It is a requirement under the Local Government Act that the Barkly Regional Council will develop a forward regional plan that will lay out the goals of the organisation for the financial year.
Section 23 of the Local Government Act 2008 states:
A Municipal or Regional Plan:
- must contain:
- a service delivery plan for the period to which the municipal or shire plan relates prepared in accordance with planning requirements specified in a relevant regional management plan; and
- the council’s budget and
- must contain, or incorporate by reference
- any long term community or strategic plans adopted by the council or a local board and relevant to the period to which the municipal or shire plan relates; and
- the council’s long term financial plan; and
- must contain, or incorporate by reference, the council’s most recent assessment of:
- the adequacy of constitutional arrangements presently in force for the council under this Act and, in particular, whether they provide the most effective possible representation for the area; and
- the opportunities and challenges for local government service delivery in the council’s area; and
- possible changes in the administrative and regulatory framework for delivering local government services in the council’s area over the period for which the plan relates; and
- where the possibilities exist for improving local government service delivery by cooperation with other councils, or with government agencies or other organisations; and
- must define indicators for judging the standard of its performance.