Two more Town Councillors are throwing their hats in the ring in the upcoming Territory election, and a third one is organising them. From left: Kenny Japangardi Lechleitner (not a councillor), Catherine Satour and Marli Banks.
As members of the Federation Party, whose NT leader is Eli Melky, also a Town Councillor, Catherine Satour will stand in the seat of Namatjira and Marli Banks in Braitling.
That brings to five the members of council with a declared party interest in the Territory election, with four actually contesting seats.
The Federation Party has also announced Kenny Lechleitner as its candidate in the seat of Gwoya.
In a media release, the team committed to “making sure central Australia becomes the centre of Government focus again, protecting our community and repairing our broken economy”.
“2020 is the make or break year with added pressure of managing the COVID 19 pandemic which continues to be a priority for all Territorians and Australians,” said the release.
The candidates are “well positioned to provide strong and proven leadership”, the release said.
Catherine Satour is an Alice Springs local, singer, mentor and home owner who cares about families and the electorate of Namatijira.
Having a working background in the arts, media, business administration and governance she has extensive experience in working on social and community issues. Her priorities are housing, essential services, health, community justice and safety for the region.
“It would be my privilege to take the concerns of the Namatjira residents directly to Parliament House in Darwin and ensure your voice is heard.
“I am proud of my contribution in Alice Springs Town Council, the highlight being part of the leadership managing COVID-19 while delivering a budget with a zero rate rise for the next financial year. I am also proud to have led with support the raising the Aboriginal flag on Anzac Hill.”
Marli Banks is a mother of three and established local businesswoman with a diverse cross section of professional experience in retail, tourism, hospitality, gaming, sports betting, NGOs and at Local Government.
“I am committed to making SAFE Alice Springs and protecting against the compulsory acquisition of ANZAC Oval.
“Our community needs an urgent refresh of leadership that will make sure your voice is heard in Parliament and that decisions are made in the best interest of our community.
“The motivation behind my decision to run comes from the frustration of dealing with the poor decisions and unacceptable neglect of our town by this government.”
Kenny Japangardi Lechleitner brings many years of working with communities who are desperately in need of a strong voice that will help shape a collective future.
The electorate of Gwoya now has real choice for change, with Mr Lechleitner focused on bringing social and economic inclusion for all participants and driving regional economic change for the bush. He will also advocate for an inclusive law and order policy with shared cultural principles of civics.
“The Communities of Gwoya need an inclusive educational pathway to higher learning for our young people and I would love to see real rehabilitation for our people in correctional services,” said Mr Lechleitner.