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Local Decision Making
Local Decision Making
The Department of the Chief Minister (DCM) Central Australia has held initial Local Decision Making (LDM) information sessions with all (24) major remote communities in Central Australia and with a number of Aboriginal corporations providing services to town based or remote communities.
Central Australian remote communities are variously at one of three levels of LDM; some communities are currently considering entering into negotiations; some have requested further information; and others have indicated they are not yet ready to engage in the LDM process.
Tangentyere Council Aboriginal Corporation has co-signed with the NT Government, a Commitment Agreement that outlines how the parties will work together towards a LDM heads of agreement. A signing ceremony occurred on 4 July 2019 where the Chief Minister, and CEO and executive members of the TCAC Board of Directors signed the Agreement. The 16 Town Camp Presidents are co-signatories to the Agreement. TCAC hosted the ceremony.
Download signed Community Corporate member LDM commitment agreement - 4 July 2019
Mutitjulu and Yulara Futures planning has commenced to map out the long term vision and framework for the region and provide a guide to investment and development. This process will dovetail with the development of Local Decision Making in Mutitjulu. Stakeholder meetings commenced in June 2019.
On 26 June DCM entered into a $500 000 funding agreement with Children’s Ground to provide feasibility and supply of essential services to Irrkerlantye/Whitegate. A working group that includes senior custodians, NT Government agencies and Lhere Artepe Aboriginal Corporation is overseeing progress towards a Commitment Agreement.
On 21 June 2019, the NT Government provided Purple House a LDM grant of $27 000 to explore options for transitioning the NT Government health clinics of Papunya, Haasts Bluff and Mt Liebig to community control. The grant is to improve Purple House operational structures and processes and develop a business case to support the next stage of the transition.
LDM negotiations are under way with Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation (Purple House); Warlpiri Youth Development Aboriginal Corporation (WYDAC); and Ngurratjuta/Pmara Ntjarra Aboriginal Corporation.
The Department of Education has a three year plan, and will establish Local Engagement and Decision Making (LEaD) committees in 34 remote community schools in 2019 with a further 20 to be established in 2020. DoE is in the final stages of establishing LEaD committees in 3 sites including Papunya.
NT Police is trialling Service Level Agreements with communities to ensure police services are based on the specifics needs of the community. These include Imanpa and Willowra.
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