City, Town sign work MoU

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION - Amy McKie

A THREE-YEAR work­ing re­la­tion­ship com­mit­ment be­tween the City of South Perth and the Town of Vic­to­ria Park has been fi­nalised un­der a Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing (MoU).

South Perth Mayor Sue Do­herty, chief ex­ec­u­tive Ge­off Glass, Vic­to­ria Park Mayor Trevor Vaughan and chief ex­ec­u­tive An­thony Vuleta signed the non-bind­ing agree­ment on May 18 at the City of South Perth’s of­fices.

The MoU out­lines prin­ci­ples, ob­jec­tives and com­mit­ments for col­lab­o­ra­tion and part­ner­ship be­tween the two coun­cils.

It in­cludes adopt­ing an in­creas­ingly re­gional ap­proach to cross-bor­der is­sues, im­prov­ing the ef­fec­tive­ness and ef­fi­ciency of com­mon ser­vice de­liv­ery, and com­bined ad­vo­cacy for key projects and is­sues.

“Fol­low­ing the metropoli­tan local gov­ern­ment re­form pro­gram, in which ratepay­ers voted against amal­ga­ma­tion of the City of South Perth and Town of Vic­to­ria Park in Fe­bru­ary 2015, both coun­cils iden­ti­fied op­por­tu­ni­ties to guide fur­ther col­lab­o­ra­tive ini­tia­tives, and recog­nised the value in de­vel­op­ing and main­tain­ing a con­struc­tive and pro­duc­tive re­la­tion­ship,” Ms Do­herty said.

The MoU spec­i­fies that the City and Town’s ex­ec­u­tive teams meet at least three times a year to progress strate­gic and op­er­a­tional level ob­jec­tives, and that elected mem­bers from both coun­cils will meet at least once a year to foster the part­ner­ship.

“Where ap­pro­pri­ate, both coun­cils will work to­gether to align ma­jor projects, busi­ness plan­ning ini­tia­tives and share spe­cial­ist re­sources,” Mr Vaughan said.

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