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Resource Sharing – Building Stronger and Better Councils

23 May 2012

Waratah-Wynyard and Circular Head General Manager Greg Winton today released the findings of the Impact of Resource Sharing on Staff and Councillors report prepared by the Institute for Regional Development, University of Tasmania.

“The release of this report is timely in that Council amalgamations are again being pushed by some in the business community,” Mr Winton said.

“It’s important to remember that the key driver of this arrangement was to make each Council stronger and better and it is clear in this report that we are well on the way to meeting this objective.”

Mr Winton said the resource sharing process had encouraged a broadening of boundaries and a broadening of thinking in both municipalities.

“However, the true measure of success will be cultural change,” he said.

Circular Head Mayor Daryl Quilliam said while the report highlighted some concerns with the resource sharing arrangement, mostly it recognised the positive outcomes achieved.

“The benefits of resource sharing can be no better demonstrated than staff from both Councils jointly taking out the state title at the recent Local Government Management Association’s challenge in Launceston,” Mayor Quilliam said.

“The group demonstrated excellent team work and a collaborative, inclusive approach to everything thrown at them at the challenge and will now be representing Tasmania at the Australasian Finals to be held in Melbourne on 21st and 22nd June 2012 - what an achievement.”

Waratah-Wynyard Mayor Robby Walsh agreed and said the mere fact General Manager Greg Winton had been invited by the Local Government Management Association to present at its National Congress today was testament to a good, working model.

“However, it must be remembered that Mr Winton is only one of 14 resource-shared staff, all of whom are helping both Councils deliver enhanced services across both municipalities,” Mayor Walsh said.

“I look forward to the next stage of this arrangement and the many benefits it will bring to both the Circular Head and Waratah-Wynyard communities.”

Both Councils have also released a combined resource sharing status report to address the first recommendation of the Institute for Regional Development’s report as a sign of commitment to the process.

The associated reports are listed below:

Resource Sharing Report(459 kb)

Resource Sharing Status Report(560 kb)

Resource Sharing Status Report Summary(550 kb)