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July 2010 Edition - 20th July 2010

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PAGE 2PRESS JULY 2010 EDITION PRESIDENTS MESSAGE Coomalie Community Government Council President Andrew Turner Ensuring a Sustainable Future for Coomalie In July 2008, the Territory Governments Council reform processes resulted in the formation of a number of larger amalgamated Councils. Coomalie ratepayers and residents will be aware that our Council and a number of other areas in the Top End remained unmerged at that time. Coomalie and the other areas were not exempted from reform - rather, the process was deferred. The NT Government maintained the level of grant funding upon which our Council relies until 30th June 2010. From this new 2010/11 financial year, however, our grant funding will substantially and progressively decline in line with Government policy to prioritise funding to larger-scale local governments, similar to those created in 2008. Coomalie Council recognises that these reforms will inevitably affect our organisation. There have been similar reforms throughout Australia that have substantially reduced the number of local councils and increased the size of local governments. Coomalie Council has formed the view that any serious endeavour to resist increasing the size and structure of our Council will be a costly and divisive undertaking, with little prospect of success. Council also recognises that a larger Council will present an opportunity to deliver improved services and more sustainable infrastructure than we can currently achieve within our very modest means. Accordingly, Council has sought to actively engage in the reform process with the NT Government and Department of Local Government, to develop an effective new council structure that will incorporate the current Coomalie shire within its boundaries. Council has been successful in obtaining a substantial grant from the NT Government that will allow us to consult and engage with surrounding local government areas and Top End unincorporated communities. The project will collaboratively develop a joint recommendation for a new rural shire for the Top End that meets community needs and delivers services in the most cost effective manner. This consultative process will commence in mid August 2010 with a meeting of Council representatives followed by an independently facilitated program of extensive community consultation. The timing of the various rounds of community consultations will be published on Councils website, in the Stop Press newsletters, on Community notice boards and in local newspapers at least a month in advance to allow adequate time for interested community members to plan their attendance and to prepare submissions. In broad terms the process will operate as follows: 1. An initial program to further inform the communities of the unincorporated areas about the role, functions and services of local government; 2. Development of two alternative reform scenarios: creation of a new Rural Shire Council by expanding the boundaries of Coomalie Council to include Coomalie, and Belyuen local government areas and unincorporated areas; creation of a new Rural Shire Council including Litchfield, Coomalie, Wagait and Belyuen local government areas and all the unincorporated areas; 3. Formation of an Advisory Panel comprising one elected member and the CEO of Belyuen, Coomalie and Litchfield Councils, one community representative each from the Dundee, Marrakai, Corroboree and Douglas Daly communities and one representative nominated by the Minister for Local Government; 4. Preparation of financial models for each of the reform scenarios above, including a detailed five year projected Shire Plans for each of the reform scenarios above; 5. Two rounds of community consultation in each key location facilitated and documented by an independent consultant; 6. Independent scrutiny and assessment of the financial models and projected Shire Plans for each council scenario; 7. Presentation to the Minister of a final recommendation for reform in the shape of one of the alternative scenarios to be considered. In making final recommendations the Advisory Panel shall have regard to the provisions of section 7 (local government areas) of the Local Government Act 2008. It is envisaged that the Department of Local Government will undertake some preliminary financial modeling of estimated rates in the areas which may become incorporated. If you wish to register for involvement in the consultation process you can email ceo@coomalie.nt.gov.au or call 8976 0058 with your contact details for inclusion on the mailing list.