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Mayor Ryan set to run and win?

By KIERAN FINNANE Mayor Damien Ryan seems to have given his clearest indication yet that he will contest this year’s local government election. Last Monday it...

Town Council’s lack of transparency a critical issue in this election year

By KIERAN FINNANE The first Councillor Marli Banks (pictured) knew of the Town Council’s proposed CBD patrol involving Traditional Owners was an agenda item in...

Split over acting Mayor

By KIERAN FINNANE Mayor Damien Ryan (left), a candidate in the forthcoming NT election, shows no sign of stepping away from his council role until...

Questions of conflict multiplied by two

 

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. 

Mayor's perceived conflict of interest: new legal opinion

 

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. 

 

UPDATED 25 February 2020 11.02 am.

Mayor's 'conflict': council to ask for independent legal opinion

 

 

Council's in-house legal advice had not adequately dealt with the perception of a conflict of interest, argued councillors. KIERAN FINNANE reports. 

Gallery and library: political game vs solutions


 
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.

 
See UPDATES: Further comment from Minister Wakefield; response from former council CEO Mooney.

 

Cr Melky: Mayor’s CLP candidacy, a risk for the council?

 

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.

Mayor Ryan short on answers on top issues

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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.

Cr Melky left out in the cold on curfew

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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.

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