Barkly Regional Deal

The then Prime Minister, Northern Territory Chief Minister and Barkly Regional Council Mayor announced the Barkly Regional Deal in July 2018.

On 10 December 2018, Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie, Minister for Regional Services, Sport, Local Government and Decentralisation, Chief Minister the Hon Michael Gunner MLA and Barkly Regional Council Mayor Steve Edgington signed the Barkly Regional Deal ‘Statement of Intent’, and made a joint commitment of $60 million to support the deal. The $60 million investment will be spent to address local priorities and is currently being negotiated with the Northern Territory Government, the Barkly Regional Council and the broader community, including Aboriginal leaders and communities. The media release is here.

The Barkly Regional Deal is a joint partnership between the three levels of government to support the economic and social development of the region.

The Barkly community is at the heart of the regional deal and will be involved throughout its development and implementation. Local leadership is needed to drive and make the deal a success in the long-term.

Central and critical to the Barkly Regional Deal is supporting the Barkly community to develop responses to local priorities that reflect Aboriginal cultural values to improve educational, employment and social outcomes.

Community governance

A joint government-community governance table has been established to co-design and oversight the delivery of the Barkly Regional Deal. This approach has been adopted for the Barkly Regional Deal in recognition that successful place-based approaches require building and supporting community engagement, participation and ownership.

The first meeting of the interim joint government-community governance table was held on 21 and 22 February 2019. The purpose of the meeting was to advise on the proposed initiatives that will be delivered as part of the Barkly Regional Deal. The meeting communiqué is below.

More information

  • Joint government-community governance table Communiqué February 2019 PDF: 115 KB ReadSpeaker
  • Statement of Intent PDF: 1008 KB ReadSpeaker
  • Information note February 2019 DOCX: 79 KB
  • community priorities and aspirations December 2018 PDF: 521 KB ReadSpeaker
  • Consultation report December 2018 PDF: 148 KB ReadSpeaker
  • Consultation report October 2018 PDF: 159 KB ReadSpeaker
  • Community priorities and aspirations October 2018 PDF: 82 KB ReadSpeaker