Welcome to 2017. I hope everyone had an enjoyable and restful holiday period.
I started this year by attending the Victoria Daly Regional Council meeting in Katherine on 9 January, which was the first council meeting of 2017. Along with the LGANT CEO, Tony Tapsell, I also attended the East Arnhem Regional Council meeting in Nhulunbuy on 18 January.
These meetings were an opportunity to talk about the changes within the LGANT Executive, LGANT’s relationship with ALGA, and the training LGANT is currently providing for elected members with assistance from the Department of Housing and Community Development. Tony and I also answered questions from councillors and staff on a host of matters relevant to local government.
I was also pleased to submit the NTs contribution to the National Local Government report for 2015/16. It was very positive to look back at the important work NT councils are doing and some of the initiatives we have delivered to improve effectiveness and efficiency of service delivery. Some of these are highlighted in this newsletter to help recognise this work.
I look forward to a productive 2017 and hope to meet with many of you throughout the year.
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