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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.

Missing link: no Minister for Local Government

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An Assistant Minister for A Vibrant Darwin CBD yet no defined focus on Local Government? Mayor Damien Ryan is concerned. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

Town Council in time warp on nuke waste

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The Town Council will reiterate an 11-year-old motion opposing a radioactive waste facility being built anywhere in the Northern Territory, while traditional owners take their protest about the Date Farm site to Canberra. KIERAN FINNANE  reports.

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