From the CEO's Desk 01 May 2020

RAMADAN: On behalf of the Councillors and staff, I would like to take this opportunity to send our best wishes to the many people in our community of the Islamic faith who are in the holy month of Ramadan. As per the Shire’s usual practice in the interests of the health and well-being of our staff, the outside crew work from 6am to 12noon each day during Ramadan.

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Council Meeting 22 April 2020

As per the instruction from the Territory Controller in the current State of Emergency, in accordance with Admin. Reg. 14D(3) & (4), the Shire President has given formal approval for the Ordinary Meeting of Council on 22 April 2020  at 11am to be held via teleconference.

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From the CEO's Desk 17 April 2020

GRANTS OFFICER: We are delighted to welcome Bianca (Bebo) McKinney to the team on a short-term contract in the vital role of Grants Officer. Over the next two months Bebo will be working with the business community to identify all possible avenues of grant funding for businesses under various stimulus funding packages and then will be assisting businesses to put together their applications. We hope this tangible assistance to our business community provides some reassurance and support. Bebo can be contacted via email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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From the CEO's Desk 03 April 2020

There is no doubt the events of the past few weeks have had an impact on our lives and presented challenges few of us ever dreamt we would need to manage. It has been uplifting to see how well we, as a Community, have come together to rise to these challenges in creative and inspiring ways; how we have looked out for one another and put past grievances aside. And while it may be that this dynamic situation will continue to throw new challenges our way, we will pull together, better, stronger, more resilient and tighter knit than ever before. Thank you Cocos Community – I can think of no other place I would like to be and no other group of people I would rather be with.

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From the CEO's Desk 20 March 2020

BUSINESS RESILIENCE AND CONTINUITY: TheShire is aware that while events over the past week or so have had an impact, we are working as a team to review our processes and practices to ensure the health and wellbeing of our employees and the community and the continuity of core Shire services that are essential for the quality of life on Cocos. Based on our discussions and best advice from the Administrator, EMC and Health Professionals, we have developed a Draft Business Resilience and Continuity Plan for Council review.

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From the CEO's Desk 06 March 2020

CANBERRA VISIT: Meeting with Assistant Minister Nola Marino. The Shire President, the Administrator and I visited Canberra for a meeting with Assistant Minister Nola Marino. We had a very long and productive meeting and would like to thank the Minister for being so generous with her time especially during parliamentary sittings. We had a lengthy discussion on the DI proposal as the Minister had a number of questions to which we were pleased to provide detailed responses.

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Disability Access and Inclusion Plan

Disability Access and Inclusion Plan

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From the CEO's Desk 21 February 2020

BUILDING PROJECT OFFICER: We are delighted to welcome Bulka Raptikan to the team as the Building Project Officer. Bulka has commenced work on a project plan for the construction of a house on Home Island. Bulka will be working with the Housing Reference Group to finalise a design within the budget we have for this project. 

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From the CEO's Desk 7 February 2020

NEW ADVENTURES FOR IAN EVANS: It was with a very heavy heart that Ian, our much-loved Works Manager, tendered his resignation from the Shire. Ian has been with the Shire for over 5 years and in that time has shown time and time again his strong commitment to the community. He always goes well above the call of duty to make sure our community gets the best service possible. Nothing is ever too much trouble for Ian. Ian will stay on for the next three or so months to ensure a smooth hand-over to the next person so please make sure you let Ian know how much his work and dedication has been appreciated. We will provide a more thorough acknowledgement of Ian’s contributions before he leaves. Thanks Ian.

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From the CEO'S Desk 24 January 2020

2020 – AN EXCITING YEAR AHEAD: It is hard to believe we are well into the new year. 2020 promises to be another exciting and busy year with lots of projects on our calendar. The team at the Shire believe that we will have our best chance of succeeding if we work together with our community. That does not mean we will all always agree or that we will always get everything right. What is more important is that as a Shire we engage effectively and are very open to constructive feedback to help us move forward. 


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