The Politics of It All

Darwin is a diverse community, culturally and politically. With this year’s council election ballot containing more candidates than normal everyone is talking about the politics of it all. So let’s discuss. I’m running as an independent, self-funding my campaign and I’m not making any preference deals; you should vote how you want. The fact that … Continue reading The Politics of It All


Why A Second Term?

People have asked me why I want to do a second term as Lord Mayor.  The answer is simple, I love this community and I believe there is so much more to do. When I came into Council in 2012 I had a lot to learn about the workings of the body corporate that is … Continue reading Why A Second Term?

Connecting with the Community and the Fine Art of the #selfie


I admit it, I love taking selfies. As a word “selfie” has a very interesting and short history.  Check out Dr Karl’s version. Why Selfie? I started taking selfies because I wanted to capture the moment with the people I was with.  Unfortunately, I am often by myself when that moment arises and so I … Continue reading Connecting with the Community and the Fine Art of the #selfie

Alcohol abuse – a major issue for our community

During campaigning in 2012 I said we should not have to suffer humbugging in our parks.  At the time I was channelling the community frustration I was hearing. One of the most enduring and frustrating issues I have faced in my term as Lord Mayor is antisocial behaviour.  And that frustration continues. It is well … Continue reading Alcohol abuse – a major issue for our community

GUEST BLOG: Darwin – My Home by Maisie Austin OAM


Maisie Austin OAM has been awarded The Order of Australia Medal, the Australian Sports Medal and inducted into the Northern Territory Sports Hall of Fame. I am honoured she has agreed to be my guest posters this week and shares her memories of Darwin and the uniqueness of what makes this place she calls home … Continue reading GUEST BLOG: Darwin – My Home by Maisie Austin OAM

Junkets or Job?

There is a lot of cynicism about the Sister Cities program. Is the Sister City program of value to the City of Darwin and the community we serve? Are delegations to the Sister Cities a junket or part of the job? A recent review of the Sister City program indicated that, yes, there is value … Continue reading Junkets or Job?

Horse Tales

There have been horses kept at East Point since 1939 according to the Fannie Bay Equestrian Club (FBEC). When I was growing up Dad would take us up there to feed the horses carrots. There are various stories about how the club came to be there and what “promises” were made when the land was … Continue reading Horse Tales

Homelessness – an issue for us all

Tomorrow over 1,500 people will participate in the CEO’s Sleepout, an awareness and fundraising event for the services of St Vincent de Paul society for the homeless. I was really pleased to support Larrakia man and CEO of the Larrakia Development Corporation, Nigel Browne, in helping him reach his fundraising goal.  Donating to this cause … Continue reading Homelessness – an issue for us all