Service audits help cut costs
For some years now, council has been looking for ways to cut costs while improving service delivery.
We have been spreading the message throughout our organisation that it is important to continue to look for efficiencies.
We repeatedly remind staff City money is ratepayer’s money and should be treated as their own.
We have also been doing service reviews across the organisation, getting managers to look at ways they can work more efficiently and cost effectively.
To date we have reviewed 15 service areas, including IT replacement, insurance, housing, cleaning and waste management.
We have deferred capital expenses on heavy equipment, reduced our light vehicle fleet, looked at energy efficiency projects and fuel use minimisation possibilities.
By developing our own fuel storage sites, we have been able to bulk-purchase fuel which has resulted in major savings.
We have contracted out some services, and brought others in-house.
We do not believe mass redundancies are good management, but have reduced numbers gradually, largely through natural attrition.
As a result, staffing levels are now down 20 on two years ago.
At the same time we have taken on a range of new services for the community, including the new main street, the Dampier Community Hub, the Wickham South Park, the Tambrey Pavilion, foreshores and other areas.
We continue to look for ways to do things better for less.