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02 NEWS TUESDAY DECEMBER 11 2018 CAVE01Z01MA - V1 CONTENTS NEWS TIPS Do you have a news photo or a story tip? If so, we want to hear from you! News hotline: 89509777 Send your photos to: news@ aliceadvocate.com.au Let us know if you come across any positive news storiesin the community. Do you have an event coming up? Let us know. Want your opinion heard? Email or call us today. News 2 Alice Active Seniors 11 Lifestyle 12 TV 13 Comics & Puzzles 22 Letters 23 Opinion 24 Classifieds 26 Sport 28 MEETING the challenges as they have arisen has been a most satisfying aspect of Rex Mooneys 16-plus years as chief executive officer or the Alice Springs Town Council. Mr Mooney announced his retirement on Friday his 69th birthday to spend more time with his family and friends. I was talking with my wife Janet and she suggested now was the time, Mr Mooney said. I have mixed feelings on retiring. I have been honoured to serve the Alice Springs community for more than 16 years, and having been a CEO for over 42 years. Everything that has been achieved in my time has been a team effort with the council members and staff. The Alice Springs Town Council is a council in a unique town. Courteous charity lends help Satria Dyer-Darmawan Daily specials available at our restaurant Open for lunch and dinner Cocktail menu available $12-14 Members Draw and raffl es every Friday night Call us to make your golf or lawn bowls booking today 8952 19218952 1921 Nyewente Basketball Club is a successful community initiative of the Trucking yards Town Camp Picture: CHARLIE LOWSON THE community of Nyewente will be receiving a new basketball court thanks to Sydney organisation Charity Bounce, an organisation that seeks to inspire positive change. Charity Bounce chief executive officer Ian Heininger said the courts came about as a result of a relationship the organisation developed with Nyewente and the communities around the area. We talked about a court a few years ago down in remote locations its actually quite tough to get that done financially, Mr Heininger said. When we get up there we will be working with a local coach with the community and getting them to turn programs on the court. Charity Bounce have previously worked with communities in Central Australia in helping to drive change within communities and partnering with them on work they are already doing through the sport of basketball. We have really positive reactions straight away, and the whole concept and messaging is around inspiring positive changes - we focus on their strengths, he said. Mooney to leave on high note I will enjoy living a less hectic lifestyle. After an appropriate period of time I will be open to opportunities to keep body and mind active. Mr Mooney has four children and seven grand children. His daughter Jess is a teacher in town and sings in In Tatters, the band he plays in. In retirement, Mr Mooney is still keen to contribute to the community. As CEO, he has been at the head of the council during some major projects for the town. They include the redevelopment of the Civic Centre, construction of the Alice Springs Aquatic and Leisure Centre, the Regional Waste Management Facility, the Indoor Netball Stadium, Garden Cemetery Chapel, the Todd Mall Revitalisation, the Solar Cities project and many more. Mayor Damien Ryan said Mr Mooneys steady leadership and knowledge of local government has been both an enormous asset to the organisation and placed the council in an extremely sound financial position. On behalf of the Elected Members, Council staff and the community Id like to thank Rex for his dedicated service to the Alice Springs Town Council, Mayor Damien Ryan said. His commitment, experience and love of Alice Springs has helped council produce many program, events, initiatives and major projects to strategically move our town in the right direction. Since 1971, Alice Springs has had five CEO/town clerks with Mr Mooney being the longest serving. Mr Mooneys retirement is effective from July 31, 2019. He expects the council would engage a recruitment consultant, as it did when employing him, to find the next CEO. Steve Menzies