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2013/14 City of Darwin annual report



2013/14 City of Darwin annual report

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City of Darwin annual report 2013/14


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CITY OF DARWIN Annual Report 2013/14 7978 CITY OF DARWIN Annual Report 2013/14 Darwin Safer City Project Working Group Councils pilot project is multifaceted and provides a strong platform from which to address public intoxication impacts, and Council has a 30 member strong skill based Project Working Group who together provide strategic guidance and project direction. The Project Working Group includes representation from the following agencies: Amity Community Services Australian Hotels Association (NT Branch) Australian Medical Association (NT Branch) Bagot Community CatholicCare NT Council Aboriginal Alcohol Programs Service (CAAPS) Department of Defence Department Prime Minister and Cabinet Larrakia Nation Liquor Stores Association NT Magistrates Court Medicare Local NT Northern Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency NT Council of Social Services NT Department of Business NT Department of Housing NT Department of Transport NT Police Vincentcare NT Youth representation (Anglicare YChange) Advocacy In April 2014, Council made a submission to the Federal Inquiry into the harmful effects of alcohol in Indigenous communities and called for alcohol policy development for the Northern Territory. Council held meetings with the Northern Territory Governments Public Transport Review in May 2014 and as part of discussions advocated for additional transport options for patrons leaving the entertainment precinct at peak periods, in alignment with the project brief. City of Darwin representatives attended sittings of the House of Representatives, Joint Select Committee on Northern Australia and included in Lord Mayors submission to addresss much needed social housing and greater attention to supply of culturally appropriate accommodation. This call is supported by an emergent unmet need in the projects Assertive Outreach program that cites 22 instances of an inability to secure appropriate, affordable and accessible accommodation for family groups during the period of April to May 2014. Darwin Safe Following partnership development, Council joined the NT Police, the Territory Government and the Australian Hotels Association (NT Branch) to support a range of supply reduction and community safety initiatives focussed on the CBD entertainment precinct. Darwin Safe was launched in April 2014 and includes a secure taxi rank, enhanced emergency communication systems, Responsible Service of Alcohol marshals, the Darwin City Accord and a number of in bar supply reduction measures. cy cL Is ts IN N Ig H tc LI ff Connected Community Connecting communities on a daily basis and during emergency events is paramount to fostering resilient people and communities. Each year the City of Darwin is faced with the prospect of tropical cyclones and regularly tests its systems and processes to ensure preparedness for such events. Community Resilience Council utilises disaster management software Guardian to coordinate information and resources in the lead up to, during and throughout the recovery phases of a disaster event. During 2013/14, City of Darwin implemented upgrades to Guardian software to ensure it is able to respond effectively and efficiently in future disaster management events. Council also conducts periodic testing and scenario activities as part of its preparedness strategies. In early 2014, the whole municipality experienced a significant power outage. Whilst City of Darwin closed operations at the Civic Centre, recently installed uninterrupted power supply (UPS) systems ensured continuity of service of Councils switchboard to respond to customer enquiries and the maintain service at the Operations Centre. Having the UPS installed also enabled Council to access internal information systems and utilise social media as a mechanism to keep the community informed regarding the situation. DARWIN cOMMUNIty eveNt LORD MAyOR At cANceR cOUNcIL BIggest MORNINg teA < >

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