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?
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
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?
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
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
Local Government is the level of Government that people are most familiar with. Why? Because we deliver services that directly come past your door, including: Being responsible for your footpaths, local roads and rubbish removal. Maintaining the parks, ovals and pools. Delivering programs such as the libraries, fun bus and animal management. Local Government was … Continue reading Let’s Talk Local Government
People have often asked me why I would want to do this job and why would I put my hand up to do it again? Am I a narcissist? Someone who is so vain and selfish, so self-involved that the attention the job provides, feeds my ego, my drive to be noticed? I would like … Continue reading Narcissist? Politician? Civic Leader?
Next week we will be celebrating Harmony Day, 21 March, a day when Australia celebrates its cultural diversity. It is fitting that we have a significant celebration here in the Capital City of Darwin that is a beacon of a harmonious multi-cultural community. Celebrations Our celebrations include a Citizenship Ceremony for a record breaking 300 … Continue reading A Harmonious Community
On March 8th across the world people celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD). They will #BeBoldForChange and join the worldwide movement to promote equality and parity. As Lord Mayor I will attend Breakfasts, High Teas, Dinners, a film night and lead the IWD March through the city on Saturday. I am particularly proud to be the … Continue reading International Women’s Day – A Personal Reason to Celebrate
There can be no doubt that when your partner holds a public office it affects your lifestyle, and people’s perception of you. I’m fortunate that my husband, Tony, has always been very supportive of me in my position as Lord Mayor, even though it has had a dramatic effect on our home life. I went … Continue reading It’s my job not his