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This week a working party meets to review the Local Government Act. Key members include myself (Damien Ryan President LGANT), Tony Tapsell CEO LGANT, Chris Kendrick, Director, Corporate Services, MacDonnell Regional Council and Brendan Dowd, CEO, City of Darwin, who have been appointed to assist the Department of Local Government and Community Services with the review and provide advice on consequent recommendations and amendments.

I encourage all LGANT representatives to attend our general meeting and annual general meeting on 12-13 November at the City of Darwin function room. LGANT is receiving registrations and we will have a good line up of speakers including the Minister for Local Government, the Hon Bess Price MLA and the President of the Australian Local Government Association Mayor Troy Pickard.

Over the past week I have been both in transit to, and attended, the annual general meeting of the Outback Way Development Council in Winton, Queensland to discuss progress with the sealing of the Outback Way, a highway that links Laverton in Western Australia through to Winton in Queensland through the heart of the nation and providing a trans-national link from Perth to Cairns. The highway will provide a third crossing of Australia and will be a very important connector through the Northern Territory and centre of Australia. All spheres of government are committed to the project.

Remote Northern Territory communities will benefit from improved water safety as part of the Commonwealth’s half a million dollar investment in the Royal Life Saving Society NT. This funding will also see 180 Indigenous people participating in water safety training such as AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and will employ 30 Indigenous staff.

The long anticipated airline ‘Milk Run’ from Darwin-Katherine-Tennant Creek – Alice Springs is a welcome relief for many government and non-government businesses who have been restricted to road transport in the past when travelling between Northern Territory centres. I highly recommend councils and businesses take advantage of this new wonderful service in order to ensure it continues to exist as a service in the future.


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