Ser­vice au­dits help cut costs

Pilbara News - - Opinion - Peter Long Peter Long is the City of Kar­ratha Mayor.

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.

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