Annual Report 2017-2018 OmbudsmanNT
Tabled paper 934
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40 Recommendation Position Comments Establish clear roles and responsibilities A legal framework needs to be established which delineates clear roles for each of the funding parties, town camp owners, residents and service providers. This can be achieved by implementing agreements between the parties detailing the obligations and rights of each. These should be supported by rigorous reporting and compliance monitoring to ensure those roles and responsibilities are being upheld. Support The Northern Territory Government supports providing clarity of functions for entities engaged with town camps. The newly established Town Camps Futures Unit will be tasked with bringing all stakeholders together, including government agencies, to develop a framework that is best matched to achieving a clear and transparent model suitable for each individual town camp. Town Camps Review Report recommendations specific to essential service provision are set out below, along with the NT Governments initial position and comments. Housing Recommendation Position Comments Create effective collection structures Through strong governance frameworks provide structured support to town camps for the development of sustainable collection frameworks. Support inprinciple, subject to further consultation The Northern Territory Government will assist town camp landowners to implement tenancy agreements and charge rent where appropriate. As part of its work in planning and coordinating service delivery in town camps, the Town Camps Futures Unit will review tenant contributions to the costs of housing. Municipal and essential services Recommendation Position Comments Upgrade water networks Town camps that are noncompliant should undergo major upgrades to the water supply in order to comply with Power Water Corporation standards and provide the required capacity. The water supply to the town camps is proposed to be measured with bulk water meters located on the community boundary. Support inprinciple the intent of the recommendation, subject to the development of a long term Policy and Implementation Plan by mid-2019 Urgent works will be undertaken to ensure the safety of town camps residents; however, the upgrading of infrastructure to meet current standards will require significant investment which the Territory is not able to immediately fund. The transition from bulk meters to individual meters will be considered as part of the development of the Policy and Implementation Plan by mid-2019. Support from the Australian Government will be sought to jointly invest in improving town camps infrastructure.