A note from our President
LGANT delegates thoroughly enjoyed the few days we spent at Jabiru last month attending our conference and general meeting. On behalf of all members I would like to thank Lothar and the team at West Arnhem for their hospitality and organisational prowess.
It was a productive meeting that included ratification of our election wishlist and in-principle agreement given to a resolution with Power and Water Corporation that will mean councils take ownership of street lights within their local government area from 1 January 2018 and that PWC’s capital charges will be waived.
Work is now underway finalising a Transfer Deed by the 1 July deadline, which will lay the foundations for ownership of street light assets transferred to councils.
We were fortunate to have a number of informative guests speak at the conference. Local Government and Community Services Minister, Bess Price, took the opportunity to announce recipients of Special Purpose Grants and the Opposition Leader, Michael Gunner, outlined Labor’s plans for local government.
As well, Local Government executive director David Willing discussed proposed amendments to the Local Government Act.
Moving forward, this week’s monthly executive meeting discussed issues around Territory-wide alcohol management plans, proposed changes to the Planning Act and agreed to seek advice around a proposal to incorporate LGANT.
Damien Ryan, President
Local Government Association of the Northern Territory
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