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MacDonnell Regional Council

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Alice Springs




Volume 7 issue 1, February 2015

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MacDonnell Shire Council Newsletter

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MacDonnell Regional Council



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MacDonnell Regional Council Staff Newsletter FEBRUARY 2015 volume 7 issue 1 page 4 Developing communities COUNCIL GOAL #1 Engaged communities COUNCIL GOAL #3 COUNCIL GOAL #4 Asupportive organisation Engaged communities COUNCIL GOAL #3 COUNCIL GOAL #4 Asupportive organisation COUNCIL GOAL #4 Asupportive organisationBargaining for your future Enterprise Agreements cover things like, what you get paid, what leave you can take, and how you can take it as well as other conditions that form a legal protection for the boss and the workers. Every three to four years our Enterprise Agreement is re-negotiated so that we have the best possible working conditions at MacDonnell Regional Council. The process of negotiating done by bosses, HR, workers, and their representatives is called Enterprise Agreement bargaining. The first bargaining meeting was held on Monday 2 February to start the bosses and workers talking about things to be in the agreement. They talked about most things, but in mid February another meeting will be held to work out the harder topics. What next? MacDonnell Regional Council will continue to tell you how the bargaining is going or you can ask your representative, supervisor or someone from HR. Staff from HR will also be visiting each community to explain the new Enterprise Agreement to all Council staff. All staff will then be able to vote to say if they are okay with the new Enterprise Agreement. How long will this take? MacDonnell Regional Council plans to have the new Enterprise Agreement finalised and working by 1 July this year. Council admin workshop Our friendly Council Coordination Centre office administration staff came into Alice Springs at the end of November for two days to carry out training in computer skills, customer service, complaints and governance. This supports the Councils aims to develop our community staff and build good understanding of governance in the community. Everyone involved had a great time and said they felt more confident to do their job, and we hope to offer more training in the future to keep building the strength of community staff. Thankyou to all the women involved for making it such a great experience and helping each other out. Community Engagement training Two of our Councillors and two of our staff went to Darwin recently to complete training in Engagement Essentials, run by the International Association of Public Participation. This training helped them learn some finer points and get new ideas about how to engage and work better with the communities of MacDonnell Regional Council. This will help us to build our capacity to deliver valued and relevant services.

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