Ordinary Council Meeting summary- July 2023
Posted on 26 Jul, 2023
Alice Springs Councillors met on Tuesday 25 July 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.
Share your vision for the future of our town
We are thrilled to announce that the Council has officially endorsed a Community Engagement Plan for the CBD Regeneration Project. This plan will be an essential tool in ensuring that everyone in the community has a say in the project’s development. It’s our promise to you that we will involve you in every step of this exciting journey.
At this stage, there are absolutely no concrete proposals on the table. We are starting with a blank canvas and will be looking for input from community members. This is an opportunity to ensure that your thoughts and ideas shape the future of our town’s centre.
The Community Engagement Plan will be available on Council’s website in coming days and we’ll be providing updates as we move through each stage. This is only the beginning of an exciting journey. With your help, we’ll create a space that we can all be proud of. Stay tuned for future updates, as we’ll be looking for your input soon!
Supporting our unique events
We’re all for more events in Alice Springs, not less. That’s why Council has endorsed sponsorship of three of our community’s most beloved events for the year 2023. The Bush Bands program, the Henley on Todd Regatta, and the Run Larapinta Stage Race will all be receiving support from the Council, ensuring that they continue to thrive and bring joy to our town.
These brilliant events all celebrate the unique landscape and culture of Central Australia and bring joy to people in our community. We are thrilled to be able to support them in 2023, and can’t wait to see the positive impact they will have on our community.
Newland Park moves ahead
Council has officially endorsed a concept design for the Regional Skate Park at Newland Park! This is a major milestone towards bringing this incredible project to fruition.
The concept design has been carefully crafted by a team of experienced designers and is aimed at meeting the unique needs of our community. We are confident that it will provide a safe, fun and engaging space for skateboarders, scooter riders and BMX riders of all ages and skill levels, as well as families.
But our work is not yet done! The concept design will soon be open to community consultation, where we want to hear from you. This is your chance to give your feedback on what you love about the concept design, what you think can be improved, and what you think is missing.
Scoring goals for local sports
Sport is a part of the fabric of life in Central Australia, and we’re taking steps to better our sporting infrastructure. Through the approval of a tender, the outdoor netball courts at the Pat Gallagher Netball Stadium will be resurfaced to provide a safer and more enjoyable playing experience for all athletes.
But that’s not all – we’re also funding other priority projects through the Sports Facility Advisory Committee. Up to $130,000 will be dedicated to re-asphalting our tennis courts, ensuring they are in top condition for players to enjoy.
Additionally, a lighting project for the Flynn Drive oval will also receive $130,000, improving visibility and enabling athletes to engage in evening games. $25,000 will be allocated to the Alice Springs Hockey Association for facility upgrades.
Taking community to Cabinet
With recent policy announcements by the Northern Territory Government in regards to liquor restrictions, Council wants to gain a better understanding of this decision-making process. We are committed to taking the voice of Centralians to the leaders of the Northern Territory so that is why Councillors are asking to meet with NT Government Cabinet.
We want to take a collaborative approach to the issues and challenges our community faces, and that can’t happen if the community isn’t at the table. Council will raise these concerns with Cabinet and aim to gain a better understanding of what programs they have in place to ensure a safe and happy summer in Alice Springs.