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Annual Report 2009 - 2010



Annual Report 2009 - 2010

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East Arnhem Shire Council


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East Arnhem Region -- Politics and government -- Northern Territory -- Periodical

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26 East Arnhem Shire Council Annual Report 2009-10 3.5.4 work with StakeholDerS on Climate ChanGe matterS. Council has received a presentation on climate change from consultants of LGANT. Through the Local Government Association of the Northern Territory (LGANT), Council joined forces with the West Arnhem Shire Council and Tiwi Islands Shire Councils to submit a successful funding application for $140,000 under the Commonwealth Governments Local Adaptation Pathways Program. Consultants carried out assessment of the effects climate change may have on coastal communities within the three Shires. The final report will be completed next year. OUTCOME 3.6 INNOVATIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES THAT EMPHASISE WASTE REDUCTION, REUSE AND RECYCLING. 3.6.1 DeveloP anD imPlement a reGional aPProaCh to the manaGement of waSte. Council established a central unit to drive policy development and more efficient and environmentally friendly practices in waste management across the Shire. 3.6.2 ProviDe effiCient anD effeCtive waSte ColleCtion, DiSPoSal anD reCyClinG ServiCeS. During the year Council purchased two fully automatic (operate from cab), state of the art, duel control garbage compactor trucks. This resulted from assessment of current service delivery practices which revealed that a much better cost to benefit ratio could be achieved through the capital outlay. Waste collection and disposal in Gunyangara and Yirrkala were outsourced to a local contractor which proved to be highly efficient and cost effective. As a result, planning has commenced to close and rehabilitate the Yirrkala landfill. 3.6.3 aDvoCate for imProveD effluent DiSPoSal SChemeS throuGhout the reGion. Council has advocated strongly for replacement of the old common effluent disposal system in Angurugu which requires primary treatment of effluent to be carried out in an individual septic tank at each property. The Northern Territory Government has announced $236.5 million to provide land services and essential services infrastructure in remote communities although it is not yet clear if works will include upgrade of the common effluent disposal system in Angurugu. Throughout the year Council, delivered waste management services at all nine of its Aboriginal community service delivery centres; consisting of twice weekly curb-side collection and management of Councils landfills. Milestones achieved this year include: Outsourced waste management services in Gunyangara and Yirrkala communities, to achieve better value for money. Purchased and delivered new 12m3 dual control and fully automatic (operate from cab) compactor trucks to Galiwinku and Gapuwiyak. Completed refit of the Milyakburra tipping rubbish trailer, with hydraulic bin lifter, to provide several more years of service. Excavated new trenches at the Galiwinku landfill. Next year Council plans to construct a waste transfer station at Yirrkala and to close and rehabilitate the Yirrkala landfill site.

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