Draft 2015/16 Council Plan & Budget released

East Arnhem Regional Council has released the Draft 2015/16 Council Plan & Budget. Robust and responsible, the 2015/16 Plan & Budget aims to continue the essential work across our core service delivery areas. Council recognises the impact of Cyclone Lam and Cyclone Nathan on the day to day functioning of several East Arnhem communities, with consideration given throughout our Plan & Budget in assisting with the continued rebuild efforts.

President Mr Banambi Wunungmurra is confident that the 2015/16 budget will continue to deliver on key projects, providing high quality services and sustainable employment and development for the people of East Arnhem Land.

“I’m very proud of Councils 2015/16 Budget. It provides strong direction for our communities, whilst maintaining emphasis on creating and sustaining employment opportunities and continual development of community for our people.”

“I’m excited to announce a new Indigenous Technical Officer Traineeship has been identified which will work directly with our Regional Managers in Roads Infrastructure, Building Infrastructure, Fleet Management and Environmental and Waste Management” said the President.

“Our remoteness is real and Council appreciates the vital importance of reliable access to and from our communities. In the next year we will continue our road resealing program, with key projects identified in Yirrkala and Galiwin’ku.”

“We’ve also been busy working on a Regional Waste Strategy and will focus on further implementation of this as well as landfill upgrades across the region” continued Mr Wunungmurra.

The Budget includes in excess of $5m for Aged and Disability Services, $1,821,881 for Youth, Sport and Recreation, over $900,000 for Children and Family Services, and $2,237,092 for Community Safety services and projects.

The President encourages community feedback and discussion on the Plan.

“This is a very solid and well considered budget. In the past four months parts of our region have suffered severely from the impacts of Cyclone Nathan and Lam, and the Budget takes into consideration rebuild and support priorities, as well as continuing the high level of service delivery that Council is accustomed to providing”.

Council invites comment on the Draft 2015/16 Council Plan & Budget, which will remain available for public consultation for 28 days. We encourage all members of Council’s nine East Arnhem communities to provide their feedback by 4pm Tuesday 30 June. Feedback can be left at any of our community Council Offices, or emailed directly to info@eastarnhem.nt.gov.au

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