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Potential leaders’ ideas for Alice

- JASMINE BURKE

ADDRESSING poverty and crime, increasing sport facilities, bringing business to town through giving the CBD a facelift and even renaming Alice Springs have all been flagged as key campaigns for five of the fresh faced mayoral candidates for 2021.

Blair McFarland said addressing poverty in the town meant there was a need for advocacy campaigns to the federal government for changes to policy. He said addressing the issues would help with the crime rates.

A review of council spending against a “value for money” system needed to be one of the highest priorities for the council to regain the confidence of local businesses and investors, according to candidate Aaron Blacker, who wants to see more contracts, consultanc­ies and cash return to the locals. Mr Blacker also said he would strive to make Alice Springs an attractive destinatio­n for all things sport.

“We should have national AFL games here and we should also have their under-17s team play here too,” he said.

Patrick Bedford said his key campaign issues were using “positive action to deal with anti-social behaviour, building better relationsh­ips across all levels of government, reviving the CBD with a playground and splash park, and introducin­g recycling bins”.

Wayne Wright has a vision for the town of Alice Springs to be renamed and would like to see public consultati­on on the matter. Mr Wright said his key campaign platforms also included “better education for everyone and an abundance of trees to be planted”.

Angus McIvor did not respond to NT News before deadline but told ABC Alice Springs a curfew for youths “would wreck the town” and said engaging with kids was the solution.

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