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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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Who We Are Barkly Regional Council is a regional council, providing infrastructure, services and programs to individuals, families, childrens groups, schools, businesses and agencies across the Barkly. This region has a resident population of 8,563 (Australian Bureau of Statistics 2016). Where We Are Situated between Alice Springs and Katherine with the town of Tennant Creek at its heart, the Barkly region covers 323,514km2. The region consists largely of open grass plains and some of the worlds largest cattle stations. Its boundaries extend eastwards from Tennant Creek to the community of Alpurrurulam near the Queensland border. It runs as far south as Barrow Creek, north of Tennant Creek to Newcastle Waters and westwards into the Tanami Desert. Who We Serve Barkly Regional Council serves the townships of Tennant Creek and Elliott as well as the communities of Ali Curung, Ampilatwatja, Imangarra, Arlparra, Alpurrurulam, and Wutunugurra (Epenarra). In addition to these communities, there are approximately eight minor communities, the largest of which include Canteen Creek, Imangara, Tara and Mungkarta. There are also 70 family outstations, 49 pastoral stations, mining operations and commercial properties. About Us Our Aboriginal Culture Aboriginal people and their culture are an important part of the Barkly region. At Barkly Regional Council, we recognise and respect Traditional Owners of communities and the fact that Aboriginal culture is the oldest continuing culture in the world. Over 60 per cent of the people who live in the Barkly identify themselves as Aboriginal across 16 language groups. English is frequently a third or even fourth language. Aboriginal people have had their own forms of governance for tens of thousands of years and it is in this cross-cultural atmosphere and spirit of trust that Council works with Traditional Owners and community residents. Having strong and effective Aboriginal representatives on the Council also provides an opportunity to discuss and develop effective two-way communication and engagement as well as develop strong governance principles and practices. Council is also one of the largest employers of Aboriginal employees in the region. 4 2018 - 2019 Annual Report