Kentish and Latrobe Councils value collaboration and partnerships both within and outside their municipalities. As part of their business models, the councils have entered into a resource-sharing arrangement.
Through resource sharing the two Councils are able to balance economic efficiency with maintaining local democracy, keeping a sense of place and a sense of community. Partnerships of this nature enable the communities to gain benefits that may have been otherwise unattainable.
The resource-sharing arrangement is governed by a Memorandum of Understanding which articulates all the terms and conditions for the parties to abide by. Both councils have seen improved levels of service quality, economies of scope and scale and increased organisational development and strategic capacity.
|2008||Initial meeting between the two councils to discuss sharing of resources|
Formation of Kentish and Latrobe Council Municipal Alliances Committee.
|2010||Agreement to share Latrobe Council’s General Manager.|
|2011||Agreement to share the following positions;|
Manager Engineering and Works, Accountant, Tourism and Economic Development Officer, Workplace Health and Safety and Risk Management Officer and Environmental Health Officer.
|2013||Agreement to restructure planning and building services departments to form one Department to service both councils.|
|2015||Shared Works Manager appointed.|
|2016||Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government at University of Technology Sydney reviewed Council’s resource sharing arrangement and their report (UTS:CLG 2016) revealed conservative savings of $768,000 across the two councils in the 2015/16 year. |
The councils engaged LKS Quaero to assist with the implementation of 21 recommendations from the Centre of Excellence for Local Government Report.
Both Councils are working together to implement the report’s recommendations and have several projects underway under the banner of Embedding Shared Resources: