Territory Stories

The Northern Territory news Sat 25 Feb 2012

Details:

Title

The Northern Territory news Sat 25 Feb 2012

Other title

NT news

Collection

The Northern Territory news; NewspaperNT

Date

2012-02-25

Description

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Language

English

Subject

Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin

Publisher name

Nationwide News Pty. Limited

Place of publication

Darwin

File type

application/pdf

Use

Copyright. Made available by the publisher under licence.

Copyright owner

Nationwide News Pty. Limited

License

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Series/C1968A00063

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/238940

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/629104

Page content

www.ntnews.com.au Saturday, February 25, 2012. NT NEWS. 27 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:25-FGE:27 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K ntnews.com.aul l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l SATURDAY EXTRA Chaotic councils are in need of culling FromPage 25 Former mayor George Brown who helped ruin Smith St Mall Former mayor Graeme Sawyer was convicted of a firearms offence, but no conviction recorded Picture: BRAD FLEET Darwin council is in the grips ofmiddle aged and elderly aldermen After seeing him naked, one of the neighbours said: It was the most disgusting thing Ive ever seen in my life. Goodbye, Mr Carter. Darwin Council is in the grips of middle-aged and elderly aldermen despite the fact that the average age in the Territory is only 31. Strewth, do they need pimply Damo the Fixer! Lord Mayor Graeme Sawyer is a decent man but he has confused ideas about many things, particularly planning. He wants four-storey blocks of flats in the suburbs but objects to tower blocks in the city centre. Like many of his fellow aldermen, he doesnt seem to realise that Darwin is fast becoming the Houston of resources-rich northern Australia and it needs a CBD to match it is not a sleepy town in outback New South Wales. Sawyer was found guilty of firearms offences after a drug squad raid on his house. Not a good look. And he foolishly defended his aldermen in the clowns affair, when councillors took free tickets to the circus in lieu of rent for the Big Top. Sawyers predecessor, Peter Adamson, was a thief who spent time in Darwin prison for stealing from ratepayers. To his eternal discredit, he seemed to find the whole saga amusing at least until the cell door slammed behind him. By the way, the council debated cat control bylaws for 25 years before making a decision. And this lot want control of planning decisions! Heaven help us if that ever happens. Litchfield council has only three responsibilities: the so-called 3Rs roads, reserves and rubbish. Not a lot to ask. But the council neither under the leadership of Mary Walshe nor her predecessor, Gerry Wood has been capable of even running the local tip properly. The eight shire councils are in meltdown. Some shire meetings cant raise a quorum; byelections are held because councillors never show up; hatred between elected members is common. The shires bleat that they dont have enough money and yet what they have, they often squander. No wonder cattle station owners are worried; put crudely, they fear that a few blokes from the bush who have lived on welfare all their lives are going to see them as cash cows and slug them with massive rates. Macdonnell Shire, which covers one of the poorest places in Australia, is led by CLP indigenous affairs minister-in-waiting Alison Andersons brother Sid, a convicted murderer. The council used to pay its chief executive more than $300,000 a year and was planning to outsource much-needed jobs to India until the NT Government threatened to step in. The never-ending scandals whether they be the lord mayor buying knickers for his girlfriend at ratepayers expense or a council trying to send Aussie jobs overseas have turned local government into a badly acted soap opera. Its time to bring down the curtain. The abolition of local councils would go down in history as a mercy killing. www.growingnt.nt.gov.au NT Equity Training Grants 2012 Applications are invited for funding under the NT Equity Training Grants program to increase training and employment opportunities for people in the Northern Territory who are: for For more information on the grants visit www.nt.gov.au/dbe, phone Applications close 16 March 2012


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