NSW collaborative arrangement report released
A report about the extent of local government collaborative arrangements across NSW and factors that underpin the effectiveness of these arrangements has been released.
The survey of 100 councils shows that the majority of councils embrace collaborative arrangements as a way of building capacity in the sector.
There is evidence of a stronger strategic approach to these arrangements, with councils reporting that the majority of these arrangements are underpinned by robust strategic and business planning.
The survey findings indicate that the Division should continue to support collaborative arrangements between NSW councils as a way of building local government capacity to meet important community needs.
The value of these arrangements is that they preserve local democracy by continuing to hold local councils as the principal decision-making body, while providing a resource sharing mechanism to build capacity, increase skills and meet service delivery needs at a regional and local level.
The survey findings demonstrate that effective collaboration is dependent on the commitment of councils, and that there are a range of collaborative models that support local government service delivery. It is the responsibility of councils to adopt the model that best meets local needs and provides services in the most cost efficient and effective way.
The continuing emergence of arrangements that enhance the delivery of regional programs in such areas as community services, economic development, environmental services, health services, libraries, tourism development, waste, water and sewerage should continue to be encouraged.
Councils have requested additional support and guidance to address a range of challenges in the planning, governance and management of these arrangements. It is proposed that the Division further consider the best way that councils can be supported in developing and implementing collaborative
The report can be accessed at www.dlg.nsw.gov.au