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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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Barkly Regional Council



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The Information Technology department manages the Councils information and communications technology across seven locations: five remote communities and the Elliott and Tennant Creek offices. This includes ensuring connectivity through close relations with providers such as Telstra and CouncilBiz, Councils computer network provider; and continuous enhancement of the IT operating environment through equipment improvements while reducing capital and ongoing costs. Key Challenges Barkly Regional Councils vast distances continue to pose enormous challenges to running modern IT services between the communities scattered across the region. Key Highlights Progress towards standardisation of the IT operating environment and equipment at the Tennant Creek office and community offices, such as printers and upgrading computers. Old computer have been stripped with hard drives kept for re-use and remainders disposed of per electronic waste guidelines; and Near finalisation of Telstra communications network upgrade and maintenance of network viability. These improvements should see increases in service access and speeds. Finance The Finance Department ensures that Council income, payments and financial reporting is done in a timely and accountable manner. They manage all finance processes and procedures across the seven offices of the Council. Key Challenges Council continues to remain heavily reliant upon external grant funding from other tiers of Government. Council is unable to sustain existing services based upon sole reliance on the low level of income it receives from Rates and Charges or self-generated funds; and Council has been operating in an environment with a deteriorating asset base for many years, impacting on the ability to provide key services. The challenge for Council in the 2019/2020 will be to ensure that the replacement of assets keeps pace with depreciation. Key Highlights Barkly Regional Council finished the year with a healthy cash position of $10,607,000. This includes the early receipt of $1,054,062 of Commonwealth Government Financial Assistance General Purpose and Roads funding for the 2018/2019 year; and At the end of the financial year the Council holds $4.72 in current assets for every $1 owed in current liabilities. This result provides a clear indication that Council is in a good position to pay its debts as and when they fall due. Information Technology 35Barkly Regional Council