Country Idealist Profiles

Northern Territory – City Government Structure

Posted in Australia, Northern Territory (Australia), Northern Territory (Australia) Basics by mjoymatheson on August 14, 2008

The authority to establish a local government was granted to the city of Darwin in 1957 and subsequently was extended to Katherine, Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Litchfield, and Palmerston, as well as to other towns across the territory. Provision was made for a limited form of local government in small communities by the Local Government Act of 1985; by the beginning of the 21st century, the territory had more than 60 officially recognized “local governing bodies,” including municipal and community councils, incorporated associations, and one special-purpose town. Some of the programs and facilities administered by local governments include various health and public services, housing, stores, and community recreation centres.

The Darwin City Council (Incorporated under the Northern Territory Local Government Act 1993) governs the City of Darwin which takes in the CBD and the suburbs. The Darwin City Council consists of 13 elected members, the Lord Mayor and 12 aldermen. The City of Darwin electorate is organised into four electoral units or wards. The names of the wards are Chan, Lyons, Richardson, and Waters.  The constituents of each ward are directly responsible for electing three aldermen. Constituents of all wards are directly responsible for electing the Lord Mayor of Darwin.  The rest of the Darwin area is divided into 2 local government areas. One of these is designated as a City, and the second, which is on the city’s outer fringe, has the title of Shire. These areas have elected councils which are responsible for functions delegated to them by the Northern Territory Government, such as planning and garbage collection.

The Alice Springs town council consists of the Mayor and ten elected Aldermen. Elections are held every four years.

Source(s):
http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/419912/Northern-Territory/43514/People#tab=active~checked%2Citems~checked&title=Northern%20Territory%20%3A%3A%20People%20–%20Britannica%20Online%20Encyclopedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darwin,_Northern_Territory
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_Springs%2C_Northern_Territory

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