Council elections: So much for the need of fresh blood to make the town tick: Headed up by re-elected Mayor Damien Ryan the conservatives seem to have it in the bag, what's more, with a succession plan in place. ERWIN CHLANDA comments.
A concreting team, a bitumen gang, in-house training for depot and civic centre workers: Candidate Jamie de Brenni (pictured) wants the council take a do-it-yourself approach to the some of the town's needs. He spoke with ERWIN CHLANDA.
On the minus side are long delays with flood mitigation measures (although the Alice Springs News Online now has new information on this critical issue, see FULL STORY). ERWIN CHLANDA spoke with Mayor Ryan who is pictured with Jenny Barr at Sunday's market. The how-to-vote cards on the table are Mayor Ryan's and those of candidate Joshua “Burgs” Burgoyne, his future son-in-law.
Town council candidates Colin Furphy (at right in the photo) and Edan Baxter, who describe themselves as the underdogs in the poll, have teamed up to call for commitment to increasing investment in bike lanes and pathways. PHOTO (provided by the candidates): The candidates in an area of town they say could be part of bike lane improvements, with a long term view to joining all suburbs in town.
Matty Day, who has a background in education, arts, sport and the youth sector, is contesting the town council vacancy created by the resignation of Geoff Booth. Mr Day is pictured (from left) with Mayor Damien Ryan and Council Community and Cultural Development Manager Leon Tripp. Mr Day is working on a council commissioned mural on the Traeger Park wall facing Gap Road. Photograph: MITCH CAMERON.
The candidates for the election on November 23, in the order in which they will appear on the ballot paper, are BONANNI, Kylie; DAY, Matty; FURPHY, Colin; BRIDGEFOOT, John and BAXTER, Edan Ross.