Ordinary Council Meeting summary- August 2023
Posted on 24 Aug, 2023
Alice Springs Councillors met on Tuesday 22 August 2023 for their monthly Ordinary Council Meeting. The following is a summary of some of the matters discussed. To see the full Council reports and minutes check out the ASTC website. A full video of the meeting is available on Council’s Vimeo channel.
Alison Bitar takes on role of Deputy Mayor
Allison Bitar has been appointed as Deputy Mayor of Alice Springs Town Council following a vote by Elected Members in Chamber on Tuesday afternoon. Elected Members voted for Cr Bitar to take the role after serving as an Elected Member for two years.
A long-term Alice Springs local, Cr Bitar has shown a dedication to public service during her time as Councillor. Cr Bitar is a strong believer in working together with people from all walks of life and will bring a fresh perspective to the role that will contribute to the growth and long-term prosperity of Alice Springs.
Cr Bitar takes over the role from Eli Melky, who has served in the position for two years. Each year, Councillors vote for the position of Deputy Mayor for a term of 12 months.
Advisory Committee appointments
Your Elected Members do a lot of behind the scenes work to ensure your voice is heard by key decision makers across the NT. One way they achieve this is by sitting on Advisory and External Committees. In August’s meeting, Councillors nominated for seats on these various committees with a full list of representatives below:
Risk Management & Audit: Mayor Paterson, Cr Hopper and Cr Coffey
Sports Facilities Advisory: Mayor Paterson, Cr Brown, Cr Coffey and Cr Morris
ASTC & Tangentyere Steering Committee: All Elected Members
ASTC & Lhere Artepe Aboriginal Corporation Partnership Committee: All Elected Members
Outback Highway Development Council: Mayor Paterson and Cr Coffey
LGANT General Representatives: Mayor Paterson and Cr Coffey
Development Consent Authority: Mayor Paterson, Cr Hopper, Cr Bitar and Cr Coffey
Alice Springs Art Foundation: Cr Bitar
50+ Community Centre: Mayor Paterson
Northern Territory Water Safety Advisory Council: Cr Banks
Parks a prime priority
We know that kids in Alice Springs want better parks, and they should be able to play on playgrounds all year long. That’s why Council has been hard at work upgrading parks across the community and there are some exciting plans still to come.
Last month we finalised a shade structure for play equipment at Finlayson Park to protect kids from the harsh summer sun. That’s in addition to the 12 parks we shaded earlier in 2023! Work is underway to shade more parks in 2023 – 24 as well so our playgrounds can be used every day of the year.
We are also progressing with out Parks Masterplan with a draft implementation plan being prepared for Council endorsement in October. This will help Council identify exactly what parks in our community need a little bit of love and attention.
Preparing for a Greener future
Council are planning for a more sustainable Alice Springs with planning now underway for a game changing Greening Strategy! Aimed at enhancing our town’s green spaces and helping with heat mitigation, this strategy will incorporate planting more trees, enhancing public parks, and implementing measures to conserve water.
In a major step forward on the project, Council have engaged O2 Landscape Architecture to develop this strategy. It will then come back to Elected Members and guide decision making on tree planting moving forward.
Helping everyone feel welcome in our community
We already know that Alice Springs is one of the best places in the world to live and visit, and we want to make sure that is known throughout the country. To make sure the message is spread far and wide, Council is aiming to develop more strategic partnerships to boost our visitor economy, including visiting family and friends. In addition to work we already do with major Government agencies in making new arrivals feel welcome, we will be look to partner with Tourism Central Australia (TCA) to expand this program and complement work they may already be doing.