Resource sharing study

Council. Circular Head, Kentish, Latrobe and Waratah-Wynyard councils will be undergoing a review of the resource sharing between the councils to help in growing, enhancing and refining the arrangements as part of the current Local Government reform process.

The councils have engaged the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG) to undertake the review.

While the four councils’ resource-sharing arrangements are not eligible for funding under the state government’s reform process, the councils believe there are a number of benefits in the study.

Circular Head Mayor Daryl Quilliam said the study would help all four councils to provide evidence of the real benefits of resource sharing.

“The review will look at all four councils’ current governance arrangements, including decision-making processes, and develop a framework for decision making in the future,” he said, “particularly in relation to how decisions are made for determining future areas for resource sharing.”

Waratah-Wynyard Mayor Robby Walsh said the four Councils believed that resource sharing service arrangements are in the best interest of ratepayers.

“In comparison to amalgamation, resource sharing allows councils to improve levels of service, while maintaining local representation,” Mayor Walsh said.

It is proposed that each of the four participating councils contribute $10,000 plus GST each to fund the project, and given the national interest in the study of this nature, ACELG has indicated it would cover additional costs.

The project is to be completed by the end of February 2016.

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