Damien Ryan

Firstly I would like to thank everyone for attending the general meeting and contributing to what was a full and engaging agenda. I would also like to congratulate Mayor Tony Jack who was elected into the position of Vice President – Regional and Shire Councils. I have no doubt you will make a valuable contribution to the Executive.

I have received an acknowledgement of our letter to the Chief Minister the Hon Michael Gunner MLA on the question of there being a designated Minister for Local Government and I expect I will receive a response in the near future.

I have also written to the Deputy Chief Minister, the Hon Nicole Manison MLA, following her agreement to follow up on a number of matters delegates raised during the AGM. The Minister showed interest in outcomes from the meeting and I mentioned some of them in the letter as well enclosing a copy of LGANT’s strategic plan and annual priorities for 2017-18 which delegates approved.

The government surprised us all by announcing $100M for transforming the Darwin CBD and $20M for revitalising the Alice Springs CBD. These projects are welcome news. The Lord Mayor of Darwin Katrina Fong Lim and I will be meeting with government Ministers to ascertain more of the detail about the proposals and their potential impacts on the master plans developed by both councils.

I will certainly keep you updated with all these activities. I hope you all enjoyed time with family and friends over Easter.

Damien Ryan, President

Local Government Association of the Northern Territory