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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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The BRC runs 9 community night patrols in Indigenous communities in Ali Curung, Alpurrurulam (Lake Nash), Ampilatwatja, Arlparra, Canteen Creek, Elliott, Mungkarta, Tara, Wutunugurra (Epenarra) and Imangarra. Funded by the Department of PM&C, community night patrols were established to increase safety in regional and remote Indigenous communities and reduce the number of people coming into adverse contact with the justice system. Most community patrols are initiated by the local community to provide safe transport for people at risk of harm or causing harm at night and for early intervention to incidents in the community such as disputes, self-harm, violence, homelessness and substance misuse (Australian Government 2013). While night patrol officers liaise with police, they are independent from the law enforcement system and operate with a cultural rather than legal authority and liaise with a range of community support services such as womens and youth centres, health clinics and hospitals, mediation programs and counsellors, community justice groups and substance abuse support. Community night patrols at BRC are managed by an Indigenous leadership team consisting of a Regional Manager, two Zone Managers and a Team Leader for each community. Night patrol officers are supported to complete the NT-accredited 10357NAT Certificate III in Community Night Patrol as part of their employment with BRC. Six (6) students have been enrolled in 2018 and are currently progressing with their studies. The training partnership between BRC and CDU has resulted in high levels of attendance in class and a significant improvement in the quality of patrol services in the Barkly region. Ideas for improvement Recommendations for future delivery of night patrol officer training in the Barkly region include: Strengthening the resilience of night patrol officers to deal with stressful and traumatic situations through further training; Building the capability of night patrol team leaders to become community leaders of the future; Increasing the number of Indigenous VET educators in CDUs nigh patrol delivery team; and Developing a flexible teaching model that supports new VET educators to develop skills and capabilities to work remotely to train night patrol officers. Community Night Patrol training in the Barkly Region [based off findings from research paper by Dr Melinda Waters, commissioned by the Faculty of Vocational Education and Training, Charles Darwin University, 2018] 37Barkly Regional Council