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Central Desert Regional Council

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Alice Springs


Central Desert news


Edition No. 34, June 2017

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From the President This edition of Central Desert News marks the close of an important chapter in the organisations history with Chief Executive Officer Cathryn Hutton leaving us. Cathryn commenced in the role of Corporate Services Director in 2010, straight from the City of Busselton in Western Australia. She started at a challenging time, not long after the amalgamation of the six community Government Councils into one Regional Council. As CEO, Cathryn worked hard to develop the organisations identity, to build a cohesive team and develop strong, routine business and governance practices and reporting tools. She was very focused on employee training and development and led a strong push to successfully increase Indigenous employment. Cathryn was committed to the organisations vision, mission and values and always encouraged projects that led to an improvement in lifestyle and wellbeing for community members. Cathryns legacy will be seen in the future with the continued implementation of the Family Wellbeing Strategy, the development of economic opportunities, not just for Council but community members, and the continued expansion of our municipal services. Cathryn has left a strong base for our next CEO, Dianne Wood, who will commence on 7 August. Dianne is a born and bred Alice Springs woman who has worked with a number of local councils around the country, including as CEO of MacDonnell Shire Council. We congratulate Dianne on her successful application amongst a very strong and large field. Council looks forward to benefiting from Diannes extensive experience. Cathryn Hutton worked long and hard with myself and the Councillors to build a strong Council. In this edition of Central Desert News we also say goodbye and thank you to this group of men and women who have been together for five years. For those leaving us, I wish you well and thank you for commitment to your constituents, your communities and to the organisation and its values. For those who have nominated to be on Council in the coming term, I wish you luck and look forward to the forming of the new Council on 14 September 2017. In addition, Councils nine Local Authorities will spill in August. We thank the outgoing LA members and look forward to new (and existing) faces working with Council to improve the lives of Aboriginal people in the region. Again, my thanks and best wishes go to Cathryn, Dianne, the existing Council and Local Authorities as well as to those who have supported them. I look forward to what comes next for Central Desert Regional Council. Adrian Dixon President 2 CENTRAL DESERT REGIONAL COUNCIL NEWSLETTER Cathryn Hutton in 2015 at Lajamanu to mark Minister Prices visit with the Councils President and Deputy President and members of the Local Authority. Cathryn Hutton celebrating Central Desert Shires fifth birthday with staff in 2013 at Lajamanu. In 2013, Cathryn Hutton met former Governor General, now the Honourable Dame, Quentin Bryce AD CVO. CEO Cathryn Hutton signing the newly adopted Enterprise Bargaining Agreement with former CDP staff member (2013).

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