Tuesday, August 11, 2020

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Tags Law and order

Tag: law and order

Anti-talkfest lobby crashes and burns

 

With deliberately lit fires continuing (80 in the last week) and
coming to symbolise a reckless lawlessness threatening the security of
the town, a rearguard action on law and order issues by Aldermen Eli
Melky and Murray Stewart crashed and burned last night.

It was the Town Council's end of month meeting. The public gallery
was more than ordinarily full though not crowded. It included,
significantly, MLAs Alison Anderson (Independent) and Adam Giles
(Country Liberals), president of MacDonnell Shire Sid Anderson,
controversial would-be Country Liberals candidate Leo Abbott, prominent
activist couple Steve and Janet Brown, and outspoken general manager of
Ingkerreke, Scott McConnell.

In public question time at the start of the meeting Steve Brown put
the issues on the agenda, asking council to discuss them in the open
part of the meeting. He said he and others in the gallery were
"thoroughly tired" of the "forum process", alluding to this evening's
community feedback forum on the so-called Community Action Plan to
combat crime and anti-social behaviour. Pictured: Fire
in the ranges above the MacDonnell Range Caravan Park on Monday. It and
other fires burning along the range east of the Gap came from the
control burn the Fire Service undertook on the weekend, to bring a
maliciously lit fire on Undoolya Station under control. Senior Station
Fire Officer in Alice Springs, John Kleeman, says these fires will be
useful to reduce fuel load in the ranges and that there are major breaks
between them and nearby infrastructure. Meanwhile, there have been 8o
deliberately lit grass fires around town. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

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