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Annual report 2003 - 2004



Annual report 2003 - 2004

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Department of the Chief Minister


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






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10 DEPARTMENT OF THE CHIEF MINISTER A B O U T O U R D EP A R TM EN T On 1 July 2003, the Northern Territory celebrated 25 years of self-Government a significant milestone in our constitutional development. The celebrations continued throughout the year with support for a range of community-based activities and programs across the Territory. Fifty-three grants totalling $205,490 were awarded to applicants under the Your Territory, Celebrating the Past, Building the Future program. Another milestone in the Territorys constitutional development was the swearing in of the 18th Administrator, Ted Egan, in November 2003. The independent Electoral Commission was established on 15 March 2004 fulfilling a Government Commitment. The Commission replaces the NT Electoral Office and forms a separate and independent agency with the Northern Territory Public Service. Major events continue to provide an impetus to the Territory economy as well as social and cultural opportunities for Territorians. Major events this year have included the Territory round of the V8 Supercars, the Finke Desert Race and the Central Australia Mountain Bike Challenge. Bassinthegrass - major music events in Alice Springs and Darwin were a highlight on the Territorys events calendar. The concerts addressed the desire to provide the Territorys young population with a large scale music concert in each region reminiscent of a southern Big Day Out activity. The strengthening of the Departments community engagement capacity continued during the year. A framework for community engagement activities across Government was well advanced at years end and expected to be released in late 2004. This will provide Government with a more systematic procedure of actively involving Territorians in relevant policy and service delivery processes. The Community Engagement Division has made a significant contribution to the development of social and inclusive policy across Government across a broad range of areas including domestic violence prevention, womens and youth policy, seniors policy and multicultural affairs. The first progress report on the youth policy framework, Building a Better Future for Young Territorians was published, and regional youth consultations were undertaken in Katherine, Alice Springs and Tennant Creek to obtain feedback in relation to Government policies, programs and services. The 10 000th Seniors Card Holder was welcomed to the Seniors Card Scheme, and the first edition of an annual tourism and leisure directory listing 233 businesses contributing to the Seniors Card Scheme was produced. The inaugural Multicultural Awards were celebrated recognising people and organisations making outstanding contributions towards advancing multiculturalism and counteracting racism. A new Ethnic Communities Facilities Development Program with three year funding of $500 000 was announced.

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