Tag: Action for Alice
Many might think that the four challengers to Mayor Damien Ryan have entered into a strategic alliance to oust him. Not so, says Steve Brown, going so far as to criticise the capabilities of his main rival in the conservative camp, Alderman Eli Melky.
Ald Melky refrains from doing the same, even copping on the chin Mr Brown's criticism of his being "green" (in the sense of young and inexperienced) and "muddled" . But Ald Melky says Mr Brown and Dave Douglas, neither of whom have served on council, will face the same challenges as he did 12 months ago, when he was elected following a by-election. His advantage over them now is that he understands council processes, including what goes on "behind closed doors".
Mr Brown says "political experience" as well as experience of the town and its issues are what counts and that there's "no comparison" between him and Ald Melky.
"I know the issues and understand the town and its politics intimately. Eli Melky gets himself muddled and confused. His heart is in the right place but he doesn't know how to put up a good argument.
"If he sticks around for a few more years he'll become a good candidate."
Meanwhile, they are both trying to brand Mayor Ryan as a "Labor man", as Labor-affilated candidate Vince Jeisman has been handing out his how-to-vote cards at pre-polling.
So have a number of other candidates, says Mayor Ryan.
He says he works diligently with the NT Labor Government to get I can for the town" and wants to know how Steve Brown thinks he'll do the top job without doing the same. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
Candidate for councillor backs Eli Melky for mayor
KIERAN FINNANE talks to leading light from Action for Alice lobby
"It's hard to stay positive," says businessman Geoff Booth, manager and owner (with partners) of two licensed venues that have experienced a shocking run of break-ins. Town & Country, a bistro in the mall, was broken into in the early hours of this morning, twice. Club Eastside was the target of a ram raid in the wee hours of March 8, while Town & Country, also had a rock through the window, just a few hours later.
On that night Mr Booth (pictured at left with bollard protecting the club's entrance) was called into Club Eastside at 1am, went home at 3.30, was called into Town & Country at 4.30, then went home at 5.45. In neither case did the police attend – the night of March 7 and 8, as we know, was a busy one in Alice, for all the wrong reasons.
Town & Country was attacked again in the early hours of March 11. On all occasions thieves took a few bottles of liquor and some RTDs – of insignificant value alongside the damage they caused .
A ram raid of a few weeks ago (pictured below) caused $10,000 worth of damage to the club entrance, prompting the installation of the red bollard. Five more bollards have now been installed to protect the front wall of the club. The raiders used stolen cars, says Mr Booth.
Last year's damage bill for both venues came to $50,000. To date this year Mr Booth has had to spend $28,000.
By anyone's standards, these are intolerable conditions in which to do business. But Mr Booth, who came to town 13 years ago as a golf professional to work at the Golf Club, remains resilient. He has put his hand up to run for council. A leading figure in last year's Action for Alice campaign, his views on law and order are what you would expect: he stands for zero tolerance; he considers the outgoing council and Mayor Damien Ryan have failed the community on this issue; temporary solutions like Operation Thresher are only "bandaid solutions and short-term fixes if a few weeks later everything is turned upside down again", he says; council has to make every possible effort to lobby the NT and Australian Governments for a longer term strategy and resourcing.
Yet he admits to not having all the answers and understands the importance of listening to different groups, having "everyone at the table".
songwriter Warren H. Williams has settled a complaint against the Action
for Alice Group for a series of advertisements ran last March by
accepting their apology and the removal of the advertisements from
broadcast and the internet.
Shine Lawyers, in a media release, say they together with Human Rights
and Cyber Racism expert George Newhouse launched the complaint against
the Action for Alice Group and the local television station Imparja in
the Australian Human Rights Commission in March.
Mr Williams’ original complaint argued the advertisements were racist as they portrayed Aboriginals as criminals.
"I am pleased that the Action for Alice Group has accepted that the
advertisements were offensive to ordinary Aboriginals like me," the
release quotes Mr Williams.
“The outcome we have negotiated means that the Action for Alice Group
and Imparja have agreed not to publish or broadcast the advertisements