Ordinary Council Meeting summary- June 2023
Posted on 28 Jun, 2023
Alice Springs Councillors met on Tuesday 27 June 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.
Municipal Plan and Budget
Council officially endorsed the 2023 – 24 Municipal Plan following the Plan being available for public comment for 21 days. The Plan includes ASTC’s budget for the 2023 – 24 financial year, including major projects, events, initiatives, infrastructure upgrades and more. The full 2023 – 24 Municipal Plan is available on ASTC’s website.
Councillors voted in favour of accepting ownership of the newly completed Ankerre Park. Located in Kilgariff, the park includes brand new playground equipment and provides families in Kilgariff with an exciting space for outdoor activities. The creating of the park aligns with ASTC’s Liveability and Sustainability 2030 strategic plan to increase assets that encourage active lifestyles.
With a recent increase to the number of gaming machines in Alice Springs, Councillors resolved to write to the Attorney General of the NT and request a meeting. Councillors aim to gain a better understanding of the Northern Territory’s decision-making process, as well as discussing ideas that can promote education about responsible use of gaming machines and reduce harm associated with gambling.
Partnerships with Clontarf and Birth and Beyond
Enabling community groups to provide important services in Alice Springs is a key function of Council. With this in mind, Council endorsed partnership opportunities with both the Clontarf Foundation and Birth and Beyond.
The Clontarf program plays a vital role in assisting young men in Alice Springs achieve positive life outcomes and has tremendous success across a number of schools in our community. This partnership will help the program grow into the future, helping more young people reach their potential.
Birth and Beyond is a leading organisation in helping young parents with the stress and demands of having a young child. In particular, the organisation plays a pivotal role in assisting members of the community that may be isolated from family. Council are proud to enter a partnership that will help Birth and Beyond in providing support to more families across our community.
More outdoor dining and night market stalls
This is a win for fans of outdoor dining! In an effort to support the night time economy in Alice Springs and grow one of our town’s favourite events, Councillors resolved to waive fees for stallholders at all ASTC Night Markets. This aims to attract more stallholders to our Night Markets, helping more people share their talents with the community. Potential Night Markets stallholders will still need to apply by contacting Council on 8950 0505 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Councillors also agreed to waive alfresco dining fees for all businesses throughout Alice Springs. Council aims to encourage all businesses to reach their full potential, with this move assisting in that pursuit. There should be as few barriers to owning a business as possible.
Along with the Member for Lingiari Marion Scrymgour, Councillors recently met with executives from QANTAS to discuss the frequency and prices of flights for our residents. It is a long-held concern of residents that the price to fly out of Alice Springs has continued to grow, impacting our town’s liveability and accessibility. High prices have a negative impact on tourism and business and reduce our town’s ability to grow. These concerns were all brought to the attention of QANTAS executives and again discussed in the Council Meeting. The Mayor and Councillors will continue to advocate for prices to become more affordable for residents and ask for government to investigate opportunities to subside rates if possible.
Be safe this Territory Day
Territory Day is a great occasion to celebrate everything that makes the Northern Territory unique. Council encourages everyone to celebrate this year’s Cracker Night safely and responsibly.
Even with the recent wet weather, fireworks can be dangerous and cause unintentional fire ignitions. It is recommended that either buckets of water or a working hose are kept in close proximity to any areas where fireworks are being let off. This will ensure that any fire which starts as a result of a firework can be quickly extinguished.
It’s also important to remember that while we may enjoy the fireworks displays, pets and other animals often do not. If possible, bring your pet indoors and provide them with a safe and secure environment. Remember that you can let off fireworks until 11pm on 1 July. Those with unused fireworks leftover can contact NT WorkSafeon 1800 019 115 to organise to hand them in for safe disposal.