East Arnhem Regional Council wishes to respond to the claims made by Minister for Local Government, Dave Tollner, in relation to the Council’s dealings with Latitude 12 and the position of Council members on the company’s Board of Directors.
Council President, Mr Banambi Wunungmurra said East Arnhem Regional Council conducts their operations in an open and transparent manner at all times, in line with the legislative requirements of the Local Government Act.
“East Arnhem Regional Council has and will continue to work with the Department of Local Government in any aspect of investigations they wish to conduct.
The implied suggestion by Mr Tollner that our members may not fully understand their position on the Latitude 12 Board, or the potential implications of Council being involved with a private company, is both condescending and disrespectful”.
A concept of East and West Arnhem Regional Council, Latitude 12 was created to act as an organisation that could provide common services to both Councils; the aim to reduce duplication and provide greater outcomes for Communities and residents. Commencing operation on 1 July 2010, Latitude 12 is a successful entity delivering core services while developing an asset base for East and West Arnhem Regional Councils.
The success of Latitude 12 was recognised at the 2013 National Awards for Local Government, with East Arnhem Regional Council receiving commendation in the category of Regional Collaboration.
East Arnhem Regional Council continues to be committed to providing outstanding services and programs to the residents of our Communities, and will ultimately act in a manner, within legislative boundaries, which will improve our ability to provide these services.
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