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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


Barkly Regional Council


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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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I am very pleased to present the Annual Report for the 2018/2019 financial year. With many significant achievements and a number of projects reaching completion, it has been a busy and constructive year for Barkly Regional Council. Our second year in office has seen Council produce some significant achievements. First and foremost, we successfully put forward a plan to the former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull for the formation of a Regional Deal for the Barkly Region. Over several months, the three tiers of Government worked together in consultation with the community to develop 28 initiatives and gain funding of $78.4m to fund the initiative. This is a significant achievement for the Barkly and is Australias first Regional Deal. Council has continued to be a strong voice for Tennant Creek and the Barkly to ensure support for our local businesses, residents, youth, infrastructure, tourism and economy. It has focused on improving community safety by advocating for additional social and public housing. We have recognised that building, supporting and investing in strong Aboriginal governance is necessary to ensure local people drive local solutions and are supported in the management of local decision making. Consequently, we have been working closely alongside each Local Authority to achieve goals, deliver projects and identify priorities as part of a five year community infrastructure plan for the region. Community consultation is also high on Councils agenda with a concerted effort to engage more broadly with residents around a range of critical projects, including public forums and surveys on developments, such as the Purkiss Reserve Upgrade, facilities at Lake Mary Ann and public laneways in Tennant Creek. Local Government is about building and maintaining strong partnerships and in October 2017 we established the Mt lsa-Tennant Creek Cross Border Commission. Another important partnership included partnering with the NO MORE Violence Campaign. Council established a Youth Advisory Council in June 2019, the Youth Councillors provide advice to Council on youth issues and are proving to provide great insight into what is important to our young people. I would like to thank the members of the Youth Advisory Council for giving up their time to give their generation a voice. I would also like to thank Tennant Creek High School staff for their assistance in establishing our new Youth Advisory Council. Council developed a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in June 2019. Making the RAP an integral part of Barkly Regional Council business ensures our commitment to reconciliation is cemented into our organisation culture. This document is shaping the future direction of the BRC and the communities it services by developing strong partnerships based on trust and equality. Our Council is committed to delivering honest, open and accountable government and places a high value on the importance of service delivery to the councils constituency. It is responsive to the needs, interests and aspirations of individuals and groups within its area. We are focused on delivering local jobs for local people and ensuring there are local opportunities for local businesses which will all contribute to making the Barkly the best place in the Territory to live, work, visit and invest in. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the CEO Steve Moore and Council staff for their tireless work over the past year. I also thank each Elected Member for their passion, dedication and service to the people of Tennant Creek and the Barkly. Steven Edgington Mayor Message from the Mayor 2 2018 - 2019 Annual Report