Just in time for Deputy Mayor Matt Paterson’s announcement of his candidacy in the forthcoming Territory election, council’s Conflict Management Policy was up for discussion. Mayor Damien Ryan left the meeting; DM Paterson stayed. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
Taking into account the provisions of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) Act, the advice is for a conservative approach to both actual and perceived conflict of interest. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
The doors have opened a crack on the ongoing machinations about the possible location of the proposed national Aboriginal art gallery and are set to open wider with Town Councillors pushing for all correspondence between council and the NT Government on the issue to be brought out of confidential. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
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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.
He also resorted to abuse rather than answer questions, labelling them as "rubbish"and asking that "we stop playing funny buggers here". He had nothing to say about recent approaches to council from senior Arrernte men (pictured); latest tourism stats; summer crime to date; flood mitigation and more. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
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.