Will the New Normal get a handle on vital projects which governments – Territory and local – have failed to tackle? Some issues, and there are many more, that were raised by Alice Springs News readers over the past quarter century. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Should councillors' assets remain secret? The council thinks so. Yet the assets of Federal Parliamentarians are online for all to see. Damien Ryan (pictured) claims his income has been misrepresented. He speaks with ERWIN CHLANDA also about flood mitigation, the gallery, and the council's apparently limited aspirations to be heard by the NT Government.
Keep the transfer station but move the dump, says Cr Steve Brown. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: View into the Ilparpa Valley across the landfill (before the construction of the transfer station) and part the sewage ponds, from the eastern side of The Gap.
Coucillor Jade Kudrenko (pictured) says discussion about relocating the landfill is an example of “strategic forethought” which is a responsibility of the town council. And Cr Chansey Paech (pictured) says he is “open to discussion with other elected members” should another site be identified. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Councillor Steve Brown has taken the first step to get discussion on the table of an alternative to future expansion of the landfill west into the beautiful Ilparpa Valley. Officers will provide a report but will it be discussed in open? KIERAN FINNANE reports.
Mayor Damien Ryan is not saying whether the public has been informed about the Town Council's current negotiations for land to expand the rubbish tip in its present location, and if so, when and how that disclosure was made.
The negotiations were reported by the Alice Springs News Online as discussion is resuming about shifting the landfill from a location where it will be in the middle of the town, given its growth pattern.
ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
AERIAL PHOTO at right: Lot 7902 is the existing landfill.
It it understood that the town council is negotiation for the lot to the west (left) of it, number 8097.
And now for the next council project: Have the rubbish dump in the middle of the town. To be sure, the "landfill" (pictured) isn't moving – although it clearly should be. But the town is, with significant development to the south. Yet the council, very quietly, is negotiating to acquire land adjacent to the dump, locking it into position forever and a day. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.