Introduction to Local Boards
Since 2008 Council made a decision to use the existing Skin Group Meetings as a method to provide feedback to council. There are four skin groups representing twenty four clan groups.
On the 28th April 2010 Council reviewed the function of the skin group as local boards, the Council concluded that they represented a large portion of community members, however not the whole community.
A resolution was carried to establish three Local Boards to represent each ward - Pirlangimpi, Milikapiti and Wurrumiyanga.
Purpose of the Boards as per the Local Government Act 2008 Part 5.1
Object of the Local Boards
The object is to achieve effective integration and involvement of local communities in the system of local government
Functions of local boards
The functions of a local board are:
- to involve local communities more closely in issues related to local government; and
- to ensure that local communities are given an opportunity to express their opinions on questions affecting local government; and
- to allow local communities a voice in the formulation of policies for the locality as well as policies for the area and the region; and
- to take the views of local communities back to council and act as advocates on their behalf; and
- to contribute to the development of the relevant regional management plan and the relevant municipal or shire plan.
A local board is subject to control and direction by the council.