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NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Council Meetingsi Council Calendari Wednesday 9 July - Friday 18 July Ongoing School Holiday Program All four libraries Mon, Wed, Fri til 18 July Fun in the Parks Parks across Darwin Tuesday 15 July Public Art Briefing Meeting Room 1, Civic Centre. 12.00pm - 1.00pm Saturday 19 July Fun Bus Celebrates 25 Years Mindil Beach Thurs 24 - Sat 26 July Royal Darwin Show Showgrounds Thursday 31 July Drawn to Read Art Competition Close Libraries For more information on Council events, visit www.darwin.nt.gov.au or contact Customer Services on 8930 0300 Tuesday 15 July 1st Ordinary Council Meeting Council Chambers 5.00pm Tuesday 29 July Council Open Forum Council Function Room 4.30pm 2nd Ordinary Council Meeting Council Chambers 5.00pm All community members are welcome to come along. Cant make it? To join us register online: www.darwin.nt.gov.au Customer Services Phone: 8930 0300 Website www.darwin.nt.gov.au Email email@example.com Life@TheTop Capital of the North Recycling tip... Did you know recycled items are sorted by hand? Make sure you only put emptied, rinsed recyclable items in your yellow topped bin! Lord Mayor Katrina Fong Lim with Chief Minister Adam Giles signing the new Northern Australia Capital City Charter. Local and emerging North ern Territory based artists or creative teams now have the opportunity to submit ideas for temporary and perma nent public art in Darwin. Lord Mayor Katrina Fong Lim said that the Darwin commu nity is rich in creativity and its important to help the growth and development of the arts. Public Art brings our public places to life by challenging us to think differently about the space we are in, she said. The City of Darwin is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) to develop new, innovative projects that seek to attract, engage and entertain a diverse audience. We are asking artists to come up with ideas for temporary and permanent artworks that are designed with a specific location in mind and that consider site conditions, the community and use of the space, she added. For the 2014 permanent commissions artists may respond with projects proposed within the Darwin municipality up to the value of $20,000. For the temporary commission, applicants can create an expression of interest up to the value of $2,500. We are calling on artists for temporary and permanent commissions so if this appeals to you or any one you know, come along to the briefing on Tuesday 15 July from 12.00pm 1.00pm. Projects may be any art form including but not limited to projections, sculpture and/or other visual or performance based mediums. To find out more visit our website darwin.nt.gov.au and register your interest. The City of Darwin now offers paperless options for you to receive your rates notices. BPAY View and Australia Posts secure MyPost Digital Mailbox services both allow an easy way to receive, view, and pay your rates online. You can even store a copy of your bill in your digital mailbox. The Lord Mayor said the options for paperless rates notices are in keeping with Councils drive towards a sustainable city. Many people already do their banking on line, and the new BPAY View and MyPost Digital Mailbox are great environmentally friendly solutions for easier bill payment, she said. To set up your BPAY View, log in to your internet bank ing account and use a previ ous rates notice to fill out the reference numbers. To sign up for the MyPost Digital Mailbox, visit digitalmailbox.com.au and fill in the reference numbers from a previous rates notice. For more information head online to darwin.nt.gov.au . Paying rates made easy! Contact Usi Advertisement Seeking Local Artists At least once in each four year term, Council must review its constitutional arrangements. The aim is to ensure the most effective electoral representation for the Darwin municipality. Lord Mayor Katrina Fong Lim said the review would focus on areas such as the ward structure and whether the current ward boundaries need to be changed. The distribution of the Darwin population is shifting and we need to make sure Council is best set up to represent the commu nity, she said. The review will also look at the composition of Council which sets out the number of elected members needed to carry out the roles and responsibilities. I urge members of the community to find out more and give us feedback, the Lord Mayor added. Head to the website to download the documents. Review of Electoral Representation Something magical happens when you read a book. You journey to new places and experience all sorts of things, weird and wonderful! We would like to see those worlds. Enter our libraries competi tion by creating a scene, character or feeling from your favourite book. There are great prizes to be won including: 3 x $160 vouchers from Jacksons & The Bookshop Darwin. Entries are open to all ages and must be able to be displayed flat in perspex holders - so pencil, pastel, crayon, ink, water colours, collage etc are all suitable media. Best entries will be displayed on the trees at the Civic Centre courtyard during Darwin Festival Winners will be announced at an Exhibition Opening at 5.30pm, Tuesday 12 August. Drawn to Read Art Competition East Point Reserve is home to a population of Agile Wallabies (Macropus agilis). The agile wallaby has become an iconic animal to both residents and visitors of Darwin. Council has been undertak ing spotlight surveys in conjunction with camera monitoring of watering points to find out the number of wallabies at East Point Reserve. Population numbers appear stable but ongoing monitor ing will help confirm this. Surveys will continue on a monthly basis to provide significant data to analyse. The cameras are proving a useful tool as they have been identifying a range of wildlife including possums, birds and lizards. Wallaby population surveys and biodiversity monitoring are key actions under the East Point Reserve Biodiver sity 5 year Management Plan. The data will help guide current and future activities and will help ensure best practice management of the Reserve. Agile Wallabies at East Point Reserve community service agencies, industry and the broader community through a range of initiatives. Lord Mayor Katrina Fong Lim said that we are not unique in our concerns or in facing this challenge. The Darwin Safer City Project takes a multi-level community development approach. It includes an Assertive Outreach program that supports access to health, accommodation and wellbeing services for vulnerable people in public spaces. Weve also established a Community Support Service that engages with our business community and residents to help build capacity for how we manage and respond to alcohol related crime, she added. Since the project started, Council has been working in close partnership with the NT Police and numerous community organisations. Council have also partnered with Government and indus try in the Darwin Safe program. It includes a range of alcohol supply reduction measures and focuses on better community safety strategies in the Mitchell Street area. The maintenance of public spaces for everyones enjoy ment is part of Councils commitment to the commu nity, said the Lord Mayor. The Project was informed by local stakeholders and is led by harm reduction princi ples, stakeholder collabora tion and creative partner ships. There are many complex issues around public intoxi cation and we know that no single agency can solve these issues in isolation. We are grateful for the collabora tion efforts by so many in the Darwin Safer City Project, the Lord Mayor said. Helping keep the city safe - Darwin Safer City Project Councils Darwin Safer City pilot project started in-mid January this year. The goal of the project is to work with a range of organi sations to respond to many of the adverse impacts of public intoxication on community life. Our community has growing concerns about the increases in alcohol fuelled violence and peace disturb ing behaviours in public spaces. Council is working in partnership with Police, Congratulations to Alder man Bob Elix who was named a Member of the Order of Australia last month. He was honoured for his significant service in leader ship roles to local govern ment, the Darwin commu nity and to sporting and horseracing organisations. Alderman Elix has dedicated 31 years to the City of Darwin. In his 31 years of being on the Council, Aldeman Elix has been involved in upgrad ing parks and gardens in the Chan Ward and the whole Darwin Municipality and taking care of the things that affect us every day like our roads, our playgrounds and our recycling scheme. Recognition for Alderman Elix Pursuant to Section 23 of the Local Government Act 2008, City of Darwin is undertaking a review of its Electoral Representation. An Information Paper is available on Councils website, at Customer Services and in Councils libraries. The paper examines the advantages and disadvantages of a number options for the composition and structure of Council. The review of Electoral Representation is open for community consultation for a six week period. Members of the community are invited to review the Information Paper and provide feedback by 20 August 2014. Electoral Review City of Darwin www.darwin.nt.gov.au Brendan Dowd Chief Executive Officer