Model set for roads

Bush Telegraph - - Focus On Dannevirke - By DAVE MUR­DOCH

Other coun­cils are com­ing to ob­serve the Tararua Al­liance model and top tech­ni­cal ex­per­tise is sign­ing on to be part of it.

That is the mes­sage which was de­liv­ered to the over 30 mem­bers of the Dan­nevirke Cham­ber of Com­merce at its Af­ter Five meet­ing on Wed­nes­day evening May 23 at Ôringi.

Tararua Al­liance Man­ager Chris Chap­man spoke to the group .

Most of the Al­liance Man­age­ment Team was on hand to help with the pre­sen­ta­tion.

The Tararua Al­liance be­gan on Oc­to­ber 1 2014 and is a part­ner­ship be­tween Tararua District Coun­cil (TDC) and Downer NZ Ltd. It aims to lead through col­lab­o­ra­tion and cre­ate value for many through a sin­gle de­liv­ery team.

Chris out­lined the chal­lenge for the Al­liance — main­te­nance of the fourth largest road net­work of any district (1958km), 40 per cent un­sealed, 92.6km of sew­er­age pipes, 971 fire hy­drants and many other es­sen­tial ser­vices — with one of the low­est num­ber of ratepay­ers.

It was es­sen­tial to form a sin­gle de­liv­ery team com­bin­ing client, net­work man­ager and con­trac­tor func­tions to make the most ef­fec­tive use of the limited ratepayer fund­ing.

He said the Al­liance team was fo­cused on mak­ing the best for as­set and best for com­mu­nity long-term de­ci­sions, rather than putting time and ef­fort into de­bat­ing con­trac­tual stan­dards as some tra­di­tional ser­vice de­liv­ery mod­els do.

This is mea­sured by a com­pre­hen­sive fi­nan­cial mech­a­nism and per­for­mance frame­work, de­vel­oped specif­i­cally for Tararua, to en­sure the best de­ci­sions are made us­ing the most ef­fi­cient meth­ods, and mon­i­tored so that each op­er­a­tion is as­sessed and trans­par­ent.

A re­cent in­vest­ment au­dit from the NZ Trans­port Agency found the Al­liance model was very ef­fec­tive, and the agency was im­pressed by the level of fi­nan­cial trans­parency, ac­cord­ing to Ray Can­non, Tararua Al­liance Per­for­mance Man­ager.

Plan­ning Man­ager Rob Sharp said the de­ci­sions his team had to make weighed up the three types of ser­vice avail­able — good, cheap and fast — as you can typ­i­cally have only two of those op­tions.

Of­ten his team used riskbased de­ci­sion mak­ing to op­ti­mise the three for spe­cific projects.

“All the time risk has to be as­sessed and man­aged,” he said.

Rob said the ca­pac­ity to make de­ci­sions in­volv­ing a sin­gle team de­liv­ery sys­tem was why he came to work for the Tararua Al­liance.

This was re­it­er­ated by Ray Can­non who said other top peo­ple had joined the Al­liance for this rea­son.

Chris and his team out­lined some of the re­cent devel­op­ments and chal­lenges the Al­liance has man­aged in the last year.

* Mul­ti­ple se­vere weather events

*Im­prov­ing con­fi­dence in * Coun­cil’s as­set in­for­ma­tion, espe­cially sew­er­age pipes — the “poor cousin”

* Es­tab­lish­ing a lo­cal road sur­fac­ing unit

* Rolling out LED street light­ing across the district, funded mainly by cen­tral gov­ern­ment.

The au­di­ence of lo­cal busi­ness peo­ple asked ques­tions through­out the meet­ing, a ma­jor fo­cus be­ing on the Sad­dle Road. Ray Can­non said that, since the in­def­i­nite clo­sure of the Manawatu¯ Gorge, man­age­ment and main­te­nance of the route was the re­spon­si­bil­ity of NZTA, although it will re­turn to Coun­cil. The last sec­tion of the up­grade project, still man­aged by TDC, is planned to be com­plete this sum­mer.

Other coun­cils have also come to see how the Tararua Al­liance works, from Hamil­ton, Horowhenua and Wairarapa. Some have then gone home ready to im­ple­ment all or part of the model — a great accolade from as­so­ci­ates man­ag­ing coun­cil in­fra­struc­ture, ac­cord­ing to Chris.

“The more peo­ple un­der­stand the model, the bet­ter equipped they are to make an in­formed de­ci­sion.

“This ap­plies both to other Coun­cils and to Tararua District ratepay­ers,” he said.

“We know there are ar­eas for im­prove­ment, and we have the model, peo­ple and drive to ad­vance ser­vice de­liv­ery and in­crease con­fi­dence.”

MEM­BERS of the Tararua Al­liance team with Mayor Tracey Col­lis. From Left: Ray Can­non, Buster Sand­ford, Chris Chap­man, Mayor Tracey Col­lis, Ka­t­rina Mor­gans and Rob Sharp

BEN­E­FITS of the Sin­gle De­liv­ery Team.

CON­SID­ER­A­TIONS in de­cid­ing a con­tract.

THE three sec­tors of the Sin­gle De­liv­ery Team — Plan­ning, De­liv­ery, Per­for­mance.

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