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FROM THE PRESIDENT
This week, we will hold the LGANT Annual General Meeting, an important event that I am looking forward to.
The meeting will feature a presentation from the Deputy Chief Minister, Minister for Children and Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics, the Hon Nicole Manison MLA, as well as a video message from the Federal Minister for Local Government, the Hon Fiona Nash MP. Other speakers will include:
- Jamie Chalker, CEO of the Department of Housing and Community Development
- the Mayor of Katherine, Fay Miller on the Savanagh Way
- Karen Avery, Executive Director of the NT Environment Protection Authority who speak about the restructure and legislative review underway, and
- Floss Roberts, of Royal Life Saving NT who will speak about water safety, drowning prevention and remote pools.
The agenda is very full and includes an election for the position of Vice President, Regional and Shire Councils. The two candidates are Mayor of Tiwi Islands Lynette De Santis and Mayor of Roper Gulf Regional Council, Tony Jack. I wish them both well and look forward to their ongoing contributions to the local government sector irrespective of the outcome.
A host of motions will also be considered at the meeting relating to the review of Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements, the impact of substance misuse on council workforces and restoring indexation of financial assistance grants. LGANT’s 2017-18 budget, strategic plan and annual priorities will also be discussed, along with the August Council elections.
I would like to thank the LGANT staff for all their work in pulling the meeting together – it is a very significant event and requires a lot of energy and hard work to coordinate.
I look forward to seeing many of you later this week.
Damien Ryan, President
Local Government Association of the Northern Territory
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