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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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Key Challenges: The recruitment and retention of staff is an ongoing issue and has a direct impact on the delivery of services in remote communities. A number of positions remained unfilled for significant periods of time, which resulted in placing temporary staff into communities; Working with multiple funding sources is also a challenge, especially as Council relies 100% on external funding to provide services; Recognition must be given to staff in Community Services who work hard to deliver services under difficult circumstances and always with a positive attitude. Key Highlights: Youthlinx Over the last financial year there has been a variety of new program activities introduced, improved attendance by parents, better collaboration with Youth Patrol, Territory Family Child Protection Services, Outreach Services and the Police. The success of this program is demonstrated in our increase of numbers of children attending from 578 in September 2018 to 1,982 in June 2019. Tennant Creek Town Pool A shade sail structure has been constructed over the Water Park to cover the over exposed area that requires shade and UV protection from the hot sun. Solar heating has been introduced. The Animal Management Team de-sexed 132 dogs and an additional 14 dogs treated for various conditions in communities throughout the Barkly. At Mary Ann Dam there has been a need to trap feral cats due to the dry conditions. Approximately 18 cats trapped this past year, with most of these trapped in the last 2 months. Aged Care Our total active NDIS clients is 28 across 5 communities and growing. Barkly Regional Council has been successful and recommended for funding under the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program (NATSIFAC). Sport and Recreation Over the past year our remote sporting communities have participated in Womens Softball Championships held in Darwin, the Imparja Cup (cricket), Rossy Williams Shield (cricket), Alice Springs Golf Competition and the Southern Cup (basketball) and Barunga Festival (basketball). Five Barkly boys have been chosen recently to represent the NT under 12s for football in Perth. Environmental Health The annual town survey was completed with two teams conducting inspections of properties within the town and industrial area searching for any signs of mosquito breeding. Library services Elliott Library runs daily programs for classes brought in by the School. Elliott Library also had building renovations done to give the facility a more modern look and better functionality. Tennant Creek Library have run a series of targeted events again throughout the year during school holidays, including Christmas, Easter & Halloween, these continue to be popular with local families. Safe House Ali Curung has been receiving regular visits from Central Australian Aboriginal Family Legal Unit, Strong Culture and Communities and Central Australian Womens Legal Service. The Elliott Safe House participates in community outreach activities on a regular basis, engaging with women to reinforce that domestic or family violence is neither the norm, nor acceptable. Community Services Directorate The Community Services Directorate is responsible for delivering a range of community services to residents and communities across the Barkly region. The directorate includes: Aged Care Animal Management and Environmental Health Library Safe Houses Sports & Recreation (Barkly Youth) Swimming Pool Youth Links Centre Night Patrol 36 2018 - 2019 Annual Report