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McArthur River Mine Community Benefits Trust annual plan 2010/2011



McArthur River Mine Community Benefits Trust annual plan 2010/2011


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Environmental impact statements -- Australia -- McArthur River Region (N.T.)

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Annual Plan 2010-2011 Page 3 of 28 Executive Summary The MRM Community Benefits Trust Annual Plan provides a plan for the activities and operation of the Trust during the 2011 financial year. Its preparation is founded on the objectives, charitable purpose and commitments of the Trust as specified within the legal governance framework. However, it is most influenced by a program of community engagement and consultation. This involves regular contact between the Project Officer and various government representatives, community organisations and individuals within the region as well as a dedicated formal series of focus groups investigating the interests of particular segments of the community: women, youth, business and community representatives. This consultation has revealed genuine concerns within the community regarding the time demands on community leaders and an associated need for new organisations to be attracted to implement programs in the region. It also revealed the extent of constraints imposed by a lack of commercial and residential accommodation and unencumbered land for development as inhibitors of social and economic growth. What was clear from all conversations however, was a set of community needs. These reflected fundamental requirements for various forms of support services for education, business development and parents, improved cultural facilities, clearer paths to employment for youth, incentives for retaining children in school and delivery of the community hub (for which the Trust has already provided in principle support). These needs generated a variety of ideas for programs within the community. After taking into consideration the communitys vision, recent developments within the region, the resources and funding available, these ideas were evaluated against Trust commitments to reveal the following priorities: Commitments Priority Establishment of a Borroloolabased business hub Establish a Business Incubator office through which economic support services and development programs are provided, particularly focused on establishing or developing local businesses to support the planned infrastructure development in the region. Enterprise and job creation Environment To review plans for the beautification of the Borroloola entry precinct as part of the town plan and identify a specific project within this that is relevant for the Trust to support. Education Support the establishment of a Youth or Student Hostel for young people participating in education and training. Social and community development Establish necessary infrastructure or support services associated with the Alcohol Management Plans implementation.