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Changing of the Guard

This will be my last Communications Report before I head off on maternity leave and I wanted to take the opportunity to thank the NTPA office staff, Executive, Regional Delegates and wider membership for welcoming me so warmly to the team.

Over the past 12 months the Communications Department has made significant progress in expanding the Member Benefits Scheme, ramping up interaction and engagement on our social media platforms (we have almost 1,000 more likes and follows on Facebook compared with this time last year), introducing NTPA-specific Instagram and Twitter accounts, as well as drafting, communicating and analysing the 2018 Member Survey which returned encouraging results around member satisfaction with NTPA Communication tools!

It was also an incredibly busy year for external communications. We saw several (in the Associations view) poor policy decisions by both the NT Labor Government and the Police Executive; regular mis-steps by both, and a Cabinet reshuffle which saw a change of the Police Ministry, from The Chief Minister, Michael Gunner, to The Deputy Chief Minister and Treasurer, Nicole Manison.

Our office was very active in the media space with President, Paul McCue, then-Senior Vice-President, Col Goodsell, Vice President, Chris Wilson and Treasurer, Crispin Gargan providing almost daily commentary to ABC Radio Darwin / Alice Springs, ABC TV, Channel Nine Darwin, Mix 104.9 and the NT News.

I will be leaving the Communications Department in the very capable hands of Paul McLaughlin. As a brief introduction; Pauls father was a Police Officer here in the NT and was, in fact, President of the NTPA in 1962! Paul has a long and distinguished career as a journalist (weve worked together extensively at Channel Nine and Mix 104.9), Media Director at NTPFES, and Media Advisor for the CLP government. Please make him feel welcome.