With the new local government general elections on the 26th August 2017, this plan is the first for the current Council and outlines our strategy for the next four years and for this term of Council. Central Desert Regional Council remains focused on delivering services for the benefit of our communities and residents under the overall strategy of “two ways, one outcome; indigenous and non-indigenous people working together”. Our vision is Central Desert people have equality of access to services and opportunities that enhance their well-being.
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. 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. As a Council we have identified a number of priorities for the coming year and the community plans are documented along with the regional plan on our web site. I would like to express my thanks to all Local Authority members and congratulate them on the work they do. The other councillors and I value the ongoing input and contribution from our Local Authorities.
Our key themes for the 2018/2022 Regional Plan are: ADVOCACY, CUSTOMER SERVICE, LIVEABILITY, SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES and ECONOMIC GROWTH.
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. 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.