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.