Shire hopes to share resources with City
The Shire of Exmouth is hoping to sign a memorandum of understanding with the City of Karratha to enable greater sharing of services as part of a wider culture change within its local government.
While no agreement has been signed yet, the local governments are in preliminary talks to establish a MOU authorising City staff to provide building approval services for the Shire of Exmouth.
Commissioner Ian Fletcher said a MOU would help the Shire gain access to better services and streamline its delivery.
“The MOU between the Shire and City of Karratha is yet to be finalised but will provide a basis for resource sharing in areas such as building, planning and environmental health,” he said.
“As a smaller shire with limited resources, this arrangement will help us improve services and responsiveness for the community and maintain timely processing and turnaround for planning applications and other administrative matters.
“In the long term, we hope this arrangement will also see the sharing of professional knowledge and foster a culture of excellence and ongoing service delivery improvement.”
Mr Fletcher said a MOU with a strong regional local government performer such as the City would provide Shire staff with greater capacity than they could have on their own while also promoting stronger ties with neighbouring local governments..
“They are nearby, they have the expertise and we will get high levels of service,” he said of the City. “It’s about getting expertise in regional WA, instead of having to go to Perth all the time.”
City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long confirmed staff had been in preliminary discussions with the Shire of Exmouth about a potential MOU, which would be similar to those it already had with the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley, the Shire of Ashburton and the Town of Port Hedland.
Shire of Exmouth commissioner Ian Fletcher with Martine Letts and Karen Brown.