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Options for Regional Governance in the Northern Territory : Consultation Paper : Regional Governance Working Group

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Title

Options for Regional Governance in the Northern Territory : Consultation Paper : Regional Governance Working Group

Creator

Northern Territory. Department of Local Government and Community Services

Collection

Department of Local Government and Community Services newsletters bulletins; PublicationNT; E-Journals

Date

2013-03-01

Description

This publication contains may contain links to external sites. These external sites may no longer be active.; Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).

Notes

This publication contains many links to external sites. These external sites may no longer be active.

Language

English

Subject

Northern Territory. -- Department of Local Government and Community Services -- Periodicals.; Community development -- Northern Territory -- Periodicals.

Publisher name

Northern Territory Government

Place of publication

Darwin

File type

application/pdf

Copyright owner

Northern Territory Government

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/258124

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/506192

Page content

The Regional Governance Working Group is aware that there have been calls for additional councils to be created in some areas of the Northern Territory. The Working Group is concerned that increasing the number of councils also increases the amount of administration and will reduce the overall funds available for service on-the-ground. One way to minimise the increased costs could be for a number of Regional Councils to have a shared service centre. The service centre could handle functions such as human resource management, payrolls, purchasing, accounts and financial management services. In some places these services could be shared with a municipal council to minimise costs. Regional Council functions Regional Councils would be required to deliver specified local government (core) services including local road maintenance, garbage removal and dog control. Regional Councils would also be able to provide contracted services for the Australian or Northern Territory governments, including aged care, community patrol, Centrelink, and sport and recreation programs on a fee for service basis. Regional Councils would also be able to do commercial work such as operate a garage or do road works for the NT Government but would be strongly encouraged by the Minister not to compete with local private businesses. Consultation through the Local Authority The Local Authority would provide advice to the Regional Council and the Australian and Northern Territory governments. It would become the only body to be used in community consultation by Australian or NT government agencies. This would remove the need for many local committees and reference groups that have been set up. Government departments could be required to direct local consultation through the Local Authority. The Local Authority would meet monthly to discuss Regional Council service delivery and to meet with other government agencies that are seeking input into government programs. The Local Authority would be able to question government agencies about local programs and development. The Local Authority would have a budget allocation and delegation to match the responsibilities of delivering personal support services, and other functions that the Regional Council may determine. This would depend on the budget capacity of the Regional Council and the priorities set by the Local Authority. The Regional Councils job would be overall budget management, raising the councils own-source revenue (land rates and service charges) and reporting on government grant spending. Regional Council elections The Regional Council would be responsible for a large land area. The Regional Council area would be split into Local Authority areas. Regional Councillors would be elected from these Local Authority areas. One or more Regional Councillors would also be members of each Local Authority and attend meetings of the Local Authority. Regional Council elections would be held every four years. Strengths of the Regional Council option increased decision making at the community level could restore personal support services as a function of local government if funding is available some urgent minor repairs within budget could be managed at the local level would replace all reference and committee groups on the community with a single Local Authority 10 Your council. Your voice.


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