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Values, Principles & Approach

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Values, Principles & Approach

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Strategy Aim

A. Improving Infrastructure
B. Growing Industry and Employment
C. Caring for the Environment
D. Strengthening Communities

Strategy Objectives

1. Lobby for investment: Council will continue to be involved in the processes associated with securing funding for Economic development, tourism, other current and future capital plus ongoing maintenance of roads, housing and telecommunication infrastructure throughout the Council area.
2. Provide Power Water services on a commercial basis: Council aims to continue to work with Power Water to provide services on a commercial basis in communities throughout the region including infrastructure upgrades and the engagement of local staff to perform routine and emergency tasks.
3. Support Local Authorities and Community Plans: Council will champion the implementation of Local Authority initiatives currently being legislated by the NT Government. The integration opportunity with the Remote Jobs in Community Program (RJCP) and development of community plans enables Council, as a major employer in the region, to further facilitate economic development, tourism and jobs where resources are provided or can be generated.
4. Engage with Tourism Central Australia: Engage with Tourism Central Australia to promote The Outback Way and other potential tourism ventures.
5. Support Council’s Indigenous Employment Policy: Continue to support the Council’s Indigenous Workforce Development Strategy in all areas of operation. The RJCP actively supports Councils Indigenous Employment Policy within Region 25. The Central Desert Regional Council is the largest employer in the region covering positions in core and agency services municipal services, administration, aged care, Youth, sport and recreation. The RJCP will also work closely sourcing other industry and employment opportunities in the North West Alice Region include pastoral, agricultural, construction, mining, public sector (NT and local government) community services (for example, aged care, childcare and health Workers), art centres and community stores.
6. Support local tourism initiatives: Council will support the current initiative to re open the Spotted Tiger Camping Facility on the Plenty Highway. The development of tourism activity at Eagle Beak will similarly be supported.
7. Support business investment across the Shire Council will encourage and support investment across the region; particularly from the mining sector and new projects proposed by local residents. Council will work with Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) and the Central land Council (CLC) to ensure all potential investment and employment opportunities are investigated and optimised.
8. Work with stakeholders to promote sustainable practices: Council will continue to work with all stakeholders to ensure that a full range of sustainable practices are applied across all areas of operation. This will involve the utilisation of local people to facilitate Cultural Awareness training to staff and visitors. Council will support communities in the promotion of cultural events such as the
Yuendumu Sports Weekend and the Lajamanu Festival. As the regional economy grows there is an invaluable opportunity to implement sustainable practices. Future prosperity depends on our ability to manage and protect our environmental assets as we develop the region.
9. Support establishment of campgrounds /rest areas near communities: Council will encourage and support the establishment of campgrounds /rest areas near communities requesting such facilities. These micro businesses may include appropriate facilities and information for travellers. The role and ambition of the RJCP aligns neatly with the development of campgrounds and rest areas. RJCP participants could have, as part of their participation obligations, the opportunity to engage in training and employment opportunities contributing to the installation of these areas.
10. Address disadvantage: Council will continue to work with government, private enterprise and local stakeholders to facilitate all measures that may alleviate the significant social and economic disadvantage experienced by residents.
11. Improve health outcomes: Central Desert Regional Council will foster partnerships to develop in kind and other resources to support improved community living and health outcomes. An improvement in health outcomes will facilitate economic participation and social engagement.
12. Explore affordable housing options: Council will explore affordable housing option development and building options during 2014. Council currently has two builders on staff and know that quality housing and living conditions are a prerequisite for healthy people and communities. Council will encourage the participation of residents in all community housing planning, construction and maintenance tasks. The RJCP will have involvement with community housing infrastructure incorporating training and employment opportunities.

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