Even more people packed into the Town Council's public gallery last night to support Councillor Jimmy Cocking in his bid to get council to do more about the changing climate. His persistence, their persistence paid off. The language of emergency was not adopted, but support to strengthen council's response across the board was, unanimously. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
No one in their right mind would want to demolish a perfectly good building such as the current council civic centre, with the risk of burdening the community with a huge debt, writes Councillor Eli Melky.
Policies still on the back burner, but the economy will be a top concern while the government's pay freeze has its problems, say Ian Britza (pictured) and Eli Melky, the party's coordinator for in the NT, in a conversation with ERWIN CHLANDA.
Councillor Eli Melky says debt repayment estimates at last month's town council meeting were in error, but he still needs a seconder for his motion to be debated. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. AT LEFT: Google Earth image of the sprawling civic centre complex.
Cr Eli Melky (pictured) loses his bid on pouring out grog – all goes in the dirt if you drink in public – but he strikes a blow for transparency; economic development in the bush gains traction and the council finally gets into the loop on town planning. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.