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Alice Springs Town Council 2003/2004 Annual Report



Alice Springs Town Council 2003/2004 Annual Report

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Annual report 2003/2004; Alice Springs Town Council annual report


Alice Springs Town Council


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Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).




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Alice Springs Town Council

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Alice Springs


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Alice Springs Town Council 2004/2005 Annual Report Page 25 5. ORGANISATION GOAL: An Organisation Dedicated to Good Governance, Effective Leadership and Provision of High Quality Services. 5.1 Effective Governance and Leadership This year Council aimed to improve governance by increasing community participation in decisionmaking and policy development through its community consultation framework, improving leadership and accountability, and ensuring a sound policy and planning framework through its Strategic Plan. Policies, procedures, governance structures and decision processes were reviewed and amended on a regular basis. Access to Information The Northern Territory Information Act became applicable to Council on 1 July 2005. The Act gives to the general public a right to access information held by Council if it is in the public interest to do so. A person may also apply for access and if necessary correct personal information held by Council. Under Section 11 of the Act, Council, as a public sector organisation, must publish a statement about its structure and functions, the kinds of information usually held by it and a description of its procedures for providing access to information and correcting personal information. Structure and Functions Council is a local government authority established under the Local Government Act. It is charged with the peace order and good government of the municipality of Alice Springs and has the control and management of that government. Its functions are prescribed by the Act and include the control and management of Public places Street lighting On and off street parking Markets Public transport Public toilets Sanitation and garbage Litter and street cleaning Animals Halls and public buildings The Alice Springs Swimming Centre The Alice Springs Public Library Parks, gardens and reserves Roads (with some exceptions) Cemeteries Council holds information falling into the following categories: (a) Information relating to discharge of its functions (b) Information related to inquiries and investigations into complaints against members of the public and Council employees (c) Information related to the management of Council including personnel, OH&S, contracts, legal advice, financial records and information about asset management (d) Information related to rates including the information in the rate book kept by Council pursuant to sections 59 and 60 of the Local Government Act Pursuant to section 149 of the Local Government Act, any person may inspect the current version of the following documents at Councils office free of charge: Auditor's report Council's policy concerning Elected Members in relation to payment of expenses and provision of facilities Rate book (but not so as to disclose a ratepayers history of payment of rates and charges) Register of interests Agendas for Council meetings A copy of the unconfirmed minutes of each meeting of Council or a committee together with any recommendations and reports referred to in the meeting which are not prescribed as confidential. The following documents may also be inspected at Councils office or accessed at its website: Previous 5 annual financial statements & reports Business Plan 2005 2008 Strategic Plan 2001 Strategic Plan 2004 2009 Any owner, occupier of mortgagee of land within the municipality of Alice Springs (or a person authorised in writing by any of them), any purchaser or person O rg an is at io n