Annual report 2014-2015, Local Government Association of the Northern Territory
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LOCAL GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY 9 specific purpose matching funding for Indigenous employment for regional and shire councils. the introduction of specific purpose funding to LGANT to provide support services to councils under the Local Government Excellence program. The Local Government Excellence program has enabled LGANT to boost its productivity in areas such as elected and appointed member training, local government by-laws, reforms and communications all of which the LGANT Executive supports and is keen to progress in coming years. It was pleasing to witness the levels of collaboration within the sector throughout the year with all councils playing a part in sector-wide activities which LGANT helped facilitate. This applies not only at the two general meetings LGANT holds each year but also all of the reference groups and committees that council members and staff participate in. The continued collaborative arrangements that LGANT has in place with interstate local government associations again proved its worth to councils in the Northern Territory during the year and while not detailing them all the two pertaining to industrial relations and procurement were most satisfying in their outcomes. LGANT is also most grateful to have the Minister for Local Government attend its general meetings and this was achieved during the year with the Chief Minister and Minister for Local Government, the Hon Adam Giles MLA being present at the November 2014 meeting and Minister for Local Government, the Hon Bess Price MLA at the April 2015 meeting. These engagements are important for local government and LGANT because they represent opportunities to hear about government directions at the highest level and they are a convention in LGANTs governance arrangements. A review of the Local Government Act was announced during the year with councils and LGANT gaining representation on the working group charged with undertaking the task of completing the review. I once again thank and encourage all councils to continue to work with LGANT on issues and I pay tribute to members of the Executive for their input, support and endeavour with LGANTs directions. Damien Ryan President
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