Wednesday, June 23, 2021

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Congress board members appoint their own successors – stonewalling has started

The serious issues raised in yesterday's breaking news report about Congress are not new. The leaked letter was dated April 23, 2012. Two months later, what has the Congress Board and / or the Australian and NT Governments done?

Specific questions put by the Alice Springs News Online to the Congress Board President Helen Kantawara have gone unanswered today. Ms Kantawara's response to our  report yesterday failed to address many of the concerns raised.

The News asked her today, in particular, what action the Board is taking about the apparently acknowledged inappropriate use of a corporate credit card by Congress CEO Stephanie Bell (pictured), to which there was no reference in Ms Kantawara's response.

The News also contacted Warren Snowdon, MHR for Lingiari and Minister for Indigenous, Rural and Regional Health, nominated by the Department of Health and Ageing as the Australian Government person for the News to seek comment from. Total silence, in keeping with his recent treatment of other legitimate enquiries by the News.

Meanwhile, the NT Department of Justice says they are enquiring to matters raised about the changes to Congress' constitution.

Leaked letter casts light on town council pool fiasco

 

 

The YMCA has asked the Town Council to pay it an additional amount of up to $45,000 a month "over and above the existing subsidy" for managing the town pool.
 The request was made by Fiona Davies, president of YMCA Central Australia, in a letter in December last year which proposed "a new business model with a new business plan and budget for presentation to Council at its March 2012 meeting."

The letter has been leaked to the Alice Springs News Online.

Meanwhile in a comment piece yesterday the News asked: Why can't we get a straight answer on this one?

The Alice Springs News Online had a phone call yesterday from someone requesting anonymity. What that person told me prompted me to send the following email to Mayor Damien Ryan and Town Council CEO Rex Mooney.

"I understand the YMCA has under-tendered for its management of the pool. Takings from attendance, and as a result, earnings, are well below expectations. The council is paying them half a million dollars more [in excess of the contract] during the life of the agreement (1 or 2 years?). This bail-out has not been made public. The proper course of action should have been to re-tender the contract. Could you please comment on this?"

Mr Mooney responded yesterday: "Erwin,  thank you for your email. My comment is: I am constrained by confidentiality to comment on the assumptions conveyed in your email." And Mr Ryan (pictured) replied: "Erwin ... any questions on operational issues need to be directed to the CEO." ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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