So Long, Farewell and Thanks for All the Fish (Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy)

Well, the electorate has spoken and the City of Darwin has a new Lord Mayor. I was elected in 2012 to be this wonderful City’s 9th Lord Mayor, to lead its 21st Council.  I followed in my late father, Alec Fong Lim’s footsteps into public life and civic leadership.  I believe I have done a … Continue reading So Long, Farewell and Thanks for All the Fish (Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy)



Rebecca Belt is a journalist and publicist who runs The Country Journo – - and she's my guest poster this week with her perspective on Darwin. As a visitor to Darwin, the biggest highlight of the city for me was its people. A city or town is nothing without people who are passionate about … Continue reading GUEST BLOG: – A VISITOR TO DARWIN

Do you know where to vote this Saturday?

This Saturday, 26th August , voting is compulsory for Local Government Elections. Everyone enrolled to vote must do so. Check your enrolment details here. This Saturday you must vote at the voting locations allocated to your ward. Polling booths are open from 8am to 6pm. They are located as follows : Lyons Ward Fannie Bay, … Continue reading Do you know where to vote this Saturday?

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

A Bright Future

It’s time to talk about our future. As you know, Darwin is Australia’s northern most Capital City. We sit on the edge of Asia and have a long history of successful engagement with our northern neighbours. With the rise of the Asian Middle Class we are ideally suited to capitalising on the opportunities this offers. … Continue reading A Bright Future

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

Boulevard of Dreams

In response to the concerns and fears regarding Barneson Boulevard, I have put together this piece to help explain how and why decisions were made. Winding back the clock In 2012 we started a consultation for a City Centre Masterplan. After 120 separate consultations, including 3 major workshops, we sent it to the Planning Minister … Continue reading Boulevard of Dreams