Safe streets and kids, better town planning, no fracking, developing The Centre as a world class adventure playground and low rates are among the policies for Jimmy Cocking (pictured at the community garden). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Juvenile delinquents are still running riot despite pledges by the new government – in office now for well over than 100 days – to get tough on them, says Councillor Steve Brown, a long time former member of the CLP. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Councillor Steve Brown (pictured), who is an electrician, fell seven metres while working on a power pole on Saturday.
He suffered extensive bruising and a broken bone in his foot, but comprehensive tests in the Alice Springs hospital revealed no serious injuries.
Cr Brown also says he was last week exonerated by the council, meeting behind closed doors, over remarks he made about Alice Water Smart, a local group formulating rules about water use. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
The Country Liberals have picked their candidate to take on Warren Snowdon in the huge Federal seat of Lingiari – all of the Territory except Darwin.
Tina McFarlane describes herself as having a rural background, a small business owner, running a property in Mataranka.
The unsuccessful candidate was Lawson Broad, raised in Santa Teresa and educated in St Philip's College, now working for the Chief Minister. The party has a new president, Braedon Earley, from Darwin, raised at Roper River, a former hotel owner now working as a "consultant and adviser".
Alice CL branch president Daniel Davis is one of the party's two vice-presidents, with Ross Connolly from Darwin the other.
STORY and VIDEO by ERWIN CHLANDA: Lawson Broad; Ms McFarlane after the announcement and in an emotional encounter with fellow Tory politician Bess Price (Member for Stuart); Mr Lewis applauding Mr Abbott and the Federal Opposition Leader in full flight.
A councillor has described the new government's plans of spending $2.5m on refurbishing the youth centre, announced in the dying days of the election campaign, as "another short term token gesture," suggesting the project should be deferred pending a closer look.
Cr Steve Brown renewed his call to spend up to $40m for a new centre, possibly on the Memo Club or the Melanka sites, and featuring a string of facilities and services for young people and the general public.
In a discussion paper he will present at tonight's town council meeting, he is also making a call for regular questioning by the town council of local departmental heads about the activities of their instrumentalities, such as it is carried out at Port Augusta. Cr Brown also wants, for young people who are neglected, homeless or in trouble with the law, a bush camp with cattle and horses, modeled on initiatives by long-time youth worker Graham Ross, possibly at the government owned Owen Springs reserve. Photo: Mr Ross (left) and Cr Brown inspecting a possible site for a youth camp west of Alice Springs, five years ago.
Posters in Alice Springs offering $40,000 for disclosure of the "whereabouts" of Peter Falconio were the subject of a curiously cautious debate during the town council committee meetings last night.
Mr Falconio disappeared near Barrow Creek in 2001 and Bradley John Murdoch is serving a 28 year sentence for his murder.
Keith Allan Noble in his book "Find! Falconio – dead or alive" claims Mr Murdoch may be innocent. Cr Eli Melky started the discussion by referring to a "recent attempt to capitalise on an unfortunate incident regarding a victim in or around Central Australia, I prefer not to mention the name" and asking council do something "if there is misleading and false advertising offering rewards" which may be in conflict of "stringent legislation". ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
UPDATE May 17, 2012 07:30am: Meanwhile the author of the poster, and a book about the case, Keith Noble, has described remarks by Mayor Damien Ryan as "rubbish".
Dr Noble, who gives his address at a location in inner city Vienna, Austria, says in a letter to the Mayor: "No doubt you are critical of those residents for posting the posters in Alice Springs.
"Your ill-conceived remarks surfaced on an English newspaper website" quoting Mr Ryan as saying that Dr Noble's reward offer was a "cheap stunt".
He says: "Yes, it is only A$40,000 (£25,000) but people have spoken to me about contributing more so the reward can be increased.
"But I think that your remark really relates to your inaccurate belief that the poster is part of a book promotion effort."
Alderman Eli Melky has announced that he will be standing for mayor and councillor in the March 24 local government elections.
He is in his first term (having been elected in a by-election last March) and part of a minority faction – frequently voting with Aldermen Samih Habib Bitar and Murray Stewart – who are finding it difficult to get support for their motions.
Ald Melky has also had some memorable run-ins with Mayor Damien Ryan.
In his media release he paints a bleak picture of the state of Alice Springs, besieged by "out of control youth", with businesses "closing at an alarming rate".
He says a bedtime curfew for youth under 16 is needed now more than ever.
His other policies include council taking "a proactive approach to the Melanka site" and open slather on liquor trade.