Co-oper­a­tive rolling in with ma­jor sav­ings

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Waikato coun­cils, in­clud­ing Mata­mata-Pi­ako, have al­ready jointly shaved about $350,000 off road­ing costs and now think there’s po­ten­tial to save mil­lions of dol­lars an­nu­ally through even tighter co­op­er­a­tion.

As a re­sult, the nine coun­cils in­volved in the Waikato Road As­set Tech­ni­cal Ac­cord (RATA) trial pro­ject have de­cided it will go full-time to as­sist bet­ter spend­ing de­ci­sions.

‘‘The de­clared sav­ings to date are re­ally just the tip of the ice­berg in terms of the con­fi­dence be­ing gained that the right in­vest­ment de­ci­sions are be­ing made through co-oper­a­tion via RATA,’’ said Hau­raki mayor John Tregidga, the chair of the Waikato May­oral Fo­rum’s RATA gover­nance group.

RATA was set up in 2014 to trial ways of cut­ting the $160 mil­lion a year road main­te­nance bill faced by the par­tic­i­pat­ing coun­cils.

In its first 18 months, RATA has gen­er­ated the $350,000 in ini­tial sav­ings and it’s now es­ti­mated be­tween 5 and 10 per cent of to­tal costs could even­tu­ally be cut an­nu­ally through ef­fi­cien­cies gained by work­ing to­gether.

‘‘This is a great ex­am­ple of what the fo­rum is do­ing in terms of mak­ing fur­ther im­prove­ments to lo­cal gov­ern­ment in our re­gion,’’ said Tregidga.

‘‘RATA has re­ally made leaps and bounds in terms of knowl­edge shar­ing, over­com­ing skill short­ages and work­ing to­gether to im­prove the man­age­ment of road main­te­nance.’’

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