Thank you President Barb Shaw and to your Barkly Regional Council Team for hosting the 2015 LGANT General Meeting. It was pleasing to see so many from across the Territory make the trip to Tennant Creek. Everyone enjoyed the wonderful dinner and entertainment at Battery Hill.
We had a productive meeting with very informative presentations. Minister for Local Government and Community Services, the Hon Bess Price MLA, opened the conference and agreed to meet with Mayors and Presidents at the ALGA National General Assembly in Canberra. Thanks to other speakers Claire Ashard, Alice Springs Town Council, whose presentation points out the benefits and pitfalls of social media; and Craig Brierty, Clontarf Foundation, explained how our councils could potentially partner with their organisation. Jackie Huggins AM and Mark Yettica-Paulson, from Recognise gave compelling speeches for the Constitutional recognition of Indigenous people, and the Chief Executive of the Department of Transport, Clare Gardiner-Barnes spoke about aerodromes, barge landings and the transfer of local roads.
The General Meeting covered a large array of local government opportunities and members networked across the two days. Members have asked for legal advice on the voting rights of suspended councils, the 2015/2016 budget was endorsed along with the 2015/2016 Strategic Plan and our annual priorities. The motion brought by the West Arnhem Regional Council to change the LGANT Constitution to increase the Executive to nine members was also carried.
My thanks to all the delegates and staff that attended the conference, we appreciate that the logistics of getting to Tennant Creek. The Executive is supportive of holding our general meetings across the Territory in support of our members.
On a final note, we have included a few images of our time at Tennant Creek in our newsletter and would like again thank those involved in making us all welcome.
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Review of Local Government Act
The Department of Local Government and Regions is reviewing the Local Government Act.
The legislation has been operating for over six years and it is time to review the Act to ensure the legislation is effective and up-to-date. This will in turn ensure that the legislation underpinning local government is working effectively for the benefit of local people and the sector generally.
The department will establish a working party to assist in the review. The working party will include representatives from the LGANT, the local government sector and the department.
The general public, local government sector, land councils and other industry sectors are encouraged to provide written submissions or suggestions.
Submissions are welcome up to 30 April 2015.
How can I make a contribution?
Please send submissions or suggestions to email@example.com or:
Legislation and Policy Division
Department of Local Government and Regions
GPO Box 4621
DARWIN NT 0801