Shire hopes to share re­sources with City

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

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.

Pic­ture: WA News

Shire of Ex­mouth com­mis­sioner Ian Fletcher with Mar­tine Letts and Karen Brown.

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