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Cr Satour wants answers on ‘verbal abuse & violence threat’

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Above: Council chambers as last night’s meeting wound on. Rangers now escort councillors to and from the carpark.
When will Councillor Catherine Satour have answers about the January 29 incident when she says she was “verbally abused and threatened with violence by Councillor [Jacinta] Price’s family”?
She sent emails to CEO Rex Mooney four weeks ago and and has yet to receive a reply.
When will she get one, Cr Satour (below right) asked Mr Mooney at last might’s meeting.
p2512 ASTC Catherine SatourShe said she comes to council feeling “anxious” although she appreciates that rangers now escort councillors between the carpark and the chamber.
Mr Mooney said he viewed her concerns “very seriously” and she would have a response on Wednesday.
Cr Price, who was attending the meeting by phone, asked to speak. She said the “accusations” concerning her family “have not been proven” and she did not think the meeting was “the right place to be making such statements”.
Mayor Damien Ryan, in the chair, said he was not aware of the content of Cr Satour’s emails which would be dealt with by the CEO.
Mr Mooney said he would be happy to discuss any issues Cr Price may have with her.
The January 29 incident was given coverage in the latest The Weekend Australian in a feature article about Cr Price’s ambition to enter the federal parliament.


  1. With respect, please, Catherine and Jacinta, stop it. Just stop it.
    One of the key reasons this town is not progressing is because you lot refuse to make common cause, you and your extended families. Enough!
    We need both of you, you and all the others, to work together, not to continually tear each other to shreds.

  2. @ Hal: I agree with Catherine, she needs (as well as all councillors), to feel safe whilst attending and leaving council meetings.

  3. So, these people get the rangers to escort them from the car park to the chambers. While the rest of us run the gauntlet alone walking the streets, going to the shops etc.
    The hypocrisy is breathtaking.

  4. Concerned Citz, councillors represent us and should live like us. If they need to be protected in this case then so are we; unless it is them and us.

  5. I have a question for our gentlemen councillors: Why do you not escort the ladies to their cars, like the males singers of Sing Australia do every Monday night in Hartley Street?

  6. Who doesn’t get threats everyday just walking down the street?
    Try turning down a request for a smoke and watch the abuse start. Just a part of our Alice lives.
    I think Catherine is just trying to seek attention.

  7. Here’s a question: Is there another local jurisdiction in Australia in which the councillors / aldermen feel the need to ask for protective escorts when walking to and from council meetings?
    Just how vicious a little town have we become?
    Are we still capable of self-government, at least to the extent that the Alice Springs Town Council represents local self-government?
    I hope the answer is yes, because if it isn’t, the power stepping in will be Darwin, and if that comes to pass we will be well and truly phucked.

  8. Hall Duell. Ignoring the elephant in the room, are we?
    You only have to look at Cr Price lately to see she is an angry, bitter person.
    Cr Satour on the other hand hasn’t displayed anger or bitterness to the media.
    They are two completely different personalities. Satour is simply asking for a response to the alleged terrifying incident back in January.
    How can she therefore be tearing someone to shreds? Please explain.

  9. Violence or threats of violence should not be tolerated regardless of who they are coming from or directed at.

  10. Catherine was verbally attacked and intimidated, as were the other Arrernte women. All this by the same people who claim they are against violence and have been in the media finger-pointing for years. This must be addressed.

  11. Rates, rubbish, roads and now ragging each other.
    Oops, I thought we voted for the first three. The lower tier of government should not equate to lower standards or all those involved, practising for future roles as MLAs?

  12. @ Concerned Arrernte, Posted March 14, 2018 at 8:16 pm:
    Given the state of Alice Springs today, or perhaps better yet, tonight, in which rampaging children are holding the town hostage and councillors feel the need of a protective escort when walking between the council car park and the council chambers; given that after how many years of CLC control there is still no enterprise out on the homelands, simply sit-down money from welfare and mining royalties; given the increase in alcohol abuse leading to family abuse leading to child abuse; given the distracting substitution of bromides such as Australia Day and flags on a hill for anything more substantive; given the observable truth that successive NT governments have demonstrated zero ability to address these issues in a manner leading to a change for the better; given just those more obvious elephants in the room, I think it is well past time for everyone, not just Cr. Price, to be showing anger.

  13. Hal Duell, you did not answer how Cr Satour is tearing shreds off Cr Price. That is what I asked you to explain and you haven’t.
    You have however suggested that it is time for Cr Price and others to show anger. Plus all the other things you mentioned diverting the attention from the the alleged incident back in January. Which is what this article is about.
    You said on March 13, 2018 at 10:00 am: We need both of you, you and all the others, to work together, not to continually tear each other to shreds.
    Which one do you want? Cr Price and Cr Satour to work together or Cr Price and others to show anger?
    Just a bit confusing, man.

  14. @ Concerned Arrernte, Posted March 16, 2018 at 10:01 pm
    Nah, nothing confusing there man? Woman?
    You mentioned an elephant in a room. I thought it looked a bit lonely, poor bugger, so I added a few more. More better now, not lonely, no shreds. Like that.

  15. Hal Duell, Posted March 17, 2018 at 3:37 pm: Ha Ha, you made a funny. Another diversion from answering the question. Clearly your not going to answer so no point me going on about it for now. I’m sure there be a chance for another duell soon.

  16. Invited, I attended a council meeting months ago. Jacinta one end of the table, Catherine on the other.
    From the time the meeting started these two girls were at each other, ignorant of the other Aboriginal people visitors and councillors in the room.
    It’s all about themselves not caring for the town. All through this the mayor sat and said nothing when he should have intervened.
    The meeting was about homeless children, getting them off the streets, protecting them from violence.
    Now if our children saw this, the way two grown people act, what would be going through their minds?Are they jealous of each other being on the council, or who is the best singer of the two?
    Grow up, you are there for the town and the people, not yourselves.

  17. Hal Duell, you are right about the elephant in the room. Also about successive Territory governments keep failing Territory people.
    So for the right reasons, everybody should be showing anger, to point it in the right direction.
    And Russel Bray, as an invitee to a council meeting, you were there to witness the behaviour of Cr. Catherine Satour and Cr. Jacinta Price.
    It appears they are both the same in temperament. A wasted opportunity to try to do good things. Too much inward focus and misdirected anger. That just enforces the stereotyping of Aboriginal people, as not being able to work together for the common good.


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