The 2017/18 financial year is looking like another big year for Council. With the local government general elections on the 26th August 2017, this plan is the last for the current Council. The Council continues to focus on achieving the objectives established in our Strategic Plan and delivering a council in which we "work together in one spirit, guided by strong leadership and good management, to provide high quality services across the region."
As part of our planning process, the Council has considered the priorities of the local communities as outlined in their community plans, as well as reviewed the opportunities and challenges facing the Council. As a Council we have identified a number of priorities for the coming year and these are detailed in Section 8.
Once again road works remain a large focus for the Council. Unfortunately, the region experienced a second flooding event in December 2016 through January 2017 that caused extensive damage to the Council's road network. The Council has applied under the National Disaster Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) for funding to undertake reinstatement works. We are hopeful that the Northern Territory Government and Federal Government will support this application as the Council does not have enough resources to undertake the works with out significant financial support.
Road works that commenced in 2016/17 in Yuendumu and Lajamanu CBDs will be finalized this financial year. These projects have been funded by the NT Government's Improving Strategic Road Infrastructure Fund and also the Federal Government's Black Spot funding. Re-seal works in Yuelamu will be undertaken using the final instalment of the Federal Roads to Recovery funding.
Within each Community the Council continues to work with Local Authorities to identify key projects. A full list of community priorities are identified in the Community Plans in the Appendix 8 of this report. I would like to express my thanks to all the Local Authority members and congratulate them on the work that they do. The other councillors and I value your input and contribution.
Council is also looking forward to another successful year of the Community Development Program. This program is important to our communities and is providing valuable social benefit in five communities that we service.
Council will also be watching closely the roll out of the NTG's Remote Housing Program. The Council will be seeking to be involved in this program particularly in the repairs and maintenance and tenancy areas where Council has identified opportunities for local employment and training.
Once again we are facing another year of tight budgets. Council is committed to maintaining our service levels in our communities and maintaining community positions where ever possible. As a Council we develop the capacity of our local staff at every opportunity and will continue to seek opportunities for local people to take on supervisor roles.
My continuing thanks to the councillors, local authority members and staff for all their hard work.