Working together for our children's future
The Lockhart River Aboriginal Shire Council is focussed on building a happy, united and prosperous community of which everyone can be proud.
By working together with community and others from outside it, the council can improve the living and working conditions and build a better life for our people.
The two biggest factors affecting the wellbeing of our people is the remote location and geographical isolation of Lockhart River and the difficulty it poses in accessing facilities and services within the Lockhart River community. Unfortunately, there is little understanding by visiting government workers of the reality of the situation and the impact of these underlying challenges.
Red tape and underfunding are constant problems but the council does its best to deliver much-needed services for our people.
The council does not only carry out the normal local government services in Lockhart River. Responsibility for managing most social and economic issues also comes back to council, which has far less staffing and resources than other mainstream councils.
Though the council is small, it manages 58 different grants from 15 government agencies covering a wide variety of functions. The total amount of grants administrated by the council during the 2008-2009 was more than $4.622 million.
The next step is for the council to move to full local government status with all its accompanying performance management criteria.