Annual Report 2009 - 2010
East Arnhem Shire Council
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East Arnhem Shire Council Annual Report 2009-10 17 OUTCOME 1.2 CONTINUAL IMPROVEMENT IN THE GOVERNANCE CAPACITY OF ELECTED MEMBERS. 1.2.1 imPlement on-GoinG traininG ProGramS for CounCillorS anD loCal boarD memberS. An informal day has been added to the bi-monthly meetings to enable Councillors to undertake decision making training through expert presentations and in-depth consideration of major issues prior to tabling in Council. A schedule of in-community training will be undertaken in 2010 for Mala Boards. Councillors will undergo formal training in association with West Arnhem Shire councillors at Joint Shire meetings in 2010 and beyond. 1.2.2 enSure the effiCienCy anD effeCtiveneSS of CounCilS GovernanCe ProCeSSeS, inCluDinG aDminiStrative anD other SuPPort for eleCteD memberS. A review and standardisation of all Shire policies, procedures and operational guidelines has commenced and will be completed by late 2010. A review of Councillor remuneration procedures has led to refining of the payment of fees and recovery of overpayments. 1.2.3 DeveloP internal SyStemS anD ProCeDureS that enSure exCellenCe in GovernanCe anD DeCiSion makinG anD enSure imProveD CommuniCation between eleCteD memberS anD Shire manaGement. Council has considered the value of joint events that have brought SSMs and Councillors as well as the attendance of some SSMs at Council meetings. It has been resolved that all Shire Services Managers will attend Council meetings to ensure a closer interaction between the Shire administration and Council. OUTCOME 1.3 PRO-ACTIVE PARTNERSHIPS WITH GOVERNMENT AGENCIES AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR. 1.3.1 DeveloP PartnerShiPS with Government aGenCieS anD the Private SeCtor to maximiSe the level of external reSourCeS available to ProviDe CounCil ServiCeS. The Shire has achieved representation at high level and continues to maintain a strong presence at these forums. 1.3.2 work in PartnerShiP with nt anD auStralian Government aGenCieS to SuPPort the DeveloPment of loCal buSineSSeS. The Shire continues to divest itself of inherited commercial enterprises including the Angurugu Store. A policy of mentoring & supporting Aboriginal commercial enterprise is exemplified by the cross-cultural training facility at Bawaka. 1.3.3 enSure aDvoCaCy anD rePreSentation of Shire intereStS throuGh Government, the Private SeCtor anD the meDia. The Shire routinely invites representatives of Government and Departmental agencies and the Private Sector to attend Council meetings and Informal Days. A media strategy has been developed with the assistance of Creative Territory and the recruitment of a Public and Corporate Relations Manager. OUTCOME 1.4 HIGH STANDARDS OF COMMUNICATION, TRANSPARENCY AND OPENNESS. 1.4.1 enSure interaCtion with all CommunitieS on a reGular baSiS. The initiative of holding alternate Council meetings in the communities has been successful with meeting conducted at Galiwinku and Umbakumba.
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