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PROV­ING greater eco­nomic ben­e­fit and bet­ter ser­vices for res­i­dents are the defin­ing cri­te­ria for Pep­per­mint Grove pres­i­dent Rachel Thomas if a coun­cil re­source shar­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion is to be formed.

“We’ve al­ways said we were happy to con­sider shared re­sources if there is a ben­e­fit fi­nan­cially and for ser­vices,” Mrs Thomas said.

Her coun­cil would only con­sider shar­ing “back-of­fice” ser­vices, such as IT and ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Coun­cil­lors would con­sider the is­sue once the chief ex­ec­u­tives of Pep­per­mint Grove, Clare­mont and Cottes­loe had re­ported on their in­ves­ti­ga­tion, fol­low­ing re­cent meet­ings into what op­er­a­tions could be jointly pro­vided by each coun­cil.

A Cottes­loe Coun­cil res­o­lu­tion said it would ac­tively seek re­source shar­ing af­ter merg­ers col­lapsed ear­lier this year.

Mayor Jo Dawkins said her coun­cil was in the process of pro­vid­ing fi­nan­cial ser­vices for Pep­per­mint Grove and it would wait for Clare­mont chief ex­ec­u­tive Stephen Goode’s re­port on other shar­ing op­tions mid-year.

“We’re look­ing at it in terms of ‘If we get a new IT sys­tem, why not all get the same sys­tem?’ ” Mrs Dawkins said. Other po­ten­tial ar­eas for shar­ing in­cluded en­vi­ron­men­tal health, HR and pay­roll, build­ing ser­vices, rangers, and rates pay­ments.

“At the end of the day, it doesn’t re­ally mat­ter where the per­son to who you are pay­ing your rates is sit­ting, whether they are in The Grove li­brary or Clare­mont,” Mrs Dawkins said, adding that she sup­ported fund­ing a longer in­quiry by Clare­mont into re­sources shar­ing but any de­ci­sion on money would have to be made by her coun­cil­lors.

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