proposing environmentally sensitive housing and there are numerous exemplars to look at elsewhere but never envisaged here.
    Look for example at the Christies Close development in the Adelaide CBD or the Eco Village South of Adelaide, and then look at what we have here, and wonder why?
    Then ponder over the local area solar grid independent off grid developments emerging elsewhere to realize just how far behind we have fallen.
    We also have failed to look at what is happening in other tourism centered spots and adapt that to our needs.
    Look no further than the magnificent tourism facility at Mc Laren Vale, in SA and weep for what we have here and the caravaners with no space there to park.
    Then look at the people who stop to photograph the welcome rock south of the town and weep buckets of blood at our loss, and the extra day they might spend here.
    One urgent need is to correlate the ambitions of the government in Darwin and local govt and who is responsible for what.

  5. Trevor, we have plenty of people who do have a passion for Alice, what she is, what she can be.
    Sadly, many of them are not running for council, they don’t have big enough egos, just passion, love for their town.
    I do operate in a tourism environment, and I often hear (from visitors rushing off to the Rock): “Our agents told us there is nothing to see in Alice” so it’s just a hotel stopover on the way to a fly-covered rock.
    Wouldn’t it be great if someone were to try to change that misconception?


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