Barkly Regional Council annual report 2018-2019
Annual report 2018-2019
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2018 - 2019
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The Barkly Regional Council Annual Report details our operations over the past year. It is intended to provide a picture of Councils activities and achievements over the year. Barkly Regional Council delivers municipal and essential services across 323,514km, and covers some of the most remote part of Australia. Our Region includes the towns of Tennant Creek and Elliott along with the remote communities of Ali Curung, Alpurrurulam, Ampilatwatja and Wutunugurra. The Outstation of Arlparra, Imangarra and a number of homelands are also an important part of the Barkly. This year has seen Council actively campaign on the national stage to secure more infrastructure and services for the Region. Our Mayor, along with several Councillors, were fortunate to secure a meeting with the former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. At this meeting our Mayor suggested the Barkly could benefit from a Regional Deal that could be based on the existing City Deals that had been implemented in some cities. The former Prime Minister agreed and at the invitation of the Mayor visited Tennant Creek at the start of this financial year and announced that the three tiers of Government would work together to develop Australias first Regional Deal. After many months of hard work our Regional Deal was formalised with a commitment of $78.4m to fund 28 initiatives within or Region. Council staff and elected members have been heavily involved in developing the deal and securing high priority infrastructure and services for the Region. It has been a great experience to work with representatives of the Federal and Territory Governments to develop the Regional Deal. Our focus has now moved to implementing the 10 year program for the Barkly. This year has been very busy with several large grants being awarded to Council for major projects. These include $9m to upgrade Purkiss Reserve, $1.45m to carry out street scaping work on Paterson Street in Tennant Creek and $500k to put towards a new football field in Elliott. Each of these projects are scheduled for completion during the 2018-2019 financial year. We have also been very successful is gaining funding for infrastructure projects this year. In conjunction with our capital budget, many projects have been completed during the year. Some of these projects include: a new Football oval for Elliott, fencing Council offices and ANZAC Hill in Tennant Creek, new covers over the basketball courts in Ali Curung and Wutunugurra and solar heating for our swimming pool. We have also been working with the Department of Infrustructure, Planning and Logistics (DIPL) to progress the Purkiss Reserve upgrade. Many other projects were also completed during the year. In addition to the projects above, Council also secured $7.6m as part of the Regional Deal to build two new Youth Centres (one in Tennant Creek and one in Ali Curung), install a bike path along the main drain in Tennant Creek and also build a new skate board park in Alpururrulam. This is a great outcome for the Region. We continued our asset renewal program which included the purchase of two new Hino trucks, one for Ampilatwatja and one for Tennant Creek the delivery of a new street sweeper ordered the previous year and our ongoing fleet renewal program. These purchases represent a major investment by Council to give our staff the tools they need to do the work that needs to be done. Staff recruitment and retention continues to be a priority; while the number of key staff leaving Council has reduced, we need to continue to work to make Council an employer of choice. We completed a new Enterprise Bargaining Agreement during the year which should be approved at the beginning on the new financial year. This will ensure we are paying staff appropriately and providing working conditions that meet the needs of our workforce. Delivering core municipal services throughout our region is our number one priority. This year has seen great improvement in service delivery with a renewed emphasis on getting jobs done and giving our staff the tools they need to work effectively. I believe this has resulted in less rubbish on the streets and less graffiti defacing public property. Several Council properties have also had much needed maintenance performed during the year. I would like to thank our elected members for their guidance and support throughout the year. This council has been in office for two terms and is working hard to improve public facilities for residents and visitors to the Barkly Region. Finally, l would like to thank our staff who continue to work hard to deliver core council services and other contracted services across the Barkly. Without their support, dedication and hard work across a large and challenging geographic area we would not be able to meet our obligations to our residents, stakeholders and visitors. Steve Moore Chief Executive Officer Chief Executive Officers Report 3Barkly Regional Council
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