REGIONAL COUNCILS MOVE AHEAD OF THE METROPOLITAN IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT PERFORMANCE  

Regional councils have embraced the collaborative spirit behind the Australasian LG Performance Excellence Program as evidenced by the six newest Australian and NZ councils in the program; Taranaki Regional Council, Environment Canterbury and Tasman District Council from NZ, and Lachlan Shire Council, Bathurst City Council and Clarence Valley Council from NSW. 

In this powerful local government initiative now covering around half the NSW state’s population, LG Professionals, NSW is now working on adding extra value with an additional analysis feature called the Regional Window that will show measurable data about broader areas or regions, where all or most councils participate. 

Lismore City Council General Manager, Gary Murphy says he was motivated to join the world-first benchmarking program four years ago because he wants Lismore to lead the way in providing for both his local and the broader NOROC community by working together as a region empowered by new, sophisticated analytics. 

 “This program is not simply about measurement but about striving for excellence - the power is in what we do with the results to lift performance not only as independent councils, but regionally.” 

“Our NOROC region’s councils were in effect trailblazers – being completely open to share each other’s data from the outset, and this prompted in part, the new advanced comparative analysis now being made available to all NSW regions.” 

LG Professionals, NSW CEO Annalisa Haskell says the program has had great support from the big cities like City of Newcastle, Wollongong and Penrith, as well as from inner-city councils like Canada Bay, Liverpool City, Willoughby, Lane Cove, Hunters Hill, Inner West and Sutherland Shire. 

“The majority, however, lie outside the Sydney metropolitan area. There’s an immediate opportunity for more central Sydney councils to join in leading the way by embracing this program to drive for even greater community accountability. It would be a pity for Sydney itself to be left behind,” Ms Haskell said.

STRONGER CAPACITY MEANS STRONGER GOVERNMENT PARTNERING 

The Regional Window concept uses data collected from the survey and will quantitatively demonstrate councils’ current and potential contributions within a wider area or region, and also enable these whole regions, to complete more sophisticated state planning. It’s about measuring and then building stronger regional workforce and service capacity, capability and effectiveness, ultimately allowing state and local governments to partner much more effectively. 

“The role councils play extends beyond their borders– whether in the city or country. They need to understand empirically, their impact and role in wider areas. In preparation for the 

Government’s Joint Organisation legislation, we are ready to assist ensure all NSW councils are best placed in those discussions.” 

“The government has also just announced final round applications for its latest $2 million innovation fund for rural and regional councils and this idea is a fantastic support for all such councils in NSW who have ideas for change,” Ms Haskell said.

Ms Haskell has now visited many ROCs, CENTROC, RAMROC, Canberra Region JO, Southern Councils Group, MIDROC and is due to visit NOROC, BROC and Western Incorporated Councils in June. 

Councils can join this growing network – Early Bird Pricing ends 31 May 2017

The Australasian LG Performance Excellence Program is now open to all Australian and New Zealand councils for the next three-year measurement round. Early Bird Pricing is available until end of May 2017. Click here for a Prospectus For all enquiries please email service@lgprofessionals.com.au