Local government gets a Minister

The Northern Territory (NT) Government has announced the inclusion of local government in the Ministerial title of the now Minster for Local Government, Housing and Community Development.

Local Government Association Northern Territory (LGANT) President, Damien Ryan, who welcomed the announcement, said, “Under the previous Administrative Arrangements, local government was subsumed within the Housing and Community Development portfolio.

“We have been calling for the reinstatement of a Minister for Local Government since Labor came to power.

“This shows due recognition of local government in the NT and acknowledges the importance of it being a sphere of government in the Australian Federation.”

“Local government is a key service provider and the largest employer in the Northern Territory outside the NT Government with approximately 3500 employees and revenues exceeding $425 million a year. This makes the sector bigger than some government departments.”