Option 1

Status Quo with Shared Services

The I2 Councils stay as they are and sign up to a joint body which takes over an agreed range of regional activities, such as planning, procurement, and looking after roads.

It becomes the main point of contact for residents.

The joint body would be a substantial organisation, sitting between State and local government.

lt would bring together various regional authorities and could produce significant savings by coordinating services.

These would be managed centrally and delivered locally.

There would be very little change to the local government structure but there could be tension between Councils and the governing board of the regional body.

While shared services as a means of achieving economies of scale from small local government units may be an attractive theory, there are few examples in Australia where robust and longterm shared services have been achieved.

The greatest benefits would come from better advocacy for the region,improved eficiency, cost savings and minimal disruption.

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Tom Brown September 22, 2011 at 8:59 am

This is the only option worth considering. Having read most of the submissions so far I have come to the conclusion that a vast majority come from retiree’s who believe council mergers will save them money. Wake up and smell the roses old folk, your rates will not go down. Imagine your disatisfaction with Southern Water expanded to every service the councils provide.

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