Out to shed in­ef­fi­cien­cies by col­lab­o­ra­tion

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

The Waikato May­oral Forum says good progress is be­ing made in as­sess­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for col­lab­o­ra­tion and shared ser­vices among mem­ber coun­cils.

The forum, con­sist­ing of Waikato may­ors and the chair­man of the Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil, met last week.

‘‘The meet­ing strongly re­in­forced the im­por­tance of the Waikato lead­ers work­ing to­gether and speak­ing with one voice,’’ forum chair­man Mata­mata- Pi­ako mayor Hugh Ver­coe said.

The forum is as­sess­ing coun­cil col­lab­o­ra­tion for:

Wa­ter and waste­water ser­vices;

Road main­te­nance; Plan­ning; Eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment;

Gov­er­nance and man­age­ment of shared ser­vices.

‘‘Al­though there is con­sider- able in­ter­est in pos­si­ble lo­cal gov­ern­ment re­forms, the re­gion’s may­ors re­main firmly fo­cussed on iden­ti­fy­ing how we can work bet­ter to­gether to im­prove ser­vices to our com­mu­ni­ties,’’ Mr Ver­coe said.

‘‘When we look at plan­ning, for ex­am­ple, we see lay­ers and over­lap be­tween cen­tral, re­gional and lo­cal gov­ern­ment but we lack a strat­egy or spa­tial plan for the Waikato.

‘‘This comes at huge cost to coun­cils and busi­nesses. Over the next three years, our coun­cils need to re­view and con­sult on more than 500 dif­fer­ent poli­cies, codes of prac­tice, man­age­ment plans and by­laws. There are ef­fi­cien­cies to be gained from col­lab­o­ra­tion among the mem­ber coun­cils.’’

The forum meets again in mid-Oc­to­ber.

Hugh Ver­coe

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