A youth curfew is official Town Council policy. It's called a "Night Time Youth Strategy" and one of its measures is to have unsupervised children 15 years and under "taken into protective care and custody if found on the streets of Alice Springs at night" between 10pm and 5am. It's been on council's books since November 27, 2006.
It appears Mayor Damien Ryan was unaware of that: He tweeted on September 2, well before the matter came before the council again later that month: "I do not support a Youth Curfew, this proposal is not a #alicecouncil position."
As council prepared to formally vote down Alderman Eli Melky's youth curfew motion on Monday, Ald Murray Stewart reminded his colleagues of the anomaly. If they were going to vote against Ald Melky, they really should also put a recision motion to the meeting on this policy: it would be "disingenuous" not to. Mayor Damien Ryan, in the chair, knocked that idea on the head. He asked for debate on Ad melky's motion to be limited to presenting new information. Ald Melky attempted to oblige by responding to points previously raised by Mayor Ryan in objection to the proposed curfew. KIERAN FINNANE reports.