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Barkly Regional Council annual report 2018-2019



Barkly Regional Council annual report 2018-2019

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Annual report 2018-2019


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Barkly Regional Council

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Tennant Creek


Barkly Regional Council annual report; Annual Report


2018 - 2019

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Barkly Shire Council annual report

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In June 2018, during the annual National General Assembly of Local Government visit to Canberra, we met with the former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. It was here, council raised the prospect of a Regional Deal (similar to a City deal), where all three levels of Government could work together. The focus was on social and economic initiatives, unlike City Deals which have a main focus on infrastructure. The Prime Minister was supportive of the idea. He was invited to visit the region to see for himself. The Prime Minister had instructed the Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Minister for Social Services to visit Tennant Creek within two weeks following our initial meeting. A further two weeks later, the former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull visited Tennant Creek. On his two day visit, the Prime Minister was accompanied by Senator Nigel Scullion, Minister Dan Tehan and the Chief Minister. They met with a number of community members and groups to better understand the communitys issues, needs and their aspirations for creating a better future for their children. What resulted from this visit was a commitment to develop Australias first ever Regional Deal. A taskforce was established, comprising of Local, Territory and Federal government members. The Taskforce travelled throughout the Barkly to meet with residents, organisations and government workers, and consulted with over 200 people from the region. Through this extensive consultation period, spanning across 3 months, came an extensive list of priorities that were developed. These community priorities were compiled into three categories. Economic Development; Social Development; and Culture and place-making Background work commenced to identify funding that could be allocated to the Deal. In December 2018, Chief Minister Gunner, Senator Bridget McKenzie and Mayor Steven Edgington signed the Statement of Intent. There was an initial announcement of $30million from Federal government and $30million from Northern Territory government. The Statement of Intent recognises the vision and aspiration of the Barkly community to build a stronger, prosperous and inclusive region for current and future generations. It acknowledges the strongest asset in the Barkly region is its people. Importantly, is recognises the ongoing connection of Aboriginal people to country as traditional owners and custodian of the land. In February 2019, the Regional Deal initiatives were defined. Here is a snapshot: 28 key initiatives 3 community priority areas Economic Development, Social Development & Culture and Place-making 10 year timeframe until 2029 Total new investment of $78.4 million. This includes: - $45.4 million from Federal government - $30 million from Northern Territory government - $3 million from Barkly Regional Council A Governance Table was also formed including representation from Patta Aboriginal Corporation, Aboriginal organisations, youth, non government organisations, local business owners, Cultural Authority Group, Barkly Regional Council, Northern Territory Government and Federal Government. The Governance Table is the overarching body that will lead the development and implementation of the Barkly Regional Deal to boost economic development, improve social conditions and reinforce the regions strong Aboriginal culture and history over the next 10 years. On 13 April 2019, the Barkly Regional Deal was signed and launched. The Deals vision is to improve the productivity and liveability of the Barkly region by stimulating economic growth and improving social outcomes, including reducing overcrowding and improving child safety. The commencement on the 28 key priorities is set to begin from July 2019. Barkly Regional Deal 11Barkly Regional Council