Options for Regional Governance in the Northern Territory : Consultation Paper : Regional Governance Working Group
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Options for future regional governance The Working Group considered a number of possible ways of delivering local government core services and other government services in regional and remote regions. This ranged from maintaining the current shire councils through to abolishing local government councils altogether and having the NT Government directly deliver all services in regional and remote areas. The Working Group discussed whether each option provided a strong voice for local people that would be listened to respectfully by the local government council and by the Australian and Northern Territory governments. Members were concerned that creating a lot of councils would increase the administration costs and thin out the government assistance to each council. The Minister for Local Government instructed the Working Group that a return to the pre-2008 local government framework (of over 50 local government councils) was not an option as it did not consistently provide strong accountability for public funds. The Working Group settled on two options for the public to consider. The two options, called the Regional Council option and the Regional Authority option, are explained more in the next section of this consultation paper. Members thought the Regional Council option could provide quick changes that would provide a strong local voice and strengthen local input to council decisions and community discussions with the Australian and Northern Territory governments. Members thought the Regional Authority option was a strong option that would bring the Australian, the Northern Territory, local government and local communities together to deliver shared objectives. Members believed that this option was a long term objective that would need time to be properly developed and implemented. The Working Group considered that a Regional Council could be built on over time. It could take on more functions as the partnership and funding arrangements with the Australian and the Northern Territory governments are developed. Have your say The Regional Governance Working Group would like to hear peoples views on the options outlined in the following pages. Are there other options that you would like to see the Working Group consider? 8 Your council. Your voice.
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