By his calculations, extensive rate relief can be offered without putting council's budget in the red, leaving its $20m worth of reserves intact. This would lay the ground for council entering a new entrepreneurial phase. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
Councillor Eli Melky revealed a certain ignorance of Australian history at last night's council meeting, suggesting that appeals be made to the Governor-General to help Alice Springs deal with its “crime wave”. Since 1975, the year of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam’s dismissal, the intervention of the G-G in our politics and governance has been a sore point for many Australians. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
The risk is for conflict of interest and breach of public trust. To avoid either, Cr Melky suggests that candidates who are also councillors should avoid the use of council resources other than for strictly council business. Resources include car, phone, office, title and more, he said. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
Multiple allegations against him have been either rejected or dismissed, he told council in a prepared statement. Alleging "an abuse of process", he said the strategy of issuing Code of Conduct complaints "may not have been done in isolation". However, he would neither confirm or deny that actions had been taken involving other councillors. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
UPDATE, 11.26am 1 August 2018: CEO provides further comment.
His picture of a town “under siege” failed to persuade his colleagues who made clear their preference for outreach services and grassroots community action with young people. Three NT MLAs (pictured) were in the chamber for the debate. Meanwhile, the issue of flying the Aboriginal flag on Anzac Hill has been skirted. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
A fortnight ago Councillor Eli Melky said a curfew would do "more harm than good" but now it's back on his agenda. The meeting, which was also looking to council for direction on flying the Aboriginal flag on Anzac Hill, was postponed until next Monday. KIERAN FINNANE reports.