May­ors, CEOs meet on sub­sidiary

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Quick News - By DENISE S. CAHILL

THE Town of Clare­mont has picked Cottes­loe and Shire of Pep­per­mint Grove for its pro­posed re­gional sub­sidiary that would im­prove re­source shar­ing in the west­ern sub­urbs.

Clare­mont chief ex­ec­u­tive Stephen Goode said Cottes­loe and Pep­per­mint Grove al­ready had an es­tab­lished work­ing re­la­tion­ship with each other.

“We took the view that if we cre­ate some­thing small, we can al­ways ex­pand,” he said.

May­ors, chief ex­ec­u­tives and fi­nance rep­re­sen­ta­tives from each coun­cil have met about cre­at­ing the sub­sidiary.

Clare­mont coun­cil­lors sup­ported the con­cept at a meet­ing last week and will con­sider a fur­ther re­port on ini­tial fund­ing be­fore de­ter­min­ing its 2015-16 bud­get.

Mr Goode said ini­tial plan­ning stages would re­quire in­vest­ment from each coun­cil, so Clare­mont would de­ter­mine an amount and seek ap­proval from each coun­cil.

“It will take a year to get the whole thing set up be­fore we can do much,” he said.

Cre­at­ing a re­gional sub­sidiary would al­low each lo­cal gov­ern­ment to re­tain its au­ton­omy but cre­ate a shared ad­min­is­tra­tion over­seen by a board. A Clare­mont re­port stated that an in­vest­ment of time and fi­nances would be needed to cre­ate and im­ple­ment a sub­sidiary or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Shared ser­vice de­liv­ery would not be pos­si­ble with­out a busi­ness case show­ing fi­nan­cial sav­ings, im­proved stan­dards and new op­por­tu­ni­ties, the re­port said.

Clare­mont coun­cil­lor Paul Kelly said he sup­ported the pro­posal but was con­cerned about choos­ing “who we are get­ting into bed with”.

“There are very close neigh­bours that we haven’t in­cluded and when this be­comes public there may be ap­proaches from other coun­cils,” he said. “To get fi­nan­cial ben­e­fit out of this, we need to think big­ger.”

Cr Alas­tair Tul­loch said a re­gional sub­sidiary would work in the Town’s favour if amal­ga­ma­tions were forced in the fu­ture.

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