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Raukkan Community Council and Coorong District Council Agreement

Category: Agreement
Date: 1 July 2005
Sub Category:Memorandum of Understanding
Location:South Australia, Australia
The area that is the subject of this agreement is located in Point McLeay, south-east South Australia.
Subject Matter:Collaboration / Partnership | Employment and Training | Cultural Heritage | Local Government
Summary Information:


Raukkan Community Council and the Coorong District Council Alliance ('the Alliance') was finalised and endorsed in mid 2005. The agreement is made between Trish Barrett on behalf of the Raukkan Community Council, and Mayor Neville Jaensch on behalf of the Coorong District Council.

The Alliance does not represent a legally binding agreement but instead intends to build on 'the existing cooperative working relationship between the Councils on matters of shared interest.'

The purpose of the Alliance is to:

  • Encourage 'dialogue and…promote mutual respect between the parties';
  • Provide a mechanism through which the parties can discuss options for flexible local government service delivery; and
  • Emphasise coordinated planning strategies, with the aim of fostering regional economic development.

    The Alliance is based on numerous principles, including respect for and recognition of 'cross cultural differences and aspirations'; and 'mutual recognition of the varying roles and functions of the [parties]... in both service delivery and accountabilities.' In particular, the areas that the Alliance targets are: representation and decision making; strategic planning; services and infrastructure; leadership; economic development; and culture.

    The Alliance is to be implemented by a joint Working Group, made up of members of both parties, who will meet regularly and report to their respective councils. The Alliance's Schedule of Priorities for 2005/2006 includes:

  • Opportunities for leadership and economic development, which includes securing long term local employment opportunities;
  • Special occasions and events, including celebrating cultural heritage and joint naming of places; and
  • Services and infrastructure, including the sealing of Poltalloch Road.
  • Detailed Information:


    The Alliance was negotiated by a working party made up of members of both the Raukkan Community Council and the Coorong District Council;- it represents a pilot model for the Local Government Services Agreement Project, an initiative of the Department for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation and the Office of Local Government.

    The two parties have put out a document titled 'The Story of Our Journey' in order to assist other Councils and Indigenous communities in similar negotiations. They have also allowed working documents to be accessed, including:

  • Terms of Reference for the Alliance Agreement
  • Model Framework and Process Guidelines
  • Project Workshop Outcomes - Developing the Strategy

    These documents can be accessed under the 'Published Resources' link below.

  • Related Entries

    Organisation
  • Coorong District Council - Signatory
  • Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation (SA)
  • State of South Australia
  • People
  • Raukkan Indigenous Community - Signatory

  • References

    Resource
    Local Government Association of South Australia (2005) Raukkan Community Council and the Coorong District Council Alliance
    Raukkan Community Council and Coorong District Council Alliance (2005) The Story of Our Journey
    Raukkan Community Council and Coorong District Council (2005) Project Workshop Outcomes - Developing the Strategy
    Raukkan Community Council and Coorong District Council (2005) Terms of Reference for the Alliance Agreement
    Raukkan Community Council and Coorong District Council (2005) Model Framework and Process Guidelines

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    Memorandum of Understanding

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