At its formation, the Shire assumed responsibility for services previously provided by the Shire of Wiluna. Since then the Shire has been steadily improving and extending the range of services provided to the communities. In implementing these services the Council has needed to allow for the culture and sensitivities of the local communities.
Initially in most instances this was achieved by making contributions to fund existing facilities and services such as ovals, street lights, welfare, TV and radio retransmission, swimming pools and culture. However increasingly the Shire is now taking the more conventional avenue and providing the service directly. This includes Health, Building, Waste Services, Litter control, Rubbish Disposal Sites, Road Construction, Sealing and Maintenance, Sports & Recreation, Project management and other community-based programs.
- Management Services - Tjulyuru Cultural & Civic Centre.
- Rubbish collection - Warburton, Warakurna & Wanarn.
- Litter control - Warburton.
- Project Management.
- Refuse site advice.
- Verge Maintenance Programme/Road Sweeping - Warburton, Warakurna, Blackstone and Jameson.
- School holiday youth recreation programme, Warburton.
- Maintenance of Football/Recreation Oval - Warburton and Warakurna.
- Provision of funding for Maintenance of Football/Recreation Oval.
- Provision of funding for street lighting
- Road construction and maintenance.
- Health services - Environmental Health Officer services all aboriginal communities within the Shire.
- Building services - Building Surveyor issues building licences and inspects all new building and structures within the Shire.
- Youth/Drop in Centre at Warburton.
- Provide rebroadcasting of digital TV/Radio programmes Warburton & Blackstone.
- Sport & Recreation programme.
- Local Emergency Management Arrangements
Early Years Child Development
The Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku has coordinated an excellent early leaning program, called ‘Warburton Playgroup’ since February 2008. In August 2009, the Early Learning Centre (‘Tjilku Kurlunyku Centre’) was built by the Shire. The Centre is well used by the children and parents of the community, with playgroup operating five mornings a week during school terms at Warburton, since 2010. Additonal playgroup programs are run in Jameson and Blackstone.
Parents and children actively engage in the facilitated playgroup program, with high levels of engagement between parents and children during the activities, routines and experiences each session. Attendance is consistently encouraging.
In 2017 the Shire undertook a project to build an extension to the current Early Learning Centre at Warburton community, to provide additional floor space for an increased range of early learning activities for the children, with their parents as their teachers.
Responsible for recreational programs/activities at the oval or Community Hall, movies, school sports carnival and community run swimming pools in Warburton.
Road Construction and Maintenance
The Shire is responsible for the maintenance of all roads currently on the Shire's Road Inventory. The Shire currently tenders the work to contractors.
Major Roads maintained by the Shire:
- Great Central Road (Outback Way) 438kms
- Giles Mulga Park Road 136kms
- Blackstone Access Road 244kms
- Tjukurla Access Road 94kms
- Tjirrkarli Access Road 97kms
- Wanarn Access Road 19kms
- Patjarr Access Road 192kms
- Jameson Access Road 52kms
- Warakurna Access Road 5kms
- Wingellina Access Road 7kms
- Kanpa Access Road 25kms
Council has taken over responsibility for waste collection services at Warburton, Warakurna and Wanarn. A Works team employed from within the community carry out the Waste Collection program. The capital cost of duplicating plant and depots has prevented the extension of the service to other communities at this stage.
Streetscape Program and Street Sweeping & Litter Control
The Shire is committed to improving the appearance of the Shire's streets and has developed this program for Warburton, Warakurna and Jameson - other communities to follow. Road verge maintenance ensures the community's road verges do not become over grown and keeps the appearance of the communities visually pleasing.
Local Emergency Management Arrangements
- the local government’s policies for emergency management;
- the roles and responsibilities of public authorities and other persons involved in emergency management in the local government district;
- provisions about the coordination of emergency operations and activities relating to emergency management;
- a description of emergencies that are likely to occur in the local government district;
- strategies and priorities for emergency management in the local government district;
- other matters about emergency management in the local government district prescribed by the regulations; and
- other matters about emergency management in the local government district the local government considers appropriate. (s.41(2) of the Act).