Welcome to 2015! It was a great honour to be re-elected as the LGANT President at the AGM in November. Thanks for everyone’s support, and I look forward to working with our members over the next two years.
LGANT held its General Meeting in November, and the decision was reached for all local government to support the national campaign to restore the indexation of the Commonwealth Financial Assistance Grants (FAGs). Over the next three years, the Territory is set to lose approximately $3 million from FAGs not being indexed. I urge all councils to express their deep concern to our Federal Members and Senators at this loss, and ask for the indexation to be reinstated. The contact details for our Members and Senators have been forwarded to councils.
At the LGANT General Meeting, the decision on amendments to LGANT’s Constitution, specifically to increase the Executive to nine members, was deferred to April. LGANT’s Strategic Plan for 2015/16, which outlines the Association’s priorities, will also be considered at the April meeting. If you would like to provide input please let Tony know.
2015 is set to be a busy year. The NT Department of Local Government and Regions is reviewing the Local Government Act, submissions close in April, and LGANT will be providing a submission. The Federal Government’s White Paper on Federation and Taxation is also pertinent to our sector. ALGA’s 2015 National General Assembly in June will be focusing on the White Paper.
Damien Ryan, LGANT President
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or:
Legislation and Policy Division
Department of Local Government and Regions
GPO Box 4621
DARWIN NT 0801