The Central Desert Regional Council delivers services that look after people from the cradle, when they're born, right through life, as developing children, young adults, working age through to the elderly, indeed, to the grave.
We are if you like a whole of life organisation.
So we employ a lot of people to care for your families, and for the environment and communities you live in.
It would be very easy for people to only focus on what is their responsibility and not look around them to see what else is going on. But we know that everything is connected to everything else. One drop of water into the puddle below sends ripples out from the centre. That one drop of water changes the depth of the water as well as the surface of the water. It has an effect on the entire puddle.
Our services are like that too. If we get our childcare services right, it helps parents grow their kids up stronger and gives kids a better understanding when they go to school. If kids do well at school, and they learn to read and write, it helps them get good jobs. We know that having a job provides a stronger purpose in life and helps keep people healthy, mentally and physically, in the mind and the heart.
We know that looking after the elderly helps keep your stories and communities strong. The old people have the knowledge and wisdom and provide the foundation upon which you build a future for your children.
So its important that when we deliver services, they are joined up so that we are doing the very best for your community with the money that we have.
But it's also important that we work together with other services in our communities. The school, the clinic, the Police, the store, child care, outstations, Central Land Council. We're all working for the same people. Its our responsibility to work together.
That's what the Family Wellbeing Strategy does. It's a plan. As Mr President says, it's a road map. It sets out where we are now and where we want to go. What we do and how we work together now and what new things we want to do to help us get to our destination. That is, a place where families are healthy and happy and communities are strong and vibrant.