The Big Rivers Regional Coordination Committee is a forum that brings together senior NT Government representatives and key community leaders, including Roper Gulf Regional Council, Katherine Town Council, Victoria Daly Regional Council and the Australian Government (PM&C) to address key regional issues for Katherine and the communities within the Big Rivers region.
Keogh Bay was engaged by the NT Government (Department of the Chief Minister) to evaluate the current working arrangements of the Big Rivers Regional Coordination Committee and to identify opportunities to further enhance the effectiveness of this forum. Critical to the success of the group is having a clear function and purpose, appropriate representation and governance arrangements that allow for key issues to be identified, discussed and addressed in a timely and effective manner across multiple organisations.
Ben Laidlaw, Keogh Bay Senior Consultant undertook the review which also included interviews with senior Coordination Committee members to map their respective roles and functions and use this information to assist in understanding current lines of communication, interactions between multiple agencies, any duplication of efforts and/or opportunities to further enhance the effectiveness of the forum.
A final report with recommendations was prepared by Keogh Bay. All recommendations were endorsed and implemented by the Coordination Committee. Recent feedback has indicated that the successful implementation on the recommendations has improved the effectiveness, communication lines and outcomes of the group.